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How to behave in the theater

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013 03:20 pm

Please: No tank tops, no balloons, no food, no placing your feet on the seats in front of you, no screeching at the performers, no talking  during performances, no cellphones and no exiting or entering except when there is a break in the action.

These are some of the rules of theatrical etiquette that educator-director Kay Aspell is  emphasizing in a special segment of the children’s summer theater camp of  Shore (Sure) Productions at the Performing Arts Center of Middle Township.

“Not all of the action in the theater takes place on stage,” Aspell said. “Some of it occurs in the audience, and there are certain rules of etiquette and behavior there, just as there are in restaurants, at proms or other social events.”

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Middle Township PAC announces summer lineup

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, June 12, 2013 03:18 pm

The Performing Arts Center of Middle Township has announced its list of professional shows for the summer season through year’s end.

Included in the lineup are eight concerts by pianist Linda Gentille and the Jersey Shore Pops, along with performances by The Platters and singer Ron Gartner, the Bronx Wanderers with the Fabulous Grease Band, the New Jersey Ballet in its annual presentation of “The Nutcracker,” The Hit Men of “Jersey Boys” fame in a special holiday show, and “Christmas with the Rat Pack,” a holiday tribute to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr.

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Cinemania > Improv not enough to save bad script of ‘The Internship’

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Written by Joe Bell Wednesday, June 12, 2013 03:08 pm

New hires Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson team up with a group of nerdy outcasts at Google in an attempt to earn the respect of their peers in ‘The Internship.’ New hires Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson team up with a group of nerdy outcasts at Google in an attempt to earn the respect of their peers in ‘The Internship.’

In “The Internship,” Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, so memorably paired in “Wedding Crashers,” play two out-of-touch salesmen who discover during a sales call that their company no longer exists. In a tough economy, the two lose hope until they use their sob story and their fast-talking skills to scam their way into an internship at Google.

Suddenly they are thrown into a world of technology they can’t understand, surrounded by kids half their age who excel in it, competing for the most amazing jobs in the world. And how does Google pick its employees? By forcing them to compete in games, a strategy that almost guarantees they don’t pick the most qualified candidates.

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Reinvigorate the garden in a few easy steps

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, June 12, 2013 03:03 pm

A soaker hose or similar watering system conserves water while reducing the risk of disease. A soaker hose or similar watering system conserves water while reducing the risk of disease.

Spring floods, summer droughts and temperature extremes take their toll on gardens and the gardeners who tend them. But you can help your gardens recover from the crazy temperature and moisture extremes that seem to occur each year.

Start by assessing the condition of your landscape. Remove dead plants as soon as possible; they can harbor insects and disease organisms that can infest your healthy plantings. Consider replacing struggling plants with healthy plants better suited to the space, growing conditions and landscape design. Often, better results can be achieved in less time by starting over rather than trying to nurse a sick plant back to health.

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Found it in … Cape May

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Written by Samantha Safchinsky Wednesday, June 12, 2013 03:01 pm

Found it in … Cape May

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South Jersey waters give up some big catches

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Written by Heather Holtzapfel James Wednesday, June 12, 2013 02:59 pm

Wayne Greer and Jack Hueter from Haddon Heights and Bob Gauntt from Cherry Hill snap up five flounder up to 21 inches. The fish were weighed in at Whale Creek Marina in Strathmere. Wayne Greer and Jack Hueter from Haddon Heights and Bob Gauntt from Cherry Hill snap up five flounder up to 21 inches. The fish were weighed in at Whale Creek Marina in Strathmere.

Just when we had a weekend without the winds, we were slammed with rain, and lots of it. Half of last weekend was a washout. Several tournaments were postponed due to the soaking rain tropical storm Andrea produced. Another day of the wet weather earlier this week put a damper on outings, but when anglers do get a chance to go out, a variety of fish have been caught.

Offshore fishing reports are now starting to come, in including one from Tom Christ of Brennan Marine in Somers Point. He said anglers aboard Frigate fished for sharks around the Cigar last Monday and hooked a 145-pound mako. They also had a small mako under 100 pounds, two blue sharks around 100 pounds, and a smaller thresher shark in the 60- to 70-pound range, all of which were released. The anglers reported in to Christ that the water temperatures were still a bit cold, but they had a nice chum slick going that created the nonstop action.

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Landscapes, architecture are focus of art exhibits

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, June 12, 2013 02:50 pm

Landscapes, architecture are focus of art exhibits Landscapes, architecture are focus of art exhibits

Soma NewArt Gallery will welcome back artist Sean Taylor for his sixth solo show with a reception 6-9 p.m. Saturday, June 15.

Taylor’s trademark style incorporates atmospheric blues and grays in distant muted horizons and beach-life motifs.

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Nature Center announces children’s summer camp lineup

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, June 12, 2013 02:43 pm

Children tend to their newly planted seeds at one of last year’s summer camps. Children tend to their newly planted seeds at one of last year’s summer camps.

The New Jersey Audubon Nature Center of Cape May will offer summer camps for children entering prekindergarten through sixth grade 9:30 a.m.-noon Monday through Friday through Aug. 16.

Preregistration is recommended for all programs. The fee is $100 per week for members and $125 per week for nonmembers. Daily rates are available.

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Is your sunscreen hurting you? Part 2

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, June 07, 2013 02:32 pm

Some sunscreens contain ingredients that can actually be harmful, according to the Environmental Working Group.

9 facts about sunscreen

Do you depend on sunscreen for skin protection? Millions of Americans do, but maybe they shouldn’t – according to a nonprofit environmental research and advocacy organization called the Environmental Working Group.

Melanoma rates are increasing, and the consensus among scientists seems to be that sunscreen alone cannot reverse the trend, the EWG says. Yet a good sunscreen can play role in preventing sunburn, which is a major risk factor for melanoma – provided it is used correctly.

To protect the skin against burning and the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays, sunscreen should be applied liberally, thoroughly and often, the experts advise. And even with the new FDA rules, consumers are advised to read sunscreen labels carefully, be wary of manufacturers' claims, and to avoid sunscreens containing potentially harmful ingredients.

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Exploring the bay with Bay Cats

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Written by Samantha Safchinsky Friday, June 07, 2013 12:28 pm

CAP OC Bay Cats 2: Bay Cats Tour guide Bill Stuempfig makes frequents stops during to talk to tour goers about marsh wildlife.

When tour guide Bill Stuempfig takes a group out into the back bays of Ocean City, he has one goal in mind.
“I want them to have a greater appreciation for the bay,” he said.

Mission accomplished.

For more than 30 years, Stuempfig has been a tour guide for Bay Cats of Ocean City, which offers nature tours of the marshes by kayak.

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One Kook's Safari > Will Andrea be kind to us?

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Written by Bill Barlow Friday, June 07, 2013 10:01 am

 There were some waves on Monday, along with lots of fog. 

 There were some waves on Monday, along with lots of fog.

Keep an eye on Andrea.

The tropical storm, the first named storm of 2013, is set to bring heavy rain to Florida, and could bring heavy surf to the Jersey Shore by the weekend.

We could be in for some considerable waves, with some forecasts calling for bigger swell on Saturday than Sunday. As of early Thursday morning, it was raining hard in western Florida, with winds of 60 mph. The biggest concern was for dousing, flooding rainfall from the storm.

Everything may change once Andrea makes landfall, but early predictions showed the storm crossing Florida and making its way up the coast. In other words, Andrea may be heading our way. A thread on a surfing website summed it up with “Can’t wait!” balanced out by a response of “careful what you wish for.”

Andrew Funk expects the surf to build Friday with waves of 3 to 4 feet on Saturday (see the surf forecast for details). Big waves on a weekend can get messy.

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For those who brave the wind, fishing pays big dividends

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Written by Heather Holtzapfel James Thursday, June 06, 2013 03:34 pm

This drum is one of six caught by Zach Mangaro, 18, of Pine Hill on his first saltwater fishing trip on the Delaware Bay on June 1. He fished the southeast of Pin Top in 23 feet of water.  This drum is one of six caught by Zach Mangaro, 18, of Pine Hill on his first saltwater fishing trip on the Delaware Bay on June 1. He fished the southeast of Pin Top in 23 feet of water.

Typical late spring winds at the shore continue to wreak havoc with anglers. Whitecaps prevail in the back bays, but those willing to press on are reaping the rewards of catching a mixed bag of fish as the season of 2013 kicks off.

Tom Christ of Brennan Marine in Somers Point pointed out that anglers had a tough time getting to their favorite hot spots, but when they did fish were caught.

Midweek, the crew aboard Drop Zone fished Ships Channel and bagged a 4.1-pound fluke and several small bluefish. They were fishing with a combination of Gulps, minnows and mackerel strips. Jerry McGeary and crew on his boat Ciara Rose fished Lakes Bay and caught three nice keeper flounder between 19 and 21 inches on bucktails with squid and minnows. They also had a few bluefish in the mix.

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Cinemania > Buckle up and enjoy the mayhem of ‘Fast & Furious 6’

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Written by Joe Bell Thursday, June 06, 2013 03:24 pm

Lots of cars get smashed in the action-packed ‘Fast & Furious 6.’ Lots of cars get smashed in the action-packed ‘Fast & Furious 6.’

The word “ridiculous” doesn't even begin to describe this movie, but that’s what makes it so great. Once a franchise about illegal street racing in Los Angeles, the “Fast and Furious” flicks have somehow evolved into an insane action series complete with explosions, heists, warfare and espionage. And cars, lots and lots of cars.

This change was evident in the last entry of the series, which was less a racing film and more an entertainingly dumb “Oceans 11” knockoff, assembling characters from the previous films who stole millions of dollars from the Brazilian government. Logic was thrown out the window in favor of the craziest action sequences possible. The results were hilarious.

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beach reads> June 6

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Written by Marjorie Preston Thursday, June 06, 2013 03:18 pm

Bear is Broken by Lachlan Smith, Mysterious Press.Larger-than-life criminal defense attorney Teddy Maxwell has made a career defending the worst of the worst in 1990s San Francisco. He even lives among them, keeping a seedy apartment in a residential hotel full of pimps, hookers and addicts. As the story opens, Teddy is having lunch with his brother Leo when a stranger walks into the restaurant, shoots Teddy at point-blank range, and coolly walks away. As Teddy clings to life, Leo, who recently passed the bar, struggles to manage his case load and also learn who may have wanted his brother dead. The list is long, from disgruntled defendants to cops, who hold Teddy in special contempt. This superior whodunit takes off at breakneck speed and leads readers on a wild ride through Frisco’s seamy criminal underbelly. It also examines the troubled relationship between brothers who, despite a history of shared tragedy, have never been able to become a family.

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Avalon Big Band Dance to feature John Clark Band

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, June 06, 2013 03:11 pm

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Avalon will present a Big Band Dance with the John Clark Big Band 7:30-10 p.m. Saturday, June 8 at the Avalon Community Hall, 3001 Avalon Ave. Doors open 7 p.m., and attendees are welcome to bring their own beverage.

The John Clark Big Band is comprised of 13 to 17 pieces and features the vocal talent of Paula Johns. The group specializes in the swinging jazz sounds of the big band era – the classic songs made famous by Glenn Miller, Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie, Harry James, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Buddy Rich, Stan Kenton and Maynard Ferguson as well arrangements by more contemporary artists such as Tom Kubis and Gordon Goodwin.

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