July 20, 2016 |
With officials in Avalon, N.J., refusing to abort plans to cut down more than 100 Japanese black pine trees in the borough's 40-block dune forest, which they say are infested with a deadly beetle, a resident skeptical that the pines are dying is taking the issue to the federal level. Martha Wright, 60, has submitted three complaints over the last month to the Government Accountability Office alleging that by accepting a federally funded grant of $24,000 from the state to remove the trees, Avalon is committing fraud and mismanaging federal funds.
July 10, 2016 |
WHAT THEY ARE - Duck Donuts are not doughnuts made for ducks, nor are they made of duck. Instead, they are made from a basic vanilla cake-doughnut batter by people, for people. And they got their name from the North Carolina beach town - Duck - where company founder Russ DiGilio opened his first Duck Donuts store in 2006. The latest Duck Donuts opened in June in Avalon, making it the first of the company's 82 locations to open at the Jersey Shore. The two other New Jersey locations are in Bridgewater, Somerset County, and Middletown, Monmouth County.
July 3, 2016 |
AVALON, N.J. - You don't expect to necessarily have a sound track, let alone a Bob Dylan-alluding surprise, found along the 1.1-mile self-guided Avalon Dune Trail, lately in the news because of a plan to cut down some (nonnative) Japanese black pines that has stirred up controversy and conspiracy theories among residents. But there it was, and it was not blowing in the wind. Rather, it was hidden behind a fence post on the 48th Street trail back to the street, and you'd either have to have a geocaching treasure-hunt app on your phone to know where to look, or, alternatively, you'd just have to follow a girl in jellies leaving the beach - who adamantly and perhaps admirably refused to either comment or give her name - who knew where to look and had signed her name earlier on the little yellow scroll contained inside the pillbox.
June 24, 2016 |
In the densely forested sand dunes that run along 40 blocks of Avalon's beachfront, a few trees stand apart. Japanese black pines grow taller and faster than their cohabitants in the dunes, and some of them are marked - by an orange ribbon around the trunk - for destruction. "Do you see beetles crawling on these? Do these seem dead to you?" asks resident Martha Wright, gesturing to the trees behind her. "Their only crime is that they grow tall. " The borough received a $24,000 grant in March from the state Department of Environmental Protection to remove about 100 trees that Avalon says are infested with the southern pine beetle, a small boring insect deadly to Japanese black pine trees.
June 20, 2016
Q: I need your help with an Avalon Waterways trip from Amsterdam to Brussels I booked through Vacations to Go. A few days before we were supposed to leave, my husband had a serious biking accident. He spent two days in the intensive care unit. My husband had two small brain bleeds. His cognition is now intact, but he has many physical problems, including broken ribs, a broken nose, multiple stitches to his face, and a swollen knee. For the first time, we did not take insurance - a lesson learned.
June 13, 2016 |
Services have been set for Friday, June 24, for George B. Neidig Jr., 69, of Cape May Court House, a former president of the Cape May County Bar Association. Mr. Neidig, a lawyer in Avalon until April, died of cancer Friday, May 6, at home. He was a former municipal court judge in several Shore communities, including Dennis Township and Lower Township. "When George retired on Dec. 31, 2015, he was a judge in Avalon, Middle Township, Woodbine, and Stone Harbor," said Patricia Jordan, his secretary since January 1981.
June 5, 2016 |
AVALON, N.J. - If anyone was wondering - maybe, say, Angelo Cataldi, famously shown no mercy in a 1999 Avalon beach-tag conflagration, or perhaps Frank Wilson, formerly of Chester County, who sued Avalon in 2001 and won $175,000, driven arguably mad after being repeatedly whistled out of the water when he tried to swim after 5 p.m., or, really, anyone who ever threw a ball close to the water or otherwise tangled with the famously vigilant Avalon Beach...
January 16, 2016
The Palace Hotel in Cape May has been sold to Icona Resorts in the Chester-based developer's third Cape May County, N.J., beach-front hospitality acquisition. Icona, which closed on the purchase Wednesday, will renovate the 54-guest-room property into a luxury hotel to be called the Icona Cape May, with work beginning this month, spokeswoman Molly Mita said. Icona paid $15 million for the 155-room Golden Inn in Avalon last month, according to records filed with the Cape May County clerks office.
December 5, 2015 |
The Golden Inn in Avalon was sold Thursday to a Chester-based hotel-management company that plans to transform the family beachside resort into luxury lodgings. Icona Resorts declined to discuss the purchase price for the 155-guest-room property, but spokeswoman Molly Mita said it was the biggest hotel transaction in Cape May County history. The company will spend "tens of millions" on renovations, to be completed by development affiliate Achristavest by July 2016, Mita said. Icona renovated Diamond Beach's Pier 6600 into Icona Diamond Beach in 2013.
October 23, 2015 |
Singer and actor Frankie Avalon returned to his Italian Market roots last year to gather ingredients from the likes of Cannuli's Meats and Claudio's with his childhood pal Jerry Blavat for his first cookbook, Frankie Avalon's Italian Family Cookbook (St. Martin's Press, $24.99). In the book, Avalon shares recipes from his mother's repertoire and his years in the kitchen, from stuffed artichokes to crab gravy to icebox cake. In between filming spots for QVC, Avalon talked to The Inquirer about growing up in the Italian Market and learning how to cook because he missed his mom's home cooking.