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When the weather's fine, anglers have one thing on their mind

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Written by Heather Holtzapfel James Friday, July 12, 2013 10:30 am

Kayla Quirk, 7, of Philadelphia caught an 18-inch flounder off the Grassy Sound Marina dock while her dad was cleaning their boat. She was fishing with minnows during incoming tide. Kayla Quirk, 7, of Philadelphia caught an 18-inch flounder off the Grassy Sound Marina dock while her dad was cleaning their boat. She was fishing with minnows during incoming tide.

Last weekend's beautiful weather brought heavy boat traffic on the water. Most fishing hot spots were littered with boats full of anglers hoping to catch some action at the end of their lines.

The overall report from local marinas, bait shops and captains is that fishing remains steady. The hits may not be as often with the keeper flounder, but they are still being caught. Offshore fishing is picking up with more boats getting the opportunity to take the trip.

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beach reads > July 12, 2013

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Written by Marjorie Preston Friday, July 12, 2013 09:06 am

beach reads   July 12, 2013

And Then I Found You

by Patti Callahan Henry, St. Martin’s Press

The story arc is as old as time: boy meets girl, they fall deliriously in love until circumstances divide them, and ever afterward, the question remains: Whatever happened to the one that got away? Kate Vaughn is a thirtyish, successful businesswoman in a great relationship with a swell guy named Rowan. But when she realizes Rowan is about to propose – she finds the diamond ring – it propels her back in memory to Jack Adams, the boy she loved and lost, and with whom she shares a secret: the daughter they agreed to surrender for adoption. When the girl, now 21, turns up on Facebook, it sets all kind of Lifetime movie drama in motion. Nicely done if formulaic, “And Then I Found You” is a nice summer chick-lit entry.

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One Kook's Safari > Back to the deep, blue freeze

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Written by Bill Barlow Thursday, July 11, 2013 06:50 pm

Teddy Lyons makes a turn kiteboarding this week.  Teddy Lyons makes a turn kiteboarding this week.

Brrr.

It has been a little while since I folded and stowed my beat-up old 4-3 wetsuit for the summer. It is ripped in more places than I can count and faded by the sun in strange patches from hanging in the outside shower. I don’t really know if it’s going to make it through another winter. But it’s July, and the suit’s away, and I’m not particularly willing to dig it out again on a hot summer day.

But, well, brrr.

The waves have been really cold recently.

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Main Street Cruisers bring back old time rock ’n’ roll

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Thursday, July 11, 2013 06:06 pm

The Main Street Cruisers / Photo courtesy of Edwin A. Davis Photography The Main Street Cruisers / Photo courtesy of Edwin A. Davis Photography

With their ’50s style bowling shirts, poodle skirts, dance routines and screwball comedy, The Main Street Cruisers will take listeners on a wild ride back to the early days of rock ’n’ roll with a performance 8 p.m. Thursday, July 18 at the Lou Booth Amphitheater, Second and Ocean avenues in North Wildwood.

The high-energy show is part of the city’s Concerts Under the Stars series, which features live music Thursdays and Saturdays.

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Cape May Honey Farm has the buzz on bees

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Written by Samantha Safchinsky Thursday, July 11, 2013 05:06 pm

Andi and Doug Marandino operate Cape May Honey Farm, a specialty store that sells raw honey and organic honey products. Andi and Doug Marandino operate Cape May Honey Farm, a specialty store that sells raw honey and organic honey products.

When it comes to bees and things related to honey, the Marandinos have all the buzz.

Doug Marandino and his wife, Andi, opened Cape May Honey Farm in March with one goal in mind.

“Our goal here is not just to sell honey, but we do want to talk about honey and honeybees,” Andi Marandino said.

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Karen Akers to sing Cole Porter tunes in ‘Anything Goes’

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, July 11, 2013 03:06 pm

Broadway singer Karen Akers will perform “An Evening of Cole Porter: Anything Goes” 8 p.m. Monday, July 22 at the Robert Shackleton Playhouse in Cape May. Broadway singer Karen Akers will perform “An Evening of Cole Porter: Anything Goes” 8 p.m. Monday, July 22 at the Robert Shackleton Playhouse in Cape May.

Cape May Stage will present Broadway and cabaret star Karen Akers in the show “An Evening of Cole Porter: Anything Goes” 8 p.m. Monday, July 22 at the Robert Shackleton Playhouse at the corner of Bank and Lafayette streets in Cape May.

Akers is a Tony Award nominee and star of the original Broadway productions “Nine” and “Grand Hotel.” She has been touring the country performing her Porter tribute, with stops at venues including The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and the Algonquin Hotel in New York City. This is the first time she is performing at Cape May Stage.

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Wildlife tours are timed to catch butterflies and gardens at their peak

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, July 11, 2013 01:06 pm

Bill Barlow / Naturalist Pat Sutton will lead a series of Wildlife Garden Tours through Sept. 26. Bill Barlow / Naturalist Pat Sutton will lead a series of Wildlife Garden Tours through Sept. 26.

Mid-July is peak butterfly season in terms of diversity and numbers, and Cape May County has more butterfly and hummingbird gardens than anywhere else in the country, according to the New Jersey Audubon Nature Center of Cape May. But it helps to know where to look.

Join local gardening naturalist and author Pat Sutton as she leads a series of private butterfly garden tours throughout Cape May County, beginning with her own garden Tuesday, July 16 on the North Tour, which encompasses Goshen to Dennisville.

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Avalon beach movie is ‘ParaNorman’

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, July 11, 2013 11:06 am

‘ParaNorman’ will be the featured movie Tuesday, July 16. ‘ParaNorman’ will be the featured movie Tuesday, July 16.

The Avalon Department of Recreation will continue its Big Beach Movie series 8:45 p.m. Tuesday, July 16 with “ParaNorman,” a story about a boy named Norman who can talk to the dead and uses his power to protect his town from an evil curse. It is voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee, Casey Affleck and Tucker Albrizzi.

Big Beach Movies are shown on a large screen at the 30th Street beach. Admission is free, and all are welcome.

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Lifeguard races continue with competitions weekly

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, July 11, 2013 10:17 am

Lifeguards from Cape May County beach patrols race toward the water at the start of the surf dash relay at last summer’s Cape May County Lifeguard Championships. Numerous beach patrol competitions are held all summer throughout the area, beginning with the county championships in Wildwood Crest last Friday. Lifeguards from Cape May County beach patrols race toward the water at the start of the surf dash relay at last summer’s Cape May County Lifeguard Championships. Numerous beach patrol competitions are held all summer throughout the area, beginning with the county championships in Wildwood Crest last Friday.

The 2013 season of South Jersey beach patrol competition started last Friday when the Wildwood Crest Beach Patrol hosted the Cape May County Lifeguard Championships. The six-event competition held on the Rambler Road beach featured a doubles row, rescue board race, swim, run/swim duathlon, singles row and surf dash relay competitions.

The title was captured by the Ocean City Beach Patrol, giving the patrol its 14th overall championship at the event, which began in 1984.

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Found it in ... Stone Harbor

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Written by Samantha Safchinsky Wednesday, July 10, 2013 06:13 pm

 

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One Kook's Safari>And the winner for the most fun is …

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Written by Bill Barlow Wednesday, July 10, 2013 04:34 pm

Plenty of surfers found Saturday’s waves worth playing in. Here, one of them gets a good ride. Plenty of surfers found Saturday’s waves worth playing in. Here, one of them gets a good ride. First, let’s set the stage.

Last weekend’s waves were forecast to be a big, churning, sloppy mess, with maybe a little bit of clean swell on Saturday morning, June 29. The water dropped many degrees, and over it all hung a gray, overcast sky with the wind picking up.

A lot of people came out to play.

At one break, I saw a couple of people getting rides, some kids doing a few scary drops inside, and a lot of surfers trying to find their wave. One surfer fought her way outside only to come back in, exhausted, and another who went out with just a bathing suit said the waves weren’t bad, but her feet had gone numb.

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Photo exhibit showcases Cape May’s ‘pretty ladies’

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013 04:02 pm

A ‘pretty lady’ at 645 Hughes St., Cape May. A ‘pretty lady’ at 645 Hughes St., Cape May.

CAPE MAY - The Gail Pierson Gallery will present “Cape May’s Pretty Ladies,” a collection of photographs of Cape May homes by Christine Peck, through Aug. 15 at TreeHouse Antiques, 742 Seashore Road, Cape May. 

The original photos depict the colorful and intricate facades of houses and bed and breakfasts in Cape May, interpreted through Peck's artistic lens. 

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People Poll > Animals

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Written by Samantha Safchinsky Monday, July 08, 2013 06:56 pm

What is your favorite animal?

People Poll > Animals

“Dolphins, because they’re very playful.”

- Chris Rock, Philadelphia, Pa.

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Service with a Smile > July 8, 2013

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Written by Samantha Safchinsky Monday, July 08, 2013 05:53 pm

Service with a Smile > July 8, 2013

Ashley Rodriguez, Kim Ashmead and Katie Cavanaugh of Nonna's Trattoria and Pizzeria in Ocean City.


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Good fishing continues despite storms

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Written by Heather Holtzapfel James Monday, July 08, 2013 05:05 pm

Ted Stabolepszy, 8, wins the overall prize for largest fish of the day with a 4-pound catch at the Strathmere Fishing and Environmental Club tournament out of Whale Creek Marina last Saturday. He had two other fish at 3.1 and 3.2 pounds. His sister Carly won first place in the junior division with a 2.5-pound flounder. More than 35 nice fish were weighed in. Ted Stabolepszy, 8, wins the overall prize for largest fish of the day with a 4-pound catch at the Strathmere Fishing and Environmental Club tournament out of Whale Creek Marina last Saturday. He had two other fish at 3.1 and 3.2 pounds. His sister Carly won first place in the junior division with a 2.5-pound flounder. More than 35 nice fish were weighed in.

Giant bluefins hooked last week

It's hard to believe the Fourth of July is already behind us, but great fishing continues, and the best of crabbing is yet to come.

Weather, tides and the moon phases always play a big role in fishing, and even crabbing. June was one of the wettest months on record, not giving anglers an opportunity to get out and enjoy a full day of fishing. Wind is always a factor at the shore in late spring and early summer, and the water temperatures have been rising slowly. Even so, anglers report that good fishing has been steady.

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Henry’s sells jewelry down by the seashore

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Written by Samantha Safchinsky Monday, July 08, 2013 03:45 pm

Sam Koperwas, left, and Jeff Sherman, friends since childhood, own Henry’s Landmark Jeweler of Ocean City. Sam Koperwas, left, and Jeff Sherman, friends since childhood, own Henry’s Landmark Jeweler of Ocean City.

Sam Koperwas and Jeff Sherman started out as childhood friends, growing up in Brooklyn and playing Little League baseball.

Later they went into business together – by their own admission not knowing much. Today the two are longtime business partners who run an award-winning jewelry store.

Koperwas and Sherman joined forces in 1972 to start Henry’s Trading Post in Ocean City, which sold American Indian jewelry.

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Beacon Art exhibiting work of 2 contemporary artists

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Monday, July 08, 2013 03:36 pm

‘Red Door’ by Jennifer Hansen Rolli ‘Red Door’ by Jennifer Hansen Rolli

Two divergent artists will explore the landscape in the exhibit “Utter Discourse: Now and Then – An Investigation into Current Trends of Contemporary Art” running July 6-Aug. 2 at Beacon Art/Shortwave Gallery in Stone Harbor.

Jennifer Hansen Rolli is a native of Bucks County, Pa., whose father was also a painter. He took her many places that spurred her creativity and love of nature, according to a news release.

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Daks Kayaks does all but the paddling for you

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Written by Samantha Safchinsky Monday, July 08, 2013 03:00 pm

Daks Kayaks of Ocean City is an offshoot of owners Dave and Alene Hartman’s passion for water sports. Daks Kayaks of Ocean City is an offshoot of owners Dave and Alene Hartman’s passion for water sports.

When Dave Hartman’s bad knees got the better of him, he realized surfing was no longer an option.

“I can’t surf anymore, so I looked for an alternative to be able to still ride waves,” he said.

While doing some research, he came across the waveski.

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Cinemania > Bullock, McCarthy bring laughs, chemistry to lukewarm plot of ‘The Heat’

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Monday, July 08, 2013 02:30 pm

An uptight New York FBI agent played by Sandra Bullock is paired up with Melissa McCarthy’s raunchy beat cop from Boston in director Paul Feig’s ‘The Heat.’ An uptight New York FBI agent played by Sandra Bullock is paired up with Melissa McCarthy’s raunchy beat cop from Boston in director Paul Feig’s ‘The Heat.’

“The Heat” is your typical buddy-cop comedy but with a twist, in that both its stars are women. Unfortunately, other than its novel casting, the film is wholly unoriginal, and hits all the beats of similar comedies from “Beverly Hills Cop” on – and with excessive force. 

Sandra Bullock is an uptight FBI agent from New York. Melissa McCarthy is a raunchy beat cop from Boston with a flagrant disregard for due process. She does anything she can, legal and otherwise, to bust criminals. Bullock, who is trying to prove worthy of a promotion, is sent to Beantown to take down a drug kingpin. The two reluctantly team up and form an unlikely bond while cracking the case. It's familiar territory for sure, and the movie suffers for it. 

Even with a structure as formulaic as this, “The Heat” could have transcended its predictability if it were just a lot tighter. A lot of the time, the movie is an excuse for McCarthy to riff with reckless abandonment. Her character is funny enough, and there are times where these improvised moments work. But a lot of the time it seems like you're watching a film built from outtakes. It occasionally hits a groove, and then you are thrown back into a plot that is as tired as they come.

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Found it in … Stone Harbor

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Written by Samantha Safchinsky Monday, July 08, 2013 01:30 pm

found it

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