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Happy Feet!

“Dance brings out the healthiest part of people.”   Lisa Wisel It was one of those frigid but brilliantly sunny, winter afternoons as I made my way to the large, second-floor space at the Magnolia Senior Center.  I was there to meet Lisa Wisel and experience something completely new to me – a community class in Dance Read More

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TAPA

Have your ever driven around the bend near Marvel and looked up at the building at 250 Lido Boulevard – The Theresa Academy for the Performing Arts – and wondered, just who is Theresa? I have.  So I went to find out. There, I met the effervescent, smart, and spirited, Susan Russo.  A North Carolina native, she Read More

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From Vienna, With Love

People are amazing when you sit on a street corner. When I first moved to Long Beach, I was certain that the ocean was our single greatest treasure. But writing this blog has shown me what an abundance of treasures we have in this town.  My latest discovery is Hedy Pagremanski, who is quite simply a Read More

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The Kitchen on Pine Street

Sometimes doors open when you least expect them.  And for East End resident Rob Blau, those doors are planted underneath the letters TKOPS. They stand for The Kitchen On Pine Street, a restaurant formerly owned and operated by chef and former city councilman, Leonard Remo. He deeded the property to the city with the stipulation Read More

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Hooked at First Sight

It’s been almost 60 years since Florence and Phil Celella first laid eyes on Long Beach. Their romance with the town began much the same way as their own love affair – just a simple introduction. In the early 1950’s, the Korean War was winding down and the happening spot for young city-dwellers was 86th Street Read More

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Beverages and Books

Bad libraries build collections, good libraries build services, great libraries build communities.  – R. David Lankes I have a vague memory of my first library card.  I think it was made out of thin cardboard!  Anyone out there remember that copier machine they used to check out your books?  For some reason I loved that thing Read More

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A Little Oasis in Long Beach

“I love it when people come out looking stoned on massage,” Mary Pat Delay tells me, eyes sparkling over vegetable frittata’s at Salt Air Cafe in Point Lookout.  I nod, knowing just what she means.  I’ve probably had that look many times.  Ahhhh, the power of a great massage. . . Mary Pat is the Read More

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Yoga with a Twist

You cannot always control what goes on outside.  But you can always control what goes on inside.                                                                             Read More

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Duck, Duck, Bacon!

West Ender Carl Michael Savino remembers the exact moment he fell in love with food.  He was 7 years old and out to dinner with his family at a restaurant called Lee’s Hawaiian Islander in Clifton, NJ. “It was a Chinese restaurant with Tiki decor,” he remembers fondly. “I was never afraid to try any Read More

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Elephant Beach

“Nobody promenaded the boardwalk anymore because you could trip on a rotting board and break your leg… the wonderful old hotels were now crumbling castles, left to dust after the film stars and bootleggers discovered air travel.  Elephant Beach might have been only fifty-two minutes from the city by car or rail, but if you Read More

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