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One Kook's Safari > Shape matters

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Written by Bill Barlow Friday, September 06, 2013 06:54 am

 Brian Wynn at his shop in Egg Harbor Township says he has probably shaped a few thousand boards so far. Brian Wynn at his shop in Egg Harbor Township says he has probably shaped a few thousand boards so far.

Every element of a board makes a difference in the ride

Back in the days when missionaries were chastising the Hawaiians to stop wasting all that time playing in the waves, there was only one material for surfboards: wood.

Keep in mind that those Hawaiian riders, who were keeping alive an ancient Polynesian pastime, didn’t even have fins on their boards. They were skilled boat builders – I mean, I’d imagine they’d have to be – so they understood float and currents and how materials move in the water. But what they were riding was dramatically different from the surfboard you can grab off the rack these days.

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Cinemania > Car chase movie ‘Getaway’ is a complete wreck

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Written by Joe Bell Thursday, September 05, 2013 06:15 pm

 Selena Gomez is a teen carjacker and Ethan Hawke is a disgraced former racecar driver whose wife is kidnapped in ‘Getaway.’ Selena Gomez is a teen carjacker and Ethan Hawke is a disgraced former racecar driver whose wife is kidnapped in ‘Getaway.’

“Getaway” is a go-for-broke action movie that sacrifices plot and character development for explosions and car chases. And while that can sometimes be pulled off successfully, “Getaway” takes itself far too seriously for this approach to work.

If you do see this movie – which you shouldn't – prepare yourself for the worst. It's an incomprehensible puzzle of a thriller that hinges on its audiences being dumb enough to think what's happening is cool. It lacks tension and can't even rely on humor to make it work.

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Cape library offers lots of opportunities for fitness

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, September 02, 2013 12:00 am

The Cape May County Library offers various free fitness programs for adults.

For starters, there is Gentle Yoga for Beginners 4:30 p.m. Thursdays at the main branch, 30 Mechanic St., Cape May Court House.

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Lifeguard coverage cut back after Labor Day

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, August 31, 2013 08:46 am

 Lifeguard coverage cut back after Labor Day  Lifeguard coverage cut back after Labor Day

After Labor Day, many Cape May County municipalities will be reducing their lifeguard coverage. Beachgoers are strongly advised to swim only at guarded beaches.

Cape May

The Cape May Beach Patrol is already operating at a reduced schedule, with beaches open as needed and as personnel is available. Sunday, Sept. 8 is the last day beaches will be guarded.

Wildwood

The Wildwood Beach Patrol will provide limited lifeguard services after Labor Day. From Tuesday through Friday, Sept. 3-6, only the following locations will be guarded:

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Cinemania> Beer-buddy flick ‘The World’s End’ taps into sci-fi with uproarious results

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Written by Joe Bell Friday, August 30, 2013 04:02 pm

Nick Frost, Gary King, Martin Freeman, Eddie Marsan and Paddy Considine are middle-aged men who return to their hometown to complete a 12-stop pub crawl. Nick Frost, Gary King, Martin Freeman, Eddie Marsan and Paddy Considine are middle-aged men who return to their hometown to complete a 12-stop pub crawl.

I walked into “The World’s End” with the highest expectations. The previous collaborations between director Edgar Wright and star Simon Pegg are two of my favorite comedies of all time. Both “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz” paid tribute to a specific genre while creating something truly hilarious and exciting in their own right.

This film exceeded my expectations, and was without a doubt the best comedy of the summer and my favorite film-going experience of the year thus far.

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One Kook's Safari > Two sessions, two very different rides

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Written by Bill Barlow Friday, August 30, 2013 01:50 pm

 Sunday saw some exceptional summer waves. September and October usually mean many more swell days on the way.  Sunday saw some exceptional summer waves. September and October usually mean many more swell days on the way.

Well, that went quick.

It’s Labor Day weekend, the guards took their stand off my beach, and those beach tags are changing from tokens of admission to souvenirs.

In the great big world of surfing, Australian Adrian Buchan won the Billabong Pro at Teahupoo in Tahiti this week, beating out perennial winner Kelly Slater of Florida. Sometimes called the world’s heaviest wave, the reef break had waves so big in 2011 that the contest was canceled. This year’s waves were more manageable, at least if you’re an internationally rated pro surfer. The contest streamed live, but if you missed it, billabongpro.com has a bunch of video up if you’re the type of person who likes to see beautiful waves ridden well in a breathtaking environment.

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They come in peace for free Sea Isle yoga class

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Written by Joan Kostiuk Friday, August 30, 2013 01:48 pm

Participants form a peace sign after last year’s yoga class. Participants form a peace sign after last year’s yoga class.

SEA ISLE CITY - Yoga instructor Teri O’Connor will offer a free yoga class 7:30 a.m. Monday, Sept 2 on the beach at JFK Boulevard in Sea Isle City to kick off National Yoga Month.

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Cape May County Library announces Teen Photography Contest winners

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, August 30, 2013 11:46 am

Cape May County Library announces Teen Photography Contest winners   Cape May County Library announces Teen Photography Contest winners

Winners of the 2013 Teen Photography Contest “A New Point of View,” sponsored by Sturdy Savings Bank and the Cape May County Library, have been announced. The contest was open to teens from 12 to 18 years old. The winning photos will be displayed at the main library in Cape May Court House through September.

Winners are as follows:

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The Wild Burrito serves Mexican fare with an American flair

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Written by Christie Rotondo Friday, August 30, 2013 10:07 am

 John Carpenter makes a veggie burrito at The Wild Burrito in Wildwood Crest.  John Carpenter makes a veggie burrito at The Wild Burrito in Wildwood Crest.

WILDWOOD CREST - A few years ago, John Carpenter noticed that there was nowhere in the Wildwoods for people to get “Americanized” Mexican food, let alone a place for vegetarians and vegans to find some grub.

Fast forward to 2013, where Carpenter’s The Wild Burrito on New Jersey Avenue in Wildwood Crest is bringing Mexican food with a fresh twist to Five Mile Island.

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A.J. Meerwald offers final sails from Cape May

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, August 29, 2013 03:39 pm

 A.J. Meerwald offers final sails from Cape May A.J. Meerwald offers final sails from Cape May

CAPE MAY - Utsch's Marina in Cape May will be the port of call for New Jersey's official tall ship, the authentically restored 1928 oyster schooner A.J. Meerwald, through Sunday, Sept. 1.

The ship is visiting from its home port in Bivalve on the Maurice River in Cumberland County. It is operated by the Bayshore Discovery Project, a nonprofit organization based in Port Norris whose mission is to preserve the history, culture and environment of New Jersey's bayshore region through education, preservation and example.

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Cape Island Theatre presents 2 new dinner shows

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, August 29, 2013 02:58 pm

 : Amanda Brough stars in ‘Finding Faith.’ : Amanda Brough stars in ‘Finding Faith.’  CAPE MAY -  Faith is a mysterious woman with no past – at least it seems that way. Who is she, and where did she come from?

The questions multiply in “Finding Faith,” a Cape Island Theatre production that blends science fiction, mystery and comedy as it breaks down the boundaries between fantasy, reality, the past and the present.

Written by Ray Crew, the play is part of a three-course dinner theater program running Fridays in September at the Cold Spring Grange Restaurant, 735 Seashore Road, Cape May.

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Watch the sun set, hear the lore on ferry lighthouse cruise

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, August 29, 2013 02:54 pm

Joan Kostiuk/The setting sun appears to melt into the bay on a recent ferry crossing.
  Joan Kostiuk / The setting sun appears to melt into the bay on a recent ferry crossing.

The setting sun will be the backdrop for stories about the Cape May Lighthouse aboard the Cape May-Lewes Ferry’s Lighthouse Sunset Ferry Cruise Sunday, Sept. 8.  

Join the Friends of the Cape May Lighthouse in the Crow’s Nest Lounge on the 6 p.m. sailing to hear a presentation about the lighthouse and its importance to mariners, along with facts, tales and lore about “the deadliest cape.” The trip includes a program called “Meet the Keeper.”

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Found it in … Wildwood

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, August 29, 2013 02:52 pm

 Found it in … Wildwood 


 This huge inflatable water slide was seen on the beach at Leaming Avenue last Friday.

WILDWOOD - Think you’ve seen everything in Wildwood? Think again. This huge inflatable water slide was seen on the beach at Leaming Avenue last Friday. The blue and yellow slide is a short way from the boardwalk and so massive it’s hard to miss. City officials said the ride will continue to stay open through September, weather permitting. So if you feel the need to get in one last trip to the beach, you can kill two birds with one stone and take a ride down the slide, too. The price is $5 for one ride or $25 for an unlimited day pass.

   

One Kook's Safari > Hang 10, if you can manage it

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Written by Bill Barlow Saturday, August 24, 2013 05:56 am

 Cailin Callahan takes a wave. She can walk the board like it has been nailed to the wave, but don’t ask her to explain how.  Cailin Callahan takes a wave. She can walk the board like it has been nailed to the wave, but don’t ask her to explain how.

Once upon a time, I was trying to learn how to drive a standard transmission.

I was after clear, concise instructions. How fast should the car be moving before changing from first to second? How many rpm? How quickly do I release the clutch in relationship to depressing the gas?

The answer was always the same: You just have to get a feel for it.

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William Ris Gallery exhibiting pastel landscapes

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, August 23, 2013 06:15 am

 Clockwise from top left are Breaking Light by Wendy McClatchy
September Wetlands by Ann Guidera-Matey
Somewhere by Stan Sperlak
Swept Away by Elissa Prystauk
 Clockwise from top left are Breaking Light by Wendy McClatchy September Wetlands by Ann Guidera-Matey Somewhere by Stan Sperlak Swept Away by Elissa Prystauk

STONE HARBOR - The William Ris Gallery at 9400 Second Ave. in Stone Harbor is currently exhibiting pastel landscapes by various local artists.

The featured pastel artists include Wendy McClatchy, Ann Guidera-Matey, Stan Sperlak and Elissa Prystauk.

Whether depicting a scene in Avalon, Stone Harbor, Sea Isle City, Goshen or beyond, each painting reflects the diverse landscape of the Southern Jersey area – all close in proximity but decidedly different.

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