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Enhance Your Holiday Landscape

by Melinda Myers

Add a little holiday sparkle to your landscape for you and your guests to enjoy. No matter the weather outside, a few decorative touches can greatly increase the beauty and enjoyment of your winter landscape.

Try one, two or all eight of these tips to improve your landscape’s winter appeal.

Add some solar powered accents. Light a pathway, your favorite tree or front porch without installing additional outlets. Look for unique colors and shapes like the solar star lantern or the changing colors of northern lights spheres ( for added appeal. The wide variety now available can help create a memorable winter display. Be sure to select solar accents that provide hours of enjoyment when fully charged. Continue reading Enhance Your Holiday Landscape

Lacey Elk’s Lodge # 2518 New Year’s Eve Celebration

Lacey Lodge # 2518 of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will host a “New Year’s Eve Celebration” Thursday, December 31, 2015 from 9 pm until 1am. Doors open at 8:30 pm. All are welcome. The event will feature the Cross Street Band, a popular rock group playing 60’s – 70’s – 80’s mixed music and who are also known for playing chart topping hits.

Ticket price donation is $25 per person which includes entertainment, refreshments, New Year’s Eve Champagne toast and party favors. Please bring your own food and snacks. Appropriate attire please. NO tickets will be sold at the door.         Continue reading Lacey Elk’s Lodge # 2518 New Year’s Eve Celebration

Feature Story: Corey Hudson

Early this fall,  I attended the Maker’s Festival in Manahawkin and was instantly drawn to one particular stall with hand-made wooden art pieces.  As I spoke to the artisan behind the table he was enthusiastic to share about how and why he created his art.

At just twenty-five years old, Corey Hudson attended art school starting in Florida and then in Kutztown, Pennsylvania.  During his studies he found a niche of interior decorating for bars and restaurants. Before even graduating he started designing murals for bars and restaurants in Philly, which he truly enjoyed the freedom to paint his ideas.

During this time he often hoped to find something that would allow him to work creating his art rather than it just being a hobby.  In 2012 when Hurricane Sandy brought damage to so many, Corey found a way to save the history and share his art with others in turn bringing the leftover wreckage into something meaningful.

After Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey in 2012, Corey volunteered in Belmar.  Each morning he signed in at the Municipal Building and was given a task.  While walking around to hand out literature to residents, Corey noticed the grey resin boardwalk making its way down the road.  Since the road was still covered in water.  Garbage men were just taking the boardwalk and throwing it away.  Additional wood from the houses and businesses were being piled up in numerous locations to be carried away to places unknown.  Corey inquired about the where the remains of boardwalk would be going and received many different responses.  The one that hit home was it was being burned or buried.  “How can you burn history?” said Corey.  There is so much history in these boards.  So, from that day forward Corey decided he would volunteer on his task, typically 16th Street  and then pile wood in houses that were not occupied until he could come back for it.  One of many weeks spent at Belmar, Corey brought is kids with him to assist.  They helped with bagging clothes and unloading foods.  During these weeks they discovered bench fencing and sections of pre-1950’s 2×4.  All of these great finds eventually made it back to Corey’s house and protected under his deck until he decided what to do with these treasured pieces. Continue reading Feature Story: Corey Hudson