August 23, 2015 |
Bob Rose said he had tried but figured there was no shot. He and a partner book shows each summer on the Ocean City Music Pier. Before each season, he talks with city officials and residents about which acts they'd like to see. This year, someone suggested the Beach Boys. "I'm thinking, 'Yeah, right,' " Rose said. "So I talked to my partner, and he decided to pursue it, and, lo and behold, [the Beach Boys] liked the idea of playing in Ocean City. When you're pitching 'America's Greatest Family Resort,' you can't think of a better band than the Beach Boys.
August 2, 2015 |
What they are: Doughnuts are a popular sweet treat. Who doesn't love a delicious lump of deep-fried dough, simply glazed with sugar or icing, or filled with sweet creme or fruit preserves? Entire franchises and chain restaurants have been built on the concept of selling pretty much nothing but the doughnut – and perhaps a good cup of coffee to go with it. But at the Jersey Shore, beloved outlets for doughnuts are usually of the smaller, more homespun genre. Like on the Ocean City boardwalk, where, rain or shine, hundreds of people will line up every summer morning - between 7 and 11 a.m. the queue often has more than 100 people in it - for doughnuts at Browns Restaurant between St. Charles Place and First Street.
July 26, 2015 |
What it is: Caramel corn - and a variety of derivatives such as the summer-fair-favorite kettle corn and commercially packaged products such as Cracker Jack and Crunch 'n Munch - has been around for a long time. But on the Ocean City and Wildwood Boardwalks, the king of sweet caramel perfection wrapped around a salty popcorn heart is the kind that comes in big plastic tubs from Johnson's Popcorn. Since the first stand opened on the Ocean City Boardwalk 75 years ago, the company has passed through the hands of four owners and has been producing the confection on-site at its locations.
July 19, 2015 |
WILDWOOD - Visit the boardwalk here regularly and you'll recognize the faces of the men and women behind the magic - those who drive the tram cars, lure passersby to the games, and scoop the ice cream. And don't forget that bearded gentleman who delivers gifts to the children of the world. Turns out, Santa's is among familiar faces on the wooden walkway of summer vibes. Just stop at one of the two Winterwood Gift & Christmas Shoppes, where the holiday is seemingly on repeat. "Normally, it's once a year, but it happens all the time here," Chad Alvarado said at his family store's newly opened boardwalk location, near Magnolia Avenue, where customers find Christmas ornaments and decorations, gifts, and garland.
May 31, 2015 |
What is it?: Salt water taffy is that chewy sweet treat that comes in an abundance of flavors, from simple chocolate or vanilla to newfangled ones like sour cherry and wild banana, and lollipop colors wrapped up in twisted-end waxed paper. Boxes of it touting various vacation locales on the outside are as common as souvenir gifts as fruitcakes at Christmas. How it found its way to New Jersey: The lore at the Jersey Shore is that salt water taffy was invented by Atlantic City Boardwalk confectioner David Bradley.
January 12, 2015 |
The Rev. Donald G. Doll, 97, of Ocean City, N.J., a former Lutheran pastor at churches in Atlantic City; Ardmore; and Springfield, Delaware County, died Wednesday, Jan. 7, at Shore Medical Center in Somers Point. In 1962, Pastor Doll served as president of the Greater Philadelphia Council of Churches. "There was an ecumenical movement in Philadelphia in the early '60s led by this council, as they attempted to narrow differences among the various Christian faiths," his son Brian Sr. said.
October 5, 2014 |
David Scholl and his brother were driving home from a funeral in South Carolina in 2008 when they started talking about what people would remember about them when they die. "We didn't really have anything, so we thought maybe we should run something," said Scholl, a database marketer for Siemens Healthcare who lives in Glenside. The funeral was a month after the Broad Street Run, so they decided to run that the following year. "That's how it started, and I'm trying not to stop," he said.
July 20, 2014 |
OCEAN CITY - You've been there, stuck in traffic on the way to the Shore behind a car piled so high with bikes, trikes, and two-wheelers with training wheels that it looks like a Dr. Seuss sculpture. And you think: "That looks like fun. " Well, it is, because from the northern beaches down to Cape May, bicycling has long been a favorite summertime activity at the Shore. And there are a plethora of places to pedal with the entire family or soar with groups of veteran semi-pro cyclists on circuits that can give you a grand tour of the beach towns and the surrounding rural countryside.
July 3, 2014 |
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - It was a terribly sad gathering under a beating hot sun out by the Ninth Street jetty Tuesday afternoon, even as beachgoers sat under umbrellas not far away. Surrounded by relatives, Tasha Hammond of the Hunting Park section of Philadelphia, dressed in black jeans, sat directly on the sand and said she would stay for days more if necessary, standing watch for her son, Corinthian, 14, lost Sunday night in the surf in a rip current. The Coast Guard had searched for two days, then called off its efforts without finding the boy. Hammond said she would continue her vigil for her son, but she no longer held out hope of his being rescued.
April 22, 2014 |
With temperatures in the low 50s and winds at a brisk 14 m.p.h., it wasn't exactly prime beach weather. But families enthusiastically turned out Sunday afternoon on the boardwalk in Ocean City, N.J., for the annual Easter Fashion Promenade. There was tradition to uphold, after all - and prizes to win. Charlene Oldfield-Porreca, 60, a lifelong Ocean City resident, suggested the event wasn't quite what it used to be. Then again, the 1970s were a special time. That's when she modeled what she described on Sunday as her favorite Easter outfit: a purple velvet pantsuit with go-go boots.