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One Kook's Safari > Will Andrea be kind to us?

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Written by Bill Barlow Friday, June 07, 2013 10:01 am

 There were some waves on Monday, along with lots of fog. 

 There were some waves on Monday, along with lots of fog.

Keep an eye on Andrea.

The tropical storm, the first named storm of 2013, is set to bring heavy rain to Florida, and could bring heavy surf to the Jersey Shore by the weekend.

We could be in for some considerable waves, with some forecasts calling for bigger swell on Saturday than Sunday. As of early Thursday morning, it was raining hard in western Florida, with winds of 60 mph. The biggest concern was for dousing, flooding rainfall from the storm.

Everything may change once Andrea makes landfall, but early predictions showed the storm crossing Florida and making its way up the coast. In other words, Andrea may be heading our way. A thread on a surfing website summed it up with “Can’t wait!” balanced out by a response of “careful what you wish for.”

Andrew Funk expects the surf to build Friday with waves of 3 to 4 feet on Saturday (see the surf forecast for details). Big waves on a weekend can get messy.

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For those who brave the wind, fishing pays big dividends

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Written by Heather Holtzapfel James Thursday, June 06, 2013 03:34 pm

This drum is one of six caught by Zach Mangaro, 18, of Pine Hill on his first saltwater fishing trip on the Delaware Bay on June 1. He fished the southeast of Pin Top in 23 feet of water.  This drum is one of six caught by Zach Mangaro, 18, of Pine Hill on his first saltwater fishing trip on the Delaware Bay on June 1. He fished the southeast of Pin Top in 23 feet of water.

Typical late spring winds at the shore continue to wreak havoc with anglers. Whitecaps prevail in the back bays, but those willing to press on are reaping the rewards of catching a mixed bag of fish as the season of 2013 kicks off.

Tom Christ of Brennan Marine in Somers Point pointed out that anglers had a tough time getting to their favorite hot spots, but when they did fish were caught.

Midweek, the crew aboard Drop Zone fished Ships Channel and bagged a 4.1-pound fluke and several small bluefish. They were fishing with a combination of Gulps, minnows and mackerel strips. Jerry McGeary and crew on his boat Ciara Rose fished Lakes Bay and caught three nice keeper flounder between 19 and 21 inches on bucktails with squid and minnows. They also had a few bluefish in the mix.

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Cinemania > Buckle up and enjoy the mayhem of ‘Fast & Furious 6’

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Written by Joe Bell Thursday, June 06, 2013 03:24 pm

Lots of cars get smashed in the action-packed ‘Fast & Furious 6.’ Lots of cars get smashed in the action-packed ‘Fast & Furious 6.’

The word “ridiculous” doesn't even begin to describe this movie, but that’s what makes it so great. Once a franchise about illegal street racing in Los Angeles, the “Fast and Furious” flicks have somehow evolved into an insane action series complete with explosions, heists, warfare and espionage. And cars, lots and lots of cars.

This change was evident in the last entry of the series, which was less a racing film and more an entertainingly dumb “Oceans 11” knockoff, assembling characters from the previous films who stole millions of dollars from the Brazilian government. Logic was thrown out the window in favor of the craziest action sequences possible. The results were hilarious.

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beach reads> June 6

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Written by Marjorie Preston Thursday, June 06, 2013 03:18 pm

Bear is Broken by Lachlan Smith, Mysterious Press.Larger-than-life criminal defense attorney Teddy Maxwell has made a career defending the worst of the worst in 1990s San Francisco. He even lives among them, keeping a seedy apartment in a residential hotel full of pimps, hookers and addicts. As the story opens, Teddy is having lunch with his brother Leo when a stranger walks into the restaurant, shoots Teddy at point-blank range, and coolly walks away. As Teddy clings to life, Leo, who recently passed the bar, struggles to manage his case load and also learn who may have wanted his brother dead. The list is long, from disgruntled defendants to cops, who hold Teddy in special contempt. This superior whodunit takes off at breakneck speed and leads readers on a wild ride through Frisco’s seamy criminal underbelly. It also examines the troubled relationship between brothers who, despite a history of shared tragedy, have never been able to become a family.

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Avalon Big Band Dance to feature John Clark Band

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, June 06, 2013 03:11 pm

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Avalon will present a Big Band Dance with the John Clark Big Band 7:30-10 p.m. Saturday, June 8 at the Avalon Community Hall, 3001 Avalon Ave. Doors open 7 p.m., and attendees are welcome to bring their own beverage.

The John Clark Big Band is comprised of 13 to 17 pieces and features the vocal talent of Paula Johns. The group specializes in the swinging jazz sounds of the big band era – the classic songs made famous by Glenn Miller, Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie, Harry James, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Buddy Rich, Stan Kenton and Maynard Ferguson as well arrangements by more contemporary artists such as Tom Kubis and Gordon Goodwin.

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Second Sunday at art co-op spotlight 4 artists

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, June 06, 2013 03:06 pm

‘Sea Glass’ photograph by Lori Erdlery. ‘Sea Glass’ photograph by Lori Erdlery.

The June Cape May Artists Cooperative Gallery Second Sunday program will feature artists Lee Hajduk, Rich Flanegan, Lori Erdley and Christine Peck. The artists will be on hand to speak about their work 1-4 p.m. Sunday, June 9 at the West End Garage, 484 West Perry St., Cape May. Light refreshments will be served.

Hajduk, a self-taught photographer, purchased her first camera at the age of 15. Captivated by the natural world, she earned a BS in biology from Upsala College and an MS in zoology from Rutgers University. With her camera she photographed, flowers, insects, reptiles and mammals for identification and to be catalogued as part of her curriculum.

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Found it in Cape May...

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Written by Samantha Safchinsky Thursday, June 06, 2013 02:51 pm

With their comical droopy ears, long bodies and short legs, dachshunds are easy to love – especially when they are dressed in costume. Westland Giftware’s Hot Diggity Dog dachshund figurines, found at American West in the Washington Street Mall in Cape May, are sure to draw attention in any room of the house. Priced at $19.99, these pooches with personality include a baker dachshund for the cook in your life or your own kitchen, a cheerleader, a nutcracker dachshund and other styles. And if you don’t find one that suits your doggone fancy, you can buy a blank dachshund and “Paint your own weiner.”

With their comical droopy ears, long bodies and short legs, dachshunds are easy to love – especially when they are dressed in costume. Westland Giftware’s Hot Diggity Dog dachshund figurines, found at American West in the Washington Street Mall in Cape May, are sure to draw attention in any room of the house. Priced at $19.99, these pooches with personality include a baker dachshund for the cook in your life or your own kitchen, a cheerleader, a nutcracker dachshund and other styles. And if you don’t find one that suits your doggone fancy, you can buy a blank dachshund and “Paint your own weiner.”

   

Boating industry aims to keep cigarette butts out of the water

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, June 06, 2013 02:47 pm

Participants in last year’s cigarette litter prevention program achieved a 50 percent average reduction in the amount of cigarette litter, according to the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water. Participants in last year’s cigarette litter prevention program achieved a 50 percent average reduction in the amount of cigarette litter, according to the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water.

Boaters are keeping their butts out of the water – and not the kind covered by swim trunks. In the past four years, the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water has helped nearly 200 marinas around the country tackle the problem of cigarette litter, and it this spring it beefed up its efforts by asking marinas around the country to join its 2013 Cigarette Litter Prevention Program.

The marinas selected received a supply of portable ashtrays, along with a $500 grant to cover the cost of ash receptacles and signage.

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Is your sunscreen hurting you?

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, June 06, 2013 01:02 pm

Sunscreen is most effective when applied thickly, thoroughly and frequently. Sunscreen is most effective when applied thickly, thoroughly and frequently.

While sunscreens can protect against burning when properly applied, many fail to filter skin-damaging rays and may even hasten the development of skin cancer

This summer marks the first sunscreen season governed by rules put into effect last December by the federal Food and Drug Administration. The regulations require truth in sunscreen marketing and, for the first time, require that claims of water resistance and broad spectrum sun protection be validated.

Despite the FDA’s actions, a review of the sunscreen market conducted by Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit environmental research and advocacy organization, indicates that only minimal improvements in products on the shelves for the summer of 2013. Many sunscreens available on the United States market fail to filter skin-damaging rays safely and effectively, according to EWG.

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Soak up the sun this summer – with fashionable protection

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Written by Samantha Safchinsky Thursday, June 06, 2013 12:54 pm

Yolo Sol Sun Protective Store in Ocean City offers a variety of clothing and hats for men and women, along with hats for children. Yolo Sol Sun Protective Store in Ocean City offers a variety of clothing and hats for men and women, along with hats for children.

While reports appear to indicate that skin cancer is on the rise, especially in teens and people in their 20s, there are alternatives for protection other than slathering sunscreen on every inch of skin or hiding indoors all summer.

Sun-protective clothing – while not a new concept – is one option available for avoiding the risk of the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays, and this year there seem to be more options than ever.

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Bill Haley Jr. and the Comets bring rock ’n’ roll to Cape May Convention Hall

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, June 02, 2013 12:00 am

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Bill Haley Jr. and the Comets, along with Jerry Spathis and his Rockabilly Band, will perform 7:30 p.m. July 1 at Cape May Convention Hall.

Spathis and his Rockabilly Band will open the concert with songs in tribute to Elvis, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Fats Domino and Ricky Nelson. After that, Bill Haley Jr. and the Comets will perform their Rock ‘N’ Roll History Show, which combines various hits throughout rock ’n’ roll history.

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Help wanted in ‘never-ending battle’ against invasive plants

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Written by Mary Linehan Sunday, June 02, 2013 12:00 am

New Jersey Audubon wants you.

In the never-ending battle against invasive plant species in South Jersey, the statewide environmental group is partnering with the Cape Island Habitat Restoration Task Force to attack invasive plants on a five-acre tract off Sea Grove Avenue in Cape May Point.  Organizers said they need volunteers.

“Our last volunteer event, in April, we had six people,” said Kristen Meistrell, stewardship technician for the New Jersey Audubon locally. “And that was great. This is an ongoing battle, so we always need help. We get all types, from college students to senior citizens.

“We like people to register so we know they are coming, but anyone willing and able can show up – we’ll have work gloves and hand pruners for you,” she said, noting that the April event was targeted at garlic mustard.

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One Kook's Safari >> Summer waves can be perfect for learning

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Written by Bill Barlow Friday, May 31, 2013 08:36 am

 Most surfers still have their full suits on, although hoods and gloves are starting to come off. But when the water warms up, the waves often cool down.  Most surfers still have their full suits on, although hoods and gloves are starting to come off. But when the water warms up, the waves often cool down.

Well, the air has finally warmed up, but the water is still pretty cold.

Wetsuits remain “de rigueur” if you are planning on staying in for more than a couple of minutes.

On a recent morning session, a little after dawn, I was rethinking going without gloves as I paddled out with rapidly numbing hands. I probably could have skipped the hood, though, because the occasional nice knee-high sets allowed me to pretty much keep my head above water.

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Found it in Cape May ...

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Written by Samantha Safchinsky Thursday, May 30, 2013 05:25 pm

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in the garden> Renewal tips for growing a perfect lawn

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Written by Melinda Myers Thursday, May 30, 2013 05:00 pm

 Repair small dead and bare patches as needed using a lawn patch kit, grass seed and mulch. For small spots, loosen the soil surface, sprinkle with grass seed and lightly rake. Repair small dead and bare patches as needed using a lawn patch kit, grass seed and mulch. For small spots, loosen the soil surface, sprinkle with grass seed and lightly rake.

The extreme heat and drought of 2012 was hard on lawns and gardens, and as a result, this year many gardeners are facing a blank slate of bare soil – masses of dead patches that were once lawn or a bit of grass interspersed in a sea of weeds.

Proper maintenance and a bit of cooperation from nature can help transform a damaged lawn from being an eyesore to an asset in the landscape. Here are some tips for improving the lawn this season.

Start this spring to renovate or improve your weather-worn lawn. Water is critical to get newly seeded and sodded lawns to survive, so be prepared to help nature along with the recovery effort.

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