Although COVID-19 designed it extremely hard for the youngsters of Barbara and Tony Aukstikalnis to fly to New Jersey to rejoice their parents’ 60th anniversary in Harvey Cedars, they utilized some ingenuity and technology to make it a exclusive day for the couple.
“They wanted so negative to be there, but they had issues for their mothers and fathers staying in a substantial-danger group for catching the virus,” stated excellent mate Mary Wilding. “But those elements did not end their organizing for creating it a most wonderful working day for their moms and dads.”
Wilding said their daughter Amy Aukstikalnis of California “called and questioned my spouse, Bob, and I to sneak down and put up a banner less than go over of darkness and to arrive at out to folks about the day.”
She said the ever-valuable staff in the municipal making, Borough Clerk Daina Dale and finance place of work assistant Christine Lisiewski, sent out the information to ship playing cards and to take part in a wander-by, push-by on Aug. 6 down the Aukstilkalnis’ road, Cape May possibly Avenue.
Police Chief Robert Burnaford dispatched two police motor vehicles, two Barnegat Light-weight Initially Aid Squad ambulances and a zoning office auto to join in the festivities alongside with quite a few pals.
“The sirens and flashing lights received the interest of the Aukstikalnises, who feared there might be an crisis on their lifeless-conclusion road,” mentioned Wilding. “When they arrived out to see what was occurring, they were fully shocked to see people standing in their garden – socially distanced, masked, with indications of excellent needs. Each exercise went smoothly: The banner was hung without having detection, the information went out, but the celebration remained a solution. Individuals place items aside to share their very good needs, and the No Rain Dance labored to prevent the showers extensive more than enough to make two men and women extremely satisfied.”
In addition to Amy, the pair has three other young children, Rick Aukstikalnis of Texas, Tony Aukstikalnis of New York and Beth Miller of North Jersey.
“They have been ready to watch the activity on Zoom and see that it was in truth a most amazing day,” said Wilding. “Everyone echoed Barb and Tony’s sentiment that Harvey Cedars is certainly a amazing place to stay.”
Barbara, 82, is a member of the Harvey Cedars Activities Committee Tony, 83, is a member of the borough land use board. They moved to the borough yr ’round in 1992, shortly following he retired as an electrical engineer.
“With their group routines, I have experienced a large amount of quality time with them,” reported former Deputy Mayor Judy Gerkens.
She rode in just one of the ambulances, which was driven by her son, Bob Selfridge, squad captain.
“I’m sure they were really saddened that they could not be with their small children,” mentioned Gerkens. “This was a great way to cheer them up. I could tell they were being thrilled.”
Barbara recalled that they satisfied at a prolonged-long gone dance club known as the Hampton House in the Cherry Hill region.
“It was incredibly common, the position to go if you wished to go out dancing,” she claimed. “The adult males had to wear suits and ties, and women of all ages experienced to put on attire, no slacks permitted. I went with some girlfriends, and he confirmed up with a few fellas. He asked me to dance, and we took it from there.”
Prior to transferring to Harvey Cedars, they lived in Delran. Unlike a lot of other calendar year-rounders, the Aukstikalnises did not start out out as summer time people.
“We did possess a rental assets in Surf Town,” stated Barbara. “We had contacted a builder we understood, Michael Jones, to do some operate there. More than lunch, he informed us that he was building some homes in Harvey Cedars and that perhaps we’d be intrigued. We took a appear and actually loved the home, and made the decision that would be a nice area to retire to.”
“Harvey Cedars has been a amazing position, and we’re so grateful how they place this surprise celebration together,” stated Tony. “It gave us anything to be so joyful about for the duration of this challenging time.”
— Eric Englund