Upper Township’s Jim Ginn has become the king of live cameras.
The former two-sport athlete at Ocean City High School has installed more than 200 live cameras all over South Jersey, Philadelphia and Ocean City Maryland.
Once known for his assortment of car magnets promoting South Jersey resorts (he still has plenty of them) Ginn, together with Tim Longnecker, has brought live video into computers and mobile devices.
There are 66 cameras throughout Ocean City alone – on the Boardwalk, Asbury Avenue, the Stainton Causeway – all over the place.
There are 41 live cameras in Atlantic City plus locations in Sea Isle City, Cape May, Avalon, Margate, Stone Harbor, Diamond Beach, Strathmere, Somers Point and Cape May Point.
Ginn also has cameras in Camden focused on the Battleship New Jersey, nine cameras in the other Ocean City and 14 in Philadelphia.
And there are also cameras focused on an Osprey nest.
They are fun to watch, whether its seeing the action on the Boardwalk or the activity downtown. They also serve other purposes. Summer residents have used the cameras to evaluate property damage after a storm.
You can scroll through four screen shots at the top of this story. To watch the live cameras, visit AtTheShore.com.
The White House and Lucy - Locations familiar to us all have gained a little more national recognition this month.
Included in People magazine’s 100 reasons to love America is this entry – “Lucy the Elephant, there is no better distraction than a roadside attraction – like this six-story pachyderm in Margate City, NJ.”
And, not to be outdone, Time Magazine offered 240 reasons to celebrate America, printing choices from various people. Chrissy Dunleavy, the magazine’s design director, had this to say – “White House Subs in Atlantic City is, hands down, the best two-handed sandwich you will ever eat. The bread sets it apart. Try the cheesesteak with fried onions.”
Ocean City Post Office - There are probably few post offices in America with bigger parking problems than in Ocean City. There is no lot for customers. But the city has set aside 16 spaces on the street with 15-minute limits for postal customers, 17 if you count the handicapped space. It works great in the winter but not so much in the summer. It is not unusual to arrive at the post office and find 14 of the reserved parking spots occupied, then go inside and find three customers. You guessed it, people are parking there, possibly free of charge, and going to the beach or Boardwalk because the reserved spaces are not monitored very well.
Bader Field - Atlantic City needs money; we all understand that. When you need money you are sometimes forced to do things that are not in your best interest in the long term.
Bader Field is an example.
The city can probably get a lot of money by selling the former airport property to developers (assuming they can remember to follow all the requirements of a public auction) but down the road the city will be sorry it did not complete its lease with Bader Field Sports to produce fields and an arena for youth sports. It would bring thousands and thousands of families to the resort and give the city what it needs – more reasons to come to Atlantic City.
The Zompas - Belated congratulations to Rose and Gene Zompa on their 70th wedding anniversary last month. About 50 years ago they brought their daughter, Lisa, who was probably seven or eight years old, to all of the charity basketball games played by the WOND All-Americans. This little girl would go out in front of hundreds of people in various gymnasiums by herself. The crowd would get quiet and give her a big cheer when she finished her pom-pom routine. Lisa’s performance was usually much better than Walt Murphy’s jump shot or Tom Lamaine;s free throws.
Remembering Pinky - Speaking of WOND, has anything been done to memorialize Pinky Kravitz? There were lots of suggestions after the longtime talk show host, and Atlantic City’s greatest cheerleader, died in October. The suggestion here was The Pinky Kravitz Memorial Boardwalk Pavilion. A bronze plaque describing some of the things he brought to the community and, in the corner of the pavilion, a sculpture of Pinky seated behind a small table with a microphone. If it could be life-size, visitors and residents alike could sit next to it for a quick selfie. There were other ideas but, to date, nothing has happened.
Martin Mollusk - Mark Soifer ordered a third printing of The Martin Z. Mollusk Story, a book filled with Soifer’s prose about “Ocean City’s relatively famous Hermit Crab. The books are in and available at his City Hall office. And, if you hurry, you can get one with Martin’s autograph on the back.
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