THANKS to Will Riccio for alerting us to a great contest sponsored by dog food company Beneful. The winner will receive a dream (read: worth $500,000) dog park in his or her hometown. All you have to do is post a picture of you and your dog and write a short essay (250 words or less) explaining what your dream dog park would entail… Grooming stations? A ball field? Water slides? Let your imagination run wild. Best idea gets the grand prize. AND $10,000 cash. AND a year’s supply of Beneful.
While we love that Cape May does currently have a place where pups can be leash-free on Lafayette Street — the small park was secured by the Cape May Dog Friendly Association in 2008 — it could use a makeover; there’s only so much volunteers can do, after all. And while the competition appears stiff — there were already 644 entries from around the country at the time we went to press — some of them are a little lame. Of course a dog park should have space for dogs to play, Charlie from Indiana. What else you got? We think you can do better, Cape May, so give it a shot. You never know…
Log onto beneful.com for details, or for information on the expert judges, including Jason Cameron of Sex and the City fame.
SIXTY-year-old local Frank Perillo — father of four and grandfather of two — was, this past spring, just “two steps from being dead,” he told us this week. As a captain for New York City’s MTA in September of 2001, Frank served as a first responder after the World Trade Center attack. “I was on my way to the office at 2 Broadway when the planes hit,” he said. “I was on the scene for 11 days straight.”
As a result of that service, and all of the debris Frank breathed in during that time, his lungs suffered nearly fatal damages that would manifest as pulmonary fibrosis and an inflammatory disease called sarcoidosis. Fortunately, on May 7, Frank received a bilateral lung transplant. “It’s like a miracle,” he said. “I have a whole new life ahead of me.”
Although he’s not out of the woods yet — doctors say the first year after surgery is crucial — Frank is feeling “pretty damn good,” medical expenses notwithstanding. To help offset the cost of the procedure that saved his life, and the month-long hospital stay that followed, a group of friends — and fellow Lucky Bones-goers — have set up a raffle of prizes totaling $1,230, including a full day of fishing aboard the Over Pour boat, and gift certificates to local restaurants.
“I have mixed emotions about it,” said Frank, who moved to Cape May, his favorite vacation spot, five years ago. “I never thought in my wildest dreams there would ever be a raffle with my name on it. But I’m honored. I’ve been coming down here for 30 years, and these people I’ve come to know… everybody has really pitched in. I have a lot to live for.”
To purchase tickets, call JimBob (that’s Jim Schultz and Robert Epaldo) at 609-886-7097. Drawing will take place October 20.
REAL men wear pink. At least, that will be the case during the month of October, when members of Cape May Fire Department will sport a new uniform, the pink breast cancer awareness raising T-shirts they’ve been selling since September 6.
“Firefighters are always looking to make things a little better for the people we serve,” said Lieutenant Michael Eck. “And obviously cancer is a hideous disease that affects nearly everyone, either personally, or because a family member or friend has been diagnosed.”
Wanting to make a difference, and inspired by the International Association of Firefighters, which has held similar fundraisers, the Cape May Fire Department reached out to the North Wildwood Fire Department… only to find out they’d already begun organizing their own pink T-shirt sale. So the two brigades then teamed up with the Ocean City and Wildwood departments, and now all four are set to sell shirts at their respective stations through at least October, and at various events in Cape May and Wildwood, including the upcoming Dragon Boat Festival (September 28 on the Cape May harbor).
All proceeds will benefit the Wildwood-based nonprofit Survivors of Cancer, which seeks to improve the lives of those affected by cancer. Shirts are $20 a piece.
THEY’RE making progress this week on construction of the new HomeStead Realty Office, which will move from West Cape May to the site of the old Bank Street Wawa. It may look like a demolition is in progress, but HomeStead says they are merely replacing the roof of the old Wawa, and that they hope to be settled by this spring.