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How to survive a rip current (Video)

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Written by Joan Kostiuk Tuesday, July 01, 2014 11:35 am

Aerial view of several rip currents provided by National Weather Service, courtesy of Dr. Wendy Carey, Delaware Sea Grant. Aerial view of several rip currents provided by National Weather Service, courtesy of Dr. Wendy Carey, Delaware Sea Grant. Heading to the beach? Here are some safety tips to help you avoid being caught in a rip current, and advice on what to do if you are

Each summer seems to bring with it a number of drowning deaths along the shores of New Jersey and the East Coast. Many of those deaths are the result of bathers getting caught in
rip currents.

Nearly everyone who has put their feet in the ocean has felt the pull of the tide. But what, exactly, is a rip current, and why are they so dangerous?

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Patriotic Songs We Love: Part 2

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Written by Joan Kostiuk Monday, June 30, 2014 04:50 pm

Patriotic songs speak to our love of country. Patriotic songs speak to our love of country. In honor of Independence Day, let’s hear it for the good old USA and the music that conveys our love for our country.

Here are our editorial staff’s favorite patriotic songs – the words and music that stir us to the soul and fill us with American pride. Read the stories, watch the video clips, and celebrate American freedom with a song in your heart.

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One Kook’s Safari> Notes from the dawn patrol

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Written by Bill Barlow Monday, June 30, 2014 01:59 pm

Mike Monroe rides off into the sunrise on a recent early session. Mike Monroe rides off into the sunrise on a recent early session. How can I already be late?

It’s about 20 after 6 on a weekday morning. The beachside neighborhood is quiet. It’s been light for almost an hour as I head down to the water, one part dog walk, one part scouting trip. There are a couple of joggers, a car riding the wrong way on the tree-lined street delivering newspapers, but the neighborhood is quiet.

Not so when we reach the beach. Trucks and vans are parked on the street, away from the parking meters even though they won’t be in effect for hours. A line of young guys are walking up, climbing over the dune for their first look at the break, carrying boards long, short and in between.

It’s summer, and the wave forecast is good.

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West Cape May Farmers Market in its 13th year

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Written by Christopher South Monday, June 30, 2014 12:00 am

WEST CAPE MAY - The West Cape May Farmers Market is now an adolescent in terms of its chronological age, but it has grown nicely from what it was.

“We first started out front in the parking lot, where it was 300 degrees on the pavement and people had difficulty parking,” Mayor Pam Kaithern said.

The borough then got a one-time grant from the county for creating handicap-accessible recreation projects. The borough gave part of the money to the West Cape May Elementary School to improve its playground equipment.

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Cinemania: 'Think Like a Man Too' gets lost in Vegas

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Written by Joe Bell Friday, June 27, 2014 03:59 pm

The ensemble cast of last year’s surprising smash hit “Think Like a Man” returns in this sequel, which has the characters venturing to the Las Vegas strip to celebrate the wedding of Candace (Regina Hall) and Michael (Terrence J).

The night before the big event, the men and women split up for their respective bachelor-bachelorette parties, and run through a series of clichéd relationship issues with no story or direction to speak of.

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The boys (and girls) of summer are back

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, June 27, 2014 05:14 am

Brian Cunniff/Participants break away from the starting line at the beginning of the swim race at last summer’s Cape May County Lifeguard Championships.
Brian Cunniff / Participants break away from the starting line at the beginning of the swim race at last summer’s Cape May County Lifeguard Championships.  South Jersey lifeguard competition season begins next week

Do you really think the beach lifeguards of South Jersey are merely young people passing the time, sitting passively on a raised chair staring out at the ocean and checking out the occasional bikini-clad young lady strolling by on the beach?

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Nature Camp gets kids to ‘put down the i-Thing’ and head outside

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, June 26, 2014 06:11 pm

Nature Camp gets kids to ‘put down the i-Thing’ and head outside Nature Camp gets kids to ‘put down the i-Thing’ and head outside

School has been dismissed, and the fun has already begun at the Nature Center of Cape May.

From bats to bees and bugs to birds, with a few sharks thrown in, the Nature Center has something for everyone from kids to teens.

The programs are age appropriate and include the Discovery Kids camp for children from prekindergarten to those entering sixth grade, Explore the Shore for children 6 and up, and Adventure Camps for ages 12-16, which gives older kids a chance to try kayaking, fishing offshore or exploring the natural world in and around Cape May.

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Service with a Smile: June 27, 2014

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, June 26, 2014 04:04 pm

June Peterson and Jayme Jaussi of A la Mode in Ocean City June Peterson and Jayme Jaussi of A la Mode in Ocean City

June Peterson and Jayme Jaussi of A la Mode in Ocean City.

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Keeper flounder dwindling as water warms; anglers cleaning up on tuna

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Written by Heather Holtzapfel James Thursday, June 26, 2014 01:30 pm

Ben MarQuis and his father, Dennis, from Pennsylvania caught and released a striper in the back bay aboard Tide Runner out of Cape May. 
Ben MarQuis and his father, Dennis, from Pennsylvania caught and released a striper in the back bay aboard Tide Runner out of Cape May.

As Fourth of July weekend approaches, the typical fishing pattern for this time of the season is beginning to settle in. Tons of short flounder are hitting the lines, with the keeper ratio quickly dwindling. It’s a fun day out on the water, but those looking for a fresh fish dinner have to work hard and be patient.

Tom Christ of Brennan Marine in Somers Point received reports from anglers that fishing was good overall both inshore and offshore.

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Beach Reads > June 27, 2014

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Written by Marjorie Preston Thursday, June 26, 2014 12:45 pm

Sycamore Row Sycamore Row  Sycamore Row

by John Grisham, Doubleday
Mississippi businessman Seth Hubbard has end-stage lung cancer. After meticulous planning and careful documentation, he hangs himself from a row of sycamore trees on his land. Days later, down-on-his-luck lawyer Jake Brigance – who never met the deceased – gets a handwritten will in the mail and a letter instructing him to leave 90 percent of Hubbard’s fortune to the businessman’s black housemaid, Lettie Lang. Predictably, Hubbard’s grasping family, who never had much use for the old man when he was alive, declares that Lang coerced her suffering employer to sign over his multimillion-dollar estate. Lawyers descend like turkey vultures, trying to get a piece of the inheritance for themselves (and their clients). Grisham is in top form in this entertaining mystery, with its cast of preening attorneys, greedy family members, and Jake, a principled guy who is just trying to do his job.   

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Patriotic Songs We Love: Part 1

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Written by Joan Kostiuk Monday, June 23, 2014 07:00 pm

Woody Guthrie/Library of Congress Woody Guthrie/Library of Congress In honor of Independence Day, let’s hear it for the good old USA and the music that conveys our love for our country.

Here are our editorial staff’s favorite patriotic songs – the words and music that stir us to the soul and fill us with American pride. Read the stories, watch the video clips, and celebrate American freedom with a song in your heart. 

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, June 21, 2014 12:00 am

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Beach Reads > June 20, 2014

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Written by Marjorie Preston Friday, June 20, 2014 05:48 pm

The Guts
by Roddy Doyle, Viking
In this sequel to 1989’s “The Commitments,” Doyle brings back members of the working-class Irish rock-n-soul band in a story that is poignant, hilarious, and sometimes unbearably touching. It’s been 30 years since Jimmy Rabbitte founded the group. Now married with children and long estranged from the band members, Jimmy has just learned he has colon cancer. Shaken to the core, he resolves to reconnect with his mates and some distant family members. Not coincidentally, he also comes up with a new way to make money, an iffy scheme based around a papal trip to Dublin, social media, and the music of 1932 (yes, they’re all linked, if only in Jimmy’s mind). Dialogue displaces narrative for much of this book, and it may take time for you to become familiar with Dubliner dialect and the characters’ peculiarly Irish sense of humor and pathos (and then there are the names, like Aoife and Caoimhe). Once you settle in, you’ll discover a group of thoroughly lovable folk: funny, profane, sentimental, and always trying to push that sentiment under the rug. “The Guts,” in Jimmy’s word, is simply “grand.”

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Free live music, beach movies scheduled in Avalon

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, June 20, 2014 03:04 pm

Avalon’s Big Beach Movie series begins Tuesday, June 24 with ‘Frozen. Avalon’s Big Beach Movie series begins Tuesday, June 24 with ‘Frozen. Avalon is ready to kick summer into high gear with dozens of free activities planned weekly throughout the season. The activities include sports and recreation, free beach movies and an all-new evening of free family entertainment in the downtown business district called Thursdays on Dune.

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Cinemania: Fresh, funny '22 Jump Street’ improves upon the first

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Written by Joe Bell Friday, June 20, 2014 02:15 pm

In an era of self-referential comedy, “22 Jump Street” may be one of the most meta movies ever made. It's a sequel about the frivolous nature of sequels.

Part of the fun of the first “Jump Street” was how it occasionally pointed out that Hollywood is out of ideas and willing to adapt almost any property, regardless of its popularity or worth. Here, that tone overtakes the entire film. It pushes up against the fourth wall at every opportunity. Somehow the filmmakers found a way to make a movie that, though technically a generic retread of the first film, is still fresh and diverting.

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