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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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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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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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Beach Reads: August 1, 2014

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Written by Marjorie Preston Friday, August 01, 2014 12:00 am

Down the Shore Down the Shore
by Stan Parish, Viking
Two young men flee personal crises at the Jersey shore for a second chance at St. Andrew’s University in Edinburgh. Tom Alison is the ambitious son of a working-class single mom. He made it into a fancy boarding school and is headed for the Ivy League, where he’ll chase his career dreams straight to Wall Street. When he almost blows it by dealing drugs, Tom decides to redeem himself with a year at the Scottish university, also attended by Prince William. Clare Savage is the son of a disgraced Lehman Brothers financier. His parents have gone into hiding, leaving Clare to deal with the simmering fury of those bilked by his father. Befriended by Tom and his tough, compassionate mother, Clare also decides to take a semester at St. Andrew’s. But Tom’s redemption and Clare’s longing for acceptance both could be derailed when the friends fall in with a reckless, moneyed crowd. This debut novel is smart and fast-paced, and readers will enjoy references to Ocean City, the Wildwoods, LBI and Princeton.

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Craft Beer and Crab Fest returns to Cape May

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, July 31, 2014 05:38 pm

Photo credit: Courtesy of MAC Photo credit: Courtesy of MAC The third annual Cape May Craft Beer and Crab Festival will return to the Emlen Physick Estate in Cape May Saturday, Aug. 9.

The all-day festival will feature steamed blue claw crabs, pulled pork, hamburgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob and other picnic foods, along with local and regional craft beer, live music all day on out outdoor stage, craft vendors and activities for the kids.

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First Ladies of Rock and Soul debut at Centennial Park

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, July 31, 2014 04:47 pm

Making their inaugural appearance at the Wildwood Crest Summer Music Series, the First Ladies of Rock and Soul will turn back the clock and perform the top hits of the girl groups that characterized the musical landscape of the 1960s. The show is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2 at Centennial Park.

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Celebrate National Lighthouse Day at Hereford Inlet Lighthouse

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, July 31, 2014 03:57 pm

The Hereford Inlet Lighthouse will celebrate lighthouse history with speakers, authors, exhibits and children’s activities 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7. The Hereford Inlet Lighthouse will celebrate lighthouse history with speakers, authors, exhibits and children’s activities 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7. NORTH WILDWOOD - The Hereford Inlet Lighthouse will celebrate 225 years of lighthouse heritage and history with free admission, special presentations and children’s activities on National Lighthouse Day Thursday, Aug. 7.

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Service with a Smile> August 1, 2014

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Written by Lauren Dickey Thursday, July 31, 2014 02:11 pm

Madalina Zamfira, Nicole Bayer, Josh Breslin and Alison Kuklinski Madalina Zamfira, Nicole Bayer, Josh Breslin and Alison Kuklinski of Jimbo’s Family Restaurant in North Wildwood.

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