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Wildwood Sensational Spring Weekend

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, April 23, 2014 02:05 pm

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WILDWOOD - The Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce presents the 9th annual Sensational Spring Weekend Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26 in the Wildwoods – a two-day celebration paying tribute to early rock ’n’ roll music.

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Beach Reads > April 18, 2014

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, April 22, 2014 06:06 am

 Keep Quiet Keep Quiet

Keep Quiet
by Lisa Scottoline, St. Martin’s Press
In a misguided attempt to bond with his son, Jake Buckman makes a snap decision that changes his whole life. By letting 16-year-old Ryan drive his car, Jake sets in motion a series of disasters, deceptions and cover-ups that threaten everything he loves: his family, his work, even his freedom. Scottoline’s latest is a wild, thrill-packed ride that never loses its breakneck momentum. Just when you think you know where it’s going, “Keep Quiet” takes another startling turn. This is a real page-turner – compulsively readable, and mesmerizing from first page to last.

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Crow Creek Farm offers spring painting workshop

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, April 22, 2014 12:00 am

Painting by Stan Sperlak Painting by Stan Sperlak  GOSHEN – Art instructor Stan Sperlak will conduct a three-day indoor and outdoor landscape painting workshop for all levels of students May 16-18 at his studio at Crow Creek Farm in Goshen.

Sperlak works and teaches primarily in pastel, but will also coach students who choose to work in oil, watercolor or pencil. The workshop includes orientation, a lecture and a slide show.

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Bayfest coming to Somers Point April 26

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, April 21, 2014 04:02 pm

bayfest  SOMERS POINT  Bayfest will occupy 14 blocks along Bay Avenue with music, food, crafters and family activities 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, April 26, rain or shine.

Somers Point is expecting more than 30,000 people to flock to Bay Avenue this year for four live bands, 38 food vendors and more than 120 crafters, as well as 15 children’s activities.

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One Kook's Safari> Welcome back to the break

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Written by Bill Barlow Monday, April 21, 2014 10:31 am

There were some exceptional waves over the winter

It’s not nearly as bad as you might think, says Colin Devine of trudging through the snow to hit some icy waves.

Winter is the best time for surfing on the Jersey Cape, generally. It’s when the big overhead rollers come in, and only dedicated surfers dare the water. For some reason, the very best waves often coincide with snowstorms. This year, as the drifts piled up and kids in shore towns searched for somewhere to sled, many surfers were piling on the neoprene and paddling for the outside.

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Former Dire Straits members launch American tour, Jersey appearance due

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Written by Bill Barlow Saturday, March 01, 2014 11:00 am

Alan Clark performs with singer and guitarist Terence Reis, playing the music of Dire Straits. The Straits will be at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank March 4, 2014. Alan Clark performs with singer and guitarist Terence Reis, playing the music of Dire Straits. The Straits will be at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank March 4, 2014. The Straits, featuring two members of Dire Straits, had their American debut last night (Feb. 28) at the Little River Casino in Manistee, Mi.

The group will be in New Jersey March 4, at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, starting at 8 p.m. Tickets run $25 to $65. More details are available at thestraits.com.

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Weighty ‘Gravity’ is a breathtaking and stunning film

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Written by Joe Bell Friday, October 11, 2013 11:31 am

Sandra Bullock and George Clooney play two astronauts stranded in space in ‘Gravity.’ Sandra Bullock and George Clooney play two astronauts stranded in space in ‘Gravity.’

“Gravity” is an amazing, visually stunning film – truly an experience to behold. This triumph of special effects and cinematography transports viewers emotionally and mentally, so see it in 3-D and Imax if you can, and prepare to be taken away. While the actual themes are light, the movie is so well constructed and executed that it ranks up there as one of the most astonishing films of the past few years.

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Warm temperatures, calm seas yield variety of fish

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Written by Heather Holtzapfel James Wednesday, October 09, 2013 07:48 pm

 Paul Kerlinger of Cape May with a keeper striper caught on a popping fly aboard Tide Runner and released. Paul Kerlinger of Cape May with a keeper striper caught on a popping fly aboard Tide Runner and released.  As I wrap up another season for this fishing column, there is still a lot of action to be had on the water – more for this time of year than usual.

Anglers have enjoyed a beautiful September and early October with calm seas, and a variety of fish are being caught including black sea bass, tautog, red and black drum, stripers, skipjacks and even flounder, which must be released, as the season has ended.

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Tides > week of Oct. 11

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Written by Heather Holtzapfel James Wednesday, October 09, 2013 12:00 am

Cape May tides        
  AM Low AM High PM Low PM High
Friday 7:02 1:08 8:05 1:42
Saturday 8:13 2:22 9:10 2:53
Sunday 9:25 3:35 10:12 4:01
Monday 10:32 4:42 11:09 5:04
Tuesday 11:34 5:41 none 6:01
Wednesday 12:01 6:33 12:29 6:52
Thursday 12:48 7:20 1:20 7:39
         
Ocean City tides        
  AM Low AM High PM Low PM High
Friday 7:53 4:30 8:56 2:04
Saturday 9:04 2:44 10:01 3:15
Sunday 10:16 3:57 11:03 4:23
Monday 11:23 5:04 none 5:26
Tuesday 12:00 6:03 12:25 6:23
Wednesday 12:52 6:55 1:20 7:14
Thursday 1:39 7:42 2:11 8:01
         
   

Cinemania> It’s love vs. porn in JGL directorial debut ‘Don Jon’

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Written by Joe Bell Friday, October 04, 2013 11:59 am

Scarlett Johanssen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt star in 'Don Jon.' Scarlett Johanssen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt star in 'Don Jon.

In the technology- and image-obsessed world we live in, we've lost what it means to be truly intimate. That's the stance the movie “Don Jon” takes. This hilarious and subversive romantic comedy centers on an aggressively dumb Lothario who learns that real people are much more substantial than his self-obsessed view of the world.

 

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Reel therapy

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Written by Joan Kostiuk Friday, October 04, 2013 11:25 am

Heroes on the Water program takes injured veterans out for a day of kayak fishing 

HOW guide Tom Dwyer, right, joins veteran Heriberto Vidro and his service dog, Houdini. HOW guide Tom Dwyer, right, joins veteran Heriberto Vidro and his service dog, Houdini.

Seventeen wounded warriors and their families spent a day fishing off North Wildwood Sunday, Sept. 29 as part of the Heroes on the Water program.

The injured service members were joined by 30 volunteer guides for a day of kayak fishing hosted by The Kayak Fishing Store, 501 Ocean Drive in North Wildwood.

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One Kook's Safari > Waves wait for no one

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Written by Bill Barlow Friday, October 04, 2013 06:43 am

Plenty of surfers hit the waves Tuesday morning, when sunny skies and a nice, friendly swell made all seem right with the world. Plenty of surfers hit the waves Tuesday morning, when sunny skies and a nice, friendly swell made all seem right with the world.

I’d like to think we are beyond a lot of the petty stereotypes of surfers as slackers and beach bums, more concerned with the waves than with the more conventional pursuits of career, family and shiny new gadgets.

There are far too many surfing doctors, lawyers and other grownup professional types for that old trope to hold up any longer. There are surfer entrepreneurs in every shore town, and I know at least one surfing minister.

But still …

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It’s time to feed the birds

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, October 04, 2013 04:02 am

CAPE MAY - Stock up on winter bird seed when the New Jersey Audubon Nature Center of Cape May holds its annual fall birdseed sale Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5 and 6.

The sale opens 9 a.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday in the Nature Store and features birdseed brands including S.A.V.E. black-oil sunflower seed, which is grown by New Jersey farmers and supports the mission of NJ Audubon, according to organizers.

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Cape May Wine Trail stops at 3 vineyards

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, October 02, 2013 04:00 pm

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CAPE MAY COUNTY - The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities will present the Cape May Wine Trail noon-5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5.

The day begins with lunch at a Cape May restaurant, followed by an afternoon visiting Cape May County wineries and sampling the unique flavors of each. The MAC trolley will shuttle participants to three local wineries – Willow Creek Winery in West Cape May, Hawk Haven Vineyard and Winery in Rio Grande, and Natali Vineyards in Cape May Court House – where guests will learn about viniculture and visit the tasting rooms.

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Rods turn to tog, black bass and other fish of the season

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Written by Heather Holtzapfel James Wednesday, October 02, 2013 03:43 pm

 Chris Hahn of Hooked Up II out of Cape May hoists a big-eye tuna.  Chris Hahn of Hooked Up II out of Cape May hoists a big-eye tuna.  We are now in the tautog and black sea bass season, which opened recently. Anglers seem to be happy with the activity on the water, as both species are biting the lines – many of considerable size.

Tom Christ of Brennan Marine in Somers Point reported that George Bucci bagged a 4.19-pound tautog on a green crab while fishing near the Longport jetty. Corey Renart, 10, fished the Ninth Street fishing pier in Ocean City and took a tautog weighing 4.72 pounds. He was with his dad, Kurt, who landed a 5-pound blackfish. They, too, were using green crabs. Ed Cyzweski fished the bay behind Somers Point and caught a drum that weighed 8.75 pounds. He also had a keeper tautog and some throwback sea bass. Cyzweski was using green crabs and Gulps. Matt Walker, fishing Rainbow Channel, bagged the tautog of the week, also on green crabs. It was 7.4 pounds and measured 21 inches.

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