Extraordinary times hit our community with the COVID19 pandemic, restrictions and response. It changed the lens on how we view the present and the future. While days here are never predictable, it always has familiar routines and friendly faces. Tapinto dropped in on a few neighbors to catch up this week:


George Lange – Parkertown Car Care;  Now George always knew he was essential; but his work during COVID19 helped keep Healthcare workers, delivery services and first responders on the road making it quite clear how instrumental these services were during the lock down. George purchased his business in 1986, but the building has been a local repair shop since 1929. Keeping the tradition going for George “Always starts with coffee first”.  With the business operating throughout the crisis, it was a welcome place for customers to call and touch base; “one thing that has not changed is that this is still a close-knit and family town” added Lange. With summer underway and more people coming down to the shore, Parkertown Car Care will surely be a busy stop getting residents and summer visitors road ready. Stop by - 822 Rt 9


Brooke Salvanto - Tuckerton Seaport; “It's all about small batch experiences and the great outdoors this season” shouted Brooke from a socially safe distance. Its always good to do an outdoor tour of the beautiful grounds and buildings within the maritime village. The Seaport added a Welcome booth, plenty of hand sanitizing stations and even an outdoor porcelain pedestal sink to help all who enter feel safe. “The LBI Ferry is running by prepaid reservation with an 8 passenger limit on Saturday, Sundays and Mondays and Creek Tours are available Tuesdays and Thursdays; so there is plenty to do on the water” added Brooke their Executive Director. The Seaport kept busy on social media connecting springtime and exhibits with those following at home, they are open for outdoor self-guided tours Saturday – Monday from 10am to 5pm  Stop by- 120 W Main Street (Rt 9)

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Dina & Micheal Iovine – Portofino;  There is nothing more needed than a safe port in a storm, and that is what the owners of Portofino Pizza & Restaurant provided to their neighbors by operating an emergency food pantry and meal service through their family business they have owned for over a decade. As state orders shut down inside dining, as well as local food pantries due to safety of volunteers; this husband and wife opened their dining room space to put pre-packaged food and other donations within reach of those who were food insecure. Receiving messages by phone and through their Facebook page; they provided staple ingredients as well as free meals to entire families who requested help. “We would offer pick up and even deliver to assure people were eating, no questions asked” stated Dina, a long time resident who raised her family in town with strong community pride was overwhelmed by the support of individuals and organizations during the quarantine. There are still many that need assistance and donations are gladly accepted, through their Pay Pal account or by contacting them directly.  “We know many people rely on work in Atlantic City and though some businesses are reopening not everyone is called back, we will keep this going for as long as its needed” added Micheal. Stop by 800 Radio Road