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Cape May Beachfront Run date set

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, September 19, 2014 12:00 am

CAPE MAY - There’s no time like the present to sign up for the 31st annual Cape May Beachfront Run to be held on Saturday, Sept. 20. The run features certified 2-mile and 5-mile courses along the Cape May beachfront.

Runners will have access to three rest stations stocked with bananas and bottled water before and after both races. All runners will receive T-shirts, and both races award overall and age-group trophies as follows: for the 5 miler, the first three men, first three women, first three in age groups and the team title; for the 2 miler, the first male, first female, and top two in age groups.

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Savor September fest scheduled

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, September 18, 2014 06:40 pm

STONE HARBOR - The Stone Harbor Chamber of Commerce will present the third annual Savor September Food, Wine and Beer Festival noon-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20 downtown throughout the 96th Street shopping district.

The festival will feature live music all day by Eddie Morgan and Rek’d 4 Jazz, wine and microbrew tastings, grape stomping, seafood served up in the 96th Street Café, a competition for best cheesesteak, activities for children, and various demonstrations and displays including blacksmithing and ironworking by Toby Kroll and art glass by WheatonArts.

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Ancient Order of Hibernians 23rd Annual Irish Fall Festival in Wildwoods Sept. 18-21

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, September 18, 2014 03:29 pm

Jen Marra/Ancient Order of Hibernians 23rd Annual Irish Fall Festival in Wildwoods Sept. 18-21 Jen Marra/Ancient Order of Hibernians 23rd Annual Irish Fall Festival in Wildwoods Sept. 18-21 NORTH WILDWOOD - The largest Irish festival on the east coast begins Thursday, September 18 and concludes on Sunday, September 21. This festive four day event is sponsored by James J. Reilly, Division 1, Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH). The AOH is an organization which fosters and preserves Irish culture and heritage.

The success of this festival has been overwhelming, and continues to draw more and more people each year. With over one hundred vendors, sixteen food vendors, and an estimated crowd of over 200,000, this gathering is a weekend long event.

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Ocean City Fishing Club tournament Oct. 18

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, September 18, 2014 03:18 pm

fishtourney “Come on down to the beach and fish!” urges Kieth Van Laarhoven, chairman of the October 18th Ocean City surf fishing tournament.

The Ocean City Fishing Club is extending a broad invitation for anglers to participate in its 47th annual surf fishing tournament on Saturday, Oct. 18.

“This is an opportunity for anyone interested in fishing to come out and have fun competing in our tournament,” said tournament Chairman Kieth Van Laarhoven, of Ocean City and Browns Mills. “This event is open not only to members of the fishing clubs throughout our area, but also to individuals and families.”

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NASW Big Band Dance set for Sept. 27

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, September 17, 2014 12:00 am

Dancers fill the floor in this overhead view of last year’s event. Dancers fill the floor in this overhead view of last year’s event.

Naval Air Station Wildwood will hold a USO-style Big Band Dance 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27 in historic Hangar No. 1.

The 1940s style dance will feature swing, ballroom and samba dancing and lessons from professional dance instructor Tom Cupp. Dancers of all levels are welcome, and 1940s dress is encouraged.

Music will be provided by Walt Wagner and the Serenaders Big Band, a 14-piece ensemble. Dinner will be catered by Shore Side Catering, and there will be raffles.

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One Kook’s Safari: Another hurricane due to head up the coast, with big waves expected

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Written by Bill Barlow Tuesday, September 16, 2014 11:44 am

We won’t know what Hurricane Edouard will bring, but it’s expected to pass well off the coast this week. Previous storms this year brought some great waves, but this one’s being described as the first major storm of the season. We won’t know what Hurricane Edouard will bring, but it’s expected to pass well off the coast this week. Previous storms this year brought some great waves, but this one’s being described as the first major storm of the season. Summer’s not over, but if it were a tube of toothpaste, we’d be folding it from the bottom by now.

There’s good news, though: the water’s still warm, and the forecast calls for big waves from Hurricane Edouard this week. Expect the swell to build overnight into Wednesday, with head-high waves rolling in Wednesday and Thursday morning.  Expect a strong current and be ready for some heavy surf. The forecast keeps changing, so take a good look before paddling out.  

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Calendar

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, September 15, 2014 12:00 am

Sept. 12-21

18th annual Food and Wine Festival in Cape May and the surrounding area. For schedule or to purchase tickets see www.capemaymac.orgor call 609-884-9565.   

Sept. 18-21

Irish Fall Festival 8 a.m.-11 p.m. daily at Olde New Jersey Avenue and surrounding pubs, North Wildwood. Free. See www.CMCAOH.com.

Sept. 20 and 21
Fall Migration Festival 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Wetlands Institute on Stone Harbor Boulevard in Middle Township. Admission fee. See www.wetlandsinstitute.org.

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Maddie Peterson set to make waves on the world stage

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Written by Bill Barlow Saturday, September 06, 2014 06:25 am

Maddie Peterson of Wildwood Crest hopes to be on surfing’s world tour in a couple of years. She’s gaining a name in surfing competitions, and is in training for an upcoming event in Belmar. (photo submitted) Maddie Peterson of Wildwood Crest hopes to be on surfing’s world tour in a couple of years. She’s gaining a name in surfing competitions, and is in training for an upcoming event in Belmar. (photo submitted) On one of the surf forums, in the lead-up to one of this summer’s hurricane swells, a commenter posted something suggesting surfers shouldn’t worry too much if they miss the big day.

So far, so good. As this summer showed, more waves are always on the way.

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Calendar of Ocean City events

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, September 06, 2014 12:00 am

Trail of Two Cities – Run/Walk

Nov 1,  2014

Saturday, Nov. 1 Run/Walk- over the 9th St. Bridge from Ocean City to Somers Point. Registration 7 a.m., Run/Walk Start 8 a.m. Start is 10th & Haven at the Ocean City Transportation Center. Finish in Kennedy Park in Somers Point. No pets, skateboards, bikes or rollerblades. $25 Registration: No Mail in registration after 10/25/14 online registration until 10/29/14 $30 Race Day Registration: 10th & Haven Ave. For more information or race questions call: 609-525-9300


 

Veterans Day Program

Nov 11, 2014

Veterans Day Program - 11am at Veterans Memorial Park, 5th & Wesley Ave.

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Beach Reads: September 5, 2014

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Written by Marjorie Preston Wednesday, September 03, 2014 02:47 pm

Ragtime Cowboys Ragtime Cowboys

Ragtime Cowboys

By Loren D. Estleman, Forge

In the grand tradition of Western writer Louis L’Amour, Estleman spins this entertaining yarn about two former Pinkerton detectives in shabby, crime-ridden “Hollywoodland” circa 1921. Real-life gumshoes Charles D. Siringo (known as the “cowboy detective”) and a tubercular Dashiell Hammett (who has yet to make his name as a writer) are on the trail of a ranch hand who stole a horse from Wyatt Earp. The men soon sense there are dirtier doings afoot, involving Charmian London, widow of “The Call of the Wild” author Jack London; a sinister card sharp named Clanahan and his murderous henchman, “the Eel”; and rum-runner Joseph P. Kennedy, who even then is boasting he will someday see his son in the White House. Packed with wry, crackling dialogue and references to the famous and infamous of the period (Butch Cassidy, Judge Roy Bean, Fatty Arbuckle, Will Rogers), “Ragtime Cowboys” is an easy ride in a well-broke saddle. And it’s tons of fun.

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Cinemania: 'A Dame to Kill For' is a stunning but brutal follow-up to 'Sin City'

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Written by Joe Bell Thursday, August 28, 2014 05:37 pm

It took director Robert Rodriguez almost a decade to revisit Sin City, and this film retains the same dark, stylized tone as the original pulpy noir. While it doesn't deliver as powerful a punch as the first film – which also happened to be one of the most faithful comic-book adaptations of all time – “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” is still an entertaining follow-up. It’s visually stunning, brutally violent, and expertly explores its dark, seedy undertones.

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The Shorter Days of August, September

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, August 28, 2014 05:00 pm

By now, we've all noticed that our summer days are growing shorter.  The longest day is over a month past and we can look forward to our daylight growing shorter until the shortest day in December. 

While we all notice the lengthening and shortening of the days, a lot of people don't noticed that the change in daylight is not smooth and even. 

Actually, the length of daylight doesn't change very much for about a month on either side of the longest day. 

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Never a dull moment – and that’s how he likes it

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, August 28, 2014 04:28 pm

Shaun Stamm has been with the North Wildwood Beach Patrol for six years. Shaun Stamm has been with the North Wildwood Beach Patrol for six years.

Shaun Stamm broke one of the cardinal rules of being a lifeguard a few years ago: He went to the beach on his day off.

Three young kids are sure glad he did.

Stamm, a North Wildwood lifeguard, was hanging out on the beach that day with his family and friends after the working lifeguards had finished their shifts.

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Beach Reads: August 29, 2014

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Written by Marjorie Preston Thursday, August 28, 2014 03:37 pm

Mr. Mercedes Mr. Mercedes

Mr. Mercedes
by Stephen King, Scribner
Brady Hartfield is a born loser, a grown man who sells ice cream, works at a discount electronics store and lives with his mother. But behind the wheel of a stolen Mercedes, he gains power – horsepower, that is, and the ability to instantly snuff out lives. Hartfield’s greatest achievement was plowing into a line of people at a job fair, killing eight. The case went cold, and investigator Bill Hodges, now retired, sits at home, brooding and flirting with suicide. Then Hodges gets a jeering letter from the Mercedes Killer, punctuated by smiley faces, gloating that he will kill again. That’s all it takes to get the cop back in the game. This is nail-biting stuff, with a bang-up finish.

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One Kook’s Safari: The ABCs of the summer of ’14

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Written by Bill Barlow Thursday, August 28, 2014 01:53 pm

A surfer takes a turn off the lip on Thursday’s overhead waves. Surfers flocked to the water from throughout the region for the weekday swell.  By Thursday morning, Hurricane Cristobal was passing well off the coast, and was expected to pass off Nova Scotia by Thursday night. In the meantime, the storm sent huge waves toward the beach from North Carolina to New England, with heavy waves throughout Cape May County. Some sets were well overhead, and there were steady waves throughout the morning. A surfer takes a turn off the lip on Thursday’s overhead waves. Surfers flocked to the water from throughout the region for the weekday swell. By Thursday morning, Hurricane Cristobal was passing well off the coast, and was expected to pass off Nova Scotia by Thursday night. In the meantime, the storm sent huge waves toward the beach from North Carolina to New England, with heavy waves throughout Cape May County. Some sets were well overhead, and there were steady waves throughout the morning. Well, that went quick.

How did Labor Day weekend get here so fast? Well, I guess you blinked. Either that or they’ve changed the length of July and August somehow. I, for one, blame Obama.

But that’s not what we’re here to talk about. We’re here to talk surfing, and how we are three for three so far on the hurricanes of 2014 and it’s not even September yet.

By Thursday morning, Hurricane Cristobal was passing well off the coast, and was expected to pass off Nova Scotia by Thursday night. In the meantime, the storm sent huge waves toward the beach from North Carolina to New England, with heavy waves throughout Cape May County. Some sets were well overhead, and there were steady waves throughout the morning.

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