August 10, 2015 |
WILDWOOD - Summer, the Shore, and sports. Until last week, when my grandchildren and I watched a dreadlocked teen in a Dikembe Mutombo jersey launch basketball after basketball at an unyielding Wildwood boardwalk rim, I'd never combined those three evocative nouns in a single thought. That's the power of this resort town's boardwalk, a two-mile-long stretch where dreams and nightmares are as redolent as the salt air. You can't walk it without thinking. One moment you're conjuring sweet memories, the next you're pondering its blatant vulgarity.
October 13, 2011 |
DAY AFTER DAY, Leo the lion sat in a sidecar bolted to a speeding cart, going around and around the Motordrome Wall of Death's rickety planks on the Wildwood boardwalk, the salty ocean air blowing through his thick mane as children squealed with excitement. While Leo captured all that attention, a lesser lion named Tuffy lay caged on the boardwalk by day and beneath it at night. Tuffy never felt the wind whipping though his scroungy mane on the Motordrome's steep wooden walls.
January 18, 1988 |
Police in Wildwood, N.J., are trying to determine the identity and cause of death of a "probably hours old" baby boy whose frozen body was discovered wrapped in trash bags under a Boardwalk ramp. Police Chief Robert Davenport said house-to-house interviews were being conducted among residents in the vicinity of the Boardwalk and Garfield Avenue, where the baby's body was found by a couple walking on the beach about 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Local schools, health service agencies and hospitals also were being contacted in an effort to gain information about any recent births, Davenport said.
February 16, 2013 |
SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. - When Hurricane Sandy washed over this popular Jersey Shore resort, water poured in through the heating vents and electrical outlets of Linda Polites' and Michael Riley's home. A 10-foot section of boardwalk slammed into the house as they fled to the attic. Hours later, they waded through armpit-deep water to a military truck, then headed to the first of five emergency shelters that have been their homes since. On Friday, while they awaited repairs to their house, they traveled from their shelter to see the start of the reconstruction of the boardwalk in Seaside Heights, a town known worldwide from the MTV reality show Jersey Shore . "You don't lose your memories.
July 4, 2010 |
VENTNOR, N.J. - In this cozy Shore town sandwiched between Atlantic City and Margate, there's a newfound freedom in the boardwalk air. Or, perhaps it would be more accurate to say, there's just a little less control in the controlled chaos that is the Ventnor boardwalk, where the high season of bicycles, strollers, walkers, joggers, and, most prominent, schmoozers kicked in Saturday morning in perfect sunshine and heat. But with one thing missing: the boardwalk cops, a.k.a.
August 6, 1997 |
A gas main underneath the Atlantic City Boardwalk burst into flames yesterday, scattering pedestrians and forcing evacuations of nearby buildings, fire officials said. The two-alarm fire broke out about 3:15 p.m. in front of the Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum near New York Avenue, said Atlantic City Deputy Fire Chief Stanley Baker. Firefighters used a backhoe to pull up the wood planks to reach the source of the fire. They brought it under control in about 90 minutes, while billowing smoke clogged the museum, nearby storefronts and the Atlantic Palace, a high-rise hotel on the Boardwalk, Baker said.
August 22, 1988 |
It was supposed to be a pleasant day trip to Atlantic City. Anne Marie and John Kotlowski of North Arlington, N.J., were going to have lunch, play the slot machines, and just while away a rainy Friday afternoon. "We had just arrived, and we were going over to the Ocean One Mall to get something to eat," John Kotlowski said yesterday. "Then someone said, 'Look out!' and I looked up to see a van racing down the Boardwalk. "It skinned me and hit her. " Anne Marie Kotlowski was struck by the van as it careened down a 35-block stretch of the Atlantic City Boardwalk Friday afternoon.
July 16, 2007 |
WILDWOOD - The motherly tone is somewhere between "Eat your peas" and "Take a jacket. " Lois Stangel's recorded voice, imploring riders to "Watch the tram car, please," has become almost as synonymous with the Wildwood boardwalk experience as the blue-and-yellow sightseer trams themselves. In a few weeks, though, officials here might boastfully ask riders to "watch this tram car, please" as they unveil four spiffy new ones, the first cars added to the fleet in more than 40 years.
January 3, 2013 |
For some, a boardwalk conjures up memories of summer afternoons running from beach to arcade and back again; for others, it brings to mind the chaotic nightlife chronicled in the reality show Jersey Shore . But for the summer towns that dot New Jersey's coast, boardwalks are an economic lifeline that they are rushing to rebuild before the summer season starts in just under six months. "The boardwalk will be back," vowed Seaside Heights Councilman Tony Vaz. "It has to be. We have to survive.
September 14, 2013 |
SEASIDE PARK, N.J. - A fire that apparently began in an ice cream shop in Seaside Park on Thursday afternoon and swiftly consumed several blocks of the boardwalk that connects the Shore town and neighboring Seaside Heights, as well as buildings along the walkway, was finally brought to heel about 8 in the evening. Officials said at least 20 businesses along the boardwalk were destroyed or heavily damaged in the wind-whipped blaze, including familiar institutions such as Maruca's Pizza; the Carousel Arcade; the clubs Jack & Bill's, Beachcomber, and Sawmill; as well as a Kohr's frozen custard joint - where the fire apparently began.