December 7, 2015 |
BARNEGAT LIGHT, N.J. - The other evening in Barnegat Light, a few locals sat at the bar at Kubel's, the only bar open this time of year there. There had been a murder a week before in a home just a few blocks away, but nobody in this town at the northern tip of Long Beach Island had ever seen the victim, retired New York Fire Lt. Richard "Richie" Doody, or the suspect, Conrad Sipa, an occupational therapist from Colts Neck, N.J. Doody, 60,...
July 6, 2015 |
As a teenager, Irvin Cohen fondly remembers, he spent many lazy, hazy summer days at a friend's house on Long Beach Island, decades before million-dollar mansions spanned the beaches. "The real growth came after the 1960s," says Irvin, 89, retired founder of the worldwide Construction Fasteners Inc., based in Wyomissing, Berks County. So after he and his wife, Lois, had their son and daughter, they rented houses on LBI for a few years. It was then that they became captivated by a modernist house in Loveladies sitting a few yards from the Atlantic Ocean, all the while imagining it as their own. In a twist of fate, a friend mentioned to them one day that the house was on the market.
July 3, 2015 |
In a space that looks like a warehouse in the back of a Hatboro candy shop, Sean Shanahan ignites the flame beneath a 40-year-old copper vat. Holding a long wooden paddle, Shanahan, 30, an apprentice at the family-owned Stutz Candy Co., adds a few more ingredients to his cauldron. Butter. A bit more sugar. And even more heavy cream. Then, he stirs. This is the beginning of fudge, 64 pounds of glop, churned until it bubbles. It has been the same inelegant start for that classic summer indulgence since the Stutz family started making its version in 1938.
May 27, 2015 |
BEACH HAVEN, N.J. - Steve Webb and his family didn't arrive on Long Beach Island until Sunday night, having attended their son's graduation at Elon University, in North Carolina, over the weekend. Webb, of Moorestown, has been going to LBI his whole life, and he was on the sand first thing Monday morning with his fishing rods to make the most of his time. And if he was worn out from all the driving, he wasn't complaining. "I saw dolphins out there earlier," said Webb, 53, gesturing out to where the sun sparkled off the ocean.
July 7, 2013 |
LONG BEACH ISLAND, N.J. - For Sandra and John Massaro, the summer is Long Beach Island - "LBI. " The Bergen County couple have been coming here since they were kids. They got engaged on this barrier island and had their wedding here, too. For more than a decade, they have gone on vacation with John's brother and his wife at LBI, now with their children. Four years ago, they bought a house in Holgate together. Sandra and John and their kids always stay on the bottom floor, John's brother and his family on the top. But on Friday, the day after Sandra, John, and the kids arrived, they were there alone and staying on the top floor.
May 18, 2013 |
Before we do anything, let's address the giant elephant in the room - and we're not talking about Lucy of Margate. Nearly seven months ago, Sandy wrought devastation on the Jersey Shore like never before: The largest Atlantic storm on record created more than $30 billion in damage up and down the state's 127-mile coastline. More than 346,000 structures were damaged or destroyed when Sandy whipped across the state on Oct. 29. Some of the places that held memories so dear for many of us - beaches, homes, boardwalks, piers, shops, amusements, and restaurants - got washed away.
November 8, 2012 |
HARVEY CEDARS, N.J. - After Sandy battered the Jersey Shore's barrier islands last week, Gov. Christie says he's not sure what to expect from a nor'easter that began howling along the coastline this afternoon and may bring more flooding, high winds, additional power outages and even snow to the region. "I'm waiting for the locusts and pestilence next," Christie told a crowd of first responders and media that packed the engine room of the High Point Volunteer Fire House. Christie had been scheduled to tour Long Beach Island to see the progress being made in the cleanup of Sandy and the preparations for this latest storm, but the driving rain and wind canceled those plans.
November 4, 2012 |
Like many others with property held hostage on New Jersey's storm-ravaged barrier islands, Acme Markets operations honcho Dan Croce had to wait until Friday before gaining access to stores that had been inaccessible on Long Beach Island and in Sea Isle City. When he finally made his way to the supermarkets - with an escort, in the case of badly destroyed LBI - what Croce saw could be described only with a single word: Humbling . Both 20,000-square-foot Acmes had been sacked by floodwaters.
November 1, 2012 |
Two days after Sandy sent the ocean surging across Long Beach Island, those who stayed behind looked out over the wreckage in shock. Sylvia Sorino, a waitress at a hotel, went back to the ground-floor apartment she shared with her boyfriend and wept. "Look at this place. All this stuff is wrecked. Our whole lives are in here, and it's gone. We don't have insurance," the 53-year-old said Wednesday. "I ran out of here with the clothes on my back. " In the aftermath of the storm, authorities and residents alike tried to come to grips with a scene unlike any they had ever seen.