The Fishing Line

  • By Al Campbell
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Frank Dachowski, 74, loves model trains, always has, always will. That love of miniature locomotives and railroad cars of all sorts is set into full motion for Christmas.

Preparing for Christmas 1967, from the Avalon Herald of that year, Jeanette McCargo gets a holiday treat from Commissioner Ellsworth Armacost at a borough party for children.

Kelly Mahon, of Wildwood Crest, has a unique “elf” for her tree, it's Lil Man, her 5-year-old Great Dane.

Santa, the North Pole's most famous resident, paid a visit to South Seaville and Cannon Lodge No. 104, F. & A.M. Dec 10.

  • By David Hovan Check
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So many ChristmasesSharing the spark of their essence,Flowing downThrough the annals of time,Reaching this momentWith their fond caress,Adding their shapes and soundsTo this day of celebration,Bringing a heart backTo the best and worst,The simple and extreme,The taken-for-granted good timesT…

  • By Michael Traino
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I have always had fond memories of growing up in Jersey City. To this very day, I hold those memories dear to my heart, especially those of when I was a kid in the 60s.

  • By Joe Zelnik
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For those who have given up on finding a Nintendo Wii, and can’t quite afford a 65-inch plasma TV, it’s still possible to give a meaningful gift at Christmas.

  • By Gary Rudy
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I retired two years ago from being  a "Santa's Helper." And, after 25 years of "playing Santa," there are some fond memories: some bad, some good, but memories just the same.

  • By Pam Schippe
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It was Christmas Eve many years ago. The day was cold, gray and blustery; it felt like snow was in the air.

  • By Elizabeth Smith
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On Christmas a baby we see in swaddling clothes in a manger laid and overhead a shining star proclaiming, "He is the Son of God."

  • By Jennie Ayers Sr.
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There’s a special kind of magic that God gives to Santa Claus to make the reindeer fly on Christmas Eve.

  • By Lillian Fitzpatrick
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Christmas 1942 was a struggle with 14 children, as was every day. Our dad was a hard worker and wanted to supply his family's needs.

  • By Keith Forrest
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Standing at the Home Depot with my wife Kris, I was hiding my disappointment.

  • By William J. Lehman
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My story begins in 1853 when my ancestors emigrated from Germany to the United States and settled in Fieldsboro, N.J. This was my great, great grandfather and his wife and their young son, 13 years old, my great-grandfather.

  • By Ray Lewis
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Whimsey loved her mother dearly, and no less beloved was she. Plainly and poorly they did live in a cottage of straw and stone, without neighbor to be seen.

  • By Madelyn McCarroll
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The late November day was gloomy, gray and cold as we crossed the causeway to Sea Isle City every inch of the car bursting with the last items from our move from Delaware to our summer home on 72nd Street. 

  • By Lenore E. McGann
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I was born Dec. 3, 1934, to Emma G. Elwell (Cape May Library is dedicated to her) and J. Oliver Elwell (meeting room in the Cape May Firehouse is named after him).

  • By Karla Kiefer
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Dried black willow leaves cling to a twig six weeks before worshippers sing on Christmas about joy and peace in church.

  • By Gus Mosso
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Today I heard my first seasonal Christmas carol on my FM radio Even though it’s mid-November, I felt a pang of joy and an inner glow I am so grateful to believe that there is a Christ with whom I share my life And having a wonderful family, both near and far, and an ever-loving wife!

  • By Rev. Michael Orsi
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The winter of 1989 was my first away from Saint Paul, Stone Harbor, in seven years.  I was studying at Fordham University, in Manhattan.

  • By S.A. Kavadas
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Glowing with accomplishment still wrapped in winter's chill The Carolers are done their caroling ~spreading Love and Christmas cheer along their way

  • Submitted by W.R. "Skip" Hunter
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‘Twas the night before Christmas, he lived all alone, in a one-bedroom house made of plaster and stone.