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July 3, 2007 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
VENTNOR, N.J. - It's an ungodly hour. Unless, of course, you are Bruno Battaglia and your god is the sun. And your sanctuary is the beach. And your time of worship is all day long. Every day. For most of the last 40 years. And so what if the roofers at Dorset and Atlantic roll their eyes at you as you march down from the Dorset Avenue bridge before 8 a.m., shirtless and shoeless, beach chair in one hand, towel and little beach bag in the other. "Look. He's going to the beach again.
NEWS
December 30, 2015 | BY JASON NARK, Staff Writer
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - Every trip to the bathroom bolsters Earl Paul's resolve, with a mantra above his toilet compelling him to grab a boogie board and a wild pair of sunglasses and head east toward happiness: There is no bad day at the beach . If it's snowing out, he grabs a shovel, and he has duck boots for whatever act of God is churning up waves off the coast. If thoughts of his late wife and all she missed at their Ocean City getaway bear down on him, he lets them wash over him like a wave, and moves on past the boardwalk, zen-like toward the sand.
SPORTS
June 14, 2012 | By Ed Barkowitz, Daily News Staff Writer
THE FIRST THING Jeff Carter needed to do after winning the Stanley Cup was shave that scraggly beard. He looked like a guy trying to look like an Amish guy. The second thing he needed to do was give the Kings his ring size ... or should that be ring, sighs? The next thing he needs to do is plan his day with the Stanley Cup. It's a terrific hockey tradition, and Carter should consider bringing it to Sea Isle, the wonderful Jersey shore town where the Toronto-native still owns a home.
SPORTS
July 16, 2008 | By Josh Katzowitz FOR THE INQUIRER
Justin O'Neal was a hotshot college player who expected to help usher in the next era of American tennis. He, like contemporaries Andy Roddick and James Blake, would establish himself as a consistent top-20 player and compete for Grand Slam titles. That, O'Neal says, was a lifetime ago. Yesterday morning, a day after bowing out of his ATP Tour debut in the Indianapolis Tennis Championships, the West Philadelphia resident contemplated the last eight years of his life. He reminisced about the beach bum he became when he quit tennis and moved to San Diego.
NEWS
August 14, 2011 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
One doesn't become Ocean City, N.J.'s No. 1 beach bum by accident. And retaining this self-proclaimed title requires Earl Paul to be diligent to the point of devotion. Sunblock and shades - Paul has a groovy violet pair - help. "It's a great life," the retired Philadelphia pipefitter declares as I join him in his carefully arranged encampment on the beach. Under the bright, hazy sky, all that lies between us and the silvery churn of the Atlantic is a frolic of families savoring summer's peak and a scrumptious sea breeze.
NEWS
August 4, 1987 | By Don Russell, Special to The Inquirer
The sands here looked like a set for a beach blanket movie last weekend. Sun, sand and ocean breezes. Young girls in bikinis, bronze boys in Jamms, and teams gathering for volleyball games. But looks were deceiving: The games were serious stuff, thanks to some Californians from the Association of Volleyball Professionals. With $20,000 in prize money at stake in this professional beach-volleyball tournament, the summer fun was more than a pleasant diversion for a group of athletes who take their sport as seriously as Mike Schmidt takes baseball.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 8, 1988 | By Carrie Rickey, Inquirer Movie Critic
Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949), one of the most misleading titles in movie history, is a nasty, heartless - and hilarious - black comedy about British Edwardians who crave misleading titles like lord, baronet and duke. Ninth in succession to the D'Ascoyne duchy, an amoral Englishman (Dennis Price) cheerfully kills the other eight - all of whom are played by Alec Guinness in an inspired bit of casting. Whether popping up as a clergyman, a suffragette or the duke himself, Guinness is so insufferable that eliminating him seems almost an act of civic duty.
NEWS
July 1, 1988 | By Donna St. George, Inquirer Staff Writer
Charles F. "Dutch" Weiler, 90, who for years helped young boys train to become lifeguards in Atlantic City and took great pride in assisting the beach patrol, died Tuesday in Frankford Hospital, Torresdale Campus. Mr. Weiler would spend as much time as he could at the Atlantic City beach every summer - dressed in a red tank shirt and blue rowing shorts, sitting in guard stands, manning rescue boats, occasionally getting to the shore so early that he would have the chance to reel in a few fish before the bathers arrived.
NEWS
March 19, 2009 | By GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com
While some are pigeonholing "I Love You, Man" as just another bromantic comedy set in the smelly recesses of the man-cave, it has a fresh spin. The arc of the classic Judd Apatow-ish movie follows an immature young man on a journey to commitment, responsibility, etc. "I Love You, Man" throws that in reverse - it starts with Paul Rudd as a prosperous real estate salesman who is happily engaged and has all the answers except one: Who will be...
NEWS
June 18, 1987 | By Carrie Rickey, Inquirer Movie Critic
Take it from a Californian: A beach bum never gets a day off. And the hours! During summer, you gotta work from dawn to sunset - which could amount to 16 hours a day with no benefits save bronzed skin. Compensation is lousy, too. For free, you can ogle sunbathers in eye-catching gear apparently fashioned from sausage casings and dental floss, but just how much can you make scavenging cola bottles and beer cans? For real compensation, for the genuine day at the beach, there's nothing like the beach movie: No sand fleas, no sunburn . . . no sweat.
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NEWS
June 29, 2016
New Jersey's leaders have been sticking their heads in the sand for decades to avoid dealing with competing waterfront uses. That has created disorder along the shores of rivers, lakes, bays, and the ocean, where dumps, refineries, and fuel storage compete with sensitive ecosystems, anglers, and people just trying to grasp a moment of peace. Fortunately, skittish politicians have to follow a recent appeals court ruling and subsequent legislation requiring the state to set standards for beach access.
NEWS
December 30, 2015 | BY JASON NARK, Staff Writer
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - Every trip to the bathroom bolsters Earl Paul's resolve, with a mantra above his toilet compelling him to grab a boogie board and a wild pair of sunglasses and head east toward happiness: There is no bad day at the beach . If it's snowing out, he grabs a shovel, and he has duck boots for whatever act of God is churning up waves off the coast. If thoughts of his late wife and all she missed at their Ocean City getaway bear down on him, he lets them wash over him like a wave, and moves on past the boardwalk, zen-like toward the sand.
NEWS
June 13, 2013 | BY JOHN MORITZ, Daily News Staff Writer moritzj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
Jimmy Buffett will perform a free concert on the beach outside of the Resorts Casino Hotel on North Carolina Avenue in Atlantic City this Saturday. The concert is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at the Boardwalk, and will also feature performances by Wilson Phillips, Andy Grammer and Mac McAnally. The event page states that Buffett will make a special appearance sometime during McAnally's set, which begins at 4 p.m. The casino opened Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville, a 40,000-square-foot restaurant and entertainment complex, on Memorial Day weekend.
SPORTS
June 14, 2012 | By Ed Barkowitz, Daily News Staff Writer
THE FIRST THING Jeff Carter needed to do after winning the Stanley Cup was shave that scraggly beard. He looked like a guy trying to look like an Amish guy. The second thing he needed to do was give the Kings his ring size ... or should that be ring, sighs? The next thing he needs to do is plan his day with the Stanley Cup. It's a terrific hockey tradition, and Carter should consider bringing it to Sea Isle, the wonderful Jersey shore town where the Toronto-native still owns a home.
NEWS
August 14, 2011 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
One doesn't become Ocean City, N.J.'s No. 1 beach bum by accident. And retaining this self-proclaimed title requires Earl Paul to be diligent to the point of devotion. Sunblock and shades - Paul has a groovy violet pair - help. "It's a great life," the retired Philadelphia pipefitter declares as I join him in his carefully arranged encampment on the beach. Under the bright, hazy sky, all that lies between us and the silvery churn of the Atlantic is a frolic of families savoring summer's peak and a scrumptious sea breeze.
NEWS
June 26, 2010 | By David Hiltbrand, Inquirer Columnist
Vampires and werewolves go together, it is becoming increasingly apparent, like a hearse and carnage. You simply can't have one without the other. In olden days, it took the likes of Abbott and Costello to broker a rare summit between these creatures of the night. Now they've become a package deal - fangs and claws. Even HBO's vampire feast True Blood is getting into the act, introducing shaggy hellhounds of its own as the third season begins. At this point, you can't swing a possum on that set without hitting a rabid monster of some kind.
NEWS
January 12, 2010
Philadelphia may have resolved the public-relations disaster known as Parking Wars - a cable series showcasing the city's overzealous parking enforcers - with a time-tested strategy: waiting for something even more embarrassing to come out of New Jersey. That something has arrived in the inglorious form of MTV's Jersey Shore, which traces the exploits of what one can only hope is an unrepresentative sample of the state's coastal fauna. The bureaucratic cruelties of the Philadelphia Parking Authority are forgettable compared with the outright degeneracy on display here.
NEWS
March 19, 2009 | By GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com
While some are pigeonholing "I Love You, Man" as just another bromantic comedy set in the smelly recesses of the man-cave, it has a fresh spin. The arc of the classic Judd Apatow-ish movie follows an immature young man on a journey to commitment, responsibility, etc. "I Love You, Man" throws that in reverse - it starts with Paul Rudd as a prosperous real estate salesman who is happily engaged and has all the answers except one: Who will be...
SPORTS
July 16, 2008 | By Josh Katzowitz FOR THE INQUIRER
Justin O'Neal was a hotshot college player who expected to help usher in the next era of American tennis. He, like contemporaries Andy Roddick and James Blake, would establish himself as a consistent top-20 player and compete for Grand Slam titles. That, O'Neal says, was a lifetime ago. Yesterday morning, a day after bowing out of his ATP Tour debut in the Indianapolis Tennis Championships, the West Philadelphia resident contemplated the last eight years of his life. He reminisced about the beach bum he became when he quit tennis and moved to San Diego.
NEWS
July 3, 2007 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
VENTNOR, N.J. - It's an ungodly hour. Unless, of course, you are Bruno Battaglia and your god is the sun. And your sanctuary is the beach. And your time of worship is all day long. Every day. For most of the last 40 years. And so what if the roofers at Dorset and Atlantic roll their eyes at you as you march down from the Dorset Avenue bridge before 8 a.m., shirtless and shoeless, beach chair in one hand, towel and little beach bag in the other. "Look. He's going to the beach again.
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