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November 1, 2012 | By James Osborne, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
June 29, 2015 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
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)
NEWS
June 11, 2016 | Jacqueline L. Urgo, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
June 14, 2014 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
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!
NEWS
November 1, 2012 | By Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
July 3, 2015 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
June 23, 2014
A Q&A in Saturday's Inquirer with painter Cathleen Engelsen provided incorrect dates for Long Beach Island's open Studio Tour, where Engelsen's work will be on display. The event is June 28-29.
NEWS
December 7, 2015 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
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,...
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August 7, 2016 | By Erin Serpico, Staff Writer
On an Atlantic City beach, a group of five adults recently sat a few feet from the ocean, some with lit cigars in hand. They placed makeshift ashtrays, really just upside-down seashells, next to their beach chairs, storing discarded cigars there. Two from the group - Monica Plumley, 48, of Glassboro, and Shelley Gatanis, 50, of Woodstown - had just met each other that day, and bonded over cigars. "I want to be able to do anything that's appropriate freely," Plumley said of their right to smoke on the sand.
FOOD
July 29, 2016 | By Alexandra Villarreal, Staff Writer
Beach Plum Farm has served as a kind of public park since it opened in 2007, drawing hipsters pedaling tandem bikes and seniors dodging crowds on the beach, all of them taking in the bucolic scene of hogs and chickens roaming the acres of corn and cabbage. Curtis Bashaw, owner of Congress Hall and the Ebbitt Room in Cape May, bought the farm to supply his properties with fresh produce. But he noticed many of these visitors were coming hungry, and so he thought he'd feed them at a market and grill.
NEWS
June 25, 2016 | By Robert Moran, Staff Writer
Barbara Cohen, 85, the mother of Comcast Corp. executive David L. Cohen, died late Thursday afternoon, June 23, at her home in Highland Park, N.J. Mrs. Cohen was diagnosed in March with brain cancer, her son said Thursday night from his childhood home. "She was outspoken. I came by my bluntness and candor genetically," said Cohen, who served as chief of staff for former Mayor Ed Rendell. "She was very direct and straightforward," said daughter Nancy, also describing her as principled and resilient.
NEWS
June 11, 2016 | Jacqueline L. Urgo, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
June 2, 2016
THE PARENTS: Dana Damoretcki, 33, and Chris Damoretcki, 32, of Landenberg THE KIDS: Jay Tyler, 3; Ty Malvern, born January 2, 2016 THE MOMENT DANA KNEW CHRIS WAS THE ONE: When they were dating, she fell asleep early one night; in the morning, she found that he'd ironed her work clothes. If Dana had to advise her younger sister, she'd certainly counsel, "Don't do what I did" - that is, buy a condo, at the naive age of 23, with a man she'd been dating for just over a year.
SPORTS
May 30, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
BARNEGAT, N.J. - Jason Groome remembers sitting at a desk in November wishing the baseball season would hurry up and get here. It was justifiable impatience given the potential of what lay ahead for the babyfaced lefthander with the burly 6-foot-6 frame and a repertoire of pitches that make middle-aged men holding radar guns salivate. "And then it finally came, and now it's almost gone," the 17-year-old pitcher from Barnegat High School said after his final appearance on his home field Monday afternoon.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 2016 | By Robert Strauss, Contributor
HARVEY CEDARS July 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Craft Day by the Bay (Sunset Park) More than 60 booths. Look for the stained glass. SURF CITY June 16 "Simply Bassing" Surf Bass Tournament  (Surf City Bait & Tackle) The premier bass-fishing contest of the summer on Long Beach Island. SHIP BOTTOM June 11, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.  Memories by the Bay Classic Car Show (Ship Bottom Waterfront Park) More than 100 antique and vintage cars with a back-bay backdrop.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 2016 | By Craig LaBan, Restaurant Critic
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)
NEWS
March 14, 2016 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Staff Writer
LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Like the sea itself - or perhaps more like a long-running soap opera - the tide seems to constantly ebb and flow over beach access at the New Jersey Shore. Over the past several decades, the issue has many times played out in the courts over whether the public has enough access to the state's 127-mile Atlantic coastline or if the rights of municipalities and beachfront property owners are being unfairly infringed upon by mandatory regulations. The State of New Jersey has been found on both sides of the topic - sometimes being accused of trying to take too much control of the strands in the name of the public good while at other times defending regulations that seem to limit the public's access to beaches and waterways.
NEWS
March 7, 2016 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Staff Writer
NORTH WILDWOOD - For some politicos, it may be all about poll numbers right now. But up and down the New Jersey coastline, where the local economy depends on the popularity of a beach town with summer visitors, officials say the only numbers that matter this time of the year involve cubic yards - as in the amount of sand on their beachfronts. Tourism in New Jersey is a $42-billion-a-year enterprise that employs more than 300,000 people and accounts for more than 6 percent of all jobs, according to the Department of Labor.
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