August 14, 1998 |
Debbie Morkevich has hated jellyfish since one almost ate through her swimsuit. After swimming in the ocean several years ago, Morkevich, of Northfield, N.J., got all the way home to her shower before finding the jellyfish in her suit. "It didn't hurt my skin but it ate through the material," Morkevich said. "I am deathly afraid of jellyfish now. " So Morkevich did not go to the beach last weekend as usual. And she might not go this week, if the jellyfish are still around.
August 27, 2016 |
Clinging jellyfish, a dime-size species with a horrific sting, are reproducing in Monmouth County's Shrewsbury River and "will almost certainly be a presence" there next year, according to researchers. "That's disturbing news," said Montclair State University biologist Jack Gaynor, because the Shrewsbury joins the Navesink River, which flows into Raritan Bay. From there, he said, ocean currents could carry adults or their tiny spawn south into the Metedeconk and Manasquan Rivers, which connect to Barnegat Bay - a 42-mile stretch of water hugely popular with bathers and boaters in Central and South Jersey.
May 30, 1999 |
For all the years that he worked with his hands, Michael Pisano says, his head was planning a revolt. He had skipped college and gone into the masonry business - a long tradition in his family. But by his early 30s, Pisano wanted out. "I just didn't see myself as being a bricklayer for the rest of my life," he said, "even though it was the only thing I knew. " As the years of hard labor took their toll on his burly frame, they also wore away his spirit. "I was giving guys that I went to high school with job estimates for their houses, and they were doctors or working for Merck," he said.
July 5, 2016 |
The good news about the venomous clinging jellyfish recently found in North Jersey is that they inhabit shallow inland waterways, not surf. The bad news - as a college student learned last month - is that their sting is dangerous and agonizingly painful. And these one-inch sea monsters might be spreading toward South Jersey. "It's really awful," said John Gaynor, a molecular biologist called in by the state to research the jelly's whereabouts. "I don't know that there's anything that can be done to keep them out. " Gaynor, who studies jellyfish at Montclair State University, was standing Friday on the dock of his vacation home in Brick, which overlooks the broad Metedeconk River in Ocean County.
August 4, 2016 |
While Edward Briese and his uncle were clamming in Reed's Bay in Atlantic County on Saturday, they came across something else - a giant, odd-looking fish floating dead in the water. According to the Atlantic City Press, what the family spotted was a mola mola, or ocean sunfish. It was a little less than six feet long and missing some fins. The fish is commonly found in tropical and temperate waters. It can grow to be 14 feet wide and 10 feet long, and weigh 5,000 pounds, according to National Geographic.
August 14, 1998 |
The jellyfish vacationing at the Jersey shore this month are the reddish-orange tinged Lion's Mane variety, biologists said. They won't kill you, but they will irritate you. "They'll give you a nice sting," said Marc Kind, a laboratory biologist at the New Jersey State Aquarium. The sting of the Lion's Mane, a jellyfish variety named for its fluffy appearance, can't usually be felt until the victim steps out of the water, Kind said. The post-sting sensation, he said, begins with a prickling pain, subsides into an itch, then usually fades away within about an hour.
September 23, 1993 |
HE'S GOING TO THE MAT IN BID TO BE ELECTED MAYOR Jerry Kennett figures he's ready for politics. He loves to be hated, he's not afraid of the spotlight and he's used to grappling with difficult problems in public arenas. But is the town of Bunn, N.C., population 366, ready for "Kahn the Warlord" as mayor? Seems Kennett is the only candidate for mayor of the town near Raleigh. During the week, he's an assembler at a manufacturing plant. But on weekends, Kennett becomes "Kahn" - a loud, boisterous, mean-spirited, bad guy - as a professional wrestler.
July 17, 1986 |
The biggest event of this weekend, certainly among the biggest of the season, is Saturday's spectacular "Night in Venice" boat parade, which begins at 6 p.m. on Ocean City's northwest shore and winds southward through the bayside canals. Ocean City officials expect 125,000 spectators to view more than 140 boats of all sizes, most of them outrageously decorated. Bleachers will be set up at streets that deadend at the bay (9th Street through Battersea). Over the years, the Night in Venice has gotten a reputation as a drunken festival in this otherwise wholesome, quiet, family-oriented resort.
January 29, 1995 |
"Next time don't order so much," said the smiling young woman who had served lunch at Ocean Harbor. Actually, I had ordered only a main dish and soup at the popular Chinatown restaurant. But the portions had been so generous and the food so delicious that I had finished every drop and morsel of both, and left grumbling happily about being overstuffed. The West Lake Beef Thick Soup was available in two sizes. I'd ordered the small, which turned out to be a tureen with enough for four refills of my soup bowl.
January 5, 1992 |
Future dinners - lobsters, fish and a lone turtle - were alive and swimming in the window at the new Ocean Restaurant as we walked in. To their right dangled just- roasted ducks. Once such a display would have been unusual in Philadelphia's Chinatown; today it's standard. So what makes the Ocean Restaurant worth a visit? It could be the prospect of 47 lunch specials, each served with the soup of the day and priced at just $4.50. Or the fact that the restaurant's chef, newly arrived from New York, brings dishes more familiar there than here.