June 2, 2014 |
LAST SUMMER downashore, all we did was talk about Sandy. This year, beachgoers are back to talking about sand itself. And surf. And sun. And all those local seaside occasions worth planning your weeklong vacation around: Ocean City's Night in Venice, Cape May's block party Seafood Festival, A.C.'s Airshow. So. Have at it. Bring the kids. Join the crowds. Get a little sand in your shoes. Strawberry Festival, West Cape May, June 7. The Shore town is best at feting the fruits (and veggies)
May 28, 2014 |
The message Walter and Marie Trout have been waiting for since September finally arrived Sunday. We have a liver that looks to be a good match for Walter . By early Monday afternoon, Walter Trout - the international blues guitar star with South Jersey roots - was in an operating room at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. "The surgical nurse . . . let me know they're playing Walter's music" during the procedure, Marie wrote on her Facebook page, adding several hours later that the lead surgeon had told her: "Walter made it through the surgery with an A+. " She also wrote, "We are filled with thankfulness for this opportunity.
May 25, 2014 |
The most important meal of the day may be the perfect starting point for the beginning of a day trip, a one-week vacation, or the entire summer at the Jersey Shore. There are many who make it a ritual to grab their favorite breakfast grub before hitting the strand or checking in at the rental. And while dining out for breakfast certainly isn't unique to the Shore, the quest to return to a beloved spot for it summer after summer may be, according to Debbie Howarth, an associate professor of sales and marketing at Johnson and Wales University's School of Hospitality in Providence, R.I. Howarth, who grew up going "down the Shore," calls New Jersey "one of the greatest melting pots in the United States . . . where every culture has their ties to food and family.
May 24, 2014 |
Summer's here - or just about - and Comcast Corp. is looking to make cable-TV viewing easier at the Shore. The cable giant says that its 10 Shore service centers will be open on Sunday and Monday for the first time on this Memorial Day Weekend. Those centers, several of which were enlarged, are located in Absecon, Avalon, Brick, Eatontown, Long Beach Island, Manahawkin, Northfield, Ocean City, Toms River and Wildwood. Hours for most of the stores will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The centers also will be open this Saturday and most Saturdays through the summer, though with varying hours.
May 23, 2014 |
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - The Ocean City Housing Authority has finally voted to reimburse the city nearly $1 million for fixing a public-housing development damaged by Sandy, and three members who objected immediately resigned. The city had used money from its affordable-housing funds to renovate the 60 units of Pecks Beach Village flooded during the October 2012 storm and was able to return displaced residents by February 2013. Mayor Jay Gillian has said he considered the preservation of the community - one of Ocean City's only affordable and racially mixed year-round housing areas - an urgent priority.
May 19, 2014 |
With the game tied 1-1 in the top of the seventh inning, Deptford's Annie Murphy had a chance to change that. Murphy singled home what proved to be the winning run with two outs to lead the ninth-seeded Spartans to a 2-1 win at No. 8 Woodstown on Saturday in the first round of the South Jersey Group 2 softball playoffs. Murphy also drove in the tying run with her team down 1-0, belting a solo home run in the top of the third inning. Sara Todd went the distance to earn the win, with six strikeouts and one walk.
May 17, 2014 |
Maddie Stebich was nearly unhittable on Thursday afternoon, and she needed to be, as No. 10 Woodbury upset No. 7 Haddon Township, 1-0, in a South Jersey Group 1 first-round playoff game. Stebich struck out seven in a two-hitter to lead the visiting Thundering Herd. SJ Group 4. Damali Young went 3 for 4 with three runs and an RBI to power No. 6 Rancocas Valley past visiting No. 11 Lenape, 11-3, in the first round. SJ Group 3. Top-seeded GCIT got its postseason started by topping No. 16 Timber Creek, 11-1, in five innings.
May 16, 2014 |
LET'S face it. When it comes to summer at the Jersey Shore, man (and woman and child) doesn't live by sand, sun and surf alone - not to mention boardwalks, casinos and bars. There must be even more to keep one's attention focused (and, in some cases, their wallets open). And so it is that in addition to more personal pursuits - from getting a suntan to hitting a big slot-machine jackpot - Shore towns offer visitors the opportunity to enjoy large-scale, public, often multiday events.
May 12, 2014 |
With a chance to play in the league final on the line, Bordentown's Katie Schroeder did not succumb to the pressures of playoff softball. The sophomore dealt a three-hitter to lead the Scotties to an 11-0 win at Florence in the Burlington County League semifinals Saturday. Amelia Ditolvo was perfect at the plate, going 3 for 3 with a home run, three RBIs, and three runs. Nonleague. Moorestown's Audrey Weller pitched a one-hitter, striking out 12, to blank visiting Delran, 4-0. Gabby O'Byrne hit a two-run double and scored twice for the Quakers.
May 12, 2014 |
WILDWOOD Competing for tourist dollars is rough. So this summer, Wildwood is going to give dogs their day – at the beach – with the first official oceanfront area along the southern coast of the Jersey Shore designated for canines and their owners. In the off-season, from the beginning of October until the middle of May, dogs usually have free reign on many New Jersey beaches. But come peak summer season, Fido isn't usually welcome on the strands. There are only a few offshore dog parks in Atlantic and Cape May Counties and a small undesignated "dog beach" in a no-man's-land area of bayfront in Egg Harbor Township between Ocean City and Longport.