September 3, 2016 |
This has been a tough week for some Jersey Shore lifeguards, and the threat of rip currents and a rough surf could keep them busy through the Labor Day weekend. A heavy beach turnout is expected on this unofficial last weekend of summer, before most students return to school. But a path of tropical systems in the Atlantic Ocean could put a damper on some beach plans and pose a risk to bathers, even strong swimmers. "This is a very dangerous situation for anyone to go into the water," Dan Kottlowski, a senior meteorologist at AccuWeather, said Thursday.
July 5, 2015 |
In the 1920s, in Atlantic City, there were no segregated beaches in the resort town, and black residents rented bathing suits from bathhouses and waved from Miss America Parade floats like any other bathing beauties. But by 1928, influential hotel owners were pressured by wealthy white guests who did not want to "bathe side by side with colored bathers," to quote a letter on Hotel Strand letterhead, a copy of which is in the new blockbuster exhibit "Jet Black, Brown and Tan on the Beach," at the city's Arts Garage at 2200 Fairmount Ave., across from Angelo's.
November 25, 2013 |
QUEBEC - The happy group of 15 came pouring around the bend; men and women, some young, some older, dressed in boots, hats, gloves - and bathing suits. Walking single file through the snow, they approached a small mound and were greeted by the famous master of ceremonies, Bonhomme, as Quebec City's annual Winter Carnival's Snow Bath officially opened. The huge audience, suitably dressed for the minus-4-degree C weather, began taunting and laughing at the would-be "snow bathers. " Playful snowballs immediately began to fly between the audience, participants, and even Bonhomme.
September 8, 2012 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Two women and a teenage boy ignored the stern whistle warnings of lifeguards to stay close to shore, to venture only waist-deep into the surf off North Carolina Avenue. Rip currents - which can move as fast as eight feet per second, faster than an Olympic swimmer can sprint - pulled the three farther and farther from shore, into deeper water, where relentless monster waves nearly drowned them. By the time four lifeguards were able to pull them to safety, the swimmers were battered and exhausted, said Beach Patrol Chief Rod Aluise.
August 15, 2012 |
Ocean City reopened beaches from Stenton Place to Delancey Place this morning to bathers when test results taken after a sewer leak proved negative. Officials had restricted bathing at those beaches starting Sunday night when a grease clog caused a nearby sewer to overflow. Officials were concerned the water possibly entered the storm drain system. They alerted the Cape May County Health Department, which was called to test the water as a precaution. Officials closed about 1,300 foot stretch of water to bathing and swimming until the tests were complete.
July 1, 2012 |
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - In 114 years, no one has drowned on their watch. But once the 154 members of the Ocean City Beach Patrol are off duty - especially when the weather is tropical, the water is unseasonably warm, and sunset is still hours away - bathers put their lives in danger. Elsewhere on the Jersey Shore, five fatalities related to rip currents have been reported in recent weeks, according to authorities. In most cases, the deaths happened where guards had packed up for the day. Anticipating the crush of bathers that comes during the high season, the Ocean City patrol has expanded its presence on three downtown beaches.
September 9, 2011
HERE'S the image from Sept. 11, 2001, that sticks in my mind: An old man walks towards me on an inlet beach at the Jersey Shore, a small dot at first, growing larger as he nears the point, pausing once or twice to sneak a cigarette. The old man is my dad, and he's trying to make out like he's not smoking, pretending to enjoy the view, to watch a passing boat, and who knows why he pretended. We all knew what he was doing. And looking back, I'm glad for every stolen puff.
July 2, 2011 |
They're slimy, gelatinous sea creatures about the size of a dime, and they're washing up on Ocean City beaches. The clear, blob-like salps appear every few years, usually driven in by winds and ocean currents, state officials said. They don't sting or harm bathers. They're just annoying, especially when encountered in clusters. Salps "pop up when the conditions are right, then they're gone a short time later," said Larry Ragonese, a spokesman for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.