April 7, 2014 |
In a move it said would "increase transparency" in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management opened a 30-day public comment period on an important hazard mitigation plan - a full week after it had already submitted the plan to the federal government for approval. The state emergency management office - which regulates everything from dispatch of personnel and equipment to mandatory evacuations during a disaster - on March 11 opened a 30-day public comment period, which it heralded as the first time the agency had ever sought input for the plan from "civilians.
March 19, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Luckily for the often weather-beleaguered Jersey Shore, the St. Patrick's Day snowstorm Monday didn't bring a coastal low with high winds and heavy flooding. That meant it was just snow - and the subsequent trudging through and shoveling of it - that had to be dealt with, not widespread power outages, road closures, and other damage. But three days before spring officially begins, nobody was rolling in clover after Atlantic and Cape May Counties were slammed with more than 10 inches of snow in some spots along the coast, with lesser amounts inland through Burlington, Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem Counties.
March 17, 2014 |
For those who have delayed buying a Jersey Shore vacation house for any reason - maybe an allergic reaction to Dodd-Frank mortgage reform, or post-Sandy confusion compounded by flood-insurance phobia - the experts' counsel is this: No worries. "Sandy is past news," said Marge Swanson, a mortgage consultant with Trident Mortgage in Ocean City. "The lenders are lending. It's kind of behind us. " Said Cheryl Huber, an agent with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach in Ocean City: "Most people have decided that life is too short.
March 10, 2014 |
PLEASANTVILLE, N.J. - If the fear was that Hurricane Sandy would level off the quirky and distinctive enclaves of the Jersey Shore, look no further than this hidden bay front of Pleasantville, a city across the water from Atlantic City better known for its tolls, crime, and unemployment office. There, and in idiosyncratic Shore communities like it, the long-term toll that Sandy is taking on the landscape is starting to come into focus. Residents who can hang in are trying to rebuild, but the sunken streets around them are starting to look like a future where the old Shore is a memory, like the abandoned collection of jazz and funk records left on three shelves in a condemned house deep in Egg Harbor Township's Morris Beach, another little-known Shore community hit hard by Sandy.
February 6, 2014 |
Michael J. Wright Sr., 65, former owner of dining establishments at the Jersey Shore, died of multiple systems atrophy on Sunday, Feb. 2, at his home in Ventnor, N.J. Mr. Wright owned Room Service Catering in Ventnor in the mid-1980s, the Clam Bar at Shady River Marina in Mays Landing in the late '80s, and Say Breakfast and Say Cheese, both in Ocean City, in the early '90s, son Michael Jr. said. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Wright graduated from Cardinal Dougherty High School in 1966 and, while working at the Philadelphia Department of Recreation, took night classes for several years to earn a bachelor's degree at what is now St. Joseph's University, his son said.
January 24, 2014 |
Representatives of commercial and recreational fisheries and other iconic Jersey Shore activities hobbled by Sandy expressed concern Wednesday that the pot of money they hoped would help them recover will be spread too thin. "We will be competing with Alaska and Massachusetts," said Tom Fote of the Jersey Coast Anglers Association, referring to a pool of $75 million in federal appropriations approved by Congress, but not limited to Sandy-ravaged areas, as they had lobbied for. "We have the West Coast with salmon issues.
December 28, 2013
A story in some editions Friday about Democratic endorsements in the Second Congressional District of New Jersey incorrectly said former U.S. Rep. William Hughes Sr. (D., N.J.) died in 1995. He retired from his seat that year and lives at the Jersey Shore.
December 24, 2013 |
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - As the waves crashed Sunday, a young couple spread a blanket on the beach and settled down to enjoy an unseasonably warm winter day. Both teenagers were barefoot. He had stripped down to shorts. For a few moments, they looked out at the ocean and considered doing what would normally be unthinkable three days before Christmas on the East Coast - going into the water. Then they turned back. For as last-minute shoppers across the region went coatless, some even wearing shorts and flip-flops, Sunday's burst of spring on the second official day of winter wasn't exactly Miami Beach at the Jersey Shore.
November 30, 2013 |
"Christmas in Cape May" rolls off the tongue easily because the resort has become so well-known over the last two decades for its off-season bounty of holiday activities. But other Jersey Shore towns get into the spirit, too, with a variety of activities and offerings to attract revelers and keep them occupied. "The holidays can really give visitors a whole different view of their favorite vacation destination," said Diane F. Wieland, director of Cape May County's tourism department.
November 21, 2013 |
As the world this week mourned the 50th anniversary of her great-uncle's assassination, the newest Kennedy was born at the Jersey Shore. Nora Kara Kennedy was born 3:11 p.m. Tuesday at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center-Mainland Campus, the daughter of former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy and his wife, Amy. Nora weighed 6 pounds, 11 ounces and measured 18¼ inches. Nora's birth comes three days before the anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the 35th president and her great-uncle.