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September 19, 2013 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
TOMS RIVER, N.J. - Nearly a year after Sandy ravaged the Jersey Shore, investigators said Tuesday its severe flooding may have compromised belowground electrical wiring and equipment in a building that housed a frozen custard stand and candy store, and sparked a fire that destroyed four blocks of the boardwalk in Seaside Park and Seaside Heights. Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato said 27 investigators from federal, state, and county agencies had worked more than 40 hours in the four days since the fire to conclude a criminal investigation that determined that Thursday's blaze, which gutted as many as 50 businesses, was accidental.
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September 17, 2013 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the early hours of Sunday, the fire that devastated the boardwalk connecting Seaside Park and Seaside Heights at the Jersey Shore suddenly flared up again. Firefighters arrived shortly after the flare-up was noticed about 2:20 a.m., according to the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office. They extinguished the flames, which were in a debris pile at the southern end of the boardwalk behind the Sawmill Bar. Then they drenched the entire area with water to ensure against more flare-ups.
NEWS
September 16, 2013 | By Chris Palmer and Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writers
SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. - With the southern tip of the boardwalk still smoldering after Thursday's raging fire, Gov. Christie first met privately Saturday afternoon with dozens of local business owners and state officials in Seaside Heights, and then announced the potential for an immediate $15 million in recovery funds. The state's Economic Development Authority is expected to take action Wednesday to add that money to the Stronger NJ Business program, now being used in Hurricane Sandy relief.
NEWS
September 15, 2013 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEASIDE PARK, N.J.- The day after a raging fire devastated a four-block stretch of boardwalk, children woke to see the skeletal remains of beloved carnival rides, merchants peered into stores charred black against a brilliant blue sky, and firefighters, weary from a night of battling one of the worst blazes in state history, continued to douse smoldering timbers late into the afternoon. The cause of the fire, which began at Kohr's Custard Stand around 2:30 p.m. Thursday, is still under investigation.
NEWS
September 14, 2013 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo and Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
NEWS
September 6, 2013 | By Ellen Gray
* LAST TANGO IN HALIFAX. 8 p.m. Sunday, WHYY12. * BOARDWALK EMPIRE. 9 p.m. Sunday, HBO.   WHAT COULD be sweeter - or safer - than a show depicting a rekindled romance between two people in their 70s? Quite a lot, if the show is "Last Tango in Halifax," which makes its U.S. debut on PBS Sunday. It's not that you couldn't dance this one with your grandparents (or with teenage grandkids, if you are grandparents). But like that other British import, "Call the Midwife," which has worked topics like abortion and incest into its deceptively cozy stories of nurse-midwives in 1950s London, "Last Tango in Halifax" isn't afraid to step on some toes.
NEWS
September 5, 2013 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - The heels of generations past were back on the Boardwalk once again Tuesday, as Atlantic City welcomed back its wayward true love Miss America after her seven-year sojourn in the Las Vegas desert. It was a mutual love affair, a family reunion, a warm and grateful embrace. And only one Miss America contestant - Miss Indiana, Terrin Zoe Thomas - got her stilettos stuck in the boards at the Boardwalk arrival ceremony. But hey, that in and of itself is a tradition of the Atlantic City-born-and-bred pageant.
NEWS
September 4, 2013 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
THE GRAY clouds socked in over the Jersey Shore may have been a disappointment to those who had hoped for a sunnier holiday, but yesterday's gloomy skies were certainly appropriate as folks bid a sad goodbye to the 2013 summer vacation season. The weather had persuaded enough people to beat a hasty retreat, so that by 10:30 yesterday morning, westbound traffic on the Atlantic City Expressway was moving sporadically at best. Stretches of easy cruising were replaced by a stop-and-go crawl exacerbated by rainfall that hopscotched between gentle and monsoonlike.
NEWS
September 1, 2013 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
ATLANTIC CITY may have lost its status as the gambling capital of the East, but it continues to take a back seat to few locales as a hotbed of live entertainment. Among the big names headed to town are Harry Connick Jr., Jerry Lewis, Jerry Seinfeld and John Fogerty. There is also a full slate of shows at Sands Bethlehem, including the once-in-a-lifetime teaming of the Beach Boys' sainted Brian Wilson and guitar god Jeff Beck. September 1: Bobby Rydell. The turn-of-the-'60s pop-rock icon has overcome some recent serious health and personal issues and is still ripping it up with his blend of signature tunes and "Great American Songbook" selections.
NEWS
August 26, 2013 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - At the helm of what may be one of the longest surviving family-owned businesses on this storied Boardwalk, Debbie Devlin has seen a lot of summertime trends come and go over the last 53 years. "I've always been here. . . . We're Boardwalk people; that's all we know," said Devlin, 67, owner of Irene's, a souvenir shop near South Carolina Avenue that since 1950 has supplied the kinds of trinkets and treasures that seem to top off a seaside vacation. Stocked cheek-by-jowl in the 1,800-square-foot throwback shop - where success and defeat come in waves beneath bug-zapping fluorescent lighting and atop a mishmash of flooring - thousands of items await purchase.
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