November 1, 2012 |
It will be at least a week before residents are allowed to return to Long Beach Island, Mayor Joseph Mancini of Long Beach Township said Wednesday. The 18-mile-long barrier island was among the hardest hit by superstorm Sandy, which ravaged the east coast this week. Whole neighborhoods were swamped with sand and lavish beachfront houses were left gutted, their appliances cast across the streets. "It's carnage," the mayor said. "There's no water, sewer or power. Anyone who's still here, we're encouraging to leave now. " Of the approximately 10,000 people who live on the island outside of the summer months, about 1,000 remain, Mancini said.
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)
June 11, 2016 |
What they are: Imagine the creamiest, most delicious gelato that's ever graced your lips and tongue. Then picture it on a stick . . . you know, like a Popsicle. But a more grown-up version of a Popsicle - on one of those fat little Popsicle sticks. The treat is a visually appealing hue, and the concoction itself is a trendy flavor like maple bacon or Nutella. That's what Tracy Donovan and her family imagined when they came up with the idea for their summertime business called POPularity Pops, which is beginning its third season in a little storefront on Bay Avenue in Beach Haven, Long Beach Island.
June 14, 2014 |
Holgate, meet Barnegat Light. Go ahead, Beach Haven, get on board and get off in North Beach, though what you'll do up there on the side of the Long Beach Island road, surrounded by "Private Road, No Beach Access" signs is another issue. Not to worry, another bus will be arriving shortly. This is the utopian vision of a united and welcoming Long Beach Island being fostered by Joe Lattanzi, a Long Beach Township commissioner. His dream, which drifts toward shared services and a post-Sandy tourist- and business-friendly island, consists of free public transportation: six 14-seat buses running the length of the island from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Free!
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 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.
August 9, 2013
WHEN IT first crossed the Atlantic Ocean to America in 1985, "Les Miserables" was arguably the greatest spectacle Broadway had ever seen. With its groundbreaking, turntable-driven staging, space-dominating barricades and brilliant, reality-altering lighting schemes, "Les Miserables" provided a powerful visual experience that matched the sonic intensity of the score. But during the past decade, the venerated "sung-through" version of Victor Hugo's classic 19th-century novel of love, deceit, despair and redemption has been shrinking.
August 8, 2014
AS A lifelong fan of Long Beach Island, I certainly don't need a specific reason to go there. But the current production of "Monty Python's Spamalot" is a doozy of an excuse to schlep to the Ocean County seaside resort. The musical comedy, adapted mostly by Python's Eric Idle from the British comedy troupe's 1975 film, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," runs through Aug. 24 at Beach Haven's venerable Surflight Theatre. Ostensibly, it is a retelling of the legend of King Arthur and his Knights Of the Round Table.
May 21, 2016 |
Where there's smoke, there's usually fire. But it also means summer kitchens are heating up for the season's rush up and down the coast. In the case of Chesapeake & Maine (316 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 302-226-3600; dogfish.com ), Dogfish Head's hot new seafood restaurant in Rehoboth Beach, there's smoke bred right into some curious raw oysters with a special tea. They're potently flavored and appropriately named "Smoke on the Water. " And they're just the latest clever draw to the beer-centric juggernaut of Sam Calagione's ever-growing Dogfish Head empire, which a couple of years ago also added an inn. With a complete menu built around some ambitious seafood inspired by both the Chesapeake Bay and the state of Maine (which inspired the brewery's name)
August 24, 2015 |
The small, picturesque island off the southern end of Long Beach Island was once a popular seaside resort. It had a lighthouse, lifesaving station, two rustic hotels, 20 summer cottages, and a community meetinghouse that served also as a church and school. Vacationers from Philadelphia and southern New Jersey relaxed there as long ago as the late 1860s, enjoying its peaceful solitude, cool breezes, fishing, hunting, sailing, swimming, and clam bakes. But Tucker's Island's days were numbered.