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.
July 31, 2015
ARMED with a look of fierce determination and concentration, and an increasingly empty baggie that was, at one point, weighted down with quarters, 6-year-old Jude Snyder was resolute. He was going to win a prize Tuesday night at Morey's Pier in Wildwood. The object of his game of choice - to land a 25-cent piece on a glass cake plate - proved a little too difficult for the tyke, as it seemingly did for everyone - young and old alike - who tried their luck and skill at the game on this sea-breeze-cooled evening.
July 29, 2015 |
The long : Summertime tradition just five years old, the visit of America's iconic, talented, trick- basketball team dominates this week in Wildwood with appearances, clinics-and farcical games vs. the Washington Generals. The short : Georgia Brown is sweet. Sweet J is sweeter. Rare opp : This is the red-white-and-blue shortsters' only stateside stop this summer. Today : The Trotters are so big at the beach, Wildwood moved its 106th annual Baby Parade so as not to interfere with a game.
July 26, 2015 |
Saturday Sea Isle City At 8 p.m. at Excursion Park (JFK Boulevard and Pleasure Avenue), get ready to rock with Rolling Stones tribute band the Glimmer Twins, a high-octane group that re-creates the look and sound of the classic band. Free. See visitsicnj.com or call 609-263-8687. Sunday Atlantic City In the Nerds, not your typical cover band, members don geeky glasses and infuse their performances with patter and panache à la Monty Python. They've appeared everywhere from Carnegie Hall to MTV, and at 6 p.m., they bring their eclectic repertoire (R&B, punk, pop)
July 25, 2015 |
SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. - Up on the boardwalk, the lunchtime beach crowd was teeming past shops offering body piercings, tattoos, and ice cream cones, and the warm air, redolent of sausage and fried onions, was filled with happy screams from the carnival rides. But 30 feet away, on Ocean Terrace, Doug Maday was frowning at a parking kiosk that read, "No Wet Bills. " "How does this thing work?" he muttered one day this week, jabbing at its buttons. All he wanted was 10 minutes on the beach.
July 6, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - The perennial question here for this Fourth of July weekend was whether there were enough nongaming attractions to entertain visitors after the closure of four Boardwalk casinos last year rocked this resort. The answer Saturday seemed to be a resounding "yes" among those who strolled the Boardwalk, entered the new Playground shopping/entertainment complex owned by Bart Blatstein, filled most restaurants in town, sprawled along the beach, and shopped to their hearts' content along the nine-block outlet mall called Tanger Outlets The Walk.
July 5, 2015 |
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - Robert Edelheit had grown sick of a grill he barely used. So when the holiday crowds on Friday began pouring into Ocean City, where his summer home sits next to the boardwalk, he and his wife saw their chance. Sell the grill. Make a buck. "We figured, 'What the heck, let's put it out,' " Peggy A. Edelheit said. A few houses down, a man was selling bicycles and a walker from his yard. Curious beachgoers along the boardwalk leaned onto the rail and squinted through the sunlight at the prices.
June 28, 2015 |
What it is: There is just something about eating pizza on the boardwalk that might be as quintessentially summer as hot dogs and hamburgers in the backyard. Maybe it's because after you've indulged in the caramel corn and the frozen custard, it's the one offering that kind-of-sort-of seems like a meal - at least by boardwalk food standards. Or that when the ooey-gooey cheese snaps back in your face or the sauce oozes down your arm after that first bite . . . it doesn't matter because you are on the boardwalk and who cares where stuff drips?
June 20, 2015 |
You're at the Shore and there is some rain. You could be back in the city sweating it out, so we only feel for you so much. Still, we're always here to help you dash through the drops and on to something Shore-wonderful. It may not be raining this weekend but it's always good to have some ideas in your back pocket. There she is No Kardashian she, but a big butt nonetheless: That's Lucy the Elephant (9200 Atlantic Ave., Margate, N.J., 609-823-6473, www.lucytheelephant.org )
June 14, 2015 |
What is it?: If you happen to be a particularly indecisive person - and even have trouble choosing between simple concepts like chocolate and vanilla or, say, strawberry and banana - Kohr Bros. Original Frozen Custard may be just the treat for you. Sure, your tongue is welcome to bask in the cool creaminess of just one flavor at a time at this longtime seashore staple. But Kohr Bros.' calling card just may be its nimbleness at twisting together its fluffy, frozen custard flavors in almost infinite combinations at the whim of whoever is on duty in a particular location the day you are there.