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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

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Second Sunday to showcase work of 5 artists

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Monday, July 08, 2013 12:45 pm

Turtle tile by Donna and Wayne Rowe Turtle tile by Donna and Wayne Rowe

The Cape May Artists Cooperative Gallery will host Second Sunday 4-6 p.m. July 14 at the West End Garage, 484 W. Perry St., Cape May. Featured artists Diane Flanegan, Linda Pendrak, Diana Cutshall and Donna and Wayne Rowe will be at the gallery to speak about their work, and light refreshments will be served.

Glass artist Flanegan has done custom stained glass windows for Cape May and Wildwood area homes, as well as decorative boxes and sea glass jewelry. Her eclectic style and artistic flair are reflected in her new passion, fused glass, which she uses to make jewelry, barrettes, vessels and sculptural pieces. Her theme for Second Sunday is “Remember Summer.”

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Pirate Pete is back aboard the Cape May-Lewes Ferry

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, July 08, 2013 12:15 pm

The Pirate Pete Cruise departs Wednesdays from Cape May and Thursdays from Lewes, Del., through Aug. 22. The Pirate Pete Cruise departs Wednesdays from Cape May and Thursdays from Lewes, Del., through Aug. 22.

Pete the Pirate will be back aboard the Cape May-Lewes Ferry this summer to conduct pirate-themed cruises July 10-Aug. 22.

The big blue pirate mascot will accompany children onboard for a fun-filled adventure across the Delaware Bay with a boatload of entertainment and various activities for the kids.

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beach reads > July 8, 2013

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Written by Marjorie Preston Monday, July 08, 2013 11:13 am

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Bad Monkey
by Carl Hiaasen, Knopf
The Miami Herald columnist is back with another smart, cynical and laugh-out-loud funny look at his home turf of South Florida, the “Medicare-fraud capital of America” and the home of gators, dope dealers, real estate speculators and other predators. In “Bad Monkey,” the author of “Sick Puppy” and the recipient of the Damon Runyan Award presents perhaps his most unlikely hero: Andrew Yancy, a hot-headed detective on suspension who has been bumped down to restaurant inspector – what he calls “roach patrol.” Yancey gets back in action after fishermen aboard a pleasure cruise off Key West reel in a human arm. DNA testing shows the limb belongs to one Nicky Stripling, a con artist whose ill-gotten gains came from the sale of nonexistent senior scooters called Super Rollies. Now Stripling is fish food, and his widow is living the high life. From that wild premise, Hiaasen takes off with his usual wit and acerbic world view. This is a very funny book.

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Stockton Performing Arts Center events

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, July 08, 2013 12:00 am

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“Winnie the Pooh”

10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 10
Winnie-the-Pooh is Christopher Robin's fat little bear of Very Little Brain, who would like to drift peacefully through life, humming tunes and stopping frequently to eat "a little something." However, he finds himself involved in all sorts of frantic adventures, assisted by such friends as the dismal Eeyore, Piglet and Rabbit, with his countless relations. Pooh's intentions are always the best, but his passion for honey and condensed milk keeps getting him into trouble.

Tickets are $10. Call 855-708-9699.

Christopher Cross

8 p.m. Monday, July 15, Cape May Convention Hall

Christopher Cross was the biggest new star of 1980, and he virtually defined adult contemporary radio with a series of smoothly sophisticated ballads including the No. 1 hit “Sailing.” Cross will perform his hits including “Sailing,” “Ride Like the Wind,” “Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do),” “All Right,” “No Time for Talk” and “Think of Laura.”

Tickets are $35. Call 855-708-9699.

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Service with a Smile > June 28, 2013

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Written by Samantha Safchinsky Monday, July 01, 2013 05:13 pm

Johanna Islinger, Emily Conn and Mike Scector of Sack o’ Subs in Ocean City.

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Mixed media darling

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Written by Joan Kostiuk Monday, July 01, 2013 03:44 pm

Autumn de Forest, 11, will open a new exhibit of her work July 4 at Ocean Galleries in Stone Harbor. Autumn de Forest, 11, will open a new exhibit of her work July 4 at Ocean Galleries in Stone Harbor. 11-year-old artist Autumn de Forest is capturing the attention of collectors and the curious from coast to coast

 

Petite, poised, and 11 years old, professional artist Autumn de Forest is already a celebrity. Described as a child prodigy and an artistic genius, she is the talk of the art world, the object of collectors, the American sweetheart of news and entertainment media from coast to coast.

 

She has been profiled on the Discovery Channel, interviewed by Matt Lauer on “The Today Show,” and commissioned by Disney to create a suite of Disney princess paintings. Her art can fetch upwards of $25,000 apiece.

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6 things to do on a rainy day

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Written by Samantha Safchinsky Monday, July 01, 2013 02:00 pm

Natali Vineyards is one of the wineries on the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities self-guided wine trail. Natali Vineyards is one of the wineries on the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities self-guided wine trail.

It’s summertime. You’ve got a day, or a few days, or a week off from work. You head to the shore with your family or friends, expecting to spend some time sunning yourself on the beach and checking out the new rides on the boardwalk. And then the storm clouds roll in.

Don’t fret; rain is no reason to sit inside and watch TV or play video games – you can do that back home. There are lots of things to do – so get up, get dressed, grab an umbrella, and go out and explore the shore.

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