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One Kook’s Safari> Chip Miller festival is Saturday

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Written by Bill Barlow Friday, July 18, 2014 09:21 am

A rider shows off his form on a summer wave. A rider shows off his form on a summer wave. There have been some nice shaped waves this week, but the water temperature still hasn’t come back from the big drop when Hurricane Arthur rolled by. Several days saw waist-high swell, short of the head-high waves Arthur brought, but plenty of fun for those who keep their neoprene handy, or are willing to shiver a little.

The latest water temperature was 62.

Lance Miller isn’t worried about the cold this weekend, though.

“That’s OK,” he said. “We’re supposed to have waves, and that’s all that counts.”

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Jersey Shore Pops Orchestra to show its country side

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, July 17, 2014 05:07 pm

jacklynbu OCEAN CITY - Jacklyn Buckingham will star in a multimedia show titled “Country Divas” when the Jersey Shore Pops return to the Ocean City Music Pier for their first matinee of the season 2 p.m. Saturday, July 26.

The concert will feature a tribute to female country music stars Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Martina McBride, Carrie Underwood, Dolly Parton, Shania Twain and others.

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RunAround tour brings Bridgit Mendler, other Disney stars to Wildwood

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, July 17, 2014 04:01 pm

WILDWOOD - “RunAround - A Pop Experience” will be making a tour stop at the Wildwoods Convention Center Saturday, July 26. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the concert begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are now on sale at www.RunAroundTour.com  or www.Ticketmaster.com .

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Bennie and the Jets to play Centennial Park

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, July 17, 2014 03:51 pm

 Elton John tribute band WIDLWOOD CREST - The Elton John tribute band Bennie and the Jets will take the stage at Centennial Park for a free concert 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 19 as part of the Wildwood Crest Summer Music Series.

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The kitchen diva: Cool food

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, July 17, 2014 03:03 pm

Cool food

"As cool as a cucumber" is a much-used phrase, referring to a state of mind rather than the clean crunch of the pale-green flesh of a cucurbit, but it is true. There isn't a summer-fruiting food that is cooler than a cucumber. When the weather wilts you, a cucumber is nature's tasty refreshment.

Cucumbers are a member of a large, diverse family of summer-ripening crops that include melons and squash.

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Combing for treasure

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Written by Lauren Dickey Thursday, July 17, 2014 02:43 pm

Sarah Martin, 5, takes a close look at a mussel she found while beachcombing in Sea Isle City. / Lauren Dickey Sarah Martin, 5, takes a close look at a mussel she found while beachcombing in Sea Isle City. / Lauren Dickey Sea Isle City offers tips and tidbits for better beachcombing

People of all ages often feel the desire to bring home a souvenir from a vacation at the beach – and many times that memento is a seashell found at the shoreline.

Sea Isle City has been assisting beachgoers with this desire for years, offering tips on beachcombing and information about shells and the shore every Tuesday and Thursday morning all summer long.

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Beach Reads> July 18, 2014

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Written by Marjorie Preston Thursday, July 17, 2014 02:26 pm

Lost Lake Lost Lake

by Sarah Addison Allen, St. Martin’s Press

This could be the “last, best summer” for visitors to Lost Lake, a remote tumbledown resort in the swamps of Georgia. Business has fallen off since a giant water park opened nearby, and the lake’s widowed owner, Eby Pim, has decided to sell and travel to Europe, where she honeymooned with her beloved husband George. First, however, Eby must do “inventory,” packing up hopes, regrets and memories as well as the accumulated stuff of a lifetime. Her French housemate Lisette is furious at the prospect of change, and declares she cannot live anywhere else. Others are simply nostalgic, including Eby’s great-niece Kate, recently widowed herself, who comes to Lost Lake with her daughter Devin; Selma and Buhladeen, a pair of comical old women who have summered at the resort for years; and Wes, Kate’s girlhood friend, who lost everything in a long-ago fire and is part of the development group intent on buying the resort. When word gets out that Eby is going to sell, a motley group of townspeople decide to throw a farewell party that just might convince her to stay. This sweet novel has moments of pure magic.

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Cinemania: Apes, humans find they are not so different in ‘Dawn‘

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Written by Joe Bell Thursday, July 17, 2014 01:41 pm

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" is an intense and action-packed sci-fi thriller with brilliant effects and surprisingly real emotional resonance.

The film takes place decades after its predecessor. The simian flu is now widespread. Colonies of apes with genetically advanced brainpower are thriving in the woods, and mankind is on the brink of extinction.

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Frozen bliss

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Written by Lauren Dickey Thursday, July 17, 2014 01:28 pm

July is National Ice Cream Month, and the shore has plenty of places to grab a scoop of this sweet and refreshing summertime treat

In a cone, on a stick or in a cup, plain, topped with jimmies or smothered in hot fudge, ice cream is one of the most irresistible and refreshing treats of summer.

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People Poll: Unusual ice cream

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Written by Lauren Dickey Wednesday, July 16, 2014 03:32 pm

Question: What is the most unusual ice cream flavor you have heard of or tried?

Birdy Birdy

Blueberry – they actually were made from the blueberries from Hammonton.

- Dana Birdy, Washington Township

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Fishing, edition of July 18

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Written by Heather Holtzapfel James Tuesday, July 15, 2014 09:46 am


Emily and John Heisler of Cape May Court House show off a 5-pound, 12-ounce fluke caught near the North Wildwood bridge. It was 26 inches long.
Emily and John Heisler of Cape May Court House show off a 5-pound, 12-ounce fluke caught near the North Wildwood bridge. It was 26 inches long.  

As flounder continue to find their way out front, tautog season reopened Thursday with a one-fish minimum. Many anglers have been catching the spiny fish as well as sea bass, weakfish, porgies and bluefish.

Tom Christ of Brennan Marine in Somers Point reported that fishing last week was good again as inshore and offshore remained active.

Midweek, George Erskine fished Ships Channel and bagged a 6.14-pound flattie. He was using Gulps. He and his companion Tom Shepp had a couple of other keepers but ended up with 36 throwbacks. Bob Heins and a group on his boat K’s Krew fished the area behind Somers Point and had five nice fluke, the largest of which was 5.25 pounds. He too, was using Gulps.

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People Poll: Ice cream

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Written by Lauren Dickey Monday, July 14, 2014 07:00 pm

Question: How do you like your ice cream?

Homemade from a market because they make it right there.
- Jodi Dougherty, Bucks County, Pa. 
Homemade from a market because they make it right there. - Jodi Dougherty, Bucks County, Pa. Homemade from a market because they make it right there. - Jodi Dougherty, Bucks County, Pa.

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Lifeguards and medics on North Wildwood Beach Patrol work as a well-oiled team

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, July 14, 2014 10:05 am

Rich Morinelli, 56, is serving his 24th summer on the North Wildwood Beach Patrol. Rich Morinelli, 56, is serving his 24th summer on the North Wildwood Beach Patrol.  Rich Morinelli grew up in the Philadelphia area but spent his summers as a youngster in his family’s summer home just steps from the beach entrance at the east end of 22nd Street in North Wildwood.

Even now as a 56-year-old, Morinelli still spends his summers on the beaches of North Wildwood.

A schoolteacher at Margaret Mace Elementary School from September through June, he is serving in his 24th summer as the medic for the North Wildwood Beach Patrol.

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Thousands awarded in Duke of Fluke Tournament

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Written by Heather Holtzapfel James Monday, July 14, 2014 09:58 am

Jim Dickinson takes first place in the Sterling Harbor Duke of Fluke kayak division with a 4.45-pound flounder caught on his Hobie Pro Angler 14. Jim Dickinson takes first place in the Sterling Harbor Duke of Fluke kayak division with a 4.45-pound flounder caught on his Hobie Pro Angler 14.  Cathy Algard of Sterling Harbor Bait and Tackle in Shawcrest and her husband, George, have hosted the Duke of Fluke Tournament for the past 21 years. There were 116 boats and 39 kayaks registered this year. Thousands of dollars were awarded for top weighing fish.

 Duke of Fluke Tournament winners

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One Kook’s Safari> Wave soundtrack

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Written by Bill Barlow Monday, July 14, 2014 09:57 am

G. Love talks surf culture, music, and hitting the break in Avalon 

G. Love has a couple of concerts in the area this summer. He talked about music and coming up surfing in Avalon. (photo by Emmett Malloy) G. Love has a couple of concerts in the area this summer. He talked about music and coming up surfing in Avalon. (photo by Emmett Malloy) Do any surfers listen to surf music?

More to the point, why does surfing get its own music to begin with?

Close your eyes for a minute and let it come to you: fuzzy guitars through a tube amp, guys wearing shaggy hair and matching shirts, whole songs about cars or shoes, and those great instrumentals. You hear that? A long, syncopated drum solo with a drifting back beat culminating in a small, mocking voice saying “Wipeout” before the guitar comes back in.

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