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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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Cinemania > ‘Hangover III’ has laughs and a plot

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Written by Joe Bell Wednesday, May 29, 2013 04:31 pm

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I'll be honest. I was never a fan of the “Hangover” films. The franchise is filled with frat-boy humor and zaniness substituting for actual humor. The conceit of the first film was at least original, and Zach Galifianakis, a brilliant comedic mind and performer, elevated the movie far beyond what it could have been. The second film basically was a carbon copy of the first, so I was surprised and delighted to learn that the third outing would ditch the "hangover" premise in exchange for another adventure with these characters. Even though the latest movie retreads similar ground, it works.

For one thing, there is more of a plot to “The Hangover Part III” than the first two. In fact, the story plays out more like a dark thriller than the traditional comedy, and this plot actually leads somewhere.

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beach reads > May 24, 2013

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Written by Marjorie Preston Saturday, May 25, 2013 07:29 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 03:18 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 01:06 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 01:01 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 12:08 pm

‘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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OC Beach Patrol on guard for the holiday

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Written by Ann Richardson Friday, May 24, 2013 11:20 am

BEACH PATROL The city’s beaches are scheduled to be opened noon Friday, May 25, with the “unlocking” of the beaches by members of the Ocean City Beach Patrol.

Several beaches will be open for Memorial Day weekend, but due to the ongoing beach replenishment project, Tom Mullineaux, chief of operations for the Ocean City Beach Patrol, said recently some downtown beaches will not be guarded as usual for the holiday weekend.

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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 05:54 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 02:27 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 08:08 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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