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Email boating alert aims to keep boaters out of trouble

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, May 09, 2013 02:27 pm

While the water may look harmless, below the surface is a newly dredged channel precariously close to the shallows on the left. While the water may look harmless, below the surface is a newly dredged channel precariously close to the shallows on the left.

On the Atlantic Coast, a steady line of cruising boats has begun its way north to summer cruising grounds. In addition, hundreds of local marinas, boat clubs and launch ramps are starting to become hives of local boating activity. But what greets boaters cruising the ocean, bays inlets and rivers may be a surprise. Winter storms and hurricanes have deposited new shoals and changed inlet topography, and new navigational issues are always a part of each new boating season.

To help boaters keep clear of trouble, a free East Coast Alert email service by liveaboards and authors Tom and Mel Neale is available at www.BoatUS.com/eastcoastalert.

Using a network of resources including fellow boat owners, marina and waterfront business staff, bridge tenders, state and local government resources and friends gleaned over 28 years, they share news on a range of topics.

For example, recent alerts included warnings about shifted buoys and shoals, information on dredging, changes to drawbridge operating hours, construction and barge activity, fluctuating water levels, U.S. Army Corps operations and in some cases, newfound navigational hazards lurking just below the surface.

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One Kook's Safari > These are not last year’s beaches

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Written by Bill Barlow Thursday, May 09, 2013 01:50 pm

A surfer catches a ride on a nice longboard-friendly day in the south end. If you haven’t been out since last year, the shape of your favorite beach may have changed more than you expect. A surfer catches a ride on a nice longboard-friendly day in the south end. If you haven’t been out since last year, the shape of your favorite beach may have changed more than you expect.  For some folks, it takes time to make up after a big fight.

Imagine there is somebody dear to you, someone who has always been there. Your relationship hasn’t always been perfect, sure, you’ve both done things to hurt each other, but there have been plenty of good times, year after year, one fun time after another. This friend has taught you things your entire life, brought joy in the good times and solace when you needed it most.

Then one day, this friend comes over and trashes your house.

Next time you see her, are you going to be ready to play?

After our first surf session after Sandy tore through the Jersey Shore, my wife, Karen, described it as finally making up with the ocean.

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Cinemania > Crassly funny ‘Pain and Gain’ has lots of muscle but little meat

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Written by Joe Bell Tuesday, May 07, 2013 08:29 am

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Anthony Mackie, Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg are bodybuilders who get caught up in a kidnapping scheme that goes horribly wrong in ‘Pain and Gain.’ Anthony Mackie, Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg are bodybuilders who get caught up in a kidnapping scheme that goes horribly wrong in ‘Pain and Gain.’

After years of injecting bits of humor into his action films, director Michael Bay makes his foray into straight-up comedy with the much-ballyhooed “Pain and Gain,” starring Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson and an incredibly buff Mark Wahlberg. And although the attempt is successful on some levels, the result is also crass and juvenile.

Bay doesn’t give up entirely on action. The movie features plenty of slow-motion explosions and fistfights. But in this go-round, they are mostly played for laughs.

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> business spotlight: Winterwood opens boardwalk shop

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Written by Christie Rotondo Thursday, May 02, 2013 12:25 pm

Photo by Christie Rotondo/ Alexa and Cindy Alvarado pose in their new Winterwood Shoppe on the boardwalk in Wildwood. Photo by Christie Rotondo/ Alexa and Cindy Alvarado pose in their new Winterwood Shoppe on the boardwalk in Wildwood. WILDWOOD- Christmas is coming to the boardwalk this summer.

Winterwood Gift Shoppe, which has three other locations throughout Cape May County, has opened a shop on the boardwalk for the first time.

The location at 3916 Boardwalk, between Spicer and Spencer avenues, opened Thursday, owner Tom Alvarado said.

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Cinemania > Animation dazzles, but ‘The Croods’ fails to evolve

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Written by Joe Bell Friday, March 29, 2013 01:34 pm

'The Croods' is rated PG. 'The Croods' is rated PG

Dreamworks Animation’s “The Croods” tells the story of a prehistoric family forced to embark on a journey far beyond its primitive home. Patriarch Grug (voiced by Nicolas Cage) is the classic overprotective father, trying to shield his adventurous daughter Eep (Emma Stone) from the outside world.

The bulk of the movie is driven by the father-daughter relationship: Eep’s thirst for adventure warring with Grug's stubborn refusal to let her go. Other members of the Crood family include Gran (Cloris Leachman) and Grug's wife, Ugga (Catherine Keener).

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One Kook's Safari > How thick is your wetsuit?

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Written by Bill Barlow Thursday, October 04, 2012 04:00 pm

One Kook's Safari   How thick is your wetsuit? One Kook's Safari How thick is your wetsuit?

 My fellow surfers, each of us has a difficult decision before us.

It won’t be easy. Every option has its drawbacks, and there is no perfect solution. Well, not unless you have a lot more money and time than I do.

Do we keep surfing, adding more and more neoprene as the water temperatures drop, or at some point, maybe when it gets to about 48 degrees, do we hang up the board and wait for spring?

I have tried both.

Last year, it was relatively easy. The temperatures just never got that cold. If you forgot to turn off the outside shower, you weren’t going to then have to replace the cracked, frozen pipe, and while you wouldn’t want to paddle out in just a bathing suit, it wasn’t much of a hardship to get in on a sunny day, even if you weren’t a polar bear.

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One Kook's Safari>Who’s that presidential surfer?

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Written by Bill Barlow Tuesday, October 02, 2012 12:22 pm

There were a few strong waves here and there this week, and nice ones if you stayed away from where they were closing out, because they closed out hard, and that’s just never fun. It is also officially fall, and we got our first blast of really cool air, although the water stayed relatively warm.

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One Kook's Safari>Leslie is ready to throw some waves around

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Written by Bill Barlow Friday, September 07, 2012 02:07 pm

Big is a relative idea.

Otherwise, it wouldn't make any sense to say “That’s a big bug” or “What a little car.”

So trying to figure out what amounts to a big wave depends strongly on where you are and who is doing the talking. Mid-summer in Cape May County, a 3- or 4-foot wave amounts to a monster, but when there are people surfing 78-foot waves, it’s hard to claim anything on the East Coast as big. Tow-in riders are looking for 20 feet or better, and all over the world, there are breaks with consistent, rideable waves at 40 feet tall. That counts as a big house.

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Beach Reads > Aug. 24, 2012

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Written by Marjorie Preston Tuesday, August 21, 2012 04:40 pm

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Between You and Me by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, Atria. The authors of “The Nanny Diaries” are back with this fast-paced story of cousins long separated whose lives reconnect with explosive consequences.

Twenty-something Logan Wade is living a busy but drab life at a desk job in New York when she is called upon to work as an assistant to superstar entertainer Kelsey Wade, the cousin with whom she grew up in Oklahoma. Itching for a change, Logan signs on and is swept into the nonstop tornado that propels Kelsey and her entourage on a multicity tour of Europe.

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Beach Reads > Aug. 17, 2012

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Written by Marjorie Preston Friday, August 17, 2012 10:18 am

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[sic] by Joshua Cody, W.W. Norton & Company. Be prepared for something completely different in this electrifying account of the author’s cancer, chemo, morphine dreams and attempts to assert some control over his life even as it spirals out of his grasp.
The book starts with the onset of treatment – a young composer has been diagnosed with a fast-moving form of the disease and must endure 12 rounds of infusions – but this is not a linear chronicle; far from it. Cody writes like human beings think – in spurts, veering from ruminations on his illness to episodes of casual and not-casual sex to mini-dissertations on the likes of Ezra Pound and Paul Klee and T.S. Eliot. He also recounts some wildly surreal drug-induced imaginings, including marriage to a Bulgarian woman named Valentina – all while he is pinioned to a hospital bed enduring treatment and watching “pretend blood” run down his chest.
While Cody’s style of writing may take you aback – one critic said his run-on sentences could outdo James Joyce – strap in and hang on. This is an exciting memoir filled with bitter truths and amusing asides about living while nearly dying. [sic] is brilliant.

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Art meets fashion with the help of nature

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Written by Christie Rotondo Friday, August 17, 2012 09:46 am

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When Jenna Perfetti hits the beach, she doesn’t go just to work on her tan. She combs the sand for a hint of sparkle, a touch of cobalt blue, or a spark of deep red.

Perfetti started collecting sea glass with her husband, Adam, who had scavenged local beaches for glass throughout his life as a surfer growing up in Margate. Now, searching for sea glass has become a family affair, as they do it with their two sons.

Around their home, Perfetti has displayed the best of their collection. Glass vases filled to the brim with seafoam, turquoise and lavender glass sit on windowsills and bookshelves, and serve as centerpieces on her dining room table.

In a few white boxes and clear storage containers, she has put aside pieces that evoke special memories.

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Check out the latest House of the Week

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Written by Staff Report Wednesday, August 15, 2012 02:58 pm

The home at 1017 Wesley Road in the Gardens section of Ocean City boasts five bedrooms and five and a half baths and is located one house of the beach. Click here to check it out.

   

Lifeguard Profile > Crest guard looks to defend Around the Island Row title

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, August 09, 2012 06:39 am

Brendan Cunningham guards the Toledo Avenue beach in Wildwood Crest with partner and rowing mate Terry McGovern. Brendan Cunningham guards the Toledo Avenue beach in Wildwood Crest with partner and rowing mate Terry McGovern.

Brendan Cunningham joined a rather exclusive list last summer.

In just his second summer competing for the Wildwood Crest Beach Patrol, Cunningham and teammate Terry McGovern shocked the field last summer by winning the Around the Island Row, perhaps the most demanding race on the lifeguard competition circuit each year.

Only the very best crews have notched a win in the race – a 19-mile row around the island of the Wildwoods.

“At first I didn’t really know the extent of what I did,” Cunningham admitted. “But then it kind of connected with me when all kinds of people kept congratulating me on winning it.”

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Beach Reads > Aug. 10, 2012

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Written by Marjorie Preston Tuesday, August 07, 2012 11:38 am

Books-scrapbook  The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt by Caroline Preston, HarperCollins. The past few years have seen the rise of the graphic novel. Now Caroline Preston introduces what may be the first scrapbook novel, and the unusual format absolutely works.

This is the story of Frankie Pratt, an aspiring young writer living in 1920 in small-town Cornish, New Hampshire. Frankie’s father has died, and she despairs of finding a way to go to college. Thanks to an unexpected windfall – a wealthy would-be seducer turns out to be married, and his family offers a financial settlement to hush it up – Frankie heads to Vassar, then to New York City, then to Paris, along the way working at a lurid True Confessions-style magazine, encountering Edna St. Vincent Millay, and living in the Paris of Hemingway and Josephine Baker.

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Cheese can take your grilling from average to amazing

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, August 04, 2012 02:33 pm

The sun is shining and the smell of charcoal is in the air - it's officially grilling season. Eighty-five percent of consumers will take to the tongs for some outdoor grilling this summer, according to the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association. So what's on the menu?

The California Milk Advisory Board has developed a host of smokin' tips and juicy recipes that will make you say "cheese please" at your next backyard feast.

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