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Beach Reads > June 20, 2014

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Written by Marjorie Preston Friday, June 20, 2014 05:48 pm

The Guts
by Roddy Doyle, Viking
In this sequel to 1989’s “The Commitments,” Doyle brings back members of the working-class Irish rock-n-soul band in a story that is poignant, hilarious, and sometimes unbearably touching. It’s been 30 years since Jimmy Rabbitte founded the group. Now married with children and long estranged from the band members, Jimmy has just learned he has colon cancer. Shaken to the core, he resolves to reconnect with his mates and some distant family members. Not coincidentally, he also comes up with a new way to make money, an iffy scheme based around a papal trip to Dublin, social media, and the music of 1932 (yes, they’re all linked, if only in Jimmy’s mind). Dialogue displaces narrative for much of this book, and it may take time for you to become familiar with Dubliner dialect and the characters’ peculiarly Irish sense of humor and pathos (and then there are the names, like Aoife and Caoimhe). Once you settle in, you’ll discover a group of thoroughly lovable folk: funny, profane, sentimental, and always trying to push that sentiment under the rug. “The Guts,” in Jimmy’s word, is simply “grand.”

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Cinemania: Fresh, funny '22 Jump Street’ improves upon the first

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Written by Joe Bell Friday, June 20, 2014 02:15 pm

In an era of self-referential comedy, “22 Jump Street” may be one of the most meta movies ever made. It's a sequel about the frivolous nature of sequels.

Part of the fun of the first “Jump Street” was how it occasionally pointed out that Hollywood is out of ideas and willing to adapt almost any property, regardless of its popularity or worth. Here, that tone overtakes the entire film. It pushes up against the fourth wall at every opportunity. Somehow the filmmakers found a way to make a movie that, though technically a generic retread of the first film, is still fresh and diverting.

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Summer starts this weekend; for goodness sake, don’t go surfing

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Written by Bill Barlow Thursday, June 19, 2014 03:08 pm

This probably looks fun, but it’s really no fun at all. Really, you should look for another hobby. Maybe golf or tennis. This probably looks fun, but it’s really no fun at all. Really, you should look for another hobby. Maybe golf or tennis. There I was, with a broken leash, in a 30-foot swell at Fiji. Below, I knew, were the razor-sharp tangles of the coral reef. I spent most of the day cruising in the world’s biggest barrel, conditions were glassy with an offshore wind, and I was starting to feel a little tired. That’s when I saw the first fin.

OK, not really. I’m just trying to weed out some readers. Maybe I can drop things down to a dedicated few so we can get to the real topic.

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Tournaments give anglers of all ages a shot at cash, prizes and fun

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Written by Heather Holtzapfel James Thursday, June 19, 2014 02:29 pm

 Nick Verducci and his son, Nicholas, of Ocean City fished with Stalker II out of Cape May.  Nick Verducci and his son, Nicholas, of Ocean City fished with Stalker II out of Cape May. It’s tournament season. On just about every weekend throughout the summer, a fishing contest will be held in one shore town or another. Some have higher stakes than others, but each and every one produces some nice-sized fish as well as a good time for all ages. Some contests raise money for charities, and in others anglers compete for cash prizes.

The Wildwoods held an inaugural fishing tournament of the Jersey Shore Beach N Boat Fishing Challenge last weekend. The free three-day tournament was held off the beaches, bays and ocean of the Wildwoods. There were also several fishing-related activities for the entire family held throughout the weekend. Winners shared $8,000 in cash prizes. For results see www.beachNboat.com.

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Beach N Boat Fishing Challenge results

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, June 19, 2014 12:00 am

– Joe Muravsky of Westmont took home $1,000 for his 3.9-pound fluke while fishing the Jersey Shore Beach N Boat Fishing Challenge in the Wildwoods last weekend.   – Joe Muravsky of Westmont took home $1,000 for his 3.9-pound fluke while fishing the Jersey Shore Beach N Boat Fishing Challenge in the Wildwoods last weekend. The Wildwoods Beach N Boat Fishing Challenge last weekend provided three days of fun and excitement for participants. More than 200 anglers joined in the competition, and as with all tournaments, some fared better than others.

Money winners included a first-place fluke that was 3.9 pounds, caught from a kayak by Joe Muravsky of Westmont. Bill Collins of Glendora weighed in a 5.7 pound weakfish.  Each took home $1,000.

Collins’ weakfish was only two-tenths of a pound heavier than that of Jason Bailey of Conshohocken, Pa., whose 5.5-pound weakfish was closely followed by George Danley from West Wildwood with a 5.2-pound.

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Fox sightings in Ocean City

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Written by Bill Barlow Wednesday, June 18, 2014 04:05 pm

fox There are wild carnivores loose in OceanCity.

From the Gardens to Corson’s Inlet and everywhere in between, residents and visitors have spotted the whisk of a red tail in the morning, or a fox caught in the headlights at night.

The reactions have been widely divergent.

As a fox made its way through the dunes off Waverly Boulevard, a woman said with apparent pride that there is a whole family of the animals in the neighborhood. At the other end of town, a southend resident said she worried about bringing her groceries in from the car after dark after seeing one of the animals.

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Wildwood Crest offering youth swimming lessons

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, June 17, 2014 05:00 pm

WILDWOOD CREST - The Wildwood Crest Recreation Department is offering youth swimming lessons this summer at the Joseph Von Savage Memorial Pool at 8800 New Jersey Ave.

The half-hour lessons will be held in two eight-class sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Session I will run July 1-July 24. Session II will be held July 29-Aug. 21. Available lesson times are 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and noon.

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One Kook’s Safari> Nothing keeps these surfers out of the waves

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Written by Bill Barlow Saturday, June 14, 2014 10:25 am

‘They Will Surf Again’ planned for Rambler Road Sunday

Chad deSatnick sent along these images from a previous event from Moondoggie Studios in Cape May. He said the annual They Will Surf Again event, planned Sunday in Wildwood Crest, is amazing for the both the surfers and the volunteers. (photos courtesy Moondoggie Studios/Life Rolls On) Chad deSatnick sent along these images from a previous event from Moondoggie Studios in Cape May. He said the annual They Will Surf Again event, planned Sunday in Wildwood Crest, is amazing for the both the surfers and the volunteers. (photos courtesy Moondoggie Studios/Life Rolls On) Jesse Billauer was 17, just starting a pro surfing career, when he was told he would never surf again after he broke his neck surfing in Malibu. Almost immediately, he started thinking about ways to get back into the water. 

Chad deSatnick, a lifelong Cape May surfer, was told the same thing after a spinal cord injury in 2001.

“My doctor told me I may not walk, and I will never surf again,” deSatnick recalled this week.

It wasn’t easy, but he is walking, and surfing. Billauer can’t walk, but he’s surfing, too.

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Cinemania: Cruise is sharper than ever in explosive, original ‘Edge of Tomorrow’

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Written by Joe Bell Friday, June 13, 2014 03:45 pm

Imagine if Bill Murray's character from “Groundhog Day” was forced to battle an alien invasion, and you get a good idea of what “Edge of Tomorrow” has in store. But while the basic premise is instantly recognizable, the movie takes the idea and runs in its own direction. It's an action-packed and darkly funny film that also proves that Tom Cruise has still got it.

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Farmers Markets offer pick of local crops and craft foods

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Written by Lauren Dickey Friday, June 13, 2014 02:50 pm

edible birdhouse One of the shopping experiences many people look forward to in summertime is browsing produce and specialty foods from farms and small businesses throughout the area at local farmers markets.

Most of the farm markets that sprang up last year are back for the season, along with some new ones, and many feature new vendors, products and activities.

The markets provide opportunities for area vendors to sell their own Jersey Fresh produce, baked goods, condiments and crafts. Most feature a variety of vendors selling everything from birdhouses to tomatoes, with several businesses offering homemade soaps, oils, jewelry and more.

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Ocean Galleries debuts ‘The Art of Ringo Starr’

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, June 13, 2014 12:00 am

Anyone who acquires Ringo Starr’s artwork at the exhibits will have the opportunity to meet and have their photo taken with him at a private reception Saturday, June 21 prior to the All Starr Band’s performance at Caesars. Anyone who acquires Ringo Starr’s artwork at the exhibits will have the opportunity to meet and have their photo taken with him at a private reception Saturday, June 21 prior to the All Starr Band’s performance at Caesars. STONE HARBOR - Ringo Starr achieved worldwide fame as the drummer for The Beatles, and the musician, singer, songwriter and actor will show another dimension of his artistic side when Ocean Galleries in Stone Harbor hosts the exhibit “The Art of Ringo Starr” Friday through Sunday, June 13-15.

There will be special receptions 7-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

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Cinemania: ‘A Million Ways to Die’ more likely to kill viewers with boredom than laughter

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Written by Joe Bell Friday, June 06, 2014 01:05 pm

Neil Patrick Harris, Seth MacFarlane and Charlize Theron star in ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West.’ Neil Patrick Harris, Seth MacFarlane and Charlize Theron star in ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West.’ Seth MacFarlane, best known for creating and starring in the hit animated show “Family Guy,” made his directing debut in 2012 with the film “Ted,” in which he voiced a foul-mouthed teddy bear alongside star Mark Wahlberg.

In those projects, MacFarlane’s joke-a-minute pace and sophomoric sense of humor generally work, especially combined with his penchant for pop culture, extended cutaway gags, and his overall commitment to a bit. Because “Ted” was a smash hit, he had free reign to create whatever he wanted in his follow-up.

And he chose to make “A Million Ways to Die in the West.”

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One kook’s safari> Surfer girl dreams big

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Written by Bill Barlow Friday, June 06, 2014 11:10 am

Lola Bourgeois, left, likes dance, but Zoë is determined to become a pro surfer. Lola Bourgeois, left, likes dance, but Zoë is determined to become a pro surfer. Every 11-year-old knows what he or she wants to do as a grownup. You remember, don’t you? For a few of you, that wasn’t all that long ago.

Mostly, you wanted to do something amazing.

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Wednesday night parade starts Miss New Jersey week

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Written by Tom Williams Thursday, June 05, 2014 03:05 pm

Wednesday night parade starts Miss New Jersey week

OCEAN CITY - Miss New Jersey is coming to town next week and the festivities begin with the boardwalk parade on Wednesday.

Twenty-four of the state’s most versatile young women will be in Ocean City for the 19th consecutive year because the state titleholder will be selected on the Music Pier next Saturday, June 14. The preliminary competitions will be held on Thursday and Friday.

The theme of the Wednesday parade is “The Red Carpet on the Ocean City Boardwalk.” The contestants will ride in convertibles and will dress like they would on a Hollywood red carpet.

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Anglers up to the challenge of fishing in the wind

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Written by Heather Holtzapfel James Thursday, June 05, 2014 01:00 am

 Jim Rossiter of Bridgeton hoists 4- and 5-pound flounder caught while fishing a bucktail with Gulp on his Wilderness Systems Tarpon kayak. The fish were weighed in at Sterling Harbor Bait and Tackle in Shawcrest.  Jim Rossiter of Bridgeton hoists 4- and 5-pound flounder caught while fishing a bucktail with Gulp on his Wilderness Systems Tarpon kayak. The fish were weighed in at Sterling Harbor Bait and Tackle in Shawcrest.  Every year around this time, the wind becomes a factor when fishing. Late May and early June bring breezy conditions that can hamper a few days out of the week for fishing. For one thing, the chop makes fishing from a boat unpleasant for anglers, and casting from shore becomes a challenge. Nonetheless, last weekend’s windy Saturday brought fish – and why not; it’s the best time of flounder season.

Tom Christ of Brennan Marine in Somers Point reported that flounder and sea bass were caught in numbers; however, stripers and bluefish were also taken.

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