July 24, 2016 |
Everyone's favorite pachyderm statue has a big birthday coming up - on Saturday, Margate's Lucy the Elephant will be celebrating her 135th year as a Jersey Shore landmark. Pandering to election-season zeitgeist, the bash will have a political theme: "Lucy for President. " Her platform? Peanuts for all, of course. From a photo booth designed to resemble a voting machine to an election campaign T-shirt that pits Lucy against Donald and Hillary to a patriotic pedicure - last week, Lucy's toes were painted red, white, and blue - the team that operates the tourist attraction is going all-out.
July 17, 2016 |
MARGATE, N.J. - Lobster, challah, hollah! Ten things I learned at the Margate Community Farmers Market: 1. There's lobster in those waters off Atlantic City. Not only are people freaking out over the Caribbean-blue waters at the Jersey Shore this summer (due to drought conditions resulting in less storm water runoff plus a whole lot of phytoplankton), but there are lobsters! In fact, fisherman Patrick Irwin, 42, says he catches the lobsters that many people are eating in New York City and Philadelphia restaurants 12 miles off Atlantic City's Delta Basin on Maryland Avenue.
July 8, 2016
Of all the iconic foods one could indulge in at the Shore - hot boardwalk donuts, fresh seafood, pizza, saltwater taffy - corned beef and pastrami probably doesn't make the obvious list. But that's likely because the new Margate branch of Cherry Hill's classic deli, the Kibitz Room, is still only a few weeks old. Neil Parish's Shore place serves up the same quality deli fare that has made the original such a standby, from hearty soups with handmade kreplach stuffed with ground deli meats to the deep-flavored comfort of tender brisket platters, fresh-baked knishes, and, of course, those overstuffed sandwiches.
July 4, 2016 |
It comes into view in stages - street-side, front-on, poolside, and, just steps away, oceanside: A sprawling, three-story Nantucket-style home with dark-shingled exterior that seems to be planted exactly where it belongs. A kind of ageless, timeless testament to the best of seashore life. "We wanted a happy house," Marcy Dash Friedman says of the beachfront Margate, N.J., dwelling she and husband Brian, a real estate investor, bought in 2002. "I fell in love with the site," explains Marcy Friedman, a Cherry Hill interior designer.
June 26, 2016 |
In name, Margate's Beachstock, happening all day Saturday, recalls a much wilder musical gathering in the late 1960s. Yet the free, family-friendly festival, now going seven years strong, has a kinetic verve all its own. "The neat thing about this event is that it really exposes you to the day-into-night-on-the-beach effect," said Anna Maria Courter, the Margate Business Association's executive director. From athletic activities in the early morning - yoga, volleyball, and paddle-boarding are on the agenda - to a beachside bonfire and film screening ( The Peanuts Movie )
June 25, 2016
ISSUE | JERSEY SHORE Ventnor once had dunes An article about Margate's concerns about building a massive sand dune said that the last 10 blocks in Ventnor never had dunes ("Line in the sand," Monday). Actually, the dunes were built, but the ocean waited until the summer people left and then clawed away at the sand, creating a dangerous cliff. The Army Corps of Engineers had misjudged Mother Nature, and the dunes needed to be leveled for safety. Remaining is the buttress to the dunes at Fredericksburg Avenue, the last street in Ventnor.
June 21, 2016 |
Margate's effort to bar a massive sand dune from its beaches may be over, but as city officials drove the beach last week the dune project - due to start in the fall - seemed as welcome as sand fleas. "The dunes will create potential problems with drainage," City Commissioner John Amodeo, head of public safety, declared from the backseat of a municipal SUV. His observation won a nod from Public Works Director Frank Ricciotti, who was driving, and a "yup" from city engineer Ed Walberg, who sat in back with Amodeo.
June 17, 2016 |
Margate is throwing in the beach towel and ending its long and expensive challenge to New Jersey's dune project. City officials confirmed Wednesday that they would not appeal a judge's April ruling that the state may seize municipal and private properties to create protective sand dunes along the beachfront. "On the advice of a lot of people, the [city] commissioners agreed unanimously that the risk/reward was not there in respect to taking it any further," said Richard Deaney, Margate's business manager.
June 10, 2016 |
MARGATE, N.J. - At 11:52 a.m., Jym Paris, on a day off from his job impersonating colonial painter James Peale, walked up to a building impersonating a food truck in a beach town whose symbol is a hotel building designed to look like an elephant. The resemblance was uncanny. No, Paris, 71, did not look like the actual Margate Burger & Food Truck building, though his pink shirt and teal vest did coordinate well with the pastel color scheme on the adobe talk-of-Margate building, literally fashioned in the shape of a giant food truck, with wheels, windows, even windshield wipers, carved and painted into a stucco exterior.
April 13, 2016 |
In the contentious battle over Gov. Christie's desire to build dunes along the entire coast of New Jersey, a judge in Atlantic County ruled Monday that the state may seize 87 municipally owned parcels in Margate needed to restart a $40 million shore protection project. Superior Court Judge Julio Mendez said the state's use of eminent domain was "not arbitrary and capricious" or an abuse of the state's power. In the 65-page ruling, Mendez wrote that the Army Corps of Engineers' plan had been developed over six years, involved numerous experts working thousands of hours, and was adopted by Congress.