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One Kook's Safari > Still waiting for the perfect storm

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Written by Bill Barlow Friday, September 13, 2013 11:48 am

 One Kook's Safari > Still waiting for the perfect storm  One Kook's Safari > Still waiting for the perfect storm

I’ve got to say, Gabrielle is looking pretty good. 

No, not Xena’s pal from the warrior princess show, although Renee O’Connor remains a handsome woman. Tropical Storm Gabrielle is heading up the coast, set to pass Jersey way offshore on Friday, far enough so it’s not expected to do any harm, but close enough to kick some waves our way. What those waves are going to look like depends on whose forecast you believe, but some surfers are feeling pretty confident about the coming swell.

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Food and Wine Celebration flaunts the many flavors of Cape May

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, September 13, 2013 07:13 am

 The Cape May Clambake noon-3 p.m. at Hawk Haven Vineyard and Winery in Rio Grande  The Cape May Clambake noon-3 p.m. at Hawk Haven Vineyard and Winery in Rio Grande will include steamed clams, lobster tail, corn on the cob, shrimp, mussels, wine and more.

CAPE MAY – Saturday is the start of a nine-day celebration of food and wine in Cape May, a town many consider to be the restaurant capital of New Jersey.

The 17th annual Cape May Food and Wine Celebration will pay homage to local gastronomic delights with winery tours, food, wine and beer tastings, food demonstrations, Chef’s Dine-Arounds and other events from Sept. 14 through Sunday, Sept. 22.

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Friday the 13th

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Written by Joan Kostiuk Friday, September 13, 2013 12:00 am

Some might call 2013 an unlucky year. Not only does it end in the number 13, but it has two Fridays that fall on the 13th of the month – one this week and one in December.

Friday the 13th superstitions have endured for centuries – possibly even millennia.

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Beach Writers Autumn Retreat to focus on protecting author rights

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, September 08, 2013 12:00 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE - The Beach Writers, in conjunction with Atlantic Cape Community College, will host their inaugural Autumn Retreat Sunday, Oct. 27 at Jessie Creek Winery, 1 N. Delsea Drive, Cape May Court House.

The one-day seminar is a satellite of the North Wildwood Beach Writers Conference held annually in June. The retreat complements the conference’s focus on writing and publishing with the next step: protecting your rights as an author.

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Found it in … Clermont

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, September 08, 2013 12:00 am

  Mermaids Mermaids

CLERMONT  - Mermaids may be the stuff of legends – and Robert Kline has made them the object of his art. This lithograph print is a reproduction of an original watercolor by the St. Augustine, Fla., artist. Found at The Marketplace at Teaberry on Route 9 in Clermont, it retails for $15.99. Kline’s paintings and stories about mermaids, pirates and lighthouses reflect local folklore. This image, according to the story printed on the back, is based on lore from North Carolina’s Outer Banks about a young man who escapes from a pirate ship and is living in hiding on an island when a mermaid washes ashore after a storm. He rescues her and restores her to health. “Though I cannot attest to the tale’s veracity, it seems possible. No less than 16 natives of the island claim the story to be fact,” Kline writes – “the women delighting in the couple’s happiness and the men anxious to explain it was because she could not speak.”

   

Nice day for a Wildwood wedding

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Written by Christie Rotondo Saturday, September 07, 2013 08:40 am

Photo  courtesy of Memoreys / Krista and Ben Eyer steal a kiss on the carousel during their wedding at Joe’s Fish Company.    Photo courtesy of Memoreys / Krista and Ben Eyer steal a kiss on the carousel during their wedding at Joe’s Fish Company.  More couples are choosing beach, boardwalk and amusement parks for nontraditional nuptials 

For Judith Hilton, it all started with a wedding bouquet made of Dum-Dum lollipops.

Hilton, 46, was attending a bridal show at the Wildwoods Convention Center when she saw the bouquet at the Morey’s Piers booth. The employees working the booth, she said, were enthusiastic in their promotion of weddings in Wildwood as truly unique.

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Record big-eye reeled in; plenty of tuna and flounder about

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Written by Heather Holtzapfel James Friday, September 06, 2013 09:48 am

 Dr. Nick Rouse, the dentist for the Philadelphia Flyers hockey team, reeled in a 259-pound big-eye tuna aboard Hooked Up II with some help from his friends. It was the largest tuna reported so far this season at South Jersey Marina in Cape May. Dr. Nick Rouse, the dentist for the Philadelphia Flyers hockey team, reeled in a 259-pound big-eye tuna aboard Hooked Up II with some help from his friends. It was the largest tuna reported so far this season at South Jersey Marina in Cape May.     Capt. Joe Gillan, left, of Wildwood and crew of the Y-Knot out of Wildwood pose with a 157-pound big-eye tuna they caught on a spreader bar near the 100 Fathom line. Other crew members are, from left, Greg Bulifant of Cape May Court House, Dave Raub of Pottstown, Pa., Michael Bulifant of Bridgewater and Steve Hoyer of Pottstown. Capt. Joe Gillan, left, of Wildwood and crew of the Y-Knot out of Wildwood pose with a 157-pound big-eye tuna they caught on a spreader bar near the 100 Fathom line. Other crew members are, from left, Greg Bulifant of Cape May Court House, Dave Raub of Pottstown, Pa., Michael Bulifant of Bridgewater and Steve Hoyer of Pottstown. Now that the unofficial end of summer is behind us, boat traffic has begun to subside, but fishing and crabbing remain active. Even the flounder are still biting. Back in mid-July the state Marine Fisheries Council voted to extend the open season on summer flounder. Instead of the last day being Monday, Sept. 16, the season was extended eight days and this year has closing date of Tuesday, Sept. 24. It has been a great flounder season overall, and keeper-sized fish are being netted even in the back bays at this late date.

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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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