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Cinemania: Melissa McCarthy wears thin in ‘Tammy’

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Written by Joe Bell Friday, July 11, 2014 01:43 pm

Melissa McCarthy's schtick is beginning to run thin. She is a talented comedic presence – sharp, and good at physical comedy. But the actress who made such big waves in the 2011 smash hit “Bridesmaids” hasn't been able to get away from what is essentially the same persona.

Once again, McCarthy plays a screwed-up loudmouth prone to anger. Here, she's a fast food worker ditched by her husband. When she loses her job, she forms an unlikely alliance with her free-spirited grandma (Susan Sarandon). The two travel to Niagara Falls for a reason that is barely explained.

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MidAtlantic offers big bucks for big fish

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, July 10, 2014 12:00 am

The 23rd annual MidAtlantic $500,000 Fishing Tournament will take place Aug. 17-22, and organizers have made some changes in response to feedback from previous years.

The tournament, held out of Canyon Club Resort Marina in Cape May and Sunset Marina in Ocean City, Md., offers new opportunities for winning a share of a cash purse that is expected to exceed $2 million, according to organizers.

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Crest guard is on the beach all year round

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, July 07, 2014 07:53 pm

Kevin Kelly, 23, of Boynton Beach, Fla., guards the Wildwood Crest beach in the summer and Florida beaches in the off-season. Kevin Kelly, 23, of Boynton Beach, Fla., guards the Wildwood Crest beach in the summer and Florida beaches in the off-season. Kevin Kelly may be in just his third summer as a beach lifeguard in this area, but the 23-year-old Boynton Beach, Fla., resident has experience that belies his relative short term of service.

The Wildwood Crest Beach Patrol member is also a part-time lifeguard at two ocean rescue services in South Florida and is close to graduating with a degree in public safety management from Palm Beach State College.

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Young sailors learn the ropes in yacht club classes

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Written by Lauren Dickey Monday, July 07, 2014 06:27 pm

Sea Isle City Yacht Club is offering sailing lessons again this summer until Aug. 11. / Lauren Dickey Sea Isle City Yacht Club is offering sailing lessons again this summer until Aug. 11. / Lauren Dickey While sailing may look blissfully carefree, learning how to how to navigate, tie knots, manipulate sails, tack, dock, operate a tiller and other tasks is a complex undertaking. Just mastering the parts of a sailboat and other vocabulary can be daunting: aft, alee, port, starboard, backstay, bollard, gaff, keel, clove hitch, gunwale, lubber’s line and yaw are words children don’t often learn in school.

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Jersey corn and tomatoes make an early debut

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, July 07, 2014 05:23 pm

corn-and-tomatoes New Jersey recorded its warmest spring ever this year, and those warmer-than-normal temperatures brought the sweet corn and tomato crops in about a week or two early, according to New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher.

Look for Jersey Fresh sweet corn and tomatoes in your local supermarket, roadside stands and community farmers markets this weekend.

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Zap! Pow! Kazam! Local cartoonist teaches kids super drawing skills

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Written by Marjorie Preston Monday, July 07, 2014 04:11 pm

Joe Del Beato, who has made his career as an artist for Marvel and DC Comics, teaches kids how to draw in a class at the Ventnor Library. Joe Del Beato, who has made his career as an artist for Marvel and DC Comics, teaches kids how to draw in a class at the Ventnor Library. He doesn’t have Batman’s utility belt, Iron Man’s armored power suit or Superman’s cape. But among comic book enthusiasts, Ventnor artist Joe Del Beato is something of a superhero.

Over a 30-year career, Del Beato has worked for the twin titans of the cartoon industry: DC and Marvel Comics. He has drawn some of the greatest characters in the comic-strip catalog: Captain America, Thor, Wolverine, GI Joe, the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, and many more. On Saturday mornings at the Ventnor branch of the Atlantic County Library, he shares his knowledge with aspiring young artists in a class called Comic Drawing.

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Beach Reads> July 4, 2014

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Written by Marjorie Preston Monday, July 07, 2014 02:50 pm

first-love First Love
by James Patterson, Little, Brown and Company
After the death of her cancer-stricken younger sister, Alexandra Moore – in remission from the same disease – is abandoned by her distraught mother and neglected by her father, who is drowning his sorrows in alcohol. Axi decides to escape with newfound friend and major crush Robinson, once a patient on the same hospital ward. Dubbing themselves Bonnie and Clyde, the teenagers “borrow” a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, then a truck, and light out from Portland, Ore., to see the USA. Driving cross-country with stops in Detroit and New York before ambling south, they fall in love, and do their best to outrun the disease that has so altered their lives. This sweet, funny novel, by Patterson and co-author Emily Raymond, has an adorable young heroine and likeable hero whose zest for adventure, droll repartee, love of bad jokes and devotion to each other illuminates this wistful journey.

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CINEMANIA: Spectacular effects drive ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’

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Written by Joe Bell Thursday, July 03, 2014 03:26 pm

The fourth movie in the “Transformers” franchise reboots the series, with new human characters taking over for Shia LeBeouf and his crew of robot-loving misfits. Mark Wahlberg stars as an eccentric, down-on-his-luck inventor and single dad who discovers that his beat-up old truck is actually Optimus Prime, the leader of the Autobots.

Since they saved the world for the third time, the few remaining Transformers are being hunted down by an evil government agent (Kelsey Grammer) and reassembled for nefarious purposes. With the help of Wahlberg and his daughter (Nicola Perez), Optimus must reassemble his crew and take on this new threat to humanity.

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How to survive a rip current (Video)

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Written by Joan Kostiuk Tuesday, July 01, 2014 11:35 am

Aerial view of several rip currents provided by National Weather Service, courtesy of Dr. Wendy Carey, Delaware Sea Grant. Aerial view of several rip currents provided by National Weather Service, courtesy of Dr. Wendy Carey, Delaware Sea Grant. Heading to the beach? Here are some safety tips to help you avoid being caught in a rip current, and advice on what to do if you are

Each summer seems to bring with it a number of drowning deaths along the shores of New Jersey and the East Coast. Many of those deaths are the result of bathers getting caught in
rip currents.

Nearly everyone who has put their feet in the ocean has felt the pull of the tide. But what, exactly, is a rip current, and why are they so dangerous?

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Patriotic Songs We Love: Part 2

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Written by Joan Kostiuk Monday, June 30, 2014 04:50 pm

Patriotic songs speak to our love of country. Patriotic songs speak to our love of country. In honor of Independence Day, let’s hear it for the good old USA and the music that conveys our love for our country.

Here are our editorial staff’s favorite patriotic songs – the words and music that stir us to the soul and fill us with American pride. Read the stories, watch the video clips, and celebrate American freedom with a song in your heart.

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One Kook’s Safari> Notes from the dawn patrol

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Written by Bill Barlow Monday, June 30, 2014 01:59 pm

Mike Monroe rides off into the sunrise on a recent early session. Mike Monroe rides off into the sunrise on a recent early session. How can I already be late?

It’s about 20 after 6 on a weekday morning. The beachside neighborhood is quiet. It’s been light for almost an hour as I head down to the water, one part dog walk, one part scouting trip. There are a couple of joggers, a car riding the wrong way on the tree-lined street delivering newspapers, but the neighborhood is quiet.

Not so when we reach the beach. Trucks and vans are parked on the street, away from the parking meters even though they won’t be in effect for hours. A line of young guys are walking up, climbing over the dune for their first look at the break, carrying boards long, short and in between.

It’s summer, and the wave forecast is good.

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West Cape May Farmers Market in its 13th year

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Written by Christopher South Monday, June 30, 2014 12:00 am

WEST CAPE MAY - The West Cape May Farmers Market is now an adolescent in terms of its chronological age, but it has grown nicely from what it was.

“We first started out front in the parking lot, where it was 300 degrees on the pavement and people had difficulty parking,” Mayor Pam Kaithern said.

The borough then got a one-time grant from the county for creating handicap-accessible recreation projects. The borough gave part of the money to the West Cape May Elementary School to improve its playground equipment.

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Cinemania: 'Think Like a Man Too' gets lost in Vegas

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Written by Joe Bell Friday, June 27, 2014 03:59 pm

The ensemble cast of last year’s surprising smash hit “Think Like a Man” returns in this sequel, which has the characters venturing to the Las Vegas strip to celebrate the wedding of Candace (Regina Hall) and Michael (Terrence J).

The night before the big event, the men and women split up for their respective bachelor-bachelorette parties, and run through a series of clichéd relationship issues with no story or direction to speak of.

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The boys (and girls) of summer are back

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, June 27, 2014 05:14 am

Brian Cunniff/Participants break away from the starting line at the beginning of the swim race at last summer’s Cape May County Lifeguard Championships.
Brian Cunniff / Participants break away from the starting line at the beginning of the swim race at last summer’s Cape May County Lifeguard Championships.  South Jersey lifeguard competition season begins next week

Do you really think the beach lifeguards of South Jersey are merely young people passing the time, sitting passively on a raised chair staring out at the ocean and checking out the occasional bikini-clad young lady strolling by on the beach?

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Nature Camp gets kids to ‘put down the i-Thing’ and head outside

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, June 26, 2014 06:11 pm

Nature Camp gets kids to ‘put down the i-Thing’ and head outside Nature Camp gets kids to ‘put down the i-Thing’ and head outside

School has been dismissed, and the fun has already begun at the Nature Center of Cape May.

From bats to bees and bugs to birds, with a few sharks thrown in, the Nature Center has something for everyone from kids to teens.

The programs are age appropriate and include the Discovery Kids camp for children from prekindergarten to those entering sixth grade, Explore the Shore for children 6 and up, and Adventure Camps for ages 12-16, which gives older kids a chance to try kayaking, fishing offshore or exploring the natural world in and around Cape May.

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