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A Frigid Affair!
Thought is the wind, Knowledge the sail,
and Mankind the vessel...
February, 2019. Presidents Day Weekend each year draws more
than 40, 000 flocking to Sea Isle City, NJ, for the wildly popular
annual Polar Bear Weekend celebration. Now in its 25th year, the
plunge is the centerpiece of the celebration which provides for
a chance to celebrate, mingle, and take the faithful leap into the
frigid Atlantic Ocean with more than 2,000 friends. How big has
the plunge become? In its first year, there were only 25 plungers!
The event traditionally begins on Friday evening with the
Polar Bear Prince and Princess and the King and Queen contests.
By 10:00 a.m. Saturday morning, the streets surrounding La
Costa Lounge are bustling with people weaving through food
vendors, musicians, "Mummery," Elvis impersonators and plenty
of local magic by creative souls with open hearts!
Just before 2:00 p.m., the beaches between 38th and 40th
streets overflow with plungers and thousands of cheering
spectators for the main event. This year the air temperature was
41 degrees, while the ocean boasted a temperature of 34 degrees
when the plungers took their dip at 2:00 p.m. under partly cloudy
skies. The weekend closed Sunday with The Annual Mike's
Seafood 5K Run and 1.5-Mile Fun Walk for Autism.
Proceeds benefit Special Services Schools; Autism Support
Groups; Autism Speaks; Families of Special Needs Children; and
other city-wide events sponsored by the Sea Isle City Chamber of
Commerce and Revitalization.
"Best Costume, Small Group, 2019
"From the heavens, the earth, and the waters beneath" ...
We thank Francis Anthony Urso, Esquire, one of a very colorful
background and diverse interests. Frank is one who has made
substantial contributions to improving and elevating the standards
of the practice of family law in Delaware County, and has done
so in his own unique way. His approach to life, professionally
and that which is faith driven, has compelled his interest in
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autism research and awareness. In support thereof, Frank has
taken on the ocean as part of a yearly ritual, a frigid affair, to
benefit city wide events sponsored by the Sea Isle City Chamber
of Commerce and Revitalization.
In 2018, Frank took his faithful leap into the frigid waters of
the Atlantic Ocean as the "Mother of Dragons" ... also known as
Queen Daenerys Targaryen of the Game of Thrones; in 2017, the
Incredible Hulk; and in 2016, Frank assumed a leadership role
dressed in full regalia as Braveheart's William Wallace.
Noah's Ark ... the vessel in the Genesis flood narrative
(Genesis chapters 6-9) through which God spares Noah, his
family, and examples of all of the world's animals from a worldengulfing flood that took place 4,350 years ago.
The structure of the ark (and the chronology of the flood)
are homologous with the Jewish Temple and with Temple
worship. Accordingly, Noah's instructions are given to him
by God (Genesis 6:14-16): the ark is to be 300 cubits long, 50
cubits wide, and 30 cubits high. These dimensions are based on
a numerological preoccupation with the number sixty, the same
number characterizing the vessel of the Babylonian flood-hero.
Its three internal divisions reflect the three-part universe imagined
by the ancient Israelites: heaven, the earth, and the underworld.
Each deck is the same height as the Temple in Jerusalem, itself
a microcosmic model of the universe, and each is three times
the area of the court of the tabernacle, leading to the suggestion
that the author saw both ark and tabernacle as serving for the
preservation of human life. It has a door in the side, and a tsohar,
which may be either a roof or a skylight. It is to be made of
Gopher wood, a word which appears nowhere else in the Bible
- and divided into qinnim, a word which always refers to birds'
nests elsewhere in the Bible, leading some scholars to emend this
to qanim, reeds. The finished vessel is to be smeared with koper,
meaning pitch or bitumen.
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