I attended the annual Chelsea Neighborhood Association (CNA) awards dinner last night. Carol Ruffu, CNA Secretary, gives the details of the event. Atlantic County Executive, Dennis Levinson and ACCC President, Dr. Peter L. Mora were the 2008 CNA honorees.
The County Executive was unable to attend due to a family event. His son accepted the award. The son said, “I am saving you from another political speech,” and then sat down to laughter.
Dr. Mora was born, raised, and still lives in Atlantic City. He is proud of the recent expansion of ACCC’s Atlantic City campus. He hinted that there are plans in the works for another Atlantic City expansion. Dr. Mora will soon stop by CNA to share these plans.
Frank Formica of Formica’s Bakery and John Gormley of Gormley Funeral Home were the World of Difference Award winners. Both men thanked CNA for their work and the dedication of their families in building the community of the fifth ward.
I sat next to Frank Balles and his wife and received an update from his campaign. He has been focusing on Atlantic City and Pleasantville over the past week. My parents’ neighbors have his signs in front of their house. Small anecdotal information is not definitive. But in our small town with a huge reputation, anecdotal evidence is very accurate.
Congressman Frank LoBiondo popped-in during the cocktail hour, State Senators Jeff Van Drew and James Whelan, State Assemblyman John Amodeo, Atlantic County Freeholders Thomas Russo and Charles Garrett, Sheriff Jim McGettigan, Mayor Scott Evans, and Councilman Dennis Mason all attended the event.