July 28, 2015 |
The day after he celebrated his last Mass, more than 100 members of the Rev. Ed Speitel's family gathered Sunday in Villanova to help him celebrate both his 90th birthday and 60 years as a priest. They all know the formal side, the serious side, the side of religious devotion - but Sunday, in story after story, they shared the human side. Like this one: Father Ed, a great swimmer at La Salle College High School, has loved the ocean and Ocean City all his life. Diane Marselis Speitel, 57, who married one of his nephews, remembers meeting Father Ed for the first time when she was 17. "I was told I was going to be meeting an uncle who was also a priest," she recalled.
July 28, 2015 |
The recruitment campaign is on: Somers Point wants you . Armed with catchy slogans ("The Shore Starts Here" and "Get to the Point"), a stylish website (LiveinSomersPoint.com), and a tax incentive, movers and shakers in this 4.03-square-mile mainland community across the Ninth Street Bridge from Ocean City are pulling out all the stops to get vacation- and primary-home buyers alike - entrepreneurs, too - to take notice. "Everything you'll ever need to live here we have," said First Ward Councilman Kirk Gerety, whose family has lived in Somers Point for four generations, moving from South Philadelphia to open a grocery store in a building that now is one of the city's many restaurants.
July 27, 2015 |
IT'S BEEN years since Ocean City, N.J., proclaimed itself "America's Greatest Family Resort. " But it's been many more years - 136, to be precise - since four Methodist ministers set up a camp meeting beneath cedars and named streets after their denomination's prominent leaders. They called their al fresco spiritual outpost "the Tabernacle. " That tamed land still belongs to "the Tab," a nonprofit charged with upholding island tradition and drawing some of the town's 120,000 summer visitors away from the beach and into ample theater seats.
July 24, 2015 |
Eugene Ross crossed the finish line at his last New York City Marathon when he was 70. Mr. Ross completed the 75-mile, one-day version of his last bicycling event - the Bike MS: City to Shore Ride, a fund-raiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society - when he was 84. "He was a better man than I was," said his wife, Christine, who did not compete in either event. "He was not fast," in running or biking, she said, "but he had endurance. " Such effort, she said, "didn't kill him. It made him live until he was 90. " On Sunday, July 19, Mr. Ross died of liver cancer at his home in Ocean City.
July 17, 2015 |
Don't let the take-out window and shack-like appearance of Ocean City's Sandwich Bar fool you. This isn't an ordinary fast-food beachside grill. Everything is made to order, from the excellent hand-cut fries and lobster rolls, to the crisp chicken cutlets and slow-cooked Italian roast pork sandwiches from the D'Alesandro family that once operated Via Giulia in Haddonfield. If that means a considerable wait, well, their slogan after all is a "long hot summer. " That refers to the kitchen's fondness for long hot chilies, of course, and those peppers are at their spicy best on the surprising "Uncle Charlie," a hot vegetarian hoagie that may well be the best thing on the menu.
July 13, 2015
ISSUE | TOLERANCE Have mercy Over 10 years, my family trusted Waldron Mercy Academy and its teachers to mentor, guide, teach, love, and foster faith in our two children during their formative years. We were part of a beautiful, caring community that, together with a strong foundation of faith, provided an exceptional educational experience for our children. Now I am shocked and ashamed at Waldron's decision to terminate its director of religious education, Margie Winters ("Teacher's firing roils Catholic academy," Wednesday)
July 5, 2015 |
Ocean City has something that no other place in New Jersey has. And it doesn't have anything to do with boardwalk attractions or the town's famed dry status. No, the town has something unique to the state for another reason: Ocean City has the only true street cycle track existing in New Jersey. It's only for half a block, but it exists as part of Ocean City's bike path - a path that one day is expected to allow a biker to traverse the whole island in bike lanes. "Ocean City has the most extensive bike-friendly network [of any South Jersey Shore town]
July 5, 2015 |
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - Robert Edelheit had grown sick of a grill he barely used. So when the holiday crowds on Friday began pouring into Ocean City, where his summer home sits next to the boardwalk, he and his wife saw their chance. Sell the grill. Make a buck. "We figured, 'What the heck, let's put it out,' " Peggy A. Edelheit said. A few houses down, a man was selling bicycles and a walker from his yard. Curious beachgoers along the boardwalk leaned onto the rail and squinted through the sunlight at the prices.
June 28, 2015 |
What it is: There is just something about eating pizza on the boardwalk that might be as quintessentially summer as hot dogs and hamburgers in the backyard. Maybe it's because after you've indulged in the caramel corn and the frozen custard, it's the one offering that kind-of-sort-of seems like a meal - at least by boardwalk food standards. Or that when the ooey-gooey cheese snaps back in your face or the sauce oozes down your arm after that first bite . . . it doesn't matter because you are on the boardwalk and who cares where stuff drips?
June 21, 2015 |
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - Ryan Santiago, 20, has been surfing since he was 5. Growing up at the Jersey Shore, he immersed himself in the surfing community and culture. In middle school and high school, he competed in several local and national surfing competitions. His older brother Sean, 22, was also a competitive surfer. In college, Ryan Santiago - a sociology major and Spanish minor - still pursues his passion. He recently returned from his sophomore year at the University of San Diego, where he is a member of the school surf team.