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Written by Staff Reports Monday, September 01, 2014 12:00 am

Monday, Sept. 1

Labor Day Fireworks 10 p.m. on the beach at Pine Avenue, Wildwood. Free. See www.DoWildwood.com .

Cape Atlantic Irish Pipe Brigade Parade 7:30-9:30 p.m. from 16th Avenue to the Wildwoods Convention Center. Free. Call 609-523-1602.

OCNJ Labor Day Race 5-mile beach run and 1-mile fun run/walk. Registration fee is $20 in advance and $25 the day of race for adults and $10 for ages 14 and under. Call 609-525-9317.

Wednesday, Sept. 3

Farmers Market 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at the grounds of Ocean City Tabernacle, Sixth Street, Ocean City.

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Roar to the Shore to feature new bike lights show

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, September 01, 2014 12:00 am

 Vehicles parade down the boardwalk at a previous rally. Vehicles parade down the boardwalk at a previous rally. WILDWOOD - Motorcyclists will be out in force for the annual Roar to the Shore Motorcycle Rally, set for Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 4-7 in Wildwood.

Located a few hours’ ride or less from the major cities of Philadelphia, New York City, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., the rally brings thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts to town on their bikes for a day or a weekend of music, shopping, riding, tattooing and other activities.

 Billed as the largest free motorcycle rally in the northeast, the rally will feature loads of free live entertainment, motorcycle vendors, food and merchandise vendors and related events all weekend.

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Salome's Stars: Horoscope for week of Sept. 1

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, September 01, 2014 12:00 am

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Horoscope for week of Sept. 1

ARIES (March 21-April 19) Be careful not to allow the backers of a new financial "deal" to pull the wool over the Lamb's eyes. It could hold fewer plusses and more negatives than you were first led to believe.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) It's a good idea to finish all incomplete tasks so that you can devote your attention to next week's projects. The weekend could hold surprises for romantic Ferdinands and Fernandas.

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Full Moon Family Nature Walk set for Sept. 6

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, August 31, 2014 12:00 am

Full Moon Family Nature Walk set for Sept. 6 Full Moon Family Nature Walk set for Sept. 6

The Friends of Cape May National Wildlife Refuge will lead a free full-moon family nature walk 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6 starting at the Two Mile Beach Visitor Contact Station in Wildwood Crest.

The full moon that occurs closest to the autumnal equinox is called the harvest moon because its light allows farmers to continue their harvest well into the night. In years when the harvest moon falls in October, the September full moon is usually known as the full corn moon because it traditionally corresponds with the time of harvesting corn.

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Avalon stores open doors for End-of-Summer Shop Hop

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, August 31, 2014 12:00 am

Flameworkers from WheatonArts and Cultural Center will present a handmade glass beads demonstration 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6 at Avalon Shops on Dune.  Flameworkers from WheatonArts and Cultural Center will present a handmade glass beads demonstration 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6 at Avalon Shops on Dune.  AVALON - The Avalon Chamber of Commerce will hold its second annual End-of-Summer Shop Hop Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 6 and Sept. 7 throughout the shopping district.

More than 30 businesses in Avalon plan to participate by offering discounts of up to 75 percent, buy one, get one free deals and other sales. Stores will be offering hospitality such as wine and cheese, sweets and other refreshments.

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NASW Big Band Dance set for Sept. 27

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, August 30, 2014 04:12 pm

Dancers fill the floor in this overhead view of last year’s event. Dancers fill the floor in this overhead view of last year’s event.

Naval Air Station Wildwood will hold a USO-style Big Band Dance 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27 in historic Hangar No. 1.

The 1940s style dance will feature swing, ballroom and samba dancing and lessons from professional dance instructor Tom Cupp. Dancers of all levels are welcome, and 1940s dress is encouraged.

Music will be provided by Walt Wagner and the Serenaders Big Band, a 14-piece ensemble. Dinner will be catered by Shore Side Catering, and there will be raffles.

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Taste the best of both states at Brews-by-the-Bay festival

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, August 28, 2014 08:10 pm

 The bistate Brews-by-the-Bay fest Saturday, Sept. 6 runs noon-4 p.m. at the Cape May ferry terminal and 4-8 p.m. at the Lewes terminal. The bistate Brews-by-the-Bay fest Saturday, Sept. 6 runs noon-4 p.m. at the Cape May ferry terminal and 4-8 p.m. at the Lewes terminal.  The Cape May-Lewes Ferry will host the inaugural bistate Brews-by-the-Bay festival Saturday, Sept. 6 on the grounds of the Cape May and Lewes, Del., ferry terminals.

Jointly organized by the Garden State Brewers Guild and the Delaware Brewers Guild, the festival will feature beer from local craft breweries and live music at both terminals.

The catch is that to enjoy beer from both states, festival goers must attend the festival at one terminal and then cross the Delaware Bay via the ferry to get the native beers on the other side.

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Cinemania: 'A Dame to Kill For' is a stunning but brutal follow-up to 'Sin City'

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Written by Joe Bell Thursday, August 28, 2014 05:37 pm

It took director Robert Rodriguez almost a decade to revisit Sin City, and this film retains the same dark, stylized tone as the original pulpy noir. While it doesn't deliver as powerful a punch as the first film – which also happened to be one of the most faithful comic-book adaptations of all time – “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” is still an entertaining follow-up. It’s visually stunning, brutally violent, and expertly explores its dark, seedy undertones.

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The Shorter Days of August, September

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, August 28, 2014 05:00 pm

By now, we've all noticed that our summer days are growing shorter.  The longest day is over a month past and we can look forward to our daylight growing shorter until the shortest day in December. 

While we all notice the lengthening and shortening of the days, a lot of people don't noticed that the change in daylight is not smooth and even. 

Actually, the length of daylight doesn't change very much for about a month on either side of the longest day. 

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Never a dull moment – and that’s how he likes it

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, August 28, 2014 04:28 pm

Shaun Stamm has been with the North Wildwood Beach Patrol for six years. Shaun Stamm has been with the North Wildwood Beach Patrol for six years.

Shaun Stamm broke one of the cardinal rules of being a lifeguard a few years ago: He went to the beach on his day off.

Three young kids are sure glad he did.

Stamm, a North Wildwood lifeguard, was hanging out on the beach that day with his family and friends after the working lifeguards had finished their shifts.

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Purple Reign concludes Crest Summer Music Series Saturday

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, August 28, 2014 04:20 pm

Purple Reign concludes Crest Summer Music Series Saturday Purple Reign concludes Crest Summer Music Series Saturday

The Wildwood Crest Free Summer Music Series will conclude this weekend with a performance by Purple Reign 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30 at Centennial Park.

The appearance is a return engagement for Purple Reign, which first played Wildwood Crest last summer.

First an original band that began in the 1970s that produced a national hit record in 1975, Purple Reign regularly performs some of the most popular music of the day, boasting a rhythm section, horns and strong vocals, and plays everything from Frank Sinatra to Lady Gaga, as well as hits from the disco era, Motown, and ’80s and ’90s dance music.

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Beach Reads: August 29, 2014

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Written by Marjorie Preston Thursday, August 28, 2014 03:37 pm

Mr. Mercedes Mr. Mercedes

Mr. Mercedes
by Stephen King, Scribner
Brady Hartfield is a born loser, a grown man who sells ice cream, works at a discount electronics store and lives with his mother. But behind the wheel of a stolen Mercedes, he gains power – horsepower, that is, and the ability to instantly snuff out lives. Hartfield’s greatest achievement was plowing into a line of people at a job fair, killing eight. The case went cold, and investigator Bill Hodges, now retired, sits at home, brooding and flirting with suicide. Then Hodges gets a jeering letter from the Mercedes Killer, punctuated by smiley faces, gloating that he will kill again. That’s all it takes to get the cop back in the game. This is nail-biting stuff, with a bang-up finish.

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One Kook’s Safari: The ABCs of the summer of ’14

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Written by Bill Barlow Thursday, August 28, 2014 01:53 pm

A surfer takes a turn off the lip on Thursday’s overhead waves. Surfers flocked to the water from throughout the region for the weekday swell.  By Thursday morning, Hurricane Cristobal was passing well off the coast, and was expected to pass off Nova Scotia by Thursday night. In the meantime, the storm sent huge waves toward the beach from North Carolina to New England, with heavy waves throughout Cape May County. Some sets were well overhead, and there were steady waves throughout the morning. A surfer takes a turn off the lip on Thursday’s overhead waves. Surfers flocked to the water from throughout the region for the weekday swell. By Thursday morning, Hurricane Cristobal was passing well off the coast, and was expected to pass off Nova Scotia by Thursday night. In the meantime, the storm sent huge waves toward the beach from North Carolina to New England, with heavy waves throughout Cape May County. Some sets were well overhead, and there were steady waves throughout the morning. Well, that went quick.

How did Labor Day weekend get here so fast? Well, I guess you blinked. Either that or they’ve changed the length of July and August somehow. I, for one, blame Obama.

But that’s not what we’re here to talk about. We’re here to talk surfing, and how we are three for three so far on the hurricanes of 2014 and it’s not even September yet.

By Thursday morning, Hurricane Cristobal was passing well off the coast, and was expected to pass off Nova Scotia by Thursday night. In the meantime, the storm sent huge waves toward the beach from North Carolina to New England, with heavy waves throughout Cape May County. Some sets were well overhead, and there were steady waves throughout the morning.

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One Kook’s Safari: Looking for a surfer-to-English dictionary?

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Written by Bill Barlow Saturday, August 23, 2014 08:08 am

A goofyfoot longboarder takes a backside ride off a point break. Some surf jargon sounds pretty gnarly, but most of it is just descriptive. A goofyfoot longboarder takes a backside ride off a point break. Some surf jargon sounds pretty gnarly, but most of it is just descriptive. A few days this summer, the waves rolled in too small to push a board. A couple of other days saw essentially no waves at all: a flat, blue expanse to the horizon.

It looked lovely, but there was nothing to ride.

A couple of other days were complete blowouts; there were strong waves, but they were breaking all over the place. Each wave was plenty strong enough for a ride, but it could break almost anywhere, and there was no form to the wave aside from that wash of whitewater.

I came back in after trying my luck on one such morning while the lifeguards were setting up for the day.

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Beach Reads: Aug. 22, 2014

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Written by Marjorie Preston Friday, August 22, 2014 04:12 pm

The Black-Eyed Blonde The Black-Eyed Blonde The Black-Eyed Blonde
by Benjamin Black, Henry Holt
Beautiful Clare Cavendish hires private detective Philip Marlowe to track down her runaway lover. Though Nico Peterson ostensibly died in a hit-and-run outside a fancy L.A. club and was identified at the morgue by his sister, Clare insists she spotted him days later, alive and well on the streets of San Francisco. Marlowe takes the case, and soon uncovers a hornet’s nest of unsavory characters from both ends of society’s food chain.Though Raymond Chandler died in 1959, his world-weary gumshoe lives on thanks to Benjamin Black, the nom de plume of award-winning novelist Ben Banville. Is Nico really alive? If so, why did he fake his death? And what is the truth about his relationship with the black-eyed blonde? Writing with the blessing of Chandler’s estate, Black has revived the wisecracking PI for yet another entertaining misadventure.

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