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Blues Brothers Revue combines music, humor and mayhem

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Written by Joan Kostiuk Friday, September 27, 2013 12:00 am

Wayne Catania, right, and Kieron Lafferty star as brothers Jake and Elwood Blues in ‘The Official Blues Brothers Revue’ Saturday, Sept. 28 in the Stockton Performing Arts Center. Wayne Catania, right, and Kieron Lafferty star as brothers Jake and Elwood Blues in ‘The Official Blues Brothers Revue’ Saturday, Sept. 28 in the Stockton Performing Arts Center.

The Stockton Performing Arts Center will present “The Official Blues Brothers Revue” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, 101 Vera King Farris Drive.

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The fun continues through fall at the Nature Center

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, September 27, 2013 12:00 am

 The youth birding program gets kids outdoors hiking nature trails to spot and identify birds. The youth birding program gets kids outdoors hiking nature trails to spot and identify birds.

While summer is waning, the pace hasn’t slowed at New Jersey Audubon’s Nature Center of Cape May. September is the best time to get outside and enjoy the Cape, according to program organizers, and there are plenty of ways to do it at the Nature Center.

The Nature Center of Cape May is situated on the rim of Cape MayHarbor at 1600 Delaware Ave. One of 10 centers operated by New Jersey Audubon, it offers educational and fun activities year-round for children and adults. The campus features gardens, a nature store and the Trucksess Observation Tower, all of which are open to the public.

Below are some of the center’s offerings in September and October. For information about these or additional Nature Center programs call 609-898-8848 or see www.njaudubon.org.

Autumn Youth Birding Series for ages 10-17 led by naturalist Sam Wilson kicks off with Birding Basics 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14. Beginners learn how to use binoculars (provided if necessary) while using a field guide and employing basic ID techniques while hiking the county’s nature trails. The second session, Everything Migration, is scheduled for 10-11:30 a.m. Sept. 28, and the third session, Hawk Watch, is the same time Oct. 5. Participants are welcome back during New Jersey Audubon’s Autumn Weekend for an all-day program 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 26. Cost for the first three workshops is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. The full-day program is $30 for members and $45 for nonmembers.

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Cinemania> Gory violence is played for laughs in ‘The Family’

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Written by Joe Bell Monday, September 23, 2013 12:13 pm

Robert De Niro is brilliant as a man hiding out in the Witness Protection Program, but the gore is over the top in director Luc Besson’s ‘The Family.’ Robert De Niro is brilliant as a man hiding out in the Witness Protection Program, but the gore is over the top in director Luc Besson’s ‘The Family.’

In “The Family,” Robert De Niro is Giovanni Manzoni, a former made man forced to hide out in the Witness Protection Program with his crazy family after ratting out the Brooklyn mafia. His family members – violent psychopaths with no moral fiber – have serious trouble keeping themselves in check; they terrorize the small French town where they have relocated and blow their cover every chance they get.

The premise is great, and you almost wish it was played straight. Instead of laughing it off, the film could have dealt with these set pieces in a more serious way. But the violence is played for laughs, and it's a shame, because this isn't an impossible endeavor.

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As Irish Americans party, peace is still fragile in Northern Ireland

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, September 21, 2013 03:31 am

This photo of Belfast City Hall was taken last November, about a week before the British Union Jack was ordered lowered via vote by the republican majority on Belfast City Council.  This photo of Belfast City Hall was taken last November, about a week before the British Union Jack was ordered lowered via vote by the republican majority on Belfast City Council.  Almost two years ago, Belfast City Hall hosted an outdoor concert by Snow Patrol that drew approximately 15,000 fans who wanted to catch a glimpse of one of the world’s most popular current rock bands. The band hails from Bangor, a suburb of the country’s largest city.

If you’ve ever seen a replay of the concert on the music channel Palladia, it’s easy to see that this was the kind of evening political leaders envisioned in the small country created through the Government of Ireland Act of 1920 – otherwise known as partition – when the Good Friday Agreement was signed into place back in 1998.

That was the treaty that essentially was supposed to end the violent conflict and massive sectarian strife that had been taking place since the late 1960s and had escalated into nearly full-blown war from the early 1970s through the mid-1980s.

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One Kook's Safari > Sweet September, the happy time for surfing

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Written by Bill Barlow Friday, September 20, 2013 01:26 pm

  A shortboarder finishes a ride with a splash on Friday morning. There were some decent waves from morning until night, and plenty of surfers trying to get in on the fun. A shortboarder finishes a ride with a splash on Friday morning. There were some decent waves from morning until night, and plenty of surfers trying to get in on the fun.

On Thursday morning I had some of my best rides of the summer.

Shut up. It is too still summer. Memorial Day and Labor Day have nothing to do with the season. Summer runs from the solstice to the equinox. So that means it’s still summer until Sunday night. So until then, go ahead and go to the beach, wear white shoes and keep those gin and tonics coming.

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Valhalla’s Pirates to board Cape May-Lewes Ferry

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, September 19, 2013 10:00 am

 Captain Black and crew of Valhalla’s Pirates will entertain on the Sept. 28 ferry crossing. Captain Black and crew of Valhalla’s Pirates will entertain on the Sept. 28 ferry crossing.  CAPE MAY - Pirates will climb aboard the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Saturday, Sept. 28 for historical and theatrical presentations for passengers of all ages.

The crew from Valhalla’s Pirates will board the Twin Capes ferry departing 2:30 p.m. from Cape May for Lewes, Del. Passengers departing from Lewes can see the same performance on the 4:15 p.m. sailing. 

The show is designed to be both historical and theatrical. Valhalla’s Pirates teach the differences between pirates, privateers and ordinary sailors and their impact on history with the goal of demonstrating that history can be not only interesting but fun, according to their website.

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Found it in … Clermont

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, September 18, 2013 03:00 pm

Smelling like a brewery generally isn’t looked upon as a good thing. But Cape May Soap Company has teamed up with the Cape May Brewing Company to make this soap – which gives new meaning to the expression “relaxing with a beer.” Made with the brewery’s Sweet Stout, the Beer Soap sells for $7 a bar at Teaberry Antiques in Clermont.  Smelling like a brewery generally isn’t looked upon as a good thing. But Cape May Soap Company has teamed up with the Cape May Brewing Company to make this soap – which gives new meaning to the expression “relaxing with a beer.” Made with the brewery’s Sweet Stout, the Beer Soap sells for $7 a bar at Teaberry Antiques in Clermont.

Smelling like a brewery generally isn’t looked upon as a good thing. But Cape May Soap Company has teamed up with the Cape May Brewing Company to make this soap – which gives new meaning to the expression “relaxing with a beer.” Made with the brewery’s Sweet Stout, the Beer Soap sells for $7 a bar at Teaberry Antiques in Clermont.

“We shed a tear or two for using this fantastic brew for our soap base, but some sacrifices must be made for art,” reads the label on the soap. The company claims that hops, which most beer is made with, are beneficial for the skin. Other ingredients in the soap include coconut, palm, olive and soy oils, along with avocado, golden jojoba, aloe butter, avocado butter, cocoa butter, mango seed butter, shea butter and pure New Jersey wildflower honey.  

   

Sit, stretch or dance your way to fitness

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, September 17, 2013 12:00 am

SEA ISLE CITY - Sea Isle City continues to offer various adult fitness programs through September.

Certified instructor Teri O’Connor conducts yoga on the beach at JFK Boulevard from 7:30-8:45 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 7-8:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Participants are advised to bring water and a yoga mat or blanket. The cost is $10 per class.

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People Poll> Friday the 13th

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Written by Christie Rotondo Friday, September 13, 2013 06:00 pm

Friday the 13th occurs twice in 2013 – this week and again in December. Are you suspicious about Friday the 13th? 

Salvatore DeGrazia Salvatore DeGrazia


No – I’m just not a superstitious person.
- Salvatore DeGrazia, Lindenwold

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Cinemania> Unhinged ‘Riddick’ is Vin Diesel at his best

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Written by Joe Bell Friday, September 13, 2013 03:30 pm

‘Riddick’ loses some of its spark after the first half-hour but is entertaining enough. ‘Riddick’ loses some of its spark after the first half-hour but is entertaining enough.

The first film in this series, “Pitch Black,” was a low-key, character-driven sci-fi action film and a bit of a cult favorite. “The Chronicles of Riddick” was a sprawling, epic space opera that managed to bore most audiences to tears. “Riddick,” the third movie in a franchise that most people probably forgot – if they were aware it existed in the first place – is entertaining enough for an end-of-summer release, even though it’s rather hollow.

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One Kook's Safari > Still waiting for the perfect storm

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Written by Bill Barlow Friday, September 13, 2013 11:48 am

 One Kook's Safari > Still waiting for the perfect storm  One Kook's Safari > Still waiting for the perfect storm

I’ve got to say, Gabrielle is looking pretty good. 

No, not Xena’s pal from the warrior princess show, although Renee O’Connor remains a handsome woman. Tropical Storm Gabrielle is heading up the coast, set to pass Jersey way offshore on Friday, far enough so it’s not expected to do any harm, but close enough to kick some waves our way. What those waves are going to look like depends on whose forecast you believe, but some surfers are feeling pretty confident about the coming swell.

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Food and Wine Celebration flaunts the many flavors of Cape May

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, September 13, 2013 07:13 am

 The Cape May Clambake noon-3 p.m. at Hawk Haven Vineyard and Winery in Rio Grande  The Cape May Clambake noon-3 p.m. at Hawk Haven Vineyard and Winery in Rio Grande will include steamed clams, lobster tail, corn on the cob, shrimp, mussels, wine and more.

CAPE MAY – Saturday is the start of a nine-day celebration of food and wine in Cape May, a town many consider to be the restaurant capital of New Jersey.

The 17th annual Cape May Food and Wine Celebration will pay homage to local gastronomic delights with winery tours, food, wine and beer tastings, food demonstrations, Chef’s Dine-Arounds and other events from Sept. 14 through Sunday, Sept. 22.

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Friday the 13th

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Written by Joan Kostiuk Friday, September 13, 2013 12:00 am

Some might call 2013 an unlucky year. Not only does it end in the number 13, but it has two Fridays that fall on the 13th of the month – one this week and one in December.

Friday the 13th superstitions have endured for centuries – possibly even millennia.

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Beach Writers Autumn Retreat to focus on protecting author rights

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, September 08, 2013 12:00 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE - The Beach Writers, in conjunction with Atlantic Cape Community College, will host their inaugural Autumn Retreat Sunday, Oct. 27 at Jessie Creek Winery, 1 N. Delsea Drive, Cape May Court House.

The one-day seminar is a satellite of the North Wildwood Beach Writers Conference held annually in June. The retreat complements the conference’s focus on writing and publishing with the next step: protecting your rights as an author.

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Found it in … Clermont

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, September 08, 2013 12:00 am

  Mermaids Mermaids

CLERMONT  - Mermaids may be the stuff of legends – and Robert Kline has made them the object of his art. This lithograph print is a reproduction of an original watercolor by the St. Augustine, Fla., artist. Found at The Marketplace at Teaberry on Route 9 in Clermont, it retails for $15.99. Kline’s paintings and stories about mermaids, pirates and lighthouses reflect local folklore. This image, according to the story printed on the back, is based on lore from North Carolina’s Outer Banks about a young man who escapes from a pirate ship and is living in hiding on an island when a mermaid washes ashore after a storm. He rescues her and restores her to health. “Though I cannot attest to the tale’s veracity, it seems possible. No less than 16 natives of the island claim the story to be fact,” Kline writes – “the women delighting in the couple’s happiness and the men anxious to explain it was because she could not speak.”

   

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