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Lucy and her Sisters

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Written by Marjorie Preston Friday, July 18, 2014 01:12 pm

Lucy is in shipshape for her 130th birthday celebration in 2011. Lucy is in shipshape for her 130th birthday celebration in 2011. Lucy the Elephant, whose 133rd birthday will be celebrated Saturday, July 19, was one of three mammoth structures built on the East Coast in the late 1800s. The celebration will include carnival games, rides, activities, food and entertainment. There will be free parking and shuttle service to the site from the Union Avenue School playground. For information call 609-823-6473 or see www.lucythelephant.org.

Everyone loves Lucy, the roadside elephant now celebrating her 133rd year as a Margate landmark. But many people don’t know that Lucy once had two sisters: the Light of Asia, a similar wooden elephant built to draw visitors and investors to Cape May, and Elephantine Colossus, which graced an amusement park on New York’s Coney Island.

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People Poll: Unusual ice cream

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Written by Lauren Dickey Wednesday, July 16, 2014 04:32 pm

Question: What is the most unusual ice cream flavor you have heard of or tried?

Birdy Birdy

Blueberry – they actually were made from the blueberries from Hammonton.

- Dana Birdy, Washington Township

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People Poll: Ice cream

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Written by Lauren Dickey Monday, July 14, 2014 08:00 pm

Question: How do you like your ice cream?

Homemade from a market because they make it right there.
- Jodi Dougherty, Bucks County, Pa. 
Homemade from a market because they make it right there. - Jodi Dougherty, Bucks County, Pa. Homemade from a market because they make it right there. - Jodi Dougherty, Bucks County, Pa.

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Lifeguards and medics on North Wildwood Beach Patrol work as a well-oiled team

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, July 14, 2014 11:05 am

Rich Morinelli, 56, is serving his 24th summer on the North Wildwood Beach Patrol. Rich Morinelli, 56, is serving his 24th summer on the North Wildwood Beach Patrol.  Rich Morinelli grew up in the Philadelphia area but spent his summers as a youngster in his family’s summer home just steps from the beach entrance at the east end of 22nd Street in North Wildwood.

Even now as a 56-year-old, Morinelli still spends his summers on the beaches of North Wildwood.

A schoolteacher at Margaret Mace Elementary School from September through June, he is serving in his 24th summer as the medic for the North Wildwood Beach Patrol.

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Crest guard is on the beach all year round

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, July 07, 2014 07:53 pm

Kevin Kelly, 23, of Boynton Beach, Fla., guards the Wildwood Crest beach in the summer and Florida beaches in the off-season. Kevin Kelly, 23, of Boynton Beach, Fla., guards the Wildwood Crest beach in the summer and Florida beaches in the off-season. Kevin Kelly may be in just his third summer as a beach lifeguard in this area, but the 23-year-old Boynton Beach, Fla., resident has experience that belies his relative short term of service.

The Wildwood Crest Beach Patrol member is also a part-time lifeguard at two ocean rescue services in South Florida and is close to graduating with a degree in public safety management from Palm Beach State College.

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

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Fox sightings in Ocean City

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Written by Bill Barlow Wednesday, June 18, 2014 04:05 pm

fox There are wild carnivores loose in OceanCity.

From the Gardens to Corson’s Inlet and everywhere in between, residents and visitors have spotted the whisk of a red tail in the morning, or a fox caught in the headlights at night.

The reactions have been widely divergent.

As a fox made its way through the dunes off Waverly Boulevard, a woman said with apparent pride that there is a whole family of the animals in the neighborhood. At the other end of town, a southend resident said she worried about bringing her groceries in from the car after dark after seeing one of the animals.

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Wildwood Crest offering youth swimming lessons

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, June 17, 2014 05:00 pm

WILDWOOD CREST - The Wildwood Crest Recreation Department is offering youth swimming lessons this summer at the Joseph Von Savage Memorial Pool at 8800 New Jersey Ave.

The half-hour lessons will be held in two eight-class sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Session I will run July 1-July 24. Session II will be held July 29-Aug. 21. Available lesson times are 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and noon.

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Farmers Markets offer pick of local crops and craft foods

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Written by Lauren Dickey Friday, June 13, 2014 02:50 pm

edible birdhouse One of the shopping experiences many people look forward to in summertime is browsing produce and specialty foods from farms and small businesses throughout the area at local farmers markets.

Most of the farm markets that sprang up last year are back for the season, along with some new ones, and many feature new vendors, products and activities.

The markets provide opportunities for area vendors to sell their own Jersey Fresh produce, baked goods, condiments and crafts. Most feature a variety of vendors selling everything from birdhouses to tomatoes, with several businesses offering homemade soaps, oils, jewelry and more.

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