February 26, 2016 |
The Bucks County manufacturer of Skee-Ball, that staple of boardwalk arcades at the Jersey Shore, has been sold to a Wisconsin rival in the family-amusements industry. Joseph W. Sladek, who bought Skee-Ball Inc., now in Chalfont, in 1985, called the sale a "bittersweet goodbye" in a news release from the buyer, family-owned Bay Tek Games Inc., which is based in Pulaski, near Green Bay. The price was not disclosed. The deal was signed Tuesday. Skee-Ball manufactures its games in Chalfont, but after a roughly three-month transition will move to Wisconsin, Gaetan Philippon, Bay Tek's chief executive, said Wednesday after meetings with Skee-Ball employees.
February 17, 2016 |
David J. Lidle, 74, of Ocean Gate, N.J., a certified public accountant with offices there, died of complications from Lou Gehrig's disease on Thursday, Feb. 4, at the Community Medical Center in Toms River. Mr. Lidle ran his firm, Death & Taxes Inc., from his Ocean County town for the last 15 years, but returned during tax seasons to an office in a Philadelphia law firm to work for clients there. "He had quite a sense of humor," reflected in his firm's name, his wife, Pamela Noto, said.
February 15, 2016 |
SEA ISLE CITY, N.J. - Images of cars, patio furniture, and chunks of ice floating in floodwaters during last month's powerful storm brought home to the public that the infrastructure along the Jersey Shore's back bays needs to be fortified. It's a situation that barrier island residents like Chris Rakus have experienced year after year. "The beachfront always gets a lot of attention . . . but it's back here that the real damage happens whenever there is flooding. And it seems like it's getting worse and more frequent," said Rakus, whose family lost two cars last month and spent days cleaning up the first level of their home, a block from the bay here.
February 15, 2016 |
Yes, it happened! More than 2,000 brave souls plunged into the Atlantic Ocean at 2 p.m. Saturday as part of Sea Isle City's 22nd annual Polar Bear Plunge. Temperatures were about 20 degrees in this Cape May County town on the Jersey Shore, according to weather reports. Katherine Custer, a city spokeswoman, said the cold-weather event "attracts many people from all walks of life. " West Chester's James "Jimmy" Cahaley, 28, did a flip as he entered the foamy and frigid surf.
February 12, 2016 |
THADDEUS JOHN Bartkowski II, a personal-injury lawyer who lived in Villanova, died Feb. 4. He was 67. Bartkowski grew up in Bridesburg and attended St. John Cantius Elementary School and La Salle College High School. After graduating from Villanova University, he received his law degree from the Villanova School of Law in 1973. Although he enjoyed being a lawyer, his family said his true passion was being a devoted husband and father. "My father coached a lot of sports my brother and I were involved in," said son Thaddeus John Bartkowski III. Among those sports were track and ski racing.
January 28, 2016
ISSUE | WEATHERING THE STORM Christie should attend to Job 1 The pain on Gov. Christie's face as he was briefed on the blizzard Saturday was not the pain of empathy after hearing how the people in the Shore communities were suffering ("Back from blizzard, Christie slams rivals," Monday). You just know he was thinking, "Man, I wish I were back in New Hampshire. " Christie, who was an absentee governor for 261 partial or full days last year, needs to come to Cape May County to understand the depth of suffering in Shore communities, including Sea Isle City and the Wildwoods.
January 28, 2016 |
When Gov. Christie asked whether he should grab a mop and head back to the Jersey Shore to help with the cleanup, was he just kidding? At a Tuesday news conference in Trenton, the governor said his mop remarks to a young woman at a Monday town-hall meeting in Hooksett, N.H., were "a joke. " But in Cape May County, perhaps hardest hit by the snowstorm and flooding, residents and business owners were not laughing. With mops, brooms, and disinfectant in hand, some said they would love to have Christie come down and help out. And a recent Stockton University graduate started a GoFundMe campaign Tuesday called "Mops for Christie" to raise $1,000 and a little social activism.
January 27, 2016 |
STONE HARBOR, N.J. - While state officials surveyed the damage Monday left along the New Jersey Shore by a fierce weekend snowstorm, Gov. Christie was pelted for a second day with criticism of his assessment of the impact on the coast. "I don't know what you expect me to do. You want me to go down there with a mop?" Christie replied to a question from a young woman in New Hampshire who said she was speaking on behalf of relatives in New Jersey. She asked why he was there campaigning while New Jersey was still cleaning up from the storm.
December 5, 2015
ISSUE | CLIMATE Bay watch Thanks for the editorial "Weaker than the storms" (Tuesday). Discussions of storm damage always seem to focus on ocean-side dunes and crashing waves behind weather reporters. But on a barrier island like Long Beach Island, storm surges can destroy the homes, properties, and lives of those who live on the bay side. All the dune-building in the world will not have an impact on bay-side storm surges, in which the low-lying land is no match for the rapidly rising water.
November 23, 2015 |
For me, the Jersey Shore holds memories that, as E.B. White wrote in his well-known New Yorker essay of many decades ago, "seem infinitely precious and worth saving. " My father, though born in Philadelphia, grew up in Atlantic City with his two brothers. My dad was the youngest child. My grandfather, "Pop-Pop" to me and my four siblings, ran a beautiful three-story hotel in the Inlet section. He lived across the street from the Absecon Lighthouse, then painted blue and white, as was his house on Vermont Avenue.