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Filmmakers take on waves, and the scourge of hipster-ism

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Written by Bill Barlow Saturday, September 27, 2014 09:30 am

Andrew Gesler gets airborne. (Image courtesy Dark Fall Productions) Andrew Gesler gets airborne. (Image courtesy Dark Fall Productions) Can a hipster be cured?

Andrew Gesler of Ocean City and Margate’s Alex DePhillipo have weighed in on the question with a new film, which premiered this summer, and the prognosis isn’t good.

It’s called “Death 2 Hipsters,” and it’s a surf movie comedy.

Being cool, and the attended marketing of whatever coolness is, seems to be taking over surfing, said Gesler in a recent interview. Major fashion companies are reaching into surf culture.

The folks who put together the local surf movie “Dark Fall” wanted to try something new, a surf satire.

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The Evening Stars of October - Summer Triangle and Cassiopeia

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, September 25, 2014 03:31 pm

The Evening Stars of October - Summer Triangle and Cassiopeia The Evening Stars of October - Summer Triangle and Cassiopeia

Autumn nights can be cool and crisp, and the stars can be seen glittering like jewels. 

In the evening sky, the stars of late summer are still lingering overhead as night falls, such as the Summer Triangle. 

The constellations associated with autumn are clearly seen overhead after midnight, including the Great Square of the constellation Pegasus. 

In the early hours after midnight, night owls like me can see the dazzling winter constellations rising up in the east, including mighty Orion and his friends. 

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Flounder finished Saturday, but lots of fish in the sea

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Written by Heather Holtzapfel James Thursday, September 25, 2014 11:30 am

Katie Ryan from Pennsylvania with a nice bluefish caught aboard Tide Runner in the back bay and released.

Katie Ryan from Pennsylvania with a nice bluefish caught aboard Tide Runner in the back bay and released. By the time this column is published anglers are trying to squeeze in their final day of flounder fishing. The season officially closes on Saturday, Sept. 27 at midnight. Overall, it was a great fluke season with a decent amount of keepers being caught all this week. Nonetheless, a variety of species are biting at the lines whether they are the little blues chasing peanut bunker, croakers, tautog, and now the stripers will begin to move in.

Tom Christ of Brennan Marine in Somers Point reported that the flounder have been picked up all week at the reefs. He also said there are loads of little blue fish in the back bays of Somers Point.

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Local artists paint a picture of Upper Township’s past

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, September 25, 2014 11:00 am

Beesleys Point Hotel, painted by Felica Stephenson	Beesleys Point Hotel, painted by Felica Stephenson The Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township introduced its “History Through Arts” project at its monthly meeting on Sept. 9. The project was sponsored by Cape Bank and the response to the program was excellent with a standing room crowd.

The society sought a way to highlight the township’s history through paintings of various local historical buildings, places, people and events. Artists throughout the township were solicited and selected to capture the essence of these historic elements. The artists, through their visions and interpretations, produced amazingly beautiful works of art.

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Beach reads: September 26, 2014

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Written by Marjorie Preston Thursday, September 25, 2014 10:23 am

For All Time For All Time

For All Time

by Jude Devereaux, Ballantine Books

Graydon Montgomery is used to women fawning over him. The moneyed heir to the throne of a small European nation, he is devastatingly handsome – just like his identical twin brother, Rory. Graydon is still eligible – just barely, as his future bride has already been chosen for him. Yet he can’t help being intrigued by winsome Toby Wyndham, a bridesmaid at his cousin’s wedding on Nantucket Island. Among her charms, Toby doesn’t give Graydon the time of day, and she is the only person who can easily tell Graydon from his twin (in royal lore, this means their love is fated). When circumstances demand that the prince stay on the island for a week, he asks Toby to be his guide, and soon realizes he will have to defy destiny – and forces from the past – to win the woman he loves. It’s a little complicated, and readers who know the “Nantucket Brides” series won’t need a compass to navigate the plotlines, past and present. All in all, this is a fairy tale Deveraux fans will love.

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the kitchen diva: Mastering the school lunch

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Written by ANGELA SHELF MEDEARIS and GINA HARLOW Thursday, September 25, 2014 10:13 am

School is back in session School is back in session

School is back in session – and so is your daily lunch-making routine. A good lunch is a balanced one, formed around a dependable main course and punctuated with a solid supporting cast of nutrient-packed sides, a low- or no-calorie drink and even a little treat.Don't worry if your child wants basically the same lunch every day. Just include these nutritious choices that we call the four elements to a perfectly packed lunch. Here are some tips that will keep your child's school mealtimes healthy and happy all year long.Food safetyKeep food preparation areas in the kitchen clean. Wash countertops, cutting boards, utensils and your hands in hot, soapy water. And don't let the family pet jump up on kitchen counters. After preparing lunches, remember to immediately return unused portions of perishable foods -- like cheese, mayonnaise and deli meats – to the refrigerator. Don't let them sit out on the counter. Make sure cold foods are cold before packing them in a lunchbox. If possible, prepare the lunch the night before and store it in the refrigerator. (This also takes the edge off the mad morning rush.) Insulated lunch bags or boxes are the best way to keep food at a safe temperature until noon. Sandwiches made with refrigerated items such as luncheon meats, cheese and tuna salad should be carried in an insulated lunch bag with an ice pack or frozen juice pouch inside so sandwiches will stay extra cool. At school, instruct the kids to store their lunchbox out of direct sunlight and away from radiators or other heaters, if possible. Keep hot food – like soup, stew or chili – hot. In the morning, bring the food to a boil and then immediately pour into a hot, sterile vacuum bottle. (Sterilize the vacuum bottle with boiling water before using.) Lunch foods that can be eaten at room temperature include peanut butter, jam, jelly, bread, crackers, cereals, clean fruit and vegetables, dried meat such as beef jerky, baked products such as cookies and cake, and canned meat and poultry products that are eaten immediately after opening Make healthy choicesIn a nutshell, meat should be lean (no salami or bologna), bread should be whole-wheat, and condiments should be used sparingly. Here are some ideas:- A turkey or roast beef and Swiss sandwich on wheat bread with a drizzle of low-fat Italian dressing (instead of mayo) and loaded with produce, if you can get away with it.

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Calendar

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, September 24, 2014 12:00 am

Thursday, Oct. 2

Senior Day in the Park 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Cape May County Park and Zoo, Cape May Court House. Memorial ceremony. Call 609-886-2784.

Saturday, Oct. 4
County Heritage Day at Beesley House and the Cape May County Park and Zoo. Call 609-463-6415.

Sunday, Oct. 5

Wildwood High School 50-Plus Reunion Committee is seeking the alumni for the Class of 1964 reunion Oct. 5: Judith Anne Harding, Antoinette D. Hardy, Kenneth William Jones, Janet E. Lewis, William James Martin II, Howard Jesse Steelman, and Ellen Marie Stoddard. Contact Eileen Fausey at 609-465-9061 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you have information or if you wish to receive more information about the reunion which has been held annually for 31 years.

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Surfers turn out for Edouard

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Written by Bill Barlow Saturday, September 20, 2014 07:37 am

There were a few nice shaped waves this week, like this one on Thursday morning. The ride didn’t last long, though, before the wave closed. There were a few nice shaped waves this week, like this one on Thursday morning. The ride didn’t last long, though, before the wave closed. They came, and kept coming.

They came in minivans, beat up station wagons and sedans. They came with boards stuffed in the back of SUVs from Lexus and Mercedes, in Econolines and in pickups with more rust than paint.

They came in search of waves, lured by the promise of Hurricane Edouard, heading up the coast this week.

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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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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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