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‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’ on stage in Cape May

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, August 13, 2013 12:00 am

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The year is 1782, and the village of Tarrytown is surrounded by ghosts from the past – including the Headless Horseman, the ghost of a Hessian soldier who was killed during the Revolutionary War who roams the countryside at night looking for a head.

When the town’s new schoolteacher, Ichabod Crane, suddenly disappears, is the Headless Horseman to blame, or something or someone else? 

The East Lynne Theater Company will present “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” based on Washington Irving's supernatural tale, adapted by James Rana, who created last season's "The Poe Mysteries."  Like "Poe," this production, under the direction of Gayle Stahlhuth, travels up to Ocean Professional Theatre Company in Barnegat in late October.

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Discover the pleasures and treasures of beachcombing

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, August 12, 2013 12:00 am

WILDWOOD CREST - The Cape May County Library offers the program Beachcombing the Crest of Wildwood 6-7 p.m. every Monday in the summer.

The program starts at the Wildwood Crest branch of the library, 6301 Ocean Ave., and takes participants on a guided stroll along the shoreline to search for treasures brought in on the tide. Participants will pull a net through the water and sieve through sand to see what turns up, then talk about the secrets of the sea and about living on the edge of the ocean.

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Wildwood Crest offers Bokwa, Zumba and other outdoor exercise classes

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, August 10, 2013 11:22 am

The Wildwood Crest Recreation Department offers outdoor Bokwa exercise classes on 10:30 a.m. Sundays through Labor Day at Centennial Park on Fern Road and Ocean Avenue.

In Bokwa, participants draw letters and numbers with their feet while performing an energizing cardio workout routine synchronized to pop and dance music.

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Service with a Smile, Oceanville > Aug. 10

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Saturday, August 10, 2013 12:00 am

Nikki Djokovich/Noyes Museum of Art Nikki Djokovich/Noyes Museum of Art

Service with a Smile is a online feature that highlights some of the familiar faces at local businesses.

 

Noyes Museum of Art- Oceanville

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One Kook's Safari > Where did the waves go?

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Written by Bill Barlow Friday, August 09, 2013 05:56 pm

 Most mornings this week, the Atlantic looked like a big, choppy, beautiful lake. 

 Most mornings this week, the Atlantic looked like a big, choppy, beautiful lake.

A couple of times this summer, I was ready to comment on how good the waves have been. It looked like a summer without doldrums.
Good thing I hadn’t gotten around to it. Somebody would have had my head by now.

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Cinemania > ‘Smurfs 2’ will leave viewers feeling blue

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Written by Joe Bell Friday, August 09, 2013 05:03 pm

 ‘Smurfs 2’ will leave viewers feeling blue ‘Smurfs 2’ will leave viewers feeling blue

There are many children's movies out there that satisfy both young and old, and that tell a worthwhile story with humor and grace without dumbing down the experience. “Smurfs 2” is not one of them.

Every bit as loud, obnoxious and unnecessary as its predecessor, “Smurfs 2” may entertain the youngest children, but it makes the unfortunate assumption that kids will eat any CGI-stuffed garbage that is thrown their way. Sure, it’s just a kids movie. But kids aren't stupid. They crave quality entertainment as much as the next person.

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Island Mini Golf now open

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, August 09, 2013 01:23 pm

 Island Mini Golf now open  Island Mini Golf now open

Island Miniature Golf on New Jersey Avenue celebrated its grand opening last Wednesday.

The golf course, which has a Caribbean theme, is owned by Stephanie Bennett, and had been planned for the past year.

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Prestigious South Jersey Lifeguard Championships to be contended in Margate

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, August 09, 2013 12:00 pm

Since the first week of July, there have been numerous lifeguard competitions held, as many as three to four per week.

While winning an individual event or a team championship at any of those previous competitions is a worthy accomplishment, most likely any individual or patrol would trade any of those victories for the ultimate success this Friday night.

The South Jersey Lifeguard Championships, the oldest and most prestigious of all lifeguard competitions held in the South Jersey Lifeguard Chiefs’ Association, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9 in Margate.

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Produce trucks have become a local tradition

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Written by Christie Rotondo Friday, August 09, 2013 11:26 am

An Island Produce employee rings the triangle to let people know of the fresh fruit truck’s arrival. \

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Recipes for Jersey Fresh Foods

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, August 08, 2013 06:01 pm

fruit If you want to start a small riot, say out loud that Jersey tomatoes aren’t the best tomatoes grown on the planet. Garden Staters are proud of the food grown locally and plenty of rain and equal sunshine has produced a bumper crop of almost everything New Jersey farmers have to offer. Fresh foods offer more than good eats at supermarkets and roadside stands-they are a big reason some people visit New Jersey, along with the beaches and attractions.

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Service with a Smile, Smithville > Aug. 7

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Thursday, August 08, 2013 12:00 am

Nikki Djokovich/The Smithville Inn, Smithville Nikki Djokovich/The Smithville Inn, Smithville

Service with a Smile is a online feature that highlights some of the familiar faces at local businesses.

 

The Smithville Inn, Smithville

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Service with a Smile, Egg Harbor City > Aug. 6

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Tuesday, August 06, 2013 12:00 am

Nikki Djokovich/Jonny Boy Subs, Egg Harbor City Nikki Djokovich/Jonny Boy Subs, Egg Harbor City

Service with a Smile is a online feature that highlights some of the familiar faces at local businesses.

Jonny Boy Subs, Egg Harbor City

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Dog On A Boat

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, August 02, 2013 10:56 am

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Dog gone boating? Put safety first

Some dogs were born for the water, others less so. The key to boating with dogs, according to the Boat Owners Association of the United States, is taking it slow and making safety the first priority. Here are some tips for getting started.

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One Kook's Safari > Combat veteran finds peace in the waves

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Written by Bill Barlow Thursday, August 01, 2013 05:10 pm

  Nick Borrelli and Randy Abbott are at the airport in San Diego, ready to head to the East Coast for the Brendan Borek surf contest Saturday. Nick Borrelli and Randy Abbott are at the airport in San Diego, ready to head to the East Coast for the Brendan Borek surf contest Saturday.  Surfing helps, Nick Borrelli said this week. It helps a lot.

After two deployments to Iraq with the Marines, Borrelli was hurt inside and out. His shoulder is damaged, he is dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder, and there are other issues, but he doesn’t seem too interested in running through a laundry list.

Surfing is good for his body, he said, but more important, it seems, for his head.

“That’s like my sanctuary,” he said in a phone interview from San Diego this week. “When I’m out in the water – it sounds very hippie, I guess – but when I’m out in the water, I’m just one with nature and I feel at peace.”

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Crabbing improves, while tuna, kingfish and fluke catches continue

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Written by Heather Holtzapfel James Thursday, August 01, 2013 03:27 pm

Frank Scirrotto of Cherry Hill and crew of Stinky Fingers troll up some nice mahi-mahi around the Teacup. 
 Photo courtesy of Sterling Harbor Bait and Tackle / Frank Scirrotto of Cherry Hill and crew of Stinky Fingers troll up some nice mahi-mahi around the Teacup.

Anglers remain content with their steady catches, and crabbers are beginning to see more keepers. Those in search of nice-sized blue claw crabs are in luck in the coming weeks. The first week of August is usually considered the beginning of good crabbing down the shore. Whether it's from a dock or off a boat, crabbers will see less sponge crabs – otherwise known as mature female crabs – and more male crabs, called Jimmies. The immature female crab, known as a Sally, is identified by the inverted V or a triangle-shaped abdomen. A mature female crab, known as a sook, has a more U-shaped abdomen (apron). Another easy clue to help determine the sex of the crab is the color of the tips of the claws. Females have red tips, like painted nails.

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Cinemania > Superhero returns to form in dark, edgy ‘The Wolverine’

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Written by Joe Bell Tuesday, July 30, 2013 09:44 pm

   Hugh Jackman plays a superhero wracked with grief in ‘The Woverine.’ Hugh Jackman plays a superhero wracked with grief in ‘The Woverine.’

Hugh Jackman has played Wolverine for more than 12 years, dating back to the original “X-Men.” That great superhero film sparked a revolution in the genre, paving the way for a new era of movies that portray these powerful beings in a human light. “Wolverine” was easily the most compelling character in those first few outings – an immortal traveler with no sense of identity struggling to learn who he is. Since that first great flick, the character has appeared in less-inspiring tales, including his own movie, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” which flopped. Luckily, the character returns to form in “The Wolverine,” a standalone adventure for the hero. The film is imperfect, but it manages to be fun and satisfying. Director James Mangold takes a darker, edgier look at the character, and the risk pays off.

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Warm water turns on the offshore bite

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Written by Heather Holtzapfel James Friday, July 26, 2013 06:58 am

 Julianna, Logan and Liam Kreudl of Barnegat caught a 20-inch flounder from the Grassy Sound Fishing Pier in North Wildwood on squid and minnows on the top of the outgoing tide. Julianna, Logan and Liam Kreudl of Barnegat caught a 20-inch flounder from the Grassy Sound Fishing Pier in North Wildwood on squid and minnows on the top of the outgoing tide.

After last weekend's heat wave, water temperatures increased, turning on the offshore bite. Successful trips are resulting in catches of yellowfin, bluefin and big-eye tuna, as well as mahi mahi and blue and white marlin. Reports indicate that inshore fishing is better than ever for this time of the season, with continuous activity for anglers on the water.

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One Kook's Safari > Carry your heartache to the waiting ocean

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Written by Bill Barlow Friday, July 26, 2013 05:36 am

 On Tuesday, just before sunset, the light plays on the waves and makes the towering clouds glow.  On Tuesday, just before sunset, the light plays on the waves and makes the towering clouds glow.

There’s just no way around it. This has been a tough year for surfers.

I’m not talking about waves or water temperature, about summer crowds or changing breaks. Not this time.

It just seems like there has been a lot of bad news recently.

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beach reads > July 26, 2013

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Written by Marjorie Preston Friday, July 26, 2013 04:23 am

 The View from Penthouse B. The View from Penthouse B.

The View from Penthouse B.
by Elinor Lipman,
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

There is delight and surprise on every page of this novel by the author of “The Family Man.” Sisters Gwen and Margot were double-crossed by fate – Gwen when her young husband died in his sleep; Margot when her husband, a fertility doctor, went to prison for trying to personally inseminate patients. Margot also lost a small fortune investing with Bernie Madoff, and has just one thing of value: her Greenwich Village penthouse. To conserve their small resources, Margot and Gwen agree to live together and then take in a boarder named Anthony, who lost his job when Lehman Brothers collapsed. Together they resolve to leave behind past sorrows and jump-start their lives. It is especially hard for Gwen, who yearns to be loved again but cannot move beyond her own shyness and memories of the sweet passion she shared with Edwin. Things are complicated when Margot’s pompous ex is paroled, moves in downstairs and finds the son he fathered, now a young artist. In the hands of a lesser writer, this convoluted plot might seem outlandish. Lipman makes it wholly credible, witty, wonderful, and in a way comforting, reminding us that no story is ever really finished, and sometimes even egregious sins can be redeemed.

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Wildwood Crest offers outdoor fitness classes

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, July 26, 2013 12:00 am

Outdoor Zumba classes will be offered 8:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Saturday through Labor Day weekend at Centennial Park. Outdoor Zumba classes will be offered 8:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Saturday through Labor Day weekend at Centennial Park.

The Wildwood Crest Recreation Department’s outdoor fitness program is underway.

Outdoor Zumba classes are offered 8:30 a.m. every Saturday at Centennial Park, Fern Road and Ocean Avenue, through Sept. 28.

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