June 29, 2015 |
With a deep breath of ocean air for optimism and some midday waves to stoke an appetite, I've enjoyed largely charmed experiences each year in Jersey Shore restaurants. But each summer, there are inevitable exceptions. Seasonally staffed kitchens, hastily prepped spaces, and a sudden crush of customers can be a recipe for unpredictable dining. And my first few beach meals this summer, focused initially from Northfield north to Long Beach Island, brought unusually choppy seas. There were three meals I wish I could have back: Marty Grims' revamp of Tucker's Tavern in Beach Haven (an overpriced rush job that packed a bland multicourse meal into 45 unsatisfying minutes)
July 15, 2013 |
For runners across the country, it's half- and full-marathon training season. Here in the Philadelphia area, it's also Jersey Shore season, which means we're tossing running shoes and shorts into our duffle bags along with flip-flops and bathing suits. You have a few different running options when you're on a Jersey Shore vacation. Here are the pros and cons of each. Something to keep in mind for all three: The Shore doesn't offer a lot of shade, so make sure to wear sunblock and/or a hat, or get out before or after the sun brings out the sunbathers.
June 28, 2015 |
CAPE MAY - Lying 50 yards off the shore of a remote cove along a stretch of mud flats on the Delaware Bay - where prehistoric man once cultivated oysters with a kind of primitive aquaculture - modern-day researchers and aqua-farmers have been working hand in hand for more than a decade to seed and grow New Jersey's beleaguered oyster industry. And the results are paying off in a farm-to-table Cinderella story that has taken oysters out of the depths of blight- and disease-decimated shellfish populations, through the thorny trial and error of scientific research, and into a recovery phase that is producing a marketable product fit for gourmands.
June 26, 2012 |
Beachgoers at the Jersey shore looked to the sky and found an unpleasant sight Saturday afternoon — but it wasn't seagulls circling or dark storm clouds breaking the sun-soaked summer day. It was two swastikas — one inside a Star of David — flown on a plane-led banner above the beach like an ad for a bar's karaoke night or a restaurant's seafood special. "First I was like, ‘Did I just see what I thought I saw fly by?'? " said Kim Silverman, 54, a Philadelphia woman who was enjoying the waves at Harvey Cedars on Long Beach Island around 3 p.m. when she looked up to see the symbol, long associated with the horrors of Nazi Germany, traveling across the blue sky. "I was shocked.
June 21, 2015 |
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - Ryan Santiago, 20, has been surfing since he was 5. Growing up at the Jersey Shore, he immersed himself in the surfing community and culture. In middle school and high school, he competed in several local and national surfing competitions. His older brother Sean, 22, was also a competitive surfer. In college, Ryan Santiago - a sociology major and Spanish minor - still pursues his passion. He recently returned from his sophomore year at the University of San Diego, where he is a member of the school surf team.
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 27, 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.
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.