November 17, 2014 |
BRICK TOWNSHIP, N.J. - The remains of a shipwreck buried beneath 20 feet of sand recently unearthed by crews rebuilding a seawall in the Normandy Beach section of this Ocean County municipality may be a historically significant treasure. State archeologists will seek to determine whether a pile of timbers and a wooden, barrel-shaped windlass uncovered as workers tried to pound a steel beam into the sand - breaking the pile-driving equipment twice - are pieces of the 19th-century ship Ayreshire.
November 2, 2014 |
He defended his Ebola quarantine policy on national television, lambasted President Obama's leadership as limited to "seven-minute lectures from the South Lawn," and supplied morning-show fodder by ordering a Hurricane Sandy protester to "sit down and shut up. " Gov. Christie spent last week in the national limelight, shrinking from neither criticism of his Ebola pronouncements by public health officials - "We're right and they were wrong," he...
October 27, 2014 |
On Point Drive at the tip of Longport, where houses were cracked open two years ago by Hurricane Sandy's waves and wind, their multimillion-dollar vulnerability bared to the sea, all is as it was. The Hankins finished a total rebuild. The Tuchmans debated selling, but decided to do the repairs and keep their summer home after all. Marvin Ashner, who never left, not even during the storm, still answers his door beneath whimsical Blues Brothers statues. "Everybody's back," said Steven Hankin, an Atlantic City lawyer who lives on Point Drive, which overlooks the inlet's washing machine currents.
October 14, 2014 |
From the day it reopened in 2002 until he left July 4, veteran hotelier John Daily had one of the most visible jobs on the Jersey Shore: He was general manager at Congress Hall , the massive Cape May hotel-restaurants- party complex. Built in the distant days when the gingerbread resort town was a summer home to the powerful, and restored after long neglect, Congress Hall grew into Cape May's living room on Daily's watch. It was a landmark property for Cape Advisors , the hotel group founded by Jersey Shore native Curtis Bashaw and New York investor Craig D. Wood . This summer, Daily moved north to run the Reeds at Shelter Haven , a year-old resort in the downtown of affluent Stone Harbor, owned by Drexel Hill cancer doctor John Sprandio and Bucks County native Edward Breen , former chief executive of Tyco International , the industrial conglomerate.
September 29, 2014 |
"I'm either in a dough room, a dairy, or a dungeon office," says Stephanie Reitano. "But I just washed my hands and grabbed a cup - so we can talk. " But where to begin? Gelato? Pizza? Her Jersey roots and fierce Philly pride? All of the above, it turns out, spark enthusiasm in the dynamic 44-year-old Fairmount resident and mother of three, who also happens to be Philadelphia's gelato queen at Capogiro, the exceptional gelateria empire she founded with husband John Reitano in 2002.
September 22, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - In retail, it's a numbers game, so whenever Rachel Lewis heard or read that another casino was closing here, she'd get knots in her stomach. The thought racing through her mind: Fewer casinos means fewer hotels, which equates to fewer tourists at her stores. "Every Shore town under and above Atlantic City relies on tourism," said Lewis, 24, district manager at Making Waves, an upscale women's apparel chain only at the Shore, with four shops within a two-hour drive of Atlantic City - in Stone Harbor, Ocean City, Long Beach Island, and one in Cape May that is open year-round.
September 11, 2014 |
AVALON, N.J. - When you walk into the Paper Peddler, there is an accumulated-over-time perfume of ink and paper - a vintage scent in an era when electronic devices have taken over delivering the written words of books, magazines, and newspapers. And so - shut out by potential customers who would sooner take a photo of the cover of a book with a plan to download it later and a dwindling customer base of print newspaper readers - the Paper Peddler will close its doors at the end of the month after 46 years.
August 25, 2014 |
SEASIDE HEIGHTS - The only cameras left in the famed Shore Store here are small and silver - standard security measures in most retail stores. It wasn't long ago that crews producing a show for one of the most popular networks on television filled the T-shirt shop and introduced the world to Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, and the rest of their gel-happy friends. Two years after MTV's Jersey Shore cast bid good-bye after taking this town by liquor-infused storm - and one season removed from a summer defined by recovery from Hurricane Sandy - things are starting to look more like "normal," says store owner Danny Merk, 34. If normalcy means offering ticketed tours of his former home, that is. While the reality show ended in 2012, the eight-member cast and the attention it attracted have left a residual presence.
August 20, 2014 |
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Before the Taney Dragons arrive at their assigned field for practice, Josh Lupacchino is already there, equipment in the back of his golf cart, a Mid-Atlantic team hat on his head. Lupacchino, 30, is one of about three dozen volunteers, most from the Williamsport area, who are assigned to help teams and stick with them throughout their stay in the tourney. The Little League calls them hosts, but their shirts - and the players - call them "uncles. " "Sunup to sundown, we're just here to help them out, whatever they need," Lupacchino said.