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Beach Reads > June 6, 2014

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Written by Marjorie Preston Tuesday, June 03, 2014 02:44 pm

 The Longest Ride The Longest Ride

The Longest Ride
by Nicholas Sparks, Grand Central Publishing
Nicholas Sparks’ newest love story, now out in paperback, tells the parallel stories of two couples: 90-something Ira Levinson and his wife, Ruth, and Sophia and Luke, a young couple from vastly different backgrounds who meet at a barn dance. As the story opens, Ira is stranded, injured after a car accident. As he slips in and out of consciousness, Ruth, long dead, visits him. Though he is aware she is only a hallucination, together they recall the many chapters of their shared history, from early romance to the struggles and joys of marriage. Meanwhile, art student Sophia, recently split from her cheating boyfriend, blows off steam by accompanying a friend to the rodeo. The cheater shows up to woo her back. When he gets too insistent, she is rescued by Luke, a handsome rodeo rider with a secret. Is their attraction a fleeting thing, or will they find true love? Hey, this is Nicholas Sparks! Parts of “The Longest Ride” recall the love story at the heart of “The Notebook.” It’s a tearjerker, but expertly done. Lay in a supply of Kleenex and enjoy.

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Jersey fresh strawberries are in season

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, June 03, 2014 02:37 pm

strawberry Jersey Fresh strawberries are here, and the plump, juicy fruit is available now at farmers markets, grocery stores and pick-your-own farms in the state. Harvesting began in mid-May and is expected to continue through early June.

Nutritionists consider strawberries to be a part of a healthy diet, providing a good source of vitamin C. Strawberries should not be washed until ready to eat because their high water content, on top of the additional water, will result in a mushy berry. Once the caps are removed, an enzyme is released that destroys the vitamin C.

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Ocean City 'waif' returns to film show

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Written by Carl Price Monday, June 02, 2014 12:00 am

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Growing up at the beach with summer nights spend roaming the boardwalk, the smells of pizza and caramel corn wafting through the air, screams from the amusement rides the audio back drop to paradise. For some, paradise was a tough place to grow up.

Joe Eulo grew up in the foster care system in southern New Jersey and is now directing a television series that explores the nightmare of human trafficking.

“I would wander the beaches, boardwalks, and streets of OceanCity in search of the storytellers who lived, worked, and visited the small BarrierIsland, which, oddly for me, was known as ‘America’s Greatest Family Resort,’” explained Eulo.

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Art exhibit to be held at Thomas Beesley House

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, May 30, 2014 05:15 pm

 Art exhibit to be held at Thomas Beesley House Art exhibit to be held at Thomas Beesley House

GABLES of Cape May County will present the third annual GLBT Art Exhibit June 7-28 at the circa 1870 Thomas Beesley Jr. House, 605 Route 9 North, Cape May Court House.

The first half of the month will showcase the work of adult gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender and a gay-friendly artists. That portion of the exhibit runs noon-4 p.m. June 7, 8, 13, 14 and 15, with an opening reception set for 1-3 p.m. Saturday, June 7.

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Beach Reads > May 30, 2014

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Written by Marjorie Preston Friday, May 30, 2014 04:12 pm

 Shotgun Lovesongs Shotgun Lovesongs

Shotgun Lovesongs

by Nickolas Butler, Thomas Dunne Books

This astonishing first novel details the lives of four young men from rural Little Wing, Wis. They grew up together but have taken markedly different paths in life, and each measures his worth against the others. There’s Henry, who stayed on the farm and married his boyhood sweetheart, Beth. Kip, the commodities trader who made a fortune in Chicago, came home to great fanfare to redevelop a local mill, but is secretly drowning in debt. Ronny is the onetime rodeo rider whose brain injury has left him eternally, sweetly childlike. And then there’s Lee, who rocketed to stardom as a musician, but is no happier for his fame and fortune than his three boyhood buds. Each of these characters tells his story in rotating first-person chapters, as does Beth, a pivotal figure in all their lives. “Shotgun Lovesongs” is an achingly tender portrait of friends in good times and bad, in the money and on the outs, and the indestructible bond that keeps bringing them back together. Bravo. Bravo.

 Scandal: A Manual Scandal: A Manual

Scandal: A Manual

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Cinemania: Clever ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ ramps up the action

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Written by Joe Bell Friday, May 30, 2014 12:40 pm

Warning: Those who haven’t seen both the original “X-Men” movies, and the most recent prequel “X-Men: First Class” may be confused for a majority of the film. But true fans will be delighted.

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Ocean City Museum opens surfing exhibit

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Written by Ann Richardson Friday, May 30, 2014 09:59 am

surf museum The surf board, with an orange border and a green stripe painted down the center, was cutting edge when it was purchased on Dec. 26, 1968.
The Con C.C. Rider was considered lightweight at the time, weighing in at 24 pounds. An average surfboard with current materials weighs 6 or 7 pounds, while a 9-foot longboard would weigh about 13 pounds.
The focal point of the newest exhibit at the Ocean City Historical Museum, the board is attracting attention, much to the delight of museum officials.

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One Kook's Safari> Things are changing on the beach, and in the water

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Written by Bill Barlow Tuesday, May 27, 2014 06:09 pm

Where else but in the ocean can you spot a 600-something-pound carnivore, or a whole bunch of them, coming toward you and feel nothing but thrilled?

Seeing the first dolphin of the year is always cool, but after last summer’s brutal infection decimated the local bottlenose dolphin population, seeing pods of them cruising along the break just seems like a gift.

That’s how felt this week, when it seemed like the ocean was crowded with those big grey or black fins. Mostly, just a head and back would roll up out of the water, or a pair of them would, but once in a while, a dolphin would leap clear of the water, as if to get a better view of its surroundings.

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The Kitchen Diva: Asparagus brings a taste of spring to the table

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Written by ANGELA SHELF MEDEARIS Tuesday, May 13, 2014 09:59 am

 The Kitchen Diva: Asparagus brings a taste of spring to the table The Kitchen Diva: Asparagus brings a taste of spring to the table

Nothing says spring is here like a beautiful bunch of crisp asparagus. While asparagus is available year-round, it's much better when purchased locally.

Asparagus is easy to select and prepare, and comes in a variety of vibrant colors including green, violet, purple and white. It also grows wild and is commercially available fresh, frozen and canned.

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One Kook's Safari> The long and short of boards

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Written by Bill Barlow Monday, May 12, 2014 12:55 pm

A longboarder gets out to the nose of his board. Most agree beginners should start on a longboard, but a lot of surfers never get tired of that smooth, straight ride, and never want to trade for anything smaller. A longboarder gets out to the nose of his board. Most agree beginners should start on a longboard, but a lot of surfers never get tired of that smooth, straight ride, and never want to trade for anything smaller. Last week saw a whole lot of flat.

Day after day, flat and clean or flat and choppy, the occasional toe-biter of a wave that looked pretty but couldn’t really push a board.

Surfers could break out the skateboards, catch up on some videos or hit the road in search of better swell. I saw a SUP out cruising early one morning this week, but it looked as though he was just enjoying the view.

There were some good days recently, though, including a weekend with nice, clean shoulder-high sets. It looked as though everyone who owned a board and a wetsuit hit the water, catching waves left and right and every once in a while on the center, dropping over the whitewater falls in a brief but dramatic splash.

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Cinemania: Sulking Spidey is a drag in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’

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Written by Joe Bell Friday, May 09, 2014 11:15 am

“The Amazing Spiderman 2” is the fifth Spiderman movie in the past decade and the second in the rebooted series. While the original franchise floundered on its third outing, “Spider-Man 2” is widely considered a cornerstone in the new wave of superhero-driven films. To this day, it still feels fresh, exciting, and best of all, justified.

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Beach Reads > May 9, 2014

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Written by Marjorie Preston Thursday, May 08, 2014 08:58 pm

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I’ve Got You Under My Skin
By Mary Higgins Clark, Simon and Schuster
Clark has written a curious hybrid of old-style murder mystery and contemporary thriller. The results are uneven, implausible, and ultimately predictable. But it’s still engaging, if only as an exercise in guesswork. Twenty years ago, after a graduation party for four young women, wealthy socialite Betsy Powell was smothered in her bed. The crime was never solved. Now TV producer Laurie Moran brings back all the suspects for a reality show re-enactment. As it turns out, everyone had a reason to despise the victim, including her seemingly devoted husband and the four friends. Meanwhile, Laurie battles an unknown predator who killed her husband and has threatened her and her son. The plot defies belief at every turn, and the Agatha Christie-style ending is patently ridiculous. But it’s entertaining nonsense and passable beach fare.


 Mrs. Poe Mrs. Poe

Mrs. Poe
by Lynn Cullen, Gallery Books

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So you want to get published?

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Written by Marjorie Preston Thursday, May 08, 2014 03:21 pm

 Literary agent Sheree Bykofsky will discuss publishing trends and share tips on the art of selling a story. Literary agent Sheree Bykofsky will discuss publishing trends and share tips on the art of selling a story.

At beach writer’s retreat, authors and agents spill the secrets of great writing – and how to sell it

“There’s nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter, open a vein, and bleed.”

That quote has been attributed to everyone from Ernest Hemingway to philosopher Frederick Nietzsche to sports columnist Red Smith. No matter who said it, most writers would agree that writing can be a difficult pursuit, marked by isolation, self-doubt, and lots of rejection.

While the rewards can be great – J.K. Rowling, once a struggling single mom, is now wealthier than the Queen of England – the odds of becoming rich and famous in this profession are rare. Yet writers will write, despite writer’s cramp, writer’s block, a notoriously fickle creative muse, and other occupational hazards.

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Small but plentiful striper a good sign for fishing

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Written by Heather Holtzapfel James Thursday, May 08, 2014 01:55 pm

 Clermont resident Paul Black Sr. of First Fish Adventures in Sea Isle City shows off a weakfish that was caught on his first trip of the year along with a striper, a few other weakies and some flounder that he threw back.  Clermont resident Paul Black Sr. of First Fish Adventures in Sea Isle City shows off a weakfish that was caught on his first trip of the year along with a striper, a few other weakies and some flounder that he threw back. Since our last fishing report which came out Easter weekend, the striper action has really picked up, and the flounder are showing a strong presence, although the season for them doesn’t open until May 23.

Tom Christ of Brennan Marine in Somers Point reported that anglers are hitting the inshore reefs and wrecks because of the warmer water temperatures. He said he has had reports of smallish stripers being caught around the bridges on clams and bloodworms. Anglers have told him that they have had luck casting plugs to the sod banks and slowly retrieving them. Most of this kind of fishing has been done at night with very good results.

Perch can still be had up the rivers using bloodworms, and apparently nice catches can still be had, Christ said.

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Mario’s in Ocean City reopens 17 months after Sandy

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Written by Ann Richardson Thursday, April 24, 2014 12:00 am

 Claire Lowe / Co-owners and brothers Giuseppe and Ernesto Cannuscio of Linwood stand outside Mario’s at 1510 Bay Avenue moments before officially re-opening Thursday, March 27, 17 months after sustaining damage from Hurricane Sandy. Claire Lowe / Co-owners and brothers Giuseppe and Ernesto Cannuscio of Linwood stand outside Mario’s at 1510 Bay Avenue moments before officially re-opening Thursday, March 27, 17 months after sustaining damage from Hurricane Sandy. OCEAN CITY - After 17 months of repairs and renovations, brothers Giuseppe and Ernesto Cannuscio welcomed back employees and customers Thursday, March 27 to their Bay Avenue pizzeria, which has been closed since Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.

On Thursday, members of the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce helped celebrate the occasion with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The festivities marked the end of a long journey back for the Cannuscio family.

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