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Written by Marjorie Preston Saturday, May 25, 2013 06:29 am

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I, Rhoda by Valerie Harper, Gallery Books. This sprightly show-biz memoir might have come and gone without much fanfare but for Harper’s announcement in March that she has terminal brain cancer. Though this book was published before that diagnosis, the actress does chronicle a bout with cancer – lung cancer, the deadliest form – a battle she thought she had won in 2009. Now that the disease has recurred, she has won the admiration of the world for her tenacity and determined cheerfulness. “I, Rhoda” gives a hint why. Harper, who started out as a dancer on Broadway, endured trials and tribulations, occasional successes and many rejections before hitting it big as Rhoda Morgenstern, the Bronx-bred comic foil to Mary Richards in TV’s “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” Without dishing, Harper shares great backstage stories about Lucille Ball (with whom she worked in the musical “Wildcat”), as well as the legendary cast of the MTM Show, including Betty White, Cloris Leachman and Edward Asner. The ever-optimistic Harper also shows her philanthropic side and details her fight for equality on many fronts with verve and without preachiness.

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Flounder, blues being caught in abundance

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Written by Heather Holtzapfel James Friday, May 24, 2013 02:18 pm

Dennis and Bud Marquis of Pennsylvania keep a good number of the blues they caught for a group they had coming for dinner. The fish were caught with the help of Capt. Ray Szulczewski of the Tide Runner out of Cape May. Dennis and Bud Marquis of Pennsylvania keep a good number of the blues they caught for a group they had coming for dinner. The fish were caught with the help of Capt. Ray Szulczewski of the Tide Runner out of Cape May.

While Memorial Day marks a time of solemn reflection for the lives lost in service to our country, it is also a weekend that celebrates the unofficial start to another summer at the shore. What better way to celebrate it than fishing, a pastime enjoyed by anglers of all ages.
Now that we are a week into flounder season, there have been reports of some doormat-sized fish being caught. This season, anglers are permitted five flounder at 17.5 inches. The season will run until Sept. 16.

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Sculpture installed at St. Mary’s Church in Stone Harbor

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Written by Joan Kostiuk Friday, May 24, 2013 12:06 pm

“Offering” by Katherine Stanek is on view at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Stone Harbor. “Offering” by Katherine Stanek is on view at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Stone Harbor.

In a collaboration with the William Ris Gallery, St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Stone Harbor has installed the sculpture “Offering,” which will be on display through the summer in the front yard of the church, 9425 Third Ave.

The concrete sculpture by Katherine Stanek is a thoughtful composition that epitomizes the message of peace.

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Wildlife groups ask beachgoers to take ‘Be a good egg’ pledge

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Written by Joan Kostiuk Friday, May 24, 2013 12:01 pm

Beachgoers are asked to avoid walking in areas such as the dunes that may be nesting areas for shorebirds./Joan Kostiuk Beachgoers are asked to avoid walking in areas such as the dunes that may be nesting areas for shorebirds./Joan Kostiuk

Beaches are where many species of migratory birds rest, nest, and raise and feed their young. These birds are sensitive to any disturbance that might cause adult birds to move away from their nest, thereby exposing eggs or chicks to predators or deadly environmental conditions.

This spring and summer, a partnership between the Audubon organizations of New Jersey, New York, New York City and the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey is encouraging beachgoers to respect and give space to nesting shorebirds.

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Cinemania > ‘Iron Man 3’ is the best of the trilogy, and possibly the funniest

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Written by Joe Bell Friday, May 24, 2013 11:08 am

‘Iron Man 3’ chronicles a dark time in Tony Stark’s character. ‘Iron Man 3’ chronicles a dark time in Tony Stark’s character.

“Iron Man 3,” the third installment in the mighty franchise, does what seems like the impossible: It's a third sequel that corrects the mistakes of the second and improves upon the first. And even up against “The Avengers,” the best movie-going experience of last year, it still manages to satisfy.

This is the darkest point for the Tony Stark character. In the first two “Iron Man” films, he proved that he is a force to be reckoned with. He had attitude and the suit to back it up. But his ego got the best of him.

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Limited number of beaches to be guarded in Wildwood

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, May 24, 2013 04:54 am

WILDWOOD - Lifeguards will be on duty 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday through Monday on Memorial Day weekend, May 25-27, and the following weekend at a limited number of beaches.

Beginning Saturday, June 10, lifeguards will be on duty daily at a limited number of beaches. If necessary, areas that are off-limits to bathers will be designated by red flags bearing the international “no-swimming” symbol, and bathers will be directed to guarded beaches.

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Hoy’s 5&10 opens after months of renovations

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, May 24, 2013 01:27 am

 Hoy’s 5&10 opens after months of renovations Hoy’s 5&10 opens after months of renovations

Hoy’s 5&10 is back in business after undergoing months of renovations to correct damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. Three of the company’s four stores – in Ocean City and Avalon – were flooded with 24 to 38 inches of water, and $150,000 of merchandise was lost. Only the Stone Harbor location was spared.

“We saw this as an opportunity to renovate these locations and modernize the layouts,” said David Hoy, co-owner of the family-owned and managed variety stores. “We were able to put in wider aisles, a customer-friendly pathway around the perimeter of the store, and more areas for featured products.”

All 10 full-time staff members and some of the seasonal help pitched in during the aftermath of the hurricane, he said.

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Wildwood was the name that won out

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Thursday, May 23, 2013 07:08 pm

What’s in a name? Some may have asked that back in the 19th century when they didn’t have a name and were looking for one.

Certainly the name wasn’t Wildwood, at least for another decade.

In 1885 two municipalities were budding, almost at the same time. One was at the north of a five-mile beach island that was destined to become a popular seashore resort. The other was at its southern terminus. Their people were to supplement, if not replace, the Native Americans who came before them.

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One Kook's Safari > Find joy in the waves, or wherever you can

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Written by Bill Barlow Thursday, May 23, 2013 02:52 pm

 Find joy in the waves, or wherever you can  Find joy in the waves, or wherever you can

It’s remarkably easy to be drowned by the mundane.

Most things are mundane, right? That’s sort of the point.

What’s more, even your favorite tasks will, in the course of time, lose some of their intensity.

Believe it or not, even the glamorous world of weekly newspapers can at times seem a bit of a drag. When James Thurber responded to what someone else described as the drudgery of his time at newspapers in Columbus, New York and Paris, he wrote: “I suppose that even the most pleasurable of imaginable occupations, that of batting baseballs through the windows of the RCA Building, would pall a little as the days ran on.”

Fast forward 70 years, and it seems as though ennui and cynicism have seeped into our souls, that not only every task, but even our recreation seems to bore us beyond words. Isn’t that sort of the essence of cool? The absence of heat – the certainty that no matter what is happening, we’ve seen it before, and we’re not particularly impressed.

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Avalon Performing Arts Council opens season with Blackthorn

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, May 11, 2013 12:49 pm

Avalon PAC opens season with Irish rock band Blackthorn Avalon PAC opens season with Irish rock band Blackthorn

The Avalon Performing Arts Council will open the summer season Saturday, June 1 with Blackthorn, a popular Philadelphia-based group whose original sounds focus on the harmonies of their Irish roots.

The group, which this year celebrates more than 20 years at the forefront of the Philadelphia music scene, has evolved as a “different” kind of Irish band. Their music pays homage to the influences of their past, while at the same time being contemporary peppered with rock ’n’ roll.

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Email boating alert aims to keep boaters out of trouble

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, May 09, 2013 01:27 pm

While the water may look harmless, below the surface is a newly dredged channel precariously close to the shallows on the left. While the water may look harmless, below the surface is a newly dredged channel precariously close to the shallows on the left.

On the Atlantic Coast, a steady line of cruising boats has begun its way north to summer cruising grounds. In addition, hundreds of local marinas, boat clubs and launch ramps are starting to become hives of local boating activity. But what greets boaters cruising the ocean, bays inlets and rivers may be a surprise. Winter storms and hurricanes have deposited new shoals and changed inlet topography, and new navigational issues are always a part of each new boating season.

To help boaters keep clear of trouble, a free East Coast Alert email service by liveaboards and authors Tom and Mel Neale is available at www.BoatUS.com/eastcoastalert.

Using a network of resources including fellow boat owners, marina and waterfront business staff, bridge tenders, state and local government resources and friends gleaned over 28 years, they share news on a range of topics.

For example, recent alerts included warnings about shifted buoys and shoals, information on dredging, changes to drawbridge operating hours, construction and barge activity, fluctuating water levels, U.S. Army Corps operations and in some cases, newfound navigational hazards lurking just below the surface.

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One Kook's Safari > These are not last year’s beaches

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Written by Bill Barlow Thursday, May 09, 2013 12:50 pm

A surfer catches a ride on a nice longboard-friendly day in the south end. If you haven’t been out since last year, the shape of your favorite beach may have changed more than you expect. A surfer catches a ride on a nice longboard-friendly day in the south end. If you haven’t been out since last year, the shape of your favorite beach may have changed more than you expect.  For some folks, it takes time to make up after a big fight.

Imagine there is somebody dear to you, someone who has always been there. Your relationship hasn’t always been perfect, sure, you’ve both done things to hurt each other, but there have been plenty of good times, year after year, one fun time after another. This friend has taught you things your entire life, brought joy in the good times and solace when you needed it most.

Then one day, this friend comes over and trashes your house.

Next time you see her, are you going to be ready to play?

After our first surf session after Sandy tore through the Jersey Shore, my wife, Karen, described it as finally making up with the ocean.

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Three artists to be featured in Cape May

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, May 08, 2013 11:00 pm

Marie Natale’s watercolor “Happy Hour at the Ebbitt Room” is among the featured work at the Cape May gallery.  Marie Natale’s watercolor “Happy Hour at the Ebbitt Room” is among the featured work at the Cape May gallery.

CAPE MAY — SOMA NewArt Gallery at 31 Perry St. will feature three solo exhibitions by South Jersey women artists Marie Natale, Leslie Martel and Carol King Hood May 11 to June 9. An opening artist reception will be held 6 to 9 p.m. May 11.

In Gallery One, SOMA presents "Indoor Spaces / Outside Places,” new watercolor paintings by watercolor artist Marie Natale.

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Cinemania > Crassly funny ‘Pain and Gain’ has lots of muscle but little meat

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Written by Joe Bell Tuesday, May 07, 2013 07:29 am

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Anthony Mackie, Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg are bodybuilders who get caught up in a kidnapping scheme that goes horribly wrong in ‘Pain and Gain.’ Anthony Mackie, Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg are bodybuilders who get caught up in a kidnapping scheme that goes horribly wrong in ‘Pain and Gain.’

After years of injecting bits of humor into his action films, director Michael Bay makes his foray into straight-up comedy with the much-ballyhooed “Pain and Gain,” starring Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson and an incredibly buff Mark Wahlberg. And although the attempt is successful on some levels, the result is also crass and juvenile.

Bay doesn’t give up entirely on action. The movie features plenty of slow-motion explosions and fistfights. But in this go-round, they are mostly played for laughs.

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> business spotlight: Winterwood opens boardwalk shop

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Written by Christie Rotondo Thursday, May 02, 2013 11:25 am

Photo by Christie Rotondo/ Alexa and Cindy Alvarado pose in their new Winterwood Shoppe on the boardwalk in Wildwood. Photo by Christie Rotondo/ Alexa and Cindy Alvarado pose in their new Winterwood Shoppe on the boardwalk in Wildwood. WILDWOOD- Christmas is coming to the boardwalk this summer.

Winterwood Gift Shoppe, which has three other locations throughout Cape May County, has opened a shop on the boardwalk for the first time.

The location at 3916 Boardwalk, between Spicer and Spencer avenues, opened Thursday, owner Tom Alvarado said.

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