Revised On March 25, 2019




(A no-fee to participate organization)


P.O. Box 624, Cape May Court House, NJ  08210  (609)624-0931







First Methodist Church of Avalon

3344 Dune Drive, Avalon, NJ   08202

(609) 967-4204


Hours of Operation:


Tuesday and Thursday

10 AM to 1:30 PM





Congratulations to all our March and April Birthday participants, volunteers and instructors!





Our prayers and good wishes go out to our fellow participants and volunteers who may be “under the

    weather”.  Hope you will be feeling well soon!







Tuesday, March 5, 12 Noon                                            Captain Roscoe, Avalon Police Dept., Crimes Against the Disabled & Seniors


Thursday, March 7, 12 Noon                                           Janet Gibbins, Arts & Crafts


Tuesday, March 12                                                          Saint Patrick’s Day Party


Thursday, March 14                                                        BLIND CENTER CLOSED


Tuesday, March 19, 12 Noon                                           Tom Celendine, Famous Movie Stars


Thursday, March 21, 12 Noon                                         Caring and Sharing


Tuesday, March 26, 12 Noon                                           Bingo


Thursday, March 28, 12 Noon                                         Andrew Hink, Jazz Pianist




Tuesday, April 2, 12 Noon                                              Mike Mowrey, Speaking on his Trip to Central America and Panama Canal


Thursday, April 4, 12 Noon                                             Melissa Palmer, Discussing Seven Women Who Led the Campaign for Women’s Rights


Tuesday, April 9                                                              BLIND CENTER CLOSED


Thursday, April 11, 12 Noon                                           Sean Farrell, Avalon Library, Instruction on IPhone and IPad


Tuesday, April 16, 12 Noon                                             Bingo and Mario Tobia, Computer Lesson


Thursday, April 18, 12 Noon                                           Caring and Sharing


Tuesday, April 23, 12 Noon                                             June Willis, Music Program





Thursday, April 25, 12 Noon                                           Marianne and Jeffrey Snyder, Speaking about their trip to Africa


Tuesday, April 30, 12 Noon                                             Clyde Phillips, Songs & Stories


Thursday, May 2                                                             Senior Jamboree


(NOTE:  Every Tuesday at 10:30 AM, Carole Donohue with Exercise Program.)





On Valentine’s Day the Blind Center held a gala pizza party with the music of Jim Doran and Clint Adams, two of the Blind Center’s favorite entertainers. Helping with singing duties were Reggie Lancaster and volunteer, Lotti Honer. Lee Savich gave out Valentine gifts for all in attendance, while volunteer, Eileen MacCormack, distributed Valentine cards made by her students as well as artificial flowers. All enjoyed the pizza and entertainment.




























Continuing the Blind Center’s long-time emphasis on honing technology skills, in January and February our computer instructor, Mario Tobia, appeared as did the Avalon Library’s technology instructor, Sean Farrell.


On February 19, in keeping with the Valentine’s theme, Tom Celendine quizzed the group on what they thought were the ten best romantic movies according to the Screenwriters Association. Lee Savich guessed “Casablanca” as the best romantic movie of all time and in doing so won the hard fought contest for bragging rights.


The Blind Center on March 12 will continue its long and storied history as a dedicated party group by celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day with an Irish lunch to be prepared by Penny Ghorsky. Entertainment will be provided by Melissa Palmer of the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts who will present a talk with music about the Irish story in the United States.


The Blind Center welcomes back one of South Jersey’s most talented pianists and composers, Andrew Hink of Ocean City. Andrew will play for our participants and volunteers on Thursday, March 28 many Broadway and popular musical favorites along with several of Andrew’s own compositions.


The Blind Center’s own Mike Mowery, on April 2, will tell the group all about his trip to Central America and his excursion through the Panama Canal. The travel theme will continue on April 25 when Marianne and Jeffrey Snyder, members of the Avalon Lions Club, will discuss their trip to the Dark Continent, Africa.


On April 30, the Center will once again have the pleasure of hearing the stories of Clyde Phillips, one of the Center’s long-time guest speakers dating back to the formation of the group by Millie Saraduke. Participants and volunteers will once again have the opportunity to laugh at the stories of Uncle Clyde. We expect Clyde to bring with him one of his unusual musical instruments, part of his large collection of exotic instruments. Welcome back Clyde!



(Answer on last page)

Can you guess what I am?


  1. I can be heard but not seen.
  2. I scare some people.
  3. I like to rumble, but I’m not in a 1950s street gang.
  4. I clap, but I don’t applaud.
  5. I usually follow a flash.
  6. I’m caused by the expansion of hot air.
  7. Some legends say I’m caused by angry gods.
  8. Tom Cruise stars in a movie about my Days.



  1. I can be a form of time measurement.
  2. Bruce Springsteen sang about my Road.




“I want to sing like the birds sing not worrying about who hears or what they think.”…Rumi


“Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself.”….Erasmus




As a senior citizen was driving down the freeway, his car phone rang. Answering, he heard his wife’s voice urgently warning him, “Herman, I just heard on the news that there’s a car going the wrong way on Interstate 77. Please be careful!” “Heck,” said Herman, “It’s not just one car, it’s hundreds of them!”


Two elderly women were out driving in a large car – both could barely see over the dashboard. As they were cruising along, they came to an intersection. The stoplight was red, but they just went on through. The woman in the passenger seat thought to herself, “I must be losing it. I could have sworn we just went through a red light.” After a few more minutes, they came to another intersection and the light was red again. Again, they went right through. The woman in the passenger seat was almost sure that the light had been red but was really concerned that she was losing it. She was getting nervous. At the next intersection, sure enough, the light was red and they went on through. So, she turned to the other woman and said, “Mildred, did you know that we just ran through three red lights in a row? You could have killed us both!” Mildred turned to her and said, “Oh, crap, am I driving?”





                                      Battery 223 is located in Lower Township, Cape May County, at Cape                               May State Park. The harbor defense battery was completed in 1943. It                                              was added to the National Register of Historic Places on

                                      June 25, 2008.


                                      In the years before the entry of the U.S. into World War II, the belief                                                 that America’s shore defenses were inadequate resulted in the 1940                                        Modernization of the Coastal Defense program. Battery 223 was part                                             of the effort to address the advances of offensive and defensive                                                     technology in the 1930s. Standardized and mass-produced                                                     fortifications were built on both the east and west coasts.




Battery 223 was one of three 200-series fortifications built for Fort Miles, headquartered in Cape Henlopen, Delaware. Designed to host a 6 inch battery and survive a direct hit from

battleships and aircraft, the structure was built with six-foot thick reinforced concrete walls and a thick blast proof roof; the entire building was covered with earth. The 6-inch guns had a nine-mile range.


In addition to the three 200-series batteries, Fort Miles also had a 16-inch and a 12-inch battery, both located at Cape Henlopen. The 16-inch guns had a range of 26 miles. In all, assets of Fort Miles extended along 200 miles of shoreline, including a network of 20 fire control towers.


Battery 223’s guns were never fired at an enemy, though there were drills and live fire tests. As the war turned in favor of the Allies, lessening the need for coastal defense, and continuing advances in warfare technology rendered fixed coastal defenses obsolete, the Modernization of the Coastal Defense program was never completed. Battery 223 was decommissioned in 1944; all Army seacoast defense guns had been scrapped by 1948. By 1950, the Army had dismantled all of the fixed gun harbor defenses; the buildings were used for other military purposes or were declared surplus.


Battery 223 was used for radio communications by the Navy at some point after 1958, a concrete pad was poured on the top of the building to support a Quonset hut. Battery 223 became part of the Cape May Point State Park in 1962. Today the battery is no longer covered and is in full view.


The exterior of the building is a series of windowless blocks of formed concrete. It is roughly T-shaped, the long portion runs east-west parallel to the beach, the stem of the T extends to the north. It contains 20 rooms, including a plotting room, switchboard room, latrine, several shell storage rooms, a chemical warfare service room, and an airlock. The airlock provided protection against chemical attack. Wood pilings support the building; though once buried in sand, they are now exposed by beach erosion.


Power was provided by three diesel generators with a gallery of exhaust pipes and mufflers, evaporative water coolers were in a separate room. The switchboard room connected the plotting room to the external fire control towers. The plotting room received coordinates from two towers, which were then used to triangulate the target and produce gun aiming directions.







Programs & Scheduling:  Phil Harrison – Typing & Circulation: Judy Dolan

(I am thunder)