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Anglers reel in the keepers on opening day for flounder

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Written by Heather Holtzapfel James Monday, May 07, 2012 04:04 pm

Dustin Laricks fished with captain Joe Hughes last Saturday and caught himself a dozen bluefish and one striper behind Sea Isle City.  Dustin Laricks fished with captain Joe Hughes last Saturday and caught himself a dozen bluefish and one striper behind Sea Isle City.

Cloudy skies, showers and chilly temperatures couldn't keep anglers from casting their lines last Saturday for the opening day of flounder season. A drive over just about any bridge last weekend gave a view of the waters flooded with boats throughout the back bays. Those trying to catch their first keeper flattie of the year complained of the cold weather but where thrilled with the start of the season.

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Wildwoods named no. 1 family boardwalk

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, May 07, 2012 12:00 pm

The Wildwoods boardwalk was named the number one beach boardwalk for families in the nation by familyvacationcritic.com.

The website called the Wildwoods boardwalk "one of the most popular and kitschiest boardwalks in the country." The website noted the Wildwoods’ nostalgic doo-wop architecture and the honky-tonk atmosphere along its five-mile-long free beach, and said the two-mile stretch of boardwalk has everything families could want – from funnel cake to arcade games – and enough rides to rival Disneyland.

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Lessons taken from the (surf) board of education

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Written by Bill Barlow Friday, April 20, 2012 01:42 pm

Sean Nader gets a few nice rides in Ocean City this week. Conditions improved Thursday morning, when your devoted columnist was writing this. Sean Nader gets a few nice rides in Ocean City this week. Conditions improved Thursday morning, when your devoted columnist was writing this.

There’s something about surfing that lends itself to metaphor.

Sure, football and baseball figures of speech are woven into the fabric of contemporary American English, so much so that when someone speaks of striking out, fumbling or being blindsided it hardly registers as having roots in sports at all.

But surf metaphors fit well when talking about life.

I don’t mean throwing around often-misused jargon like “gnarly” or “hang 10,” although describing someone as stoked is rarely out of place. I’m talking about the way the process of waiting for a wave, never knowing for certain exactly what you’re in for, and when one eventually comes to you either finding joy in a brief ride or wiping out, well, seems like a kind of microcosm of our lives.

Oof. Even typing that out, I can hear the sitars and the southern California accent creeping in. “Dude! It’s like the wave is the universe, and we’re all riding it. But then what’s the beach?”

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Cinemania > edition of April 20, 2012

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, April 20, 2012 04:11 am

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‘The Cabin in the Woods’ blends horror, hilarity

In many ways, “The Cabin in the Woods” is typical horror-movie fare. It’s also a film that likes to screw with your preconceived notions.
That dichotomy makes this a difficult review to write. While there’s no huge twist to reveal, or any intricate plot elements, the less you know going in, the better. Expect a traditional horror film, and you’ll have your expectations delightfully dashed within the first 10 minutes.

Here’s the ‘A’ plot: a group of young sexy teenagers stay in a mysterious cabin for the weekend, only to get picked off one by one. It’s pretty by-the-book, but the typical horror scenes are swiftly and sharply undercut by the hilarious ‘B‘ plot, about an exterior force that’s causing all the mayhem. By the third act, when the two stories finally merge, it’s a gleefully fun moment.

The screenwriters have fun playing with conventions and subverting expectations in the film, which is filled with solid belly laughs and some genuinely horrifying moments.

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See, sell, shop at Sea Isle citywide yard sale

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, April 20, 2012 01:00 am

The Sea Isle City Chamber of Commerce and Revitalization will host its citywide yard sale 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May 12. More than 100 property owners and local organizations participated in last year’s event, selling a wide variety of merchandise ranging from furniture and home goods to children’s toys and bicycles.

The Chamber of Commerce and Revitalization will create a master list of all the addresses where items will be sold. It will be available the day of the event at the Chamber’s website, www.seaislechamber.com.  Paper copies of the master list will also be available the morning of the sale at Re/Max Beach Home Realty, 4200 Landis Ave.

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Backyard Habitat Plant Swap

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, April 20, 2012 01:00 am

Take advantage of the Nature Center of Cape May’s Backyard Habitat Plant Swap Saturday, April 30 to add hummingbird nectar plants to your garden.

This year’s theme is caterpillar host plants. Now is the perfect time to thin out the perennial garden and share some of your unwanted plants with others.

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Like the weather, fishing runs hot and cold

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Written by Heather Holtzapfel James Thursday, April 19, 2012 06:33 am

Art teacher Rick Horn landed this 31 1/2-inch bass April 14 in the back bay behind his Ocean City home. His reel is spooled with 8-pound test line.  Art teacher Rick Horn landed this 31 1/2-inch bass April 14 in the back bay behind his Ocean City home. His reel is spooled with 8-pound test line.

Tautog bite steady off bridges, jetties

Fishing in recent weeks has been like the weather: cold some days, hot on others. One fish that takes the trophy for hitting the lines the most is tautog.

The season for this spiny fish runs through Aug. 31 with a changeup of limits beginning May 1. Through April 30 anglers are permitted four fish at 15 inches or more, but starting May 1 the limit drops to one.

The tautog is an easy fish find. They can be found off of any jetty or bridge as well as from a vessel. But hooking one might be a different story. Most times tautog prefer crustaceans such as crab or clam. Bait such as squid or mullet will very rarely entice this fish, and they won't bat an eye at minnows.

Joan Barrett at Dolfin Dock in Somers Point said that the tautog bite is out of control off any bridge, jetty or piling. She reported that Barry Jacobsen of Egg Harbor Township limited out twice last week – all keepers at 15 inches – using green crab at the Ocean City Bridge. Jim Akers of Landisville nailed a 14.2-pound tautog that was 28 inches long from the Ocean City Bridge using green crabs.

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Service with a smile > edition of April 20, 2012

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, April 18, 2012 02:22 pm

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Joey, aka “Rockstar,” mixing it up at Juan Pablo's in Wildwood.

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Artists Cooperative features work of Roth, Mahoney

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, April 08, 2012 09:27 am

The Cape May Artists Cooperative will host an artists reception 1-5 p.m. Sunday, April 15 for featured artists Anita Roth and Cindy Mahoney in its gallery at the West End Garage, 484 W. Perry St., Cape May.

Roth has been working with a camera for more than 10 years, and has showcased her work at the co-op since its creation in 2008. Her photography is focused on nature, particularly flowers, shells and sea glass.

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Start peeling back that neoprene, but not too fast

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Written by Bill Barlow Friday, April 06, 2012 11:56 am

A surfer waits for a wave to come along. The hoods are coming down, but wetsuits are still de rigueur in the waves. A surfer waits for a wave to come along. The hoods are coming down, but wetsuits are still de rigueur in the waves.

Picture yourself on a board just beyond a reef break, somewhere hot.

The ocean around you is a glowing azure, and you see rolling mountains rising out of thick, green jungle just past the beach as white pelicans drop into the water nearby with a splash. Maybe throw in a couple of sea turtles swimming under the board, because everybody likes sea turtles, right?

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‘Live Green’ artists give found materials new life

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, April 06, 2012 09:28 am

“Heart Mosaic” by Pam Huber. “Heart Mosaic” by Pam Huber.

The Harbor Gallery at New Jersey Audubon’s Nature Center of Cape May will host an artist reception 6 p.m. Friday, April 6 for its newest exhibit, “Live Green.” Light refreshments will be served.

“Live Green” features two local artists, Susan Zipper and Pam Huber.

Zipper’s artwork is a personal expression of her philosophy of living green. Her art pieces can incorporate old furniture, scraps, bits and pieces of glass and ceramics, or almost anything destined for the landfill.

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What the devil to do with leftover Easter eggs?

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, April 06, 2012 09:16 am

Wondering what to do with all those hardboiled eggs left by the Easter bunny? Deviled eggs make a nutritious snack or appetizer.

The secret to making a creamy filling is to use a food processor and process the cooked yolks well before adding any other ingredients.

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Go wild at Forsythe Refuge

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, April 06, 2012 09:10 am

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A series of free nature walks with a sing-along program is being offered by the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge at 6:30 p.m. on Fridays April 20 and 27, and May 4, 11, 18 and 25.

Participants will begin the evening with a leisurely walk from a half-mile to 1 mile. Then join in singing around a campfire. Dress for the weather and bring blankets or chairs and a flashlight.

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Extraordinary Pinelands imagery at Seaview Resort

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, April 06, 2012 09:08 am

 Extraordinary Pinelands imagery at Seaview Resort

An exhibit of the work of award-winning landscape photographer Albert D. Horner of Medford Lakes will have be on display at the Seaview Resort in Galloway now through Tuesday, May 29.

The Noyes Museum of Art will present the collection, “Intimate Landscapes,” which includes 13 large images of the Pinelands National Reserve. The evocative photographs offer insight into a protected area of South Jersey that few are familiar with.

The Seaview Resort is located at 401 South New York Rd. in Galloway. For more information about the exhibit and to view some of Horner’s work, see www.AlbertHorner.com.

   

Top 10 Sunday drives in South Jersey

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, April 06, 2012 06:36 am

Top 10 Sunday drives in South Jersey

Be it by bicycle or behind the wheel, here are 10 scenic rides on the southern side of the Garden State.

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