THE HAMMONTONIAN | FEBRUARY 2023 | P . 3
A NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
PHOTO BY JENNIFER BAILEY MODELS : FRANKI RUDNESKY , MIA BAILEY , DANICA RUDNESKY , CARTER BAILEY , SYLVIA BIRNBAUM AND CHLOE BAILEY LOCATION : ATLANTIC COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEM / HAMMONTON
PHOTO BY JENNIFER BAILEY MODELS : CARTER , CHLOE AND MIA BAILEY LOCATION : DAN FRANCHETTI FARMS
I have met a number of our youngest residents throughout the years . Many I have watched become charming and wonderful adults . A few are truly exceptional . Lindsey Giannini is one of the few .
I first met her grandfather , the late Vince Giannini , back in the late 1990s , then his son Chris , wife Debra and their children .
When she was crowned Miss New Jersey in 2015 , I cheered and sent her an immediate note of congratulations . She championed the anti-texting and driving campaign , dedicated her year to helping others and never forgot her hometown of Hammonton . Recently , she has lent a few special items to the Historical Society of Hammonton .
Also in this quarter ’ s edition , Gabe Donio interviews Heather D ’ Amico about Scottsdale , Arizona . Live music can be heard at Annata . Indoor fun found locally .
Diner culture is alive and well in Hammonton thanks to the Silver Coin Diner . But it begs the question : Is diner culture surviving in Hammonton because of how good our diner is or is our diner as successful as it is because of the dinerloving patrons ? Joseph F . Berenato writes about the subject .
Dan Russoman takes us to court — the basketball court , that is , with the Bulldogs . Cummins is the place to go for equipment . A look back at Hammonton and current happenings in a vintage gym
I love the Norwegian word “ hygge ,” and it seems that winter fashion is embracing it too with comfortable clothes . When the weather dips below 60 degrees , cozy and comfortable are the two most important words of the day . Jaime Wuillermin takes a look at cozy fashion .
Paul Pedersen shares another fantastical fictional story with readers . HHS teacher Stacy Gerst shares a few final things with us .
Thank you to Jennifer Bailey , our cover model Franki Rudnesky and local models , Carter , Chloe and Mia Bailey , Danica Rudnesky and Sylvia Birnbaum for braving the cold with me for our photo shoot at Dan Franchetti Farms ! Also , thank you to the Franchetti family for letting us use your farm as a backdrop .
I have always loved how our town ’ s blueberry farms look in winter . There is something always so starkly beautiful about the setting . Granted , I picked the coldest and windiest day in January for picture taking . Thankfully , the Hammonton branch of the Atlantic County Library was toasty warm and welcomed us .
While at the library , I renewed my card and I encourage you , dear reader , to do the same . There are plenty of books to borrow online and in-person along with many other digital options and in-library options . The free card is worth its weight in platinum .
— Gina Rullo , Editor-in-Chief
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