May 28, 2012 |
Donna Summer died too soon at age 63. The moment I heard of the disco diva's passing, I immediately thought of a recurring scene at the Anchorage in Somers Point, N.J., at the height of her popularity. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the iconic Jersey Shore bar nicknamed one portion of its interior "Ralph's Lounge," a tip of the hat to an eponymous bartender whose bushy black mustache and leather aviator's cap I can still picture today.
January 26, 1995 |
It all comes down to sand - those tiny particles of rock that form the beaches that draw thousands of tourists and billions of dollars in revenue to the Jersey Shore. And the question before the state Beach Erosion Commission yesterday was how to get more of it onto New Jersey's dwindling coast and how to keep it there. In its presentation at the lengthy public hearing, a representative of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said that studies of various sections of the state's Atlantic coast and Delaware Bay shoreline are either under way or will begin by the end of 1996.
July 7, 1991 |
It's summertime. When Fridays mean a short workday, car trunks packed with beach gear and pockets jingling with toll money for the drive to the Jersey Shore. Beach regulars have their pick of Shore communities, from Bay Head to Cape May. But most return to the same towns each trip. In fact, in a small, informal survey of about two dozen residents of Camden and Gloucester Counties, only about five of 20 Shore towns appeared to be favored. Recently, these residents of Gloucester and Camden Counties, all active in their communities, were asked where they and their friends, families and neighbors escape for the weekend.
July 29, 2010 |
The boys and girls of Jersey Shore arrive in Miami Beach Thursday with more baggage than a sold-out jumbo jet. We're talking heavy emotional baggage here, folks, not just the suitcases and duffel bags that the young sophisticates used to lug their shorts and thongs down to Florida for their latest hot-tub hiatus. We're talking about Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola and her ex, muscle-bound Ronnie "Fist Pump Brah" Magro, both of them still raw from their breakup, becoming housemates again.
August 26, 2012
Beth Kephart is the author of the new book "Small Damages," which was just nominated for the 2013 YALSA Best Young Adult Fiction prize In the same way that I believed in black raspberry ice cream, blue-fingered crab, and the pink sheen of a flipped shell, I believed, as a kid, in the Jersey Shore, specifically Stone Harbor. It possessed me and I possessed it those two weeks of every year when our parents would pack the caroming car with suits, rafts, shovels, pails, rusty-bottomed beach chairs, crab traps, tangled reels, and (where there was still room)
February 2, 2012 |
In a move of transcendent wisdom, the city of Hoboken, N.J., hometown of super-celeb showbiz legend Frank Sinatra , has rejected a request by the producers of MTV's Jersey Shore to film a spin-off of the reality series in the mile-square enclave on the Hudson. Mayor Dawn Zimmer said the town's Film Commission worried that the project might compromise the safety and quality of life of city residents. 495 Productions wanted a 24-hour filming permit to record the adventures of two "well-known reality television celebrities" who would relocate to the city and would probably go to bed about the time the rest of the city woke up. No word on who those celebs would be, but the Jersey Journal reported last month that MTV was scouting digs for Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Jenni "JWoww" Farley - formidable talents, perhaps, but not likely to impress a town that knew Ol' Blue Eyes back when.
December 18, 1994 |
For most of us, the vision of Christmas is the one on the greeting cards - a rambling old house adjacent to snowy woods, with sleigh and eight tiny reindeer and some guy named Nick. For a growing number of folks, however, Christmas is a beach - the Jersey Shore, specifically - gently touched by an ocean breeze, with wreaths decorating the dunes and Santa precariously perched on a piece of driftwood, making his way across the sand to the next occupied home. It's been that way for years for Jim and Maria McBride.
February 22, 2009 |
Forecasts of economic gloom don't faze Megan Eberz and her partners, owners of three restaurants at the Jersey Shore. The outlook for the Shore this summer is a bit sunnier than for other places, insisted Eberz, now busy making decisions about staffing and menus for the season. Colleagues in the real estate business - the front line of the tourism industry - report that summer rentals and lodging reservations are ahead of 2008 by as much as 10 percent in some locations, she said.
July 1, 2012 |
MARGATE, N.J. - It's a bit surprising - even for New Jersey - that a Shore town would grace its beach tag with the image of a victim of a police shooting. But then, Bucky the Deer was no ordinary martyr. And so, as the summer season rolls forward, unsuspecting day-trippers such as Frank Pucci of Medford are left to sit at the ocean's edge and ponder the 2012 Ventnor-Margate beach tag dutifully pinned to their swim trunks. "It's a freaking moose," Pucci said. "What's a moose got to do with the beach?"
July 7, 2012 |
The Jersey Shore is generally about people - party people, beach people, shopping people, Boardwalking people. Yet the Shore can also be about the creatures that - sometimes obliviously - surround those people, and many times those creatures are really worth a look, especially when all those people get tired of all those other people. The creatures to visit on weekends, and the days in between, range from the largest - whales and giraffes - to the minuscule - tiny crabs and the Shore birds that find them scrumptious.