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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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the kitchen diva: Out of Africa

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Written by ANGELA SHELF MEDEARIS AND GINA HARLOW Sunday, August 10, 2014 02:15 pm

okra okra

There are few vegetables with a more storied past and debatable reputation than okra.

This slender green pod comes from the lovely yellow flower of the seemingly impervious hibiscus Esculentus plant.

While this hardy crop would flourish almost anywhere, okra is grown mainly in the South. Many of those who have grown up eating okra love it, and when separated from it, for reasons of geography or season, miss it.

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CCW Mac and Cheese contest benefits programs for kids

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, August 09, 2014 01:51 pm

CCW Mac and Cheese contest benefits programs for kids CCW Mac and Cheese contest benefits programs for kids

The Concerned Citizens of Whitesboro organization will hold a Mac and Cheese competition 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30 at the Martin Luther King Community Center, 207 W. Main Street, Whitesboro, to raise funds for children’s programs.

Individuals, businesses and nonprofits are encouraged to submit macaroni and cheese dishes, which will be tasted and judged by attendees of the 26th annual Whitesboro Reunion Festival.

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Found it in … Stone Harbor

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, August 08, 2014 03:22 pm

Beach Baby scented soap from Blue Eden in Stone Harbor./Lauren Dickey Beach Baby scented soap from Blue Eden in Stone Harbor./Lauren Dickey Sitting on the beach watching the children play, feeling the breeze and taking in the sweet smell of the ocean is an experience some people never want to forget. But even when the lazy days of summer are long gone, this beach-scented soap available at Blue Eden in Stone Harbor will bring those carefree moments back to mind.

The Beach Baby collection is a line of soaps, lotions and roll-on perfumes with the breezy scent of the beach. Made from all-organic ingredients such as goat’s milk, honey and fragrances with no chemical additives, everything in the collection is handmade by boutique owner Caroline Ranoia.

Blue Eden is at 324 96th St. See www.blueedenstoneharbor.com .

   

Cinemania: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ is space-hopping fun

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Written by Joe Bell Friday, August 08, 2014 02:36 pm

Chris Pratt stars as Peter Quill, aka Star Lord, an intergalactic adventurer and outlaw who finds himself in possession of a mysterious orb with the power to destroy the universe.

With a bounty on his head, Quill stumbles into a crew of law-dodging misfits who have little choice but to defend the universe or let it be destroyed. This decidedly unheroic group includes a formerly evil assassin (Zoe Saldana), a vengeful maniac (David Bautista) and two bounty hunters: a giant tree person with limited vocabulary (Vin Diesel) and a wisecracking, hyperintelligent raccoon (Bradley Cooper).

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Anglers land some unusual catches

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Written by Heather Holtzapfel James Friday, August 08, 2014 03:57 am

 Allyson May Vessels, 7, of Wildwood landed her first mahi mahi, and it tipped the scales at 23 pounds. She was trolling the 5 Fathom Bank area with her dad, Gerald, on their boat Ms. Mc K&A III. Allyson May Vessels, 7, of Wildwood landed her first mahi mahi, and it tipped the scales at 23 pounds. She was trolling the 5 Fathom Bank area with her dad, Gerald, on their boat Ms. Mc K&A III.  Many weekend anglers will be anxious to get back out on the water after last weekend’s washout. During the week there were some unusual catches.

On First Fish Adventures out of Sea Isle City. Capt. Paul “Zig” Black hosted Ryan Long and his son Gabriel, 6, of Middle Township when they caught and released a houndfish out front. Two weeks ago Black took out Dan Finocchiaro and Justin McCaffrey and landed a 57-inch barracuda two miles out in front of Sea Isle City. And sheepsheads are popping up around Avalon – some pretty big ones at that.

Tom Christ of Brennan Marine in Somers Point reported that fishing continues to be good, with the majority of the action taking place offshore.

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Beach Reads: August 8, 2014

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Written by Marjorie Preston Friday, August 08, 2014 12:00 am

The Fault in Our Stars The Fault in Our Stars
by John Green, Dutton Books

Published in 2012, “The Fault in Our Stars” is enjoying a second wave of acclaim thanks to the film, and rightly so. The story – about a boy and girl who meet and fall in love at a cancer support group – sounds like a formula for schmaltz. But Green holds the treacle primarily by creating two marvelous leads.

Hazel Grace Alexander is a smart, mercurial girl forced to grapple with Life’s Big Questions at 16. Diagnosed with incurable thyroid cancer, she tries to live her life despite hovering, fearful parents. Her mom coerces Hazel into joining the support group. There she meets sensitive, sardonic Augustus Waters, whose osteosarcoma has robbed him of his leg.

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