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Anglers land some unusual catches

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Written by Heather Holtzapfel James Friday, August 08, 2014 03:57 am

 Allyson May Vessels, 7, of Wildwood landed her first mahi mahi, and it tipped the scales at 23 pounds. She was trolling the 5 Fathom Bank area with her dad, Gerald, on their boat Ms. Mc K&A III. Allyson May Vessels, 7, of Wildwood landed her first mahi mahi, and it tipped the scales at 23 pounds. She was trolling the 5 Fathom Bank area with her dad, Gerald, on their boat Ms. Mc K&A III.  Many weekend anglers will be anxious to get back out on the water after last weekend’s washout. During the week there were some unusual catches.

On First Fish Adventures out of Sea Isle City. Capt. Paul “Zig” Black hosted Ryan Long and his son Gabriel, 6, of Middle Township when they caught and released a houndfish out front. Two weeks ago Black took out Dan Finocchiaro and Justin McCaffrey and landed a 57-inch barracuda two miles out in front of Sea Isle City. And sheepsheads are popping up around Avalon – some pretty big ones at that.

Tom Christ of Brennan Marine in Somers Point reported that fishing continues to be good, with the majority of the action taking place offshore.

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Beach Reads: August 8, 2014

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Written by Marjorie Preston Friday, August 08, 2014 12:00 am

The Fault in Our Stars The Fault in Our Stars
by John Green, Dutton Books

Published in 2012, “The Fault in Our Stars” is enjoying a second wave of acclaim thanks to the film, and rightly so. The story – about a boy and girl who meet and fall in love at a cancer support group – sounds like a formula for schmaltz. But Green holds the treacle primarily by creating two marvelous leads.

Hazel Grace Alexander is a smart, mercurial girl forced to grapple with Life’s Big Questions at 16. Diagnosed with incurable thyroid cancer, she tries to live her life despite hovering, fearful parents. Her mom coerces Hazel into joining the support group. There she meets sensitive, sardonic Augustus Waters, whose osteosarcoma has robbed him of his leg.

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Surf Report, Aug. 8, 2014

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, August 07, 2014 07:47 pm

High Pressure is forecast to build into the region Friday and Saturday and then push off the coast Sunday into Monday.  We can expect to see one- to three-foot surf Friday/Saturday courtesy of background ESE swell. Conditions will be clean during the morning hours with light onshore winds expected for the afternoons.

Sunday, lingering southeast swell in the two-foot-plus range is forecast with light onshore winds expected early.

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It’s all about body art

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, August 07, 2014 05:54 pm

Fifth annual Wildwood Tattoo Expo and Show Aug. 15-17 to feature celebrity artists, demonstrations, a tattoo swimsuit contest and more 

 Wildwood Tattoo Expo Wildwood Tattoo Expo

Tattoo seekers, inked celebrities, and body art specialists from around the country will gather for the fifth annual Wildwood Tattoo Expo and Show Friday through Sunday, Aug. 15-17 at the Wildwoods Convention Center.

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One Kook’s Safari: All-day play in big Bertha waves

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Written by Bill Barlow Thursday, August 07, 2014 03:54 pm

Well, so far the Jersey Shore is two for two on hurricanes in 2014.

Arthur and Bertha treated us nicely. We have yet to see how Cristobal, Dolly and Edouard and the rest will do, but this week, there are a lot of surfers walking around with noodle arms from paddling.

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Wildwood guard feels at home on the stand

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, August 07, 2014 02:00 pm

Wildwood lifeguard Kevin Buschbeck rotates at various stands in the city’s north end. Wildwood lifeguard Kevin Buschbeck rotates at various stands in the city’s north end.

Kevin Buschbeck doesn’t remember climbing onto a lifeguard stand when he was very young, but his family has pictures of him doing just that.

“We used to come to Wildwood for a week twice each summer,” Buschbeck recalled. “My parents have pictures of me on a lifeguard stand, even though I don’t remember it. So ever since I was a little kid, I guess I loved lifeguarding.”

Buschbeck, 21, is a third-year lifeguard for the Wildwood Beach Patrol. He was recently named the patrol’s lifeguard of the week.

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Service with a Smile> August 8, 2014

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, August 07, 2014 01:26 pm

Juan Beltran and Helena Rodiguez Juan Beltran and Helena Rodiguez

Juan Beltran and Helena Rodiguez of Purple Jalapeno in Wildwood.

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People Poll: Bugged on the beach?

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, August 07, 2014 01:19 pm

Question: What is one thing that bugs you when you are on the beach?

Sue Gorman-Batot, Mullica Sue Gorman-Batot, Mullica

People who litter, because we have free beaches, and if there’s littering that goes away.

– Sue Gorman-Batot, Mullica

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Avalon symphony series concludes with music from faraway lands

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, August 06, 2014 07:23 pm

Avalon symphony series concludes with music from faraway lands Avalon symphony series concludes with music from faraway lands The Bay-Atlantic Symphony will conclude its Symphony by the Sea summer concert series with music from faraway lands composed by Brahms, Verdi, Borodin and Sibelius.

The free concert will be presented 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16 at the Avalon Elementary School, 235 32nd St., Avalon.

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Irish tenor to perform at Maris Stella Church

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, August 06, 2014 06:18 pm

St. Brendan the Navigator Parish will present a two-night event featuring international Irish tenor Mark Forrest, who has performed for audiences from the White House to Carnegie Hall and in cathedrals and on stages worldwide.

"A Moment in Time," a night of meditation, music, prayer and Eucharistic adoration, will be held 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16 at Maris Stella Church, 5012 Dune Drive, Avalon.

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Antique Car Show cruises into Historic Cold Spring Village

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, August 06, 2014 04:30 pm

Antique and classic cars will be on display 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 16 and 17. Antique and classic cars will be on display 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 16 and 17. Vintage automobile owners and aficionados will cruise into Historic Cold Spring Village for the annual Classic and Antique Car Show Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 16 and 17.

The cars will be on display 10 a.m.-3 p.m. each day along the shaded clamshell paths that wind around the historic buildings of the village.

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Cape naturalist to lead tours of private hummingbird gardens

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Written by Shaun Smith Wednesday, August 06, 2014 04:09 pm

Naturalist Pat Sutton will point out the importance of providing native nectar plants, water sources and adequate cover in gardens to attract hummingbirds. Naturalist Pat Sutton will point out the importance of providing native nectar plants, water sources and adequate cover in gardens to attract hummingbirds. Mid-August is the peak of the ruby-throated hummingbird migration on the South Jersey cape, and there are probably more hummingbird (and butterfly) gardens tucked into Cape May County than anywhere else in the country, according to naturalist Pat Sutton.
From Friday through Sunday, Aug. 15-17, Sutton will present a series of tours of private gardens that are designed to attract hummingbirds. She will lead participants through a diverse selection of gardens around the county that have hosted nesting hummingbirds since May and are now attracting dozens of migrants.

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One Kook's Safari: Are you ready to fight for a ride? I'm not

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Written by Bill Barlow Sunday, August 03, 2014 10:00 am

The guy in the center won this race and got a nice ride at Waverly Boulevard in Ocean City this week. When the waves are firing, there can be steep competition for rides in the summer. By the way, take a look at the foot of the guy trying to get out of the way of the surfer on the right. The guy in the center won this race and got a nice ride at Waverly Boulevard in Ocean City this week. When the waves are firing, there can be steep competition for rides in the summer. By the way, take a look at the foot of the guy trying to get out of the way of the surfer on the right. I was about ready to drop the “Kook” in the title of this column.

It’s been a couple of years now. I can actually catch waves, even some pretty big waves. OK, relatively big waves for South Jersey, although I gave a pass to those amazing blizzard-powered monsters that rolled in last winter, and waited for the Hurricane Arthur swell to ease up a bit before heading in.

I can’t walk the nose, I find shortboards squirrely and pretty much unridable, but I’m out there paddling for the peak fairly regularly. I was about ready to declare an end to my kookdom.

Then I hit Waverly.

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Cole Bros. Circus returns to South Jersey

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, August 02, 2014 12:00 am

Action sequence photography tracks human cannonball Dale Thomsen from the barrel of the cannon into the safety net. Action sequence photography tracks human cannonball Dale Thomsen from the barrel of the cannon into the safety net. America's 'oldest big top circus' brings 130th anniversary show to Rio Grande, Seaville and Mays Landing

The 130th anniversary edition of the Cole Bros. Circus will celebrate great acts from circus history and the rising stars of today’s American circus at three South Jersey locations in the coming weeks – Rio Grande and Seaville in Cape May County, and Mays Landing in Atlantic County.

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People Poll: Circus

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Written by Lauren Dickey Friday, August 01, 2014 12:00 am

Question: If you joined the circus, what would you be?

Megan Buccheri, Pottstown, Pa I would be the ringmaster because I get to run everything.

- Megan Buccheri, Pottstown, Pa.

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