Revised On January 10, 2019





(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!







Thursday, January 3, 12 Noon                                         Bingo and Mario Tobia, Computer Instruction


Tuesday, January 8, 12 Noon                                          Janet Gibbins, Arts & Crafts


Thursday, January 10, 12 Noon                                       Melissa Palmer, MAC, Discussion on Dr. Martin Luther King


Tuesday, January 15, 12 Noon                                        Chysta Fitzsimmons, Division of Aging and Disability Services, Discussing Services Available


Thursday, January 17, 12 Noon                                       Sean Farrell, Avalon Library, Technology Lessons


Tuesday, January 22, 12 Noon                                        June Willis, Music Program


Thursday, January 24                                                      Caring and Sharing


Tuesday, January 29, 12 Noon                                        Bonnie Kratzer, Parish Nurse, Discussion on Chronic Disease Self-Management


Thursday, January 31, 12 Noon                                       Bingo




Tuesday, February 5, 12 Noon                                        Penny Ghorsky, Arts & Crafts


Thursday, February 7, 12 Noon                                       Tom Celedine, Discussion of Old Movies and Movie Stars


Tuesday, February 12, 12 Noon                                      Bonnie Kratzer, Parish Nurse, Discussion on Chronic Disease Self-Management


Thursday, February 14                                                    Valentine’s Pizza Party with Music by Jim Doran and Clint Adams





Tuesday, February 19, 12 Noon                                      Bonnie Kratzer, Parish Nurse, Discussion on Chronic Disease Self-Management


Thursday, February 21                                                    Caring and Sharing


Tuesday, February 26, 12 Noon                                      Bonnie Kratzer, Parish Nurse, Discussion on Chronic Disease Self-Management


Thursday, February 28, 12 Noon                                     Sean Farrell, Avalon Library, Technology Lessons


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


The Blind Center has traditionally held a Thanksgiving luncheon at the Pudgy Pelican Restaurant a week or so before Thanksgiving. However, this year with the closure of the Pudgy Pelican, the Blind Center volunteers led by Audrey Emery prepared a delicious luncheon served at the Church meeting room. It was an excellent lunch and we thank Audrey and our dedicated volunteers for stepping up and continuing this tradition.


Each year during the Holiday Season the Blind Center has gone on an excursion and attended a play or concert. We have always had lunch prior to attending the performance. This year, volunteer Carol Fiore, arranged for our participants to attend a performance of Scrooge at Elaine’s Dinner Theater on Saturday, December 15. The play was coupled with a delicious lunch provided by the staff of Elaine’s. Several participants were accompanied by their spouses and a large group of 22 participants and guests enjoyed the play and lunch. It was pouring rain all day but the weather did not dampen the spirits of our participants, volunteers and guests. The attendance was made possible by the generous donations of several benefactors of the Blind Center.


































Further in keeping with the Holiday Season, the Blind Center of the Jersey Cape held its annual Christmas Party at the Church meeting room. A lunch was provided and music with caroling and the playing of old favorites was provided by volunteer Lottie Honer, with Gerry McFarland, Lotti’s brother on guitar. A game of trading Christmas presents, led by volunteer Mary Lewis, was enjoyed by all the participants.

































In 2019, unlike other years, the Blind Center will remain open for the entire schedule in January and February. Of course, the weather in these months can be problematic, so the participants and volunteers should be aware each meeting day if the Fare Free Transportation Company will be operating. If Fare Free is closed down, then the Blind Center will be closed also; but if Fare Free is operating, even in the snow, then the Blind Center will remain open.


Many of the Blind Center’s favorite programs will continue during January and February. Tom Celendine will return on February 7 to provide his take on old movies and movie stars, while Melissa Palmer from MAC will return on January 10 to provide a timely talk on the history of Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. June Willis, who usually hibernates in the South during the cold months, will be here on January 22 before she migrates to her southern hideaway. Bonnie Kratzer, Cap May County’s Parish Nurse, will return to provide important talks on self-management of various health issues. Of course, the Blind Center will celebrate Valentine’s Day with a gala pizza party. Jim Doran and Clint Adams, the Blind Center’s favorite musicians, will provide their renditions of many popular favorites and it is possible that Reggie Lancaster can be persuaded to lead the group in ”On the Way to Cape May”.


Technology lessons, which have in recent years been emphasized in January and February, will again be provided with appearances by the Blind Center’s long-time technology instructor Mario Tobia and the return of Sean Farrell and an assistant from the Avalon Public Library to also provide instruction on IPhone use and access to novels in oral form.


The Blind Center of the Jersey Cape’s Trustee Board wants to thank the generous benefactors whose donations have made these programs possible. We specifically want to recognize, John R. Greed and the Mutual of America Insurance Foundation; Avalon Lions Club; Daniel and Candice Noonan; Polish American Club and the Ancient Order of Hiberians.


Without these generous donations the activities of the Blind Center would be substantially diminished and we thank all our donors for their assistance during the past year.




(Answer on last page)

Can you guess what I am?


  1. These days, I am popular with young and old alike.
  2. I am very crafty.
  3. My K is silent.
  4. Some people take classes to learn me; others teach themselves.
  5. I can be done by hand or machine.
  6. I’m not funny, but I might get you in stitches.
  7. Sheep are very important to me.
  8. I have lots of different patterns – like cable or lace.
  9. I require my own special needles.
  10. Have I got a yarn for you!




“The best thing about the future is that it only comes one day at a time.”…..Abraham Lincoln


“Every exit is an entry somewhere else.”……………Tom Stoppard




When my grandson asked me how old I was, I teasingly replied, “I’m not sure.” “Look in your underwear, Grandma,” he advised. “Mine says I’m four.”


Our five year old son Mark couldn’t wait to tell his friend about the movie we had watched on television, “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.” The scenes with the submarine and the giant octopus had kept him wide eyed. In the middle of the telling, my husband interrupted Mark, “What caused the submarine to sink?” With a look of incredulity Mark replied, “Dad, it was the 20,000 leaks!”




                                      The Cape May Lighthouse is a lighthouse located in the U.S. state of                                                 New Jersey at the tip of Cape May, in Lower Township’s Cape May                                          Point State Park. It was built in 1859 under the supervision of U.S.

                                      Army engineer William F. Raynolds, was automated in 1946 and

                                      Continues operation to this day. It is the third fully documented

                                      Lighthouse to be built at Cape May Point. The first was built in

                                      1823; the second in 1847. The exact locations of the first two

                                      Lighthouses are now underwater due to erosion. There are 199

                                      steps to the top of the Lighthouse. The view from the top extends



to Cape May City and Wildwood to the north, Cape May Point to the south, and, on a clear day, Cape Henlopen, Delaware, to the west. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on November 12, 2973. The lighthouse is owned by the state of New Jersey after ownership was transferred from the Coast Guard in 1992, which maintains it as an active aid to maritime navigation. The State of New Jersey leases the structure and grounds to the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities (MAC). MAC raises funds for the restoration and upkeep of the structure and opens the lighthouse to the public for climbs to the top. MAC has installed interpretive exhibits about the lighthouse’s history, the lives of the former lighthouse keepers, and other maritime history of the Jersey Cape for visitors who climb. In 2013, MAC celebrated the 25th anniversary of the opening of the lighthouse to the public for climbs. From its opening in May 1988, over 2.1 million people have paid to climb to the top. Every October, the Cape May Lighthouse is a participant in the New Jersey Lighthouse Challenge, a statewide event.


The tower is 157 feet 6 inches tall, from the ground to the tower’s cast iron spiral staircase. There are 217 steps from the ground to the top, with 199 steps in the tower’s cast iron spiral staircase. The lighthouse has two separate walls. The outside wall is cone-shaped, and is 3 feet 10 inches thick at the bottom, and 1 foot 6 inches thick at the top. The inside wall is a cylinder with 8.5 inch thick walls which support the spiral staircase. The walls were designed to withstand winds several times above hurricane force.






















Programs & Scheduling:  Phil Harrison – Typing & Circulation: Judy Dolan

(I am knitting)