July 26, 2014 |
For Justin Soulen, the worst part of a long weekend at the Shore with friends was the drive home. Not because of the return traffic or the ending of a vacation, but because of what was traveling home with him in the trunk - bags and bags of hot trash. "It was gross - all the stuff from BBQs, parties," Soulen said. "We just said to ourselves, 'This is ridiculous.' " Because Soulen, 25, and friends would leave Ventnor on a Sunday, and trash day was at midweek, their only choice was to bring the trash home or risk being fined for leaving cans on the street too early.
July 26, 2014 |
OCEAN CITY - It'll probably never surpass Cape May and its environs as the Jersey Shore's birding capital. But a small patch of woods on a coastal islet, where a concrete bridge foundation for part of the Route 52 Causeway was rebuilt two years ago at the resort's main gateway, may just be giving veteran birders a new place to flock. The nesting and the squawking - despite the constant roar of traffic off the nearby causeway - can call to mind explorer Henry Hudson's crew. As soon as the Dutch explorers came ashore in 1609, they started giving everything an embryonic-inspired moniker - such as Great Egg Harbor, Great Egg Bay, Little Egg Inlet - because of the inordinate number of seabird nests and eggs laid out across the marshlands and woodlands as far as the eye could see. Pull in, park your car, and stand for a few minutes on the elevated walkway along stretches on the northern side of the little woods, and you'll likely be able to see at least a half-dozen bird species.
July 25, 2014 |
SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. - A two-day drive from home, they came on buses from across the country. They watched as the cornfields of rural America morphed into the lush, deciduous trees separating major East Coast cities. A series of "Welcome to" signs slipped by until their buses came to the end of the line - the Atlantic Ocean, something that many of the volunteers with Lutheran Social Ministries last week had never seen before. They weren't in Nebraska anymore. It was the Jersey Shore.
July 21, 2014 |
A body that washed up at Island Beach State Park in Ocean County could be that of a 25-year-old swimmer who went missing Friday. The Ocean County Sheriff's Office notified the Coast Guard just after 8 a.m. Saturday that a body had been found on the beach in that park, on the north side of Barnegat Inlet. Though the body had not been identified Saturday night, "it was a male and he had on red shorts," Coast Guard Duty Officer Thomas Peck said. That fits the description of Nicholas Guilhote, 25, of France.
July 17, 2014 |
Yet another round of strong thunderstorms rumbled through the region late Tuesday, just in time for the peak commuting period, and once again they had a particular ferocity in South Jersey. Flash-flood warnings were in effect for parts of Camden and Gloucester Counties, and flood advisories were posted for just about the entire southern half of the state. Hailstones an inch in diameter - about the size of a quarter - were reported in Tabernacle, Burlington County. With rains forecast to continue well into the night, the National Weather Service extended its flash-flood watch for the entire region through 6 a.m. Wednesday.
July 7, 2014 |
One day back in October 2012, Stokes Carrigan and Diane Carter were sitting in their part-time home - a cattle ranch in Mundubbera, Australia - watching television. They were looking at images of a marauder named Sandy wreaking havoc on the Atlantic coast of the United States. Theirs was more than a passing interest: The focus of the report was on their other hometown, Beach Haven, N.J. Carrigan and Carter had moved to Beach Haven in 2009, after years of summering there. They divide their time between Long Beach Island and Carter's native Australia.
July 4, 2014 |
Unseasonably warm ocean temperatures, mostly sunny weekends, and pent-up feelings that linger from the bitter winter have launched a successful start to the summer season at the Jersey Shore. That's the sense many business owners, tourism officials, lifeguards, beach-tag sellers, and Realtors get after assessing the beach crowds that have materialized so far, two years after Sandy. They also expect the July Fourth weekend to continue the good fortune and boost the outlook for the rest of the summer.
June 29, 2014 |
WILDWOOD - LuLu the Labrador arrived with a bounding in her step formerly reserved for Devil's Pool in the Wissahickon. Here was a new treat: a boardwalk smelling of pizza, a long walk in the sand, and an ocean, whose salt water she immediately and regrettably lapped up and whose waves she startled from. Hours later, LuLu was whipped. Fur and nostrils filled with sand, panting, having had the quintessential Jersey Shore experience: chastised by the lifeguards for breaking one of a sign full of regulations in place on the beaches of the Jersey Shore, when her owner let go of her leash in the surf.
June 24, 2014 |
SEA GIRT, N.J. - The Coasties in the watchtower of the Sea Girt Lighthouse could see the bright flash and hear the massive explosion. Seven miles offshore, the Standard Oil tanker R.P. Resor had been hit by a torpedo from a German U-boat and was taking on water. Two members of the crew survived and 47 died on the night World War II came to the Jersey Shore - just three months after the Pearl Harbor attack. The strike was a wake-up call for the U.S. War Department in late February 1942 and is still remembered by some Shore residents, said Bill Dunn, historian and author of a new book, Sea Girt Lighthouse - The Community Beacon.
June 23, 2014 |
Another Jersey Shore reader has weighed in on the effects of sea air on air-conditioning systems, and his experience makes him one of the frontline experts I've been seeking. Adam Cerbone of Windsor, Conn., has - "had," he added in his e-mail - a house on the beach block at Ortley Beach that is being rebuilt because Hurricane Sandy dumped 42 inches of water into it, causing it to float "like a little ship. " In an earlier column, I discussed various models designed for use in coastal locations, and Cerbone "specified the Carrier coastal model of air-conditioning condenser" I'd mentioned.