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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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One Kook’s Safari: Looking for a surfer-to-English dictionary?

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Written by Bill Barlow Saturday, August 23, 2014 08:08 am

A goofyfoot longboarder takes a backside ride off a point break. Some surf jargon sounds pretty gnarly, but most of it is just descriptive. A goofyfoot longboarder takes a backside ride off a point break. Some surf jargon sounds pretty gnarly, but most of it is just descriptive. A few days this summer, the waves rolled in too small to push a board. A couple of other days saw essentially no waves at all: a flat, blue expanse to the horizon.

It looked lovely, but there was nothing to ride.

A couple of other days were complete blowouts; there were strong waves, but they were breaking all over the place. Each wave was plenty strong enough for a ride, but it could break almost anywhere, and there was no form to the wave aside from that wash of whitewater.

I came back in after trying my luck on one such morning while the lifeguards were setting up for the day.

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Beach Reads: Aug. 22, 2014

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Written by Marjorie Preston Friday, August 22, 2014 04:12 pm

The Black-Eyed Blonde The Black-Eyed Blonde The Black-Eyed Blonde
by Benjamin Black, Henry Holt
Beautiful Clare Cavendish hires private detective Philip Marlowe to track down her runaway lover. Though Nico Peterson ostensibly died in a hit-and-run outside a fancy L.A. club and was identified at the morgue by his sister, Clare insists she spotted him days later, alive and well on the streets of San Francisco. Marlowe takes the case, and soon uncovers a hornet’s nest of unsavory characters from both ends of society’s food chain.Though Raymond Chandler died in 1959, his world-weary gumshoe lives on thanks to Benjamin Black, the nom de plume of award-winning novelist Ben Banville. Is Nico really alive? If so, why did he fake his death? And what is the truth about his relationship with the black-eyed blonde? Writing with the blessing of Chandler’s estate, Black has revived the wisecracking PI for yet another entertaining misadventure.

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Cinemania: Badass all-star cast drives ‘Expendables 3’

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Written by Joe Bell Friday, August 22, 2014 12:20 pm

The Expendables franchise succeeds primarily as nostalgia, compiling a large crew of aging action stars and plopping them into a generic action film.

“The Expendables 3” does more of the same, with occasional attempts to up the ante. This entry is perhaps the weakest in the series, lacking both the freshness of the original and the winking attitude of the second.

For a brainless action film, the movie has a surprisingly dense plot line.

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Service with a Smile> August 22, 2014

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, August 20, 2014 12:00 am

Jim Driscoll of DiOrio’s in Somers Point Jim Driscoll of DiOrio’s in Somers Point


Jim Driscoll of DiOrio’s in Somers Point.

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Inshore anglers are cleaning up on flounder

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Written by Heather Holtzapfel James Tuesday, August 19, 2014 04:05 pm

Dennis Defino and his son Braden of Broomall, Pa., caught a 3.75-pound triggerfish aboard the Royal Flush out of Wildwood. Dennis Defino and his son Braden of Broomall, Pa., caught a 3.75-pound triggerfish aboard the Royal Flush out of Wildwood. Striped bass, mahi mahi and tuna bite remain strong

Big fish for big money was the name of the game at the 23rd annual Mid-Atlantic $500,000 tournament, which was held all week from the Canyon Club in Cape May. The tournament wrapped up Friday, Aug. 22, and as of press time results were unavailable. Last year’s tournament paid out $1,808,910, and this year more than $2.3 million is expected to be awarded to some of the 125 boats entered in the contest. For results and payouts see www.midatlantic500000.com .

In the midst of the tournament, fishing inshore and offshore has been successful for many anglers. Tom Christ of Brennan Marine in Somers Point said inshore anglers are cleaning up with flounder at the reefs. 

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One Kook’s Safari: So far, ’14 has been an excellent summer for waves

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Written by Bill Barlow Saturday, August 16, 2014 08:00 am

Greg Beck said he knew the waves were going to be good on Wednesday.

Everything was in place for a nice session in the early evening, after the Peck’s Beach Surf contest finished up. He expected some nice clean, summer waves.

“We didn’t think it was going to be that good,” he said.

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Cinemania: New Ninja Turtles look cool but reboot is poorly hatched

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Written by Joe Bell Friday, August 15, 2014 04:05 pm

“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” is a fairly lifeless reimagining of the old series. It fails to capture the fun of the original films and the cartoon series that was so pervasive in the ’90s. It also doesn't do anything original.

To be fair, the Turtles were never much more than a transparent ploy to sell toys to children. But this installment takes away some of the boyish charm of the franchise. It turns the goofiness down and ups the attitude, turning already one-note characters into hulking CGI monstrosities with no personality to speak of.

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Beach Reads: August 15, 2014

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Written by Marjorie Preston Thursday, August 14, 2014 04:00 pm

Power Play Power Play

Power Play

by Danielle Steel, Delacorte Press
“Power Play” is classic Steel: the parallel story of two powerful CEOs, their family dramas, and the secrets that could imperil one man’s place at the top of the world. Fiona Carson is the principled leader of a high-tech company. Divorced for many years from a man who felt threatened by her success, she is focused, to a fault, on her career and her children. Fiona has no time for love, though her sister urges her to make room for it. Marshall Weston is the head of the nation’s second-largest publicly held company. His life is picture-perfect, with a beautiful, gracious wife, three kids, multimillion-dollar bonuses, and a private plane to take him wherever he wants to go. But Weston makes far too much room for love, in its many guises. Will his dalliances lead to disaster? Will Fiona ever meet her match? “Power Play” is burdened with too much exposition in the opening chapters – a fault of Steel’s – but once you get past that, you’re on the straightaway, and the story is fun. Perfect beach reading.

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