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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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Cinemania: Evil unfolds with unnerving tension in ‘Oculus’

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Written by Joe Bell Wednesday, April 23, 2014 03:26 pm

In the supernatural thriller ‘Oculus,’ Karen Gillan plays a woman who is convinced that a malevolent antique mirror is responsible for the death of her parents.  In the supernatural thriller ‘Oculus,’ Karen Gillan plays a woman who is convinced that a malevolent antique mirror is responsible for the death of her parents.

It’s rare these days to see a truly interesting horror film. They’re cheap to produce, aren’t reliant on star power, and have a built-in audience of fans who occasionally revel in their terribleness.

Because the genre in general has become fairly stale, it’s easy for studios to put out paint-by-numbers horror flicks filled with gore and reliable scares and expect to make their money back.

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Gillian’s Island Water Park sold, to reopen as Adventure Island this spring

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Written by Ann Richardson Wednesday, April 23, 2014 03:18 pm

 Gillian’s Island Water Park sold, to reopen as Adventure Island this spring Gillian’s Island Water Park sold, to reopen as Adventure Island this spring  OCEAN CITY - Three decades after making a splash on the Ocean City Boardwalk, Gillian's Island Water Park will become Adventure Island when it reopens for Memorial Day weekend. The Plymouth Place landmark, which includes Adventure Golf, has been sold by the Gillians to the investment group Plymouth Holdings.

The sale was officially announced in a press release March 26. According to the press release, the new owners plan to spend about $500,000 to prepare the popular attraction for what they expect will be a banner summer.

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Beach Reads > April 18, 2014

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Written by Marjorie Preston Tuesday, April 22, 2014 06:06 am

 Keep Quiet Keep Quiet

Keep Quiet
by Lisa Scottoline, St. Martin’s Press
In a misguided attempt to bond with his son, Jake Buckman makes a snap decision that changes his whole life. By letting 16-year-old Ryan drive his car, Jake sets in motion a series of disasters, deceptions and cover-ups that threaten everything he loves: his family, his work, even his freedom. Scottoline’s latest is a wild, thrill-packed ride that never loses its breakneck momentum. Just when you think you know where it’s going, “Keep Quiet” takes another startling turn. This is a real page-turner – compulsively readable, and mesmerizing from first page to last.

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One Kook's Safari> Welcome back to the break

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Written by Bill Barlow Monday, April 21, 2014 10:31 am

There were some exceptional waves over the winter

It’s not nearly as bad as you might think, says Colin Devine of trudging through the snow to hit some icy waves.

Winter is the best time for surfing on the Jersey Cape, generally. It’s when the big overhead rollers come in, and only dedicated surfers dare the water. For some reason, the very best waves often coincide with snowstorms. This year, as the drifts piled up and kids in shore towns searched for somewhere to sled, many surfers were piling on the neoprene and paddling for the outside.

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Former Dire Straits members launch American tour, Jersey appearance due

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Written by Bill Barlow Saturday, March 01, 2014 11:00 am

Alan Clark performs with singer and guitarist Terence Reis, playing the music of Dire Straits. The Straits will be at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank March 4, 2014. Alan Clark performs with singer and guitarist Terence Reis, playing the music of Dire Straits. The Straits will be at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank March 4, 2014. The Straits, featuring two members of Dire Straits, had their American debut last night (Feb. 28) at the Little River Casino in Manistee, Mi.

The group will be in New Jersey March 4, at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, starting at 8 p.m. Tickets run $25 to $65. More details are available at thestraits.com.

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Cinemania: Weighty ‘Gravity’ is a breathtaking and stunning film

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Written by Joe Bell Friday, October 11, 2013 11:31 am

Sandra Bullock and George Clooney play two astronauts stranded in space in ‘Gravity.’ Sandra Bullock and George Clooney play two astronauts stranded in space in ‘Gravity.’

“Gravity” is an amazing, visually stunning film – truly an experience to behold. This triumph of special effects and cinematography transports viewers emotionally and mentally, so see it in 3-D and Imax if you can, and prepare to be taken away. While the actual themes are light, the movie is so well constructed and executed that it ranks up there as one of the most astonishing films of the past few years.

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Warm temperatures, calm seas yield variety of fish

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Written by Heather Holtzapfel James Wednesday, October 09, 2013 07:48 pm

 Paul Kerlinger of Cape May with a keeper striper caught on a popping fly aboard Tide Runner and released. Paul Kerlinger of Cape May with a keeper striper caught on a popping fly aboard Tide Runner and released.  As I wrap up another season for this fishing column, there is still a lot of action to be had on the water – more for this time of year than usual.

Anglers have enjoyed a beautiful September and early October with calm seas, and a variety of fish are being caught including black sea bass, tautog, red and black drum, stripers, skipjacks and even flounder, which must be released, as the season has ended.

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Cinemania> It’s love vs. porn in JGL directorial debut ‘Don Jon’

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Written by Joe Bell Friday, October 04, 2013 11:59 am

Scarlett Johanssen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt star in 'Don Jon.' Scarlett Johanssen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt star in 'Don Jon.

In the technology- and image-obsessed world we live in, we've lost what it means to be truly intimate. That's the stance the movie “Don Jon” takes. This hilarious and subversive romantic comedy centers on an aggressively dumb Lothario who learns that real people are much more substantial than his self-obsessed view of the world.

 

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Reel therapy

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Written by Joan Kostiuk Friday, October 04, 2013 11:25 am

Heroes on the Water program takes injured veterans out for a day of kayak fishing 

HOW guide Tom Dwyer, right, joins veteran Heriberto Vidro and his service dog, Houdini. HOW guide Tom Dwyer, right, joins veteran Heriberto Vidro and his service dog, Houdini.

Seventeen wounded warriors and their families spent a day fishing off North Wildwood Sunday, Sept. 29 as part of the Heroes on the Water program.

The injured service members were joined by 30 volunteer guides for a day of kayak fishing hosted by The Kayak Fishing Store, 501 Ocean Drive in North Wildwood.

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One Kook's Safari > Waves wait for no one

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Written by Bill Barlow Friday, October 04, 2013 06:43 am

Plenty of surfers hit the waves Tuesday morning, when sunny skies and a nice, friendly swell made all seem right with the world. Plenty of surfers hit the waves Tuesday morning, when sunny skies and a nice, friendly swell made all seem right with the world.

I’d like to think we are beyond a lot of the petty stereotypes of surfers as slackers and beach bums, more concerned with the waves than with the more conventional pursuits of career, family and shiny new gadgets.

There are far too many surfing doctors, lawyers and other grownup professional types for that old trope to hold up any longer. There are surfer entrepreneurs in every shore town, and I know at least one surfing minister.

But still …

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It’s time to feed the birds

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, October 04, 2013 04:02 am

CAPE MAY - Stock up on winter bird seed when the New Jersey Audubon Nature Center of Cape May holds its annual fall birdseed sale Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5 and 6.

The sale opens 9 a.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday in the Nature Store and features birdseed brands including S.A.V.E. black-oil sunflower seed, which is grown by New Jersey farmers and supports the mission of NJ Audubon, according to organizers.

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