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Dog On A Boat

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, August 02, 2013 10:56 am

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Dog gone boating? Put safety first

Some dogs were born for the water, others less so. The key to boating with dogs, according to the Boat Owners Association of the United States, is taking it slow and making safety the first priority. Here are some tips for getting started.

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One Kook's Safari > Combat veteran finds peace in the waves

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Written by Bill Barlow Thursday, August 01, 2013 05:10 pm

  Nick Borrelli and Randy Abbott are at the airport in San Diego, ready to head to the East Coast for the Brendan Borek surf contest Saturday. Nick Borrelli and Randy Abbott are at the airport in San Diego, ready to head to the East Coast for the Brendan Borek surf contest Saturday.  Surfing helps, Nick Borrelli said this week. It helps a lot.

After two deployments to Iraq with the Marines, Borrelli was hurt inside and out. His shoulder is damaged, he is dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder, and there are other issues, but he doesn’t seem too interested in running through a laundry list.

Surfing is good for his body, he said, but more important, it seems, for his head.

“That’s like my sanctuary,” he said in a phone interview from San Diego this week. “When I’m out in the water – it sounds very hippie, I guess – but when I’m out in the water, I’m just one with nature and I feel at peace.”

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Crabbing improves, while tuna, kingfish and fluke catches continue

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Written by Heather Holtzapfel James Thursday, August 01, 2013 03:27 pm

Frank Scirrotto of Cherry Hill and crew of Stinky Fingers troll up some nice mahi-mahi around the Teacup. 
 Photo courtesy of Sterling Harbor Bait and Tackle / Frank Scirrotto of Cherry Hill and crew of Stinky Fingers troll up some nice mahi-mahi around the Teacup.

Anglers remain content with their steady catches, and crabbers are beginning to see more keepers. Those in search of nice-sized blue claw crabs are in luck in the coming weeks. The first week of August is usually considered the beginning of good crabbing down the shore. Whether it's from a dock or off a boat, crabbers will see less sponge crabs – otherwise known as mature female crabs – and more male crabs, called Jimmies. The immature female crab, known as a Sally, is identified by the inverted V or a triangle-shaped abdomen. A mature female crab, known as a sook, has a more U-shaped abdomen (apron). Another easy clue to help determine the sex of the crab is the color of the tips of the claws. Females have red tips, like painted nails.

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Cinemania > Superhero returns to form in dark, edgy ‘The Wolverine’

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Written by Joe Bell Tuesday, July 30, 2013 09:44 pm

   Hugh Jackman plays a superhero wracked with grief in ‘The Woverine.’ Hugh Jackman plays a superhero wracked with grief in ‘The Woverine.’

Hugh Jackman has played Wolverine for more than 12 years, dating back to the original “X-Men.” That great superhero film sparked a revolution in the genre, paving the way for a new era of movies that portray these powerful beings in a human light. “Wolverine” was easily the most compelling character in those first few outings – an immortal traveler with no sense of identity struggling to learn who he is. Since that first great flick, the character has appeared in less-inspiring tales, including his own movie, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” which flopped. Luckily, the character returns to form in “The Wolverine,” a standalone adventure for the hero. The film is imperfect, but it manages to be fun and satisfying. Director James Mangold takes a darker, edgier look at the character, and the risk pays off.

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Warm water turns on the offshore bite

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Written by Heather Holtzapfel James Friday, July 26, 2013 06:58 am

 Julianna, Logan and Liam Kreudl of Barnegat caught a 20-inch flounder from the Grassy Sound Fishing Pier in North Wildwood on squid and minnows on the top of the outgoing tide. Julianna, Logan and Liam Kreudl of Barnegat caught a 20-inch flounder from the Grassy Sound Fishing Pier in North Wildwood on squid and minnows on the top of the outgoing tide.

After last weekend's heat wave, water temperatures increased, turning on the offshore bite. Successful trips are resulting in catches of yellowfin, bluefin and big-eye tuna, as well as mahi mahi and blue and white marlin. Reports indicate that inshore fishing is better than ever for this time of the season, with continuous activity for anglers on the water.

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One Kook's Safari > Carry your heartache to the waiting ocean

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Written by Bill Barlow Friday, July 26, 2013 05:36 am

 On Tuesday, just before sunset, the light plays on the waves and makes the towering clouds glow.  On Tuesday, just before sunset, the light plays on the waves and makes the towering clouds glow.

There’s just no way around it. This has been a tough year for surfers.

I’m not talking about waves or water temperature, about summer crowds or changing breaks. Not this time.

It just seems like there has been a lot of bad news recently.

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beach reads > July 26, 2013

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Written by Marjorie Preston Friday, July 26, 2013 04:23 am

 The View from Penthouse B. The View from Penthouse B.

The View from Penthouse B.
by Elinor Lipman,
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

There is delight and surprise on every page of this novel by the author of “The Family Man.” Sisters Gwen and Margot were double-crossed by fate – Gwen when her young husband died in his sleep; Margot when her husband, a fertility doctor, went to prison for trying to personally inseminate patients. Margot also lost a small fortune investing with Bernie Madoff, and has just one thing of value: her Greenwich Village penthouse. To conserve their small resources, Margot and Gwen agree to live together and then take in a boarder named Anthony, who lost his job when Lehman Brothers collapsed. Together they resolve to leave behind past sorrows and jump-start their lives. It is especially hard for Gwen, who yearns to be loved again but cannot move beyond her own shyness and memories of the sweet passion she shared with Edwin. Things are complicated when Margot’s pompous ex is paroled, moves in downstairs and finds the son he fathered, now a young artist. In the hands of a lesser writer, this convoluted plot might seem outlandish. Lipman makes it wholly credible, witty, wonderful, and in a way comforting, reminding us that no story is ever really finished, and sometimes even egregious sins can be redeemed.

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Wildwood Crest offers outdoor fitness classes

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, July 26, 2013 12:00 am

Outdoor Zumba classes will be offered 8:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Saturday through Labor Day weekend at Centennial Park. Outdoor Zumba classes will be offered 8:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Saturday through Labor Day weekend at Centennial Park.

The Wildwood Crest Recreation Department’s outdoor fitness program is underway.

Outdoor Zumba classes are offered 8:30 a.m. every Saturday at Centennial Park, Fern Road and Ocean Avenue, through Sept. 28.

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A marriage of metal and mosaic

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Written by Silkia Morales Thursday, July 25, 2013 05:55 pm

José Chora and Judy Leone are the artists behind the Chora Leone Gallery in Somers Point.   José Chora and Judy Leone are the artists behind the Chora Leone Gallery in Somers Point.

Chora Leone Gallery showcases the unique art of husband-wife team 

Some 20 years ago on his way to Florida to do a job with the pipefitters union, José Chora suddenly found himself laid off and in Ocean City. It was then that Chora decided to blend his passion for art and his newfound knowledge of metalwork and become a full-time artist.

Since then Chora has been commissioned to do a number of pieces, including the September 11 memorial sculpture in Ocean City, a series of works for the AtlantiCare oncology sculpture garden, and most recently a stainless steel and steel alloy sculpture of cattails and reeds for The Reeds at Shelter Haven in Stone Harbor.

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Hoffman Memorial begins lifeguard ‘Big 3’

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, July 25, 2013 03:46 pm

 Hoffman Memorial begins lifeguard ‘Big 3’ Hoffman Memorial begins lifeguard ‘Big 3’

The South Jersey lifeguard competition season really heats up this week.

Last weekend’s Atlantic City Classic, dominated by the Margate Beach Patrol, marked the first competition of the summer in which all of South Jersey’s beach patrols competed. Friday, July 27 begins the first of what is termed as the “Big Three” of South Jersey lifeguard racing as the Wildwood Beach Patrol hosts the Dutch Hoffman Memorial Championships. That competition will be followed by the other legs of the Big Three – the Margate War Memorials and the South Jersey Championships, respectively, on the first two Fridays of August.

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Cinemania > ‘Girl Most Likely’ set in Ocean City

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Written by Joe Bell Thursday, July 25, 2013 03:00 pm

Girl Most Likely  “Girl Most Likely” is an exciting summer entry for those of us living at the shore. The film takes place almost entirely in Ocean City, N.J., and portrays its characters not as bumbling fools – like recent portrayals of Jersey folk – but instead as real people with real problems. The characters may be eccentric and flawed, but at heart they are genuine loving people. Unfortunately, these characters are bland and one-note, and the plot that surrounds them is flat. It's regrettable, but “Girl Most Likely” ends up wasting the talents of its cast, most visibly, that of star Kristen Wiig.

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Make the gym work for you from the get-go

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, July 25, 2013 02:02 pm

 Enlisting a workout partner is one way to increase the chance of success. Enlisting a workout partner is one way to increase the chance of success.

Walking into a gym for the first time can be like the first day of school, when a lack of familiarity can inspire fear or anxiety. But there are ways to make your foray into the fitness club a success right from the start.

Familiarize yourself with the layout prior to your first workout. It's easy to feel like an outsider when visiting a gym for the first time. Other members already know their way around, and you might be hesitant to ask for advice or where certain equipment might be. To avoid wandering around the gym, ask a trainer or another gym employee to show you the ropes before your first workout so you don't feel as though you're lost in a sea of dumbbells and treadmills.

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Service with a Smile > July 25

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Written by Nikki Djokovich Thursday, July 25, 2013 09:48 am

Nikki Djokovich/Lauren Kruse, 34, of Northfield Nikki Djokovich/Lauren Kruse, 34, of Northfield

Downbeach Deli, Margate City

Lauren Kruse, 34, of Northfield, has been working at Downbeach for a year.

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Service with a Smile > July 23

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013 12:00 am

Nikki Djokovich/From left are Lori Schneider of Smithville, Eric Rossi of Somers Point and Nino Fierello of Smithville. Nikki Djokovich/From left are Lori Schneider of Smithville, Eric Rossi of Somers Point and Nino Fierello of Smithville.

Service with a Smile is a online feature that highlights some of the familiar faces at local businesses.

Tony's Baltimore Grill, Atlantic City 

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Service with a Smile > July 20

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Saturday, July 20, 2013 12:00 am

Nikki Djokovich/Custard Castle is located on Route 322 in Hamilton Township Nikki Djokovich/Custard Castle is located on Route 322 in Hamilton Township

Service with a Smile is a online feature that highlights some of the familiar faces at local businesses.

Custard Castle, Mays Landing 

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