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Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Businesses Stepping Up to Help in Pandemic

By Jennifer James Davenport and Caroline Kostlan   

No one could have prepared us for how our lives and businesses would change as a result of this pandemic. It’s been more than three long months since this started, and things still aren’t back to normal. Although each day there have been a lot of negative and difficult things to handle, it’s nice to try to find the positive things that have come from this pandemic as well.  More

Leaving So Soon?
The Mystery of the Brothers Who Developed Stone Harbor

By Linda Dougherty

The brothers Risley – David, Reese and Howard – will forever be entwined with the early history of Stone Harbor. Their entrepreneurial spirit helped transform open land and marsh into a bustling beach town. While the Risleys’ real estate venture wasn’t popular early on, alluring advertisements placed in Philadelphia newspapers prompted many to invest and build their seashore homes on empty lots. More

The King of the Beach
The Seven Mile Beach’s Guy Gargan Has Been Covering Lifeguard Races for Five Decades

By Dave Bontempo

Guy Gargan chuckles, assessing the “The King of the Beach” moniker applied to him in the lifeguard-racing community.  “It’s funny to think about it,” he laughs, “because I can’t really swim, run or handle a boat.”

No, but the Press of Atlantic City sportswriter, raised in Avalon and Stone Harbor, owns a rare media distinction. Since the 1980s, Gargan has possibly covered more lifeguard races than anyone in the world. More

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When Sea Isle Had Hospitals

When a baby was born in a Sea Isle City residence earlier this year, it was heralded as a rare event, as the last birth in Sea Isle happened more than 40 years ago. Yet at one point in time, it was nearly a routine occurrence. It might come as a surprise to vacationers who flock to Sea Isle every summer, but the beach town was actually home to two hospitals during its history – the Sea Isle City Hospital, which opened in 1926, and the Surf Hospital, later named Mercy Hospital, which opened in 1946 and closed in 1969. More

By Linda Dougherty

Welcome To Retirement
Diane Merson Took Sea Isle Tourism into the Modern Age

By Marybeth Treston Hagan


Diane Merson, who cultivated and promoted Sea Isle City as a desirable destination in her role as its tourism representative for the past 27 years, recently retired. “Since I called Sea Isle City home, it’s been a great place,” Merson says. Marriage to Ken Merson brought the New York native to town as a resident in 1990. Three years later, she was hired as Sea Isle’s tourism rep. The first small office she occupied contained a typewriter and manual files.


Here’s The Dish With Chef/General Mike Colella

Here’s The Dish is a regular feature in the Sea Isle Times when we take you into the kitchens of some of the best restaurants in Sea Isle City and Strathmere. More


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