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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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People Poll > June 28, 2013

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Written by Samantha Safchinsky Monday, July 01, 2013 01:14 pm

What do you like to do on a rainy day at the shore? 


“Play cards, especially euchre.”
- John Carson, DeKalb, Ill.

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One Kook's Safari > Take your time, a wave will be along soon

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Written by Bill Barlow Friday, June 28, 2013 03:30 pm

 A young surfer gets an assist on the takeoff, but tackles a wave like a pro at International Suring Day last week.  A young surfer gets an assist on the takeoff, but tackles a wave like a pro at International Suring Day last week.

Now, everything changes.

It took a long time, but as of this week, the water warmed up enough to drop the wetsuit. For a long session, you are going to want something to keep your upper body warm, and there are a few folks still out there with their full neoprene armor, but we are back in bathing suit weather.

That means faster paddling, less time wrestling in and out of the suit, and that great feel of cool, salty water on a hot day.

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Castles will rise from the sand at amateur sculpting festival

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Friday, June 28, 2013 12:00 am

Festival host Matt Long of Can You Dig It Sand Tools poses with a sand sculpture he recently constructed in New York City. Festival host Matt Long of Can You Dig It Sand Tools poses with a sand sculpture he recently constructed in New York City.

WILDWOOD CREST - The inaugural Wildwood Crest Amateur Sand Sculpting Festival will be held 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, June 29 alongside the Wildwood Crest Beach Pier at Heather Road. Participation in the contest portion of the event is free, and all are welcome to join in the fun or to watch the sculptors at work.

The contest is being organized in conjunction with Can You Dig It Sand Tools and directed by internationally known sand sculptor Matt Long.

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Cinemania > Mike and Sulley learn about life, fright at ‘Monsters University’

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Written by Joe Bell Thursday, June 27, 2013 07:52 pm

‘Monsters University’ follows the budding friendship of Mike and Sulley. ‘Monsters University’ follows the budding friendship of Mike and Sulley.

At a certain point, Pixar stopped being concerned with creating amazing cinematic triumphs. And while it is a slight disappointment to realize this, it doesn't mean the studio’s movies aren't still great. This summer they return to the well with “Monsters University,” an origin story about the characters from “Monsters Inc.” And while it doesn't surpass the original, it equals it in charm and appeal. 

The ending of the first “Monsters” movie left little to draw from, so the team set its sights on a prequel, telling the story of how Mike and Sulley (voiced by Billy Crystal and John Goodman) met as young monsters and learned their scary craft. It all takes place at Monsters University, a college that teaches young students the ways of becoming competent fiends. The two start out as rivals, but slowly hatred grows to acceptance and eventually genuine friendship. Sulley is a monster with natural talent and a family reputation to fall back on, but he lacks Mike’s hard work ethic. And Mike, while dedicated and passionate, unfortunately is just not that scary. The two lean on each other to form an unlikely bond. 

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Warm weather brings mixed bag of fishing

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Written by Heather Holtzapfel James Thursday, June 27, 2013 06:24 pm

Cassy Gluyas of Clermont snags an almost 3-pound sea bass aboard the Royal Flush out of Wildwood. Cassy Gluyas of Clermont snags an almost 3-pound sea bass aboard the Royal Flush out of Wildwood.

As warmer weather settles in, the water temperatures have begun to rise, giving up a mixed bag of fish. The severe thunderstorms we were hit with a couple of weeks ago and last weekend's super moon – which brought tides higher than normal – resulted in some dirty water earlier in the week. Some anglers complained that flounder were hard to find in the back bay, while others are boasting about doormat-sized catches. Offshore fishing is continuing to pick up.

Tom Christ at Brennan Marine in Somers Point had good reports of both inshore and offshore fishing. Last week, Mike Collins fished on his boat Rust Nail in the back bay behind Somers Point and had a number of fluke, the biggest of which weighed in at 4.54 pounds. He was using a combination of mackerel and Gulps.

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beach reads > edition of June 28, 2013

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Written by Marjorie Preston Thursday, June 27, 2013 03:05 pm

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The Obituary Writer
by Ann Hood, W.W. Norton
This lyrical new entry by the author of “The Knitting Circle” reveals the secret longings of two women at vastly different times in American history: Claire is a homebound wife and mother in the 1960s who finds new purpose in the election of John F. Kennedy. Along with the women in her circle, she follows Jackie Kennedy with fanlike devotion, even laying odds as to what color the first lady will wear to the inauguration. At heart Claire is deeply discontented, and a liaison with a JFK campaign worker puts her stodgy marriage on the rocks. Vivien Lowe is an obituary writer in post-earthquake San Francisco who dispenses with dates, places and other biographical minutiae to focus instead on the character and spirit of the departed. This is her gift to the bereaved. Vivien, too, is haunted by loss: she believes an amnesiac in the news is her lover, presumed killed in the quake. These stories are woven separately through most of the book, but wind together in satisfying fashion at the conclusion. It is a touching story, beautifully rendered and filled with compassion.

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Cavalier Cottage transformed into designer show house

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Written by Samantha Safchinsky Thursday, June 27, 2013 10:13 am

Sandra McDowell of New Interior Creations in Egg Harbor Township is the designer of the front porch of Cavalier Cottage. Sandra McDowell of New Interior Creations in Egg Harbor Township is the designer of the front porch of Cavalier Cottage.

This year’s designer show house sponsored by Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities is the Cavalier Cottage, 1109 Washington Street in Cape May.

The eighth annual Cape May Designer Show House, scheduled to open last weekend, had a delayed opening June 27. The home features 17 rooms and spaces made over by 16 designers from New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

The 2,800-square foot Neo-Victorian house is owned by Ioanna Iliopulos and Tom Cataldo, friends of MAC who are looking to make Cavalier Cottage their retirement home. The house is named after their dogs, which are Cavalier King Charles spaniels.

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on the water> with Jimmy Fee

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Friday, June 21, 2013 12:19 pm

While the days of summer belong to the sunbathers and pleasure boaters, the nights belong to the fishermen. Hit the water after sundown for hot summer fishing at the Jersey shore. While the days of summer belong to the sunbathers and pleasure boaters, the nights belong to the fishermen. Hit the water after sundown for hot summer fishing at the Jersey shore.

The night bite

As the summer season reaches its peak at the Jersey shore, the waterways become a focal point of activity. Swimmers, pleasure boaters and jet-skiers flock to the back bays and beaches to enjoy the warm weather.

Unfortunately, the commotion wrought by these summer fun seekers hinders any would-be fish feeding. So during the summer months, many fish shift their activity to the quieter nighttime hours – and smart fishermen do the same.

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It’s wine o’clock somewhere

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, June 21, 2013 12:00 am

Jessie Creek Winery is among the many vineyards offering special events this month. Jessie Creek Winery is among the many vineyards offering special events this month.

South Jersey vineyards offer wine tastings, food, music

New Jersey wineries that belong to the Garden State Wine Growers Association are hosting a variety of special events throughout the month. For information on participating wineries see the websites listed below.

Many local wineries will be participating in the Jersey Shore Wine Festival, “Uncorked, Unplugged & Waiting for You,” June 29 on the Atlantic City boardwalk in front of the Tropicana casino.

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One Kook's Safari > Soul surfing on the solstice

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Written by Bill Barlow Thursday, June 20, 2013 10:00 pm

One Kook's Safari > Soul surfing on the solstice  One Kook's Safari > Soul surfing on the solstice

Summer begins on Friday, which like so many other things is also the beginning of the end.

At 1:04 a.m., the North Pole will be pointed as far toward the sun as it will be all year. That means we in the northern hemisphere get the most light and the longest day of the year. It means we get just a little bit more than 15 hours of sunlight each day this week.

It also means that after a too-long day at work, an eager kook can still have time to paddle out and catch a couple of waves before sunset around 8:30, and then get a twilight shower before dinner.

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Is your sunscreen hurting you? Part 3

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, June 20, 2013 08:13 pm

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What not to bring on vacation

Packing for your next vacation or day in the sun? Some items should never make it into your suitcase, beach bag or backpack, according to a watchdog organization called the Environmental Working Group.

This summer marks the first sunscreen season governed by rules put into effect last December by the federal Food and Drug Administration. The regulations require truth in sunscreen marketing and, for the first time, demand that claims of water resistance and broad spectrum sun protection be validated.

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Service with a Smile > June 21, 2013

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Written by Samantha Safchinsky Thursday, June 20, 2013 02:26 pm


Anna Nitsikas, Roxanne Raggil, Debbie Delaney, Jaime Debona, Brittany Schultz, Vanessa de la Cruz and Stephanie Prince of Marvis Diner in Wildwood.

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Philadelphia Brass to open Cape music festival

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, June 20, 2013 02:12 pm

The Philadelphia Brass is scheduled to open Access to Art’s Sam Maitin Chamber Music Festival Saturday, June 29 at Cape May United Methodist Church. The Philadelphia Brass is scheduled to open Access to Art’s Sam Maitin Chamber Music Festival Saturday, June 29 at Cape May United Methodist Church.

The Philadelphia Brass has toured three continents and performed for people from the Royal Albert Hall in London to the heights of the Bolivian Andes. It has been sent on cultural tours by the U.S. Department of State and appeared in opera companies, orchestras and music festivals across the nation.

The Philadelphia Brass has performed on Broadway, in swing bands, as backup performers for Bob Hope, Johnny Mathis, Donna Summer, Vic Damone, The Temptations, Manhattan Transfer, Natalie Cole and many others, and have recorded for vocal artists including Pavarotti, Denyce Graves, Tony Randall and Barry Manilow, according to a news release.

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People Poll > Disney movies

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Written by Samantha Safchinsky Thursday, June 20, 2013 02:06 pm

Disney’s new “Monsters University” was released this week. What is your favorite Disney movie?

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“‘Tangled.’ It’s such a great story, and the end always makes me cry.”

- Dana Uch, Des Plaines, Ill.

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John Creidler Trio kicks off Crest summer music series

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, June 20, 2013 01:59 pm

The John Creidler Trio will perform 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 26 at Centennial Park in Wildwood Crest. The John Creidler Trio will perform 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 26 at Centennial Park in Wildwood Crest.

The John Creidler Trio will perform 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 26 at Centennial Park in Wildwood Crest to kick off the borough’s annual summer music series.

The John Creidler Trio plays an “interesting mix of southern rock, pop and summer-themed party music,” according to concert organizers. Creidler and his backing musicians hail from the popular area summer party band The Mango Men.

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