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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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A marriage of metal and mosaic

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Written by Silkia Morales Thursday, July 25, 2013 05:55 pm

José Chora and Judy Leone are the artists behind the Chora Leone Gallery in Somers Point.   José Chora and Judy Leone are the artists behind the Chora Leone Gallery in Somers Point.

Chora Leone Gallery showcases the unique art of husband-wife team 

Some 20 years ago on his way to Florida to do a job with the pipefitters union, José Chora suddenly found himself laid off and in Ocean City. It was then that Chora decided to blend his passion for art and his newfound knowledge of metalwork and become a full-time artist.

Since then Chora has been commissioned to do a number of pieces, including the September 11 memorial sculpture in Ocean City, a series of works for the AtlantiCare oncology sculpture garden, and most recently a stainless steel and steel alloy sculpture of cattails and reeds for The Reeds at Shelter Haven in Stone Harbor.

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Hoffman Memorial begins lifeguard ‘Big 3’

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, July 25, 2013 03:46 pm

 Hoffman Memorial begins lifeguard ‘Big 3’ Hoffman Memorial begins lifeguard ‘Big 3’

The South Jersey lifeguard competition season really heats up this week.

Last weekend’s Atlantic City Classic, dominated by the Margate Beach Patrol, marked the first competition of the summer in which all of South Jersey’s beach patrols competed. Friday, July 27 begins the first of what is termed as the “Big Three” of South Jersey lifeguard racing as the Wildwood Beach Patrol hosts the Dutch Hoffman Memorial Championships. That competition will be followed by the other legs of the Big Three – the Margate War Memorials and the South Jersey Championships, respectively, on the first two Fridays of August.

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Cinemania > ‘Girl Most Likely’ set in Ocean City

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Written by Joe Bell Thursday, July 25, 2013 03:00 pm

Girl Most Likely  “Girl Most Likely” is an exciting summer entry for those of us living at the shore. The film takes place almost entirely in Ocean City, N.J., and portrays its characters not as bumbling fools – like recent portrayals of Jersey folk – but instead as real people with real problems. The characters may be eccentric and flawed, but at heart they are genuine loving people. Unfortunately, these characters are bland and one-note, and the plot that surrounds them is flat. It's regrettable, but “Girl Most Likely” ends up wasting the talents of its cast, most visibly, that of star Kristen Wiig.

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Make the gym work for you from the get-go

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, July 25, 2013 02:02 pm

 Enlisting a workout partner is one way to increase the chance of success. Enlisting a workout partner is one way to increase the chance of success.

Walking into a gym for the first time can be like the first day of school, when a lack of familiarity can inspire fear or anxiety. But there are ways to make your foray into the fitness club a success right from the start.

Familiarize yourself with the layout prior to your first workout. It's easy to feel like an outsider when visiting a gym for the first time. Other members already know their way around, and you might be hesitant to ask for advice or where certain equipment might be. To avoid wandering around the gym, ask a trainer or another gym employee to show you the ropes before your first workout so you don't feel as though you're lost in a sea of dumbbells and treadmills.

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Service with a Smile > July 25

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Written by Nikki Djokovich Thursday, July 25, 2013 09:48 am

Nikki Djokovich/Lauren Kruse, 34, of Northfield Nikki Djokovich/Lauren Kruse, 34, of Northfield

Downbeach Deli, Margate City

Lauren Kruse, 34, of Northfield, has been working at Downbeach for a year.

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Service with a Smile > July 23

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013 12:00 am

Nikki Djokovich/From left are Lori Schneider of Smithville, Eric Rossi of Somers Point and Nino Fierello of Smithville. Nikki Djokovich/From left are Lori Schneider of Smithville, Eric Rossi of Somers Point and Nino Fierello of Smithville.

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

Tony's Baltimore Grill, Atlantic City 

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Service with a Smile > July 20

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Saturday, July 20, 2013 12:00 am

Nikki Djokovich/Custard Castle is located on Route 322 in Hamilton Township Nikki Djokovich/Custard Castle is located on Route 322 in Hamilton Township

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

Custard Castle, Mays Landing 

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One Kook's Safari > Not nice of you to drop in

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Written by Bill Barlow Friday, July 19, 2013 05:23 am

 There can be a lot to keep track of on a summer wave.  There can be a lot to keep track of on a summer wave.

Surfing etiquette helps keep surfing fun

The trouble is, she told me at a Sunday gathering, no one is teaching kids surfing etiquette.

We were talking about summer waves, where to surf, technique, when each of us expected to surf next. It was a conversation that gets repeated a lot whenever there are a bunch of surfers at a party. At this particular gathering, there were a lot of surfers, a lot of locals, and a lot of wave talk.

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Curley’s Fries launches search for new dipping sauce

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, July 19, 2013 12:00 am

Chipotle lime, garlic aioli, honey barbecue … Morey’s Piers wants to taste it all. On National French Fry Day July 13, Morey’s invited french fry enthusiasts to submit their best dipping sauce recipe for a chance to win $500 cash, and a bucket of Curley’s Fries every week during the summer of 2014. 

Contestants age 13 and up can submit an original dip recipe to the Morey’s Piers Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MoreysPiers. Submissions will be accepted through 11:59 p.m. Monday, Sept. 2. 

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Cinemania > Enthusiastic ‘Pacific Rim’ is a visual masterpiece

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Written by Joe Bell Thursday, July 18, 2013 03:30 pm

Enthusiastic ‘Pacific Rim’ is a visual masterpiece

Guillermo Del Toro creates another visual masterpiece, this time on the biggest scale possible. “Pacific Rim” often sacrifices style for substance, but audiences won't mind.

When legions of gigantic monsters known as Kaiju rise from the sea and start attacking the shore, the nations of the world throw away their petty differences and join forces. They build massive human-controlled robots known as Jaegers to combat the threat. But as the number and size of the Kaiju grow, resources diminish, and we are left with an underfunded ragtag team that must take down the Kaiju once and for all.

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Stayin’ Alive relives the days of disco

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, July 18, 2013 02:28 pm

Stayin’ Alive will perform a tribute to the Bee Gees and the days of disco 8 p.m. Saturday, July 20 at the Lou Booth Amphitheater in North Wildwood.   Stayin’ Alive will perform a tribute to the Bee Gees and the days of disco 8 p.m. Saturday, July 20 at the Lou Booth Amphitheater in North Wildwood.

NORTH WILDWOOD - Stayin’ Alive will take listeners back to the ’70s and the days of disco with a Bee Gees tribute 8 p.m. Saturday, July 20 at the Lou Booth Amphitheater, Second and Ocean avenues in North Wildwood.

The high-energy show is part of the city’s Concerts Under the Stars series, which features live music Thursdays and Saturdays.

Performing in white satin outfits, open-buttoned shirts and platform shoes, Stayin’ Alive entertains with the music and dance moves of the brothers Gibb, who as the core members of the Bee Gees are among the best-selling music artists of all time.

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Service with a Smile > July 18

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Thursday, July 18, 2013 12:08 pm

Nikki Djokovich/Employees at Godfather's Italian Grill gather for a photo Nikki Djokovich/Employees at Godfather's Italian Grill gather for a photo

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

Godfather's Italian Grill, Mays Landing

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People Poll > Boardwalk fries

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Written by Samantha Safchinsky Friday, July 12, 2013 05:06 pm

What do you like to put on your boardwalk fries?

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Service with a Smile > July 12, 2013

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Written by Samantha Safchinsky Friday, July 12, 2013 12:06 pm

Calvin Tyler, Lisa Jackson, Gina Grosso and Dante Brunelli of Gioia Ristorante in Wildwood.

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Cinemania > The Lone Ranger rides again, with lots of outlandish action

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Friday, July 12, 2013 11:06 am

Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp star in ‘The Lone Ranger.’ Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp star in ‘The Lone Ranger.’

With two big-name stars, a director with experience in creating big summer films, and a wealth of source material to draw from, “The Lone Ranger” had the potential to be one of this season’s blockbusters. Sadly, the film is a bloated mess.

It all starts when district attorney John Reid (Armie Hammer) returns to his hometown to visit his brother Dan, a Texas Ranger. When an outlaw with a penchant for eating human flesh escapes from prison and kills Dan, Reid becomes a ranger himself, and is tasked with bringing the fugitive to justice. He teams up with an unlikely ally in Tonto (Johnny Depp), a Native American who has his own reasons for taking down the bad guy.

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When the weather's fine, anglers have one thing on their mind

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Written by Heather Holtzapfel James Friday, July 12, 2013 10:30 am

Kayla Quirk, 7, of Philadelphia caught an 18-inch flounder off the Grassy Sound Marina dock while her dad was cleaning their boat. She was fishing with minnows during incoming tide. Kayla Quirk, 7, of Philadelphia caught an 18-inch flounder off the Grassy Sound Marina dock while her dad was cleaning their boat. She was fishing with minnows during incoming tide.

Last weekend's beautiful weather brought heavy boat traffic on the water. Most fishing hot spots were littered with boats full of anglers hoping to catch some action at the end of their lines.

The overall report from local marinas, bait shops and captains is that fishing remains steady. The hits may not be as often with the keeper flounder, but they are still being caught. Offshore fishing is picking up with more boats getting the opportunity to take the trip.

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beach reads > July 12, 2013

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Written by Marjorie Preston Friday, July 12, 2013 09:06 am

beach reads   July 12, 2013

And Then I Found You

by Patti Callahan Henry, St. Martin’s Press

The story arc is as old as time: boy meets girl, they fall deliriously in love until circumstances divide them, and ever afterward, the question remains: Whatever happened to the one that got away? Kate Vaughn is a thirtyish, successful businesswoman in a great relationship with a swell guy named Rowan. But when she realizes Rowan is about to propose – she finds the diamond ring – it propels her back in memory to Jack Adams, the boy she loved and lost, and with whom she shares a secret: the daughter they agreed to surrender for adoption. When the girl, now 21, turns up on Facebook, it sets all kind of Lifetime movie drama in motion. Nicely done if formulaic, “And Then I Found You” is a nice summer chick-lit entry.

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