Coastal Prep Students Build Garden Beds: Hometown Tips

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Students build garden beds: Coastal Preparatory High School students created a series of raised garden beds as part of their biology and chemistry classes.

Thanks to donations from the Church’s Nursery and Garden Center in Erma Park, students planted herbs, fruits and vegetables, including tomatoes, cucumbers, strawberries, kale, spinach, lettuce, onions, basil, dill and parsley.

While caring for plants, students studied topics such as plant cells, photosynthesis, integrated pest management and plant fertilization. Students will also have the opportunity to taste their work through smoothies and other food items.

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Planting sand dunes in Strathmere: On Saturday at 9am, volunteers gathered at the entrance to Williams Avenue beach in Strathmere will plant 500 seaside goldenrods. These plantings are the beginning of a multi-year project that will increase the diversity of the new dune system, create a path for migrating monarch butterflies and other pollinators, improve the aesthetic value of beaches and stabilize the sand.

The work is being done through a partnership between Upper Township, Strathmere Improvement Association and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Volunteers should bring appropriate clothing, hats, sunscreen, water and snacks. The plants are small, two-inch plugs that will be planted in sand, so gloves and shovels are not needed.

Jerry Hannah (left) and Ken Chotiner prepare to deploy the radio antenna for the temporary radio station during the 2023 SCARA Field Day.

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Radio Field Day: Members of the Southern Counties Amateur Radio Association will participate in the American Radio Relay League field days on June 22 and 23.

The field day will be held at the Anthony “Tony” Canale Training Center at 5033 English Creek Ave. in Egg Harbor Township and will begin at 2 p.m. on June 22 and end at noon on June 23.

Approximately 40,000 radio amateurs from the United States and Canada participate in Field Day. The event involves contacting other stations in the country and around the world, and operating radio equipment in abnormal and suboptimal situations.

Citizens are invited.

The 2013 Shelby Super Snake widebody is one of three unique vehicles from a private collection on display later this month at the Wings and Things Arts and Crafts Festival at the Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum.

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Wings and Things show returns: The Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum’s Wings and Things Arts and Crafts Festival will be held June 29 at the Cape May County Airport in Lower Township.

The festival will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature modern muscle and exotic cars.

During this year’s festival, the museum will present three unique vehicles from a private collection: the 2013 Shelby Super Snake widebody, the 2012 Shelby 1000 widebody and the 2017 Ford GT Heritage Edition.

The highlight of the festival is the “taxi hour”, during which selected vehicles start their engines and cruise around the museum.

There will be free crafts for children and adults, including wood carving birds and light up story jars. Other attractions include free face painting and caricatures, craft sales, vendors, and live country and rock music from DEVLIN (formerly Country Rogue).

For more information, visit or call 609-886-8787.

The Wildwoods Convention Center will host a show of sports cards, toys, comics and collectibles July 5-7.

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Wildwood Collectibles Exhibition: The annual Sports Cards, Toys, Comics and Collectibles Show will be held July 5-7 at the Wildwoods Convention Center.

Presented by RK Sports Promotions, the show will feature over 200 tables of the hottest collectibles including sports cards, non-sports cards, toys, comics, Pokémon, supplies, Funko Pops, Yu-Gi-Oh, Beanie Babies, movies, T-shirts, books, posters , coins, T-shirts, Legos and antiques.

Show times: 15:00–20:00 on July 5, 10:00–20:00 on July 6 and 10:00–17:00 on July 7.

The second collectibles show is scheduled for August 23-25.

For more information, call 732-690-2476 or visit

Sandy Sprint 5K returns to shore: Sandy Sprint Sea Isle City will return on July 20.

The event includes a family walk and ceremony for survivors beginning at 8 a.m. at Excursion Park on 41st Street.

The Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation hosted the Sandy Sprint in the city eight years ago to help spread awareness and create a space for more women and families affected by ovarian cancer to connect and form community.

Registration on race day will begin at 7:15 a.m. The 5K will start at 8:30 a.m. and the Family Fun Walk will start at 8:35 a.m. After the run/walk, there will be an awards ceremony. Registration fees are $40 for adults and $30 for children under 12, but will increase to $45 for adults and $35 for children under 12 on July 10.

All families, runners and walkers in attendance are invited to the post-race party at a location to be determined.

More information can be found at