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See, sell, shop at Sea Isle citywide yard sale

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, April 20, 2012 01:00 am

The Sea Isle City Chamber of Commerce and Revitalization will host its citywide yard sale 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May 12. More than 100 property owners and local organizations participated in last year’s event, selling a wide variety of merchandise ranging from furniture and home goods to children’s toys and bicycles.

The Chamber of Commerce and Revitalization will create a master list of all the addresses where items will be sold. It will be available the day of the event at the Chamber’s website, www.seaislechamber.com.  Paper copies of the master list will also be available the morning of the sale at Re/Max Beach Home Realty, 4200 Landis Ave.

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Backyard Habitat Plant Swap

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, April 20, 2012 01:00 am

Take advantage of the Nature Center of Cape May’s Backyard Habitat Plant Swap Saturday, April 30 to add hummingbird nectar plants to your garden.

This year’s theme is caterpillar host plants. Now is the perfect time to thin out the perennial garden and share some of your unwanted plants with others.

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Like the weather, fishing runs hot and cold

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Written by Heather Holtzapfel James Thursday, April 19, 2012 06:33 am

Art teacher Rick Horn landed this 31 1/2-inch bass April 14 in the back bay behind his Ocean City home. His reel is spooled with 8-pound test line.  Art teacher Rick Horn landed this 31 1/2-inch bass April 14 in the back bay behind his Ocean City home. His reel is spooled with 8-pound test line.

Tautog bite steady off bridges, jetties

Fishing in recent weeks has been like the weather: cold some days, hot on others. One fish that takes the trophy for hitting the lines the most is tautog.

The season for this spiny fish runs through Aug. 31 with a changeup of limits beginning May 1. Through April 30 anglers are permitted four fish at 15 inches or more, but starting May 1 the limit drops to one.

The tautog is an easy fish find. They can be found off of any jetty or bridge as well as from a vessel. But hooking one might be a different story. Most times tautog prefer crustaceans such as crab or clam. Bait such as squid or mullet will very rarely entice this fish, and they won't bat an eye at minnows.

Joan Barrett at Dolfin Dock in Somers Point said that the tautog bite is out of control off any bridge, jetty or piling. She reported that Barry Jacobsen of Egg Harbor Township limited out twice last week – all keepers at 15 inches – using green crab at the Ocean City Bridge. Jim Akers of Landisville nailed a 14.2-pound tautog that was 28 inches long from the Ocean City Bridge using green crabs.

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Service with a smile > edition of April 20, 2012

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, April 18, 2012 02:22 pm

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Joey, aka “Rockstar,” mixing it up at Juan Pablo's in Wildwood.

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Artists Cooperative features work of Roth, Mahoney

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, April 08, 2012 09:27 am

The Cape May Artists Cooperative will host an artists reception 1-5 p.m. Sunday, April 15 for featured artists Anita Roth and Cindy Mahoney in its gallery at the West End Garage, 484 W. Perry St., Cape May.

Roth has been working with a camera for more than 10 years, and has showcased her work at the co-op since its creation in 2008. Her photography is focused on nature, particularly flowers, shells and sea glass.

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Start peeling back that neoprene, but not too fast

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Written by Bill Barlow Friday, April 06, 2012 11:56 am

A surfer waits for a wave to come along. The hoods are coming down, but wetsuits are still de rigueur in the waves. A surfer waits for a wave to come along. The hoods are coming down, but wetsuits are still de rigueur in the waves.

Picture yourself on a board just beyond a reef break, somewhere hot.

The ocean around you is a glowing azure, and you see rolling mountains rising out of thick, green jungle just past the beach as white pelicans drop into the water nearby with a splash. Maybe throw in a couple of sea turtles swimming under the board, because everybody likes sea turtles, right?

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‘Live Green’ artists give found materials new life

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, April 06, 2012 09:28 am

“Heart Mosaic” by Pam Huber. “Heart Mosaic” by Pam Huber.

The Harbor Gallery at New Jersey Audubon’s Nature Center of Cape May will host an artist reception 6 p.m. Friday, April 6 for its newest exhibit, “Live Green.” Light refreshments will be served.

“Live Green” features two local artists, Susan Zipper and Pam Huber.

Zipper’s artwork is a personal expression of her philosophy of living green. Her art pieces can incorporate old furniture, scraps, bits and pieces of glass and ceramics, or almost anything destined for the landfill.

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What the devil to do with leftover Easter eggs?

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, April 06, 2012 09:16 am

Wondering what to do with all those hardboiled eggs left by the Easter bunny? Deviled eggs make a nutritious snack or appetizer.

The secret to making a creamy filling is to use a food processor and process the cooked yolks well before adding any other ingredients.

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Go wild at Forsythe Refuge

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, April 06, 2012 09:10 am

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A series of free nature walks with a sing-along program is being offered by the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge at 6:30 p.m. on Fridays April 20 and 27, and May 4, 11, 18 and 25.

Participants will begin the evening with a leisurely walk from a half-mile to 1 mile. Then join in singing around a campfire. Dress for the weather and bring blankets or chairs and a flashlight.

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Extraordinary Pinelands imagery at Seaview Resort

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, April 06, 2012 09:08 am

 Extraordinary Pinelands imagery at Seaview Resort

An exhibit of the work of award-winning landscape photographer Albert D. Horner of Medford Lakes will have be on display at the Seaview Resort in Galloway now through Tuesday, May 29.

The Noyes Museum of Art will present the collection, “Intimate Landscapes,” which includes 13 large images of the Pinelands National Reserve. The evocative photographs offer insight into a protected area of South Jersey that few are familiar with.

The Seaview Resort is located at 401 South New York Rd. in Galloway. For more information about the exhibit and to view some of Horner’s work, see www.AlbertHorner.com.

   

Top 10 Sunday drives in South Jersey

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, April 06, 2012 06:36 am

Top 10 Sunday drives in South Jersey

Be it by bicycle or behind the wheel, here are 10 scenic rides on the southern side of the Garden State.

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Does anything go as planned?

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Written by Bill Barlow Friday, October 07, 2011 01:08 pm

A surfer at sunset in the fall may seem like a metaphor for the end of summer, but it was really just a good ride. A surfer at sunset in the fall may seem like a metaphor for the end of summer, but it was really just a good ride.

Perfection is unlikely, but we can keep trying

Apparently, I’ve forgotten how to surf.

It’s a very frustrating situation. I got up early, put on a soggy wetsuit in the cold, hit the beach and floated around for an hour, drifting south faster than I could paddle north.

I could see waves and I could remember the process involved in catching them – I just couldn’t seem to carry it out.

It’s funny how rarely things turn out the way you expect.

That’s life.

We start out with an idea, maybe we daydream about the best possible results, and sometimes that’s all we manage. Sometimes we act on those ideas and try to work out a plan to bring that ideal to reality. Then we get to work.

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Service with a Smile > Oct. 7

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, October 07, 2011 12:35 pm

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Linda Camp and Pat Votwinick of Marcellina boutique in Wildwood Crest.

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Cinemania > Oct. 7

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, October 07, 2011 12:07 pm

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‘Moneyball’ is consistently smart and funny

In 2002, the Oakland A’s put together a winning baseball team with less than a third of the budget of the New York Yankees. In doing so, they defied all conventional logic and forever changed the way teams are put together.

“Moneyball” stars Brad Pitt as Billy Beane, former athlete-turned-general manager of the A’s. Disillusioned by the state of baseball, where the teams with the most money attract the best players, Beane is not only losing three star players, but knows his miniscule budget will assure that the A’s can’t compete with even mid-range teams. It’s the same system that recruited Beane out of high school, practically guaranteeing that he'd be a star. Having gone through it, he understands why the approach is flawed. He just doesn't know how to fix it.

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One Kook's Surfari with Bill Barlow > Please, look after each other out there

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Written by Bill Barlow Friday, September 30, 2011 02:10 pm

One nice takeoff over the weekend. He pulled off a good long ride. One nice takeoff over the weekend. He pulled off a good long ride.

Dawn patrol is getting later, the water is cooling and the beach is emptying out, but the lineup is still packed, at least on weekends, and the waves just keep coming.

Most years September is clear and loaded with blue skies, but this year there has been a steady roil of gray overhead. But for the past two weekends, an overcast Saturday gave way to a spectacular sunset to the west and a huge rainbow over the ocean on the other side.

The rides are there, at least for those who know how and where to catch them.

There were plenty of closeout sets as well, and some rough water. Over the weekend I managed one nice long left, and a bunch of spectacular wipeouts, as I tried to find a clean line in a pretty steep wave.

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Service with a Smile > Sept. 30

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, September 30, 2011 02:05 pm

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Haley Alber, Riley Alber and Mari Heenan of Fred’s Tavern in Stone Harbor.

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Cinemania > Drive

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, September 28, 2011 02:08 pm

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Audiences for “Drive” may be expecting an over-the-top action movie. But the film, about a Hollywood stuntman who moonlights as a getaway driver, subverts those expectations. From the first scene, it's clear this is no ordinary action film. “Drive” manages to forego the fast pace, quick cuts, and unbelievable set pieces that define the genre in favor of a highly stylized realism. Director Nicolas Winding Refn creates a world in which the suspense is actually suspenseful. “Drive” is an extremely violent film, but it's also unafraid of the slow build-up. As a result, the violence has that much more impact.

From the pink opening titles to the synth-heavy soundtrack, “Drive” lives and breathes style. Some might criticize it for flash over substance, but the slow pace and lack of action early on is deliberate. Each moment is meticulously crafted to maintain a specific tone. There are no unnecessary side plots or extra characters. There are no huge chases where police cars flip over, and no giant explosions. “Drive” creates real tension without sacrificing a sense of reality. When the finally blood does splatter, it looks real and feels earned.

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Cinemania > Sept. 23, 2011

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, September 22, 2011 03:50 pm

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Contagion” opens in an airport with a sickly Gwyneth Paltrow talking on her cell phone to a man who she just slept with – a man who is clearly not her husband. She eats peanuts out of a dish. She coughs into her hands. She is Patient Zero, and the audience knows it. The onscreen titles read "Day Two," and we're off.

What separates “Contagion” from traditional disaster movies is the reality of the film's threat – an airborne virus that kills within days. The scariest part is how real it all feels.

“Contagion” takes viewers around the world, from Hong Kong, where the disease originates, to the U.S., to the World Health Organization in Geneva. The global impact of the disease is a great device, enabling storytellers to jump around the planet seamlessly, treating the small stories with as much significance as the larger ones.

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Plant swap helps grow backyard habitats

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, September 20, 2011 01:00 am

Plant swaps allow gardeners to expand the variety in their backyard habitats. Plant swaps allow gardeners to expand the variety in their backyard habitats.

The Nature Center of Cape May will hold a backyard habitat plant swap 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24.
According to the Nature Center, now is the perfect time to thin out gardens and backyard habitats before winter arrives, pot up any extra perennials and bring them to the plant swap.

By swapping plants, gardeners can share some of this year’s garden successes with other habitat gardeners while helping schoolyard habitats throughout the tri-county area.

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Chautauqua mixes fun with serious discussion about food

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, September 17, 2011 01:00 am

Food and how it gets to the table is the primary focus of Chautauqua at the Shore, an event running through Sept. 25 that will feature food samplings, demonstrations and workshops on topics ranging from food movements to world hunger and the future of the dinner plate.

Chautauqua is presented by the Cape May Forum, a consortium of organizations and individuals whose mission is to strengthen the cultural, artistic, educational and recreational aspects of the community at large.

Throughout the event, Cape May will serve as a campus for lectures, workshops, panel discussions and other activities that fall under the theme “Guess What’s Coming for Dinner? The Politics of Food in the 21st Century.”

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