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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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Crest announces lineup for Summer Music Series

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, May 30, 2013 04:29 pm

The John Creidler Trio will open the Wildwood Crest Summer Music Series Wednesday, June 26. The John Creidler Trio will open the Wildwood Crest Summer Music Series Wednesday, June 26.

The weekly Wildwood Crest Summer Music Series will begin June 26 and feature live music every Wednesday and Saturday through Labor Day weekend at CentennialPark at Fern Road and Ocean Avenue in Wildwood Crest.

The concerts are suitable for all ages, and admission is free. Attendees are advised to bring a blanket or a chair.

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People Poll > Seagulls

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, May 30, 2013 03:49 pm

Seagulls – Love ’em or hate ’em?

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“I think they’re really annoying.”

- Allison Smith, Dennis Township

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2013 NJ Fishing Regulations

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, May 30, 2013 03:00 pm

 2013 Fishing Regulations

2013 NJ Fishing Regulations

   

beach reads > May 31, 2013

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Written by Marjorie Preston Wednesday, May 29, 2013 04:50 pm

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Lessons in French by Hilary Rehl, Simon & Schuster. This delicious first novel put me in mind of Rumer Godden’s classic “The Greengage Summer,” which centers on a family of English children stranded at a French pensione. Rehl does not have Godden’s eccentric style, but she has the same startling way with words and a wondrous ability to drop you headlong into a fully formed story and make you want to linger indefinitely. Our heroine is Kate, a talented, insecure and class-conscious young painter and Yale grad who takes a job in Paris in 1989. Soon Kate is snared in the intrigues of Lydia, a famous, controlling American photographer about to chronicle the fall of the Berlin Wall; Lydia’s professor husband, Clarence; their children, long-suffering Portia and slacker Josh; charming Olivier; mercurial Claudia; Kate’s cousin Etienne; and a host of others equally complex and compelling. As Kate instinctively tries to bond with and please everyone, she is confronted time and again with moral compromise and a private legacy of loss. “Lessons in French” is filled with surprising twists and will reward those who accompany Kate to the end.


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Striped bass blitzes reported off Wildwood

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Written by Heather Holtzapfel James Wednesday, May 29, 2013 04:48 pm

Anglers who were looking forward to getting out on the water to fish last weekend were disappointed by the 25- to 30-mph winds. Many charter boats canceled their trips; even the Cape May-Lewes Ferry had to cancel its runs last Saturday due to rough seas. The tides were also not in anglers' favor, and low tide was extremely low due to the high winds

At least warmer weather is on deck for this weekend. Reports should be plentiful. There are plentiful of keeper flounder to be had, and this is surely the time of year to catch them.

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