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.
June 26, 2016 |
SURF CITY, N.J. - Ninety-eight. Hundred. Not $98 - $9,800. That's the price for one of artist Jeffie Brewer's exceedingly cool and whimsical steel sculptures, featured in the sculpture garden of m.t.burton gallery on Long Beach Boulevard, part of an exhibit titled "Days Like This. " But don't let that put you off, or, alternatively, if you can afford it, and have a driveway or pool deck or garden or even just a front door that needs artistically evocative and colorful and very tall rain clouds or birds or whale tails adorning it, drop on by. Truly, at m.t.burton, these are not art snobs, even on LBI. Owner Matt Burton's a local, and a potter, and he's equally likely to serve you coffee or wine in one of his mugs, which by the way he's churning out at much more affordable prices by the dozens, as well as his socially conscious and intricately sculpted, comically bas-reliefed tattoo- and mermaid-theme ice bucket and mugs, which show a little influence from American cartoonist R. Crumb.
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.
August 14, 2016 |
SURF CITY, N.J. - What happens when you tell a poet to write a poem from a painting, and an artist to paint from a poem? Will the interpretive work be more or less interesting than the poet's original poem? Will the painting created from a poetic prompt be more provocative than the painting created from the artist's own muses? Will the random pairing of poets and painters be inspired? Or forced? Like a cooking show where the ingredients are given to the chefs, or maybe an artistic version of "Who Wore It Best," the third annual Painted Poetry exhibit packs impressively expansive questions about the creative process, about inspirations, about the idea of interpretation, about whether art can be enhanced by words and vice versa, into a show squeezed into a meeting room of the Long Beach Island branch of the Ocean County Library.
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,...
November 1, 2012 |
Hurricane Sandy may have made landfall in Atlantic City, but the communities to the north - especially on Long Beach Island - appeared from above to have taken the storm's hardest punch. A helicopter tour of the Shore from LBI to the Wildwoods on Tuesday showed all the communities that make up the region's ocean playground suffering some impact from Sandy. Street flooding, particularly bayside flooding, was a plague up and down the Shore, and beaches were eroded everywhere. But a half-day after Sandy pushed inland, LBI displayed the worst of the damage.
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.
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.