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Shore Life new jersey

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july 2009

coastal people, places and things


Shore Life + planet


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An earth-friendly magazine for New Jersey • July

2009

High and dry on a bay beach! Get a load of these bathing beauties from the roaring 20s? And what tune do ya think is going through the mind of the the oars-woman at the stern?

Library of Congress photo

contents

beachcombing, 6

island blue pages, 46

shore town, 12

beach music, 48

home, 18

surfing, 50

environment, 20

marine science, 54

health, 22

mmsc, 56

living it, 24

greetings from, 58

culture, 26

beach reads, 60

coast guard, 28

it's 5 o'clock, 62

arts, 30

ocean kids, 64

coastal kitchen, 32

travel, 66

new beach stuff, 34

pirates, 68

looking back, 36

aquarium, 70

event guide, 38

nautical crossord, 72

local exposure 40

coastal news, 74

history, 44

tide tables, 76

Cover art by Karen Bagnard Visit www.morethanmermaids.com to purchase or view more of Karen's artwork/notecards. Also see shore locations of where Karen's artwork may be purchased.

publisher & staff Scott LeMatty - publisher & editor - 732-735-6777 slifepublisher@optonline.net 300 Tenth Ave., Belmar, N.J. 07719 Pete Milnes - assist ed., designer, photojournalist Meg Young - writer, publicist, media contact Chris LeMatty - assoc. publisher • Gordon LeMatty - writer Stephanie Capolupo - photojournalist

We pledge ad space and/or a portion of our profit to ocean life & the planet. Advertisers! NewJerseyShoreLife.com for a PDF media kit including ad pricing. Affordable ad space starting at $50. If you love the Jersey shore migration. At Shore and the sand, New Jersey Shore Life wind, waves and sea magazine, it is our misturtles that make it all sion to keep the shore Shore Life + planet that much more magspirit alive along with ical ... then you're not being good stewards alone. For so many people, — and encouraging others every visit to our coastline — of the land, air, water and is cherished until their next wildlife around us!


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beachcombing “Every tide change brings something new and different.”

Shore Chic sells seashells for Weddings by the shore. Fantasizing about the sunset, the sea air, the roaring waves & your true love? The Beach Wedding Shop can make your dreams a reality with their "Shore Chic" ideas. They specialize in unique, handcrafted items such as their best-selling personalized sand dollars or starfish custom placecard tags, sandbox trays, seashell flower girl baskets and ring bearer shells, "Greetings from" New Jersey postcard table markers, beach lantern card boxes, sandcastle and shell wreath centerpieces, chocolate seashell favors and more. They work with each bride individually to customize an oceanside event, while incorporating a bit of the history, beauty and romance that is the Jersey Shore into all that they do. Visit ShoreChic.com or Call 732-497-0947.

Carolyn Roche Designs specializes in locally & naturally found beachglass. Born & raised in Monmouth County, Carolyn has been collecting beach glass her entire life. Beach glass jewelry designs range from the whimsical, in sterling silver — to diamonds & beachglass, in 18K gold. "Some of my favorite jewelry to make, are custom orders, using pieces from the clients own, beachglass collection. This really makes a statement & connects the wearer to the piece," said Carolyn. Contact her at 732-272-1384 or through her web site at CarolynRocheDesigns.etsy.com. •

The Jersey Shore Parrot Head Club proudly serves members from Cape May to Atlantic City, and every where in between. We welcome Parrot Heads and Parakeets from everywhere. Along with drinking LandShark or Margaritas and listening to JimmyBuffett, we contribute much of our time and money to worthwhile charities and organizations.We bring together people of good will to enjoy life and to help make life better for others. We participate in a variety of environmental and community services. So come on down the Shore and help us "party with a purpose" - www.jsphc.com 6 • shore life magazine

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Shore Life Magazine's 2nd Annual Jersey Shore Treasure Hunt. The booty is building. May the scurviest dog or wench find the booty. Who knew clew #2 would be "Go Fetch!" Newjerseyshorelife.com for the next clues ...

Tile with Style — including sea turtles! Diane Holycross not only uses her unusual handmade tile in her artwork, but found art such as bottle caps, buttons, beach stones, glass, beads, and other tidbits, such as anthill gravel and stone in her grout, to pull together her decorative ceramic tile artwork. Diane resides in Ransomville, N.Y., and has her art scattered throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, and Europe. "I like to feel that the organic nature of my ceramic tile designs have a timeless beauty. Our leaf, water, and woods designs will never go out of style and lend endless pleasure to any viewing experience," she said. Her handmade tiles are not only made in the USA, but are made with products created in the USA. This includes glazes, kilns, clays, and more! Contact Tiles with Style at dholycross@tileswithstyle.com, or call 716-870-7172.

New this season, dazzling diamond jewelry designs. Styles to remind you of the sand, the sun, the seasons you love! Founded by New Jersey native Lynette Herschel, Generous Gems designs and sells fine jewelry. With an emphasis on the unique, their items range in style from contemporary colored diamond pieces to noteworthy nautical designs. New styles feature rainbow sapphires and colorful enameling. If you love the sea, you’ll love their jewelry! Visit www.generousgems.com and find what you’ve been looking for!

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Within view of the Manhattan skyline lays an "Island Paradise" where not a single palm tree grows, but an abundance of life, pristine beaches and gorgeous vistas more than makes up for the lack of palm fronds. The Sandy Hook Bracelet is a tribute in precious metals to this awesome barrier peninsula that has retained most of its natural wonder and beauty since first discovered by explorers in the 1600s. In simplistic design a stylized "S" is "hooked" by a likeness of the Sandy Hook Light, which is the oldest working lighthouse in the country, and seven 14 karat wraps represent the 7 mile length of this stunning peninsula. Sand, sun, sea and fun wait for all at "The Hook" and the Sandy Hook Bracelet captures the spirit of moments spent and memories shared on this extraordinary narrow slice of heaven. Available exclusively at Sherman & Sons Jewelers, 85 First Ave, Atlantic Highlands. 732-872-8222 www.ShermanJewelersAH.com.

The Ultimate Jacques Cousteau Collection! During a period of 40 years Jacques Cousteau and his team crossed the world many times over in their ships, the Calypso and the Alcyone, filming the undersea world as never seen before, exploring the earth and its water system. This DVD collection presents many of their adventures and discoveries and combines wildlife, travel and environmental issues in a unique collection of entertaining and informative films for the whole family. The total running time is approx. 3,820 minutes on 21 DVDs. Sold online at various websites.

A whale breaches the waters off New Jersey. Photo by Cape May Whale Watcher

Cape May whale watching The Cape May Whale Watcher offers whale and dolphin cruises from March to December. Marine mammal sightings are guaranteed on all regular trips. If whales, dolphins or porpoise are not sighted during the trip, each ticket holder receives a free pass for another trip. Cruises are also a great way to tour Cape May by boat and learn about its history during the fully narrated trip. Children 6 and under are free. Delaware Bay Lighthouse Adventure excursions are also offered throughout the year giving people a chance to view and photograph up to 6 historic lighthouses, most only visible by boat. All trips sail from the Miss Chris Marina in Cape May. 800-786-5445. Capemaywhalewatcher.com


shore town

LBI I magine yourself on a white sandy beach, sur-

rounded by the sights and sounds of the ocean surf, an occasional light zephyr

refreshing you with its cool touch on a hot

summer day ... imagine 18 miles of pure natural beauty, with secluded beaches, undeveloped parks, fishing, crabbing, surfing, bird & whale-watching, golfing, swimming, shell-collecting, and plenty of Left: Aurelio Grisanty art www.beachtownposters.com for purchasing and to view more beach towns Right: Pete Milnes photo

dining and shopping — your own special paradise where you can make your vacation as relaxed or adventurous as you want it to be ... now imagine all of this, and only about an hour away ...


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LBI If you dream of a perfect summer vacation, escaping the crowds, stress, and hoopla of modern-day beach resorts in search of peaceful relaxation on a white sandy beach, your dream is about to come true: welcome to LBI. Long Beach Island is an 18mile-long barrier island located about 6 miles off the Jersey Shore. It is comprised of a multitude of smaller towns or hamlets, each offering its own unique reason to visit: From Barnegat Light to Beach Haven, you’ll find a myriad of events and activities to keep your whole family entertained for a day, a week, or the entire summer! If you’re not traveling by boat, you will traverse Route 72 by car and enter LBI via the Henderson Memorial Bridge, known for its “string of pearls,” a row of lights mounted on the railing lining the entire bridge. Next you will see a famously deteriorating little structure colloquially known as “The Shack.” Many LBI memories begin and end with “the shack,” an old hunting shanty alongside the Route 72 Causeway that has for many years symbolized life at the Jersey Shore. Take a picture and enjoy the shack now, as each year, with each snowstorm, it appears closer and closer to collapse. Arriving on the island, you may want to procure some maps, event calendars, beach badges, and local guides at the information center in Ship Bottom. In between beaching, dining and shopping, you’ll want to make your stay at LBI as enjoyable as it can be, by visiting some of 14 • shore life magazine

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these “shore-to-please” hot spots: • At the northern tip of LBI, you’ll find the historic Barnegat Lighthouse, known affectionately as “Old Barney.” This coastal icon is the second tallest lighthouse in the United States (Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in North Carolina is the tallest), and has recently been relit, giving new life to this grand old beacon! • For some good old-fashioned family fun and excitement, pack up the kids and head to Fantasy Island in Beach Haven, a Victorian-style park filled with rides, games, a classic turnof-the-century carousel, and plenty of free entertainment – this summer’s line-up includes two of the most popular shows ever – Christmas in July, and Magic of the Night, both promising magical and spectacular displays. Beach Haven is also home to Thundering Surf Water Park – with eight different slides and a “Crazy Lazy River.” This park offers hours of fun for the whole family! And don’t leave Beach Haven without enjoying a little “Broadway on the Beach” — this summer’s shows at Surflight Theatre include Hairspray and Little Shop of Horrors on the main stage, and Peter Pan and The Wizard of Oz at the Children’s Theatre. A complete schedule can be found at www. surflight.org. • LBI’s small town of Loveladies is home to the LBI Foundation of the Arts & Sciences, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing arts, science and recreation programs to the community. The Arts & Crafts Festival in July and the Seashore Open House Tour in August are just a couple of exciting cultural

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events you won’t want to miss (www.lbifoundation.org lists the full summer schedule)! While it’s impossible to list every event and activity on LBI this summer, we're not sure we would even want to. There’s something very magical that occurs when you explore the island on your own, with no predetermined course or direction. You might find yourself bird-watching at the Forsythe Wildlife Refuge on the southernmost tip of LBI, enjoying a round of mini golf at Bill Burr’s in Surf City, catching that perfect wave on Spray Beach or The Dunes, or finding an ideal fishing spot at a small beach on Holgate’s inlet. Just make sure that after you’ve experienced all the swimming, shopping, fishing, crabbing, parasailing, surfing, golfing, and partying you can handle, stop by the original Ron Jon Surf Shop in Ship Bottom for a bar of coconut surfboard wax – when you leave LBI, the scent will remind you of the shore! For more LBI vacation ideas, please visit www.longbeachisland.com or www.njlbi.com. — Meg Young •

Pete Milnes photos


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home

key west

curb appeal What happens when Key West & the Caribbean meet the Jersey Shore? You get a tropical beach house with island flair!

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nown for its beautiful beaches and active nightlife, Belmar also features some of the most spacious and architecturally stunning homes on the Jersey Shore coastline. Right here in Belmar, James Ward and his brothers and sisters have carved out their own little slice of paradise. Born in Ireland, this close-knit family moved to northern New Jersey, and spent their summers in Belmar. As the family grew, Mom asked her children to create one beach house, a family retreat, as a way of keeping the family together. So the Wards embarked on a family project, designing this home using all the 18 • shore life magazine

elements of a perfect summer beach house, and then taking it a step further. The tropical Key West style color palette of yellow & white speaks of understated elegance, and serves as a subtle backdrop against the bold design of a decorative red kayak and colorful custom surfboard. The Key West standing seam metal roof is clean, attractive, and practical as well, as it reflects the summer heat. The third floor features accordion-style glass doors that, when opened, removes an entire wall, re-creating that open-air look commonly found in the Caribbean. And for the pièce de


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résistance, the owner had planted a few larger-than-life palm and coconut trees. And the look is complete — a tropical oceanfront Jersey Shore beach house! We asked James Ward where he got the inspiration for the design of his family home, and why he chose the Key West curb appeal. He described his style and his family’s connection to Belmar and to the Jersey Shore. "Our family has been coming to Belmar for years, said James. "We wanted something not too quiet and not too hectic. A place where our entire family would be able to spend time together. So this house was actually built as a family retreat, and with a multitude of rooms, there’s plenty of space and comfort for all of us. The style reminds me of the islands. I lived in Key West for 4 years, and love the Caribbean look as well, so I think that this house represents that tropical, island look and feel.” And just when you thought the house was absolutely perfect as it is, James described one more addition, coming next year: a swimming pool on the roof! While your home might not feature accordion glass doors, metal roofing, or a Ferrari Racing Flag flapping in the summer breeze, you can definitely take inspiration from this home, and create your own island retreat, using bright tropical colors in yellow, aqua, coral or pink, and then accessorizing with your favorite beach items such as surfboards or seashells! Add a couple of colorful adirondack chairs for some real seaside charm, and maybe even a bamboo tiki bar for creating that exotic beach-side atmosphere. Most importantly, you’ll want to landscape with a tropical flair: think yucca trees, hibiscus and banana plants, sea or beach grass, and of course – palm trees! So whether you’re on the beach, near the beach, or a thousand miles away from one, you can still have that beautiful beach house you’ve always dreamed of. Let your imagination take you there. — Meg Young •

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environment

Cheryl Kirby photo

Sister Susy's Bags

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nyone who has shopped in the United States in the last few years probably has a closet full of plastic bags. They seem to multiply by themselves like rabbits. They are everywhere! In our ocean, on the dunes, around the sea gulls neck, and even in fish bellies. Enter Susy Geneva. She grew up on Long Beach Island in the “62 Storm” era. Sister Susy’s Bags name and idea came from her sister Cheryl Kirby, owner of Things A Drift in Ship Bottom. "We both dislike the plastic bags that most stores use for customer purchases," said Susy. "I had made myself a few cloth bags for my shopping trips. Then Cheryl wanted some for her customers. We started talking about how many people consider outgrown clothing or out of date fashions as trash. Most of that trash ends up in our local landfills. Clothing takes so 20 20 • • shore shore life life magazine magazine

many resources to make. From growing the plants for fibers, getting them made into material, shipping fabric to the mills, energy to run the sewing machines to make the garments, and finally shipping to the stores. Recycling the past is the answer. Turning jeans, shorts, skirts, shirts, coats and draperies into fashion bags is my way of helping the environment! Plus, I have seen plastic bags around the necks a of our defenseless wildlife, or they end up in the stomachs of sea life." To all those that have a favorite pair of designer jeans who can’t part with them, send them to Susy. She will recycle your favorite piece of clothing and turn it into a styling bag that was once (and still is) part of your past! Each bag goes for about $20. Check her online at www.sistersusysbags.com or email her at: sistersusysbags@yahoo.com. — Pete Milnes •


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health

home

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Jersey Shore couple grows organic oranges at their Florida citrus grove

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rowing oranges isn't easy. Growing organic oranges is twice as hard. Owning your own Florida organic orange grove and selling the citrus goods from the Jersey Shore is over the top! Meet Jersey Shore Citrus owners Janet and Bruce Nearon, they've been growing and selling oranges for more than 30 years — a true labor of love and taste. Why own a Florida orange grove and live in New Jersey? Janet provided us with the "juicy" details on how it all started, how they keep it growing, how they keep it organic, and how they sell the goods from the Jersey Shore. "My husband I both went to college in Florida and decided to settle there," said Janet. "We lived out in the Florida country and got involved in the citrus industry and learned how to grow fruit. When we moved back to New Jersey, we started Jersey Shore Citrus so that we could give our friends the opportunity to enjoy the healthiest and most delicious fruit picked, packed and shipped directly from our grove to their door!" Growing organic oranges is a lot different than growing them commercially. For starters, you can't use bad pesticides, insecticides, growth hormones or chemicals. "We have to control weeds, diseases and insects through cultivation and with natural materials," said Janet. "We have to mow the grove often and cultivate the young trees by hand. We also purchase and release predatory insects to control insect pests and spray the trees only with materials approved by the USDA's National Organic Program. Our records and grove are inspected and certified annually

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by Quality Certification Services, an organic certifying agency. This is all a lot of work but it's worth it because being organic, our production practices don't harm the environment and minimize the risk to consumers who buy our fruit and the people who work in the grove of coming in contact with poisonous chemicals." Back at the Jersey Shore, Janet is a registered nurse and her husband is a certified public accountant. Jersey Shore Citrus runs smoothly with their son running the online orange store and one of their best friend acting as on-site fruit production manager at the grove. "We travel once or twice a month to our Florida grove. Our son and grandson lives there, my husband's mother, sister, and nephew live there and we still have many friends in Florida so we go to visit them. We still own a beautiful 100-year-old house and property there so its a nice place to get away and relax. While there, we go to our grove and check on the health of the trees and how the crop is progressing. My husband also works in the grove as often as he can in tending to our young trees. Some men go to Florida to play golf to relax. Mine goes there to do a labor of love - the pruning and caring for an orange grove that gives people a more juicer, natural, better tasting Florida orange!" To paraphrase the Florida citrus industry’s most famous slogan, “A day without Florida citrus is like a day without sunshine.” So check out www.jerseyshorecitrus.com, for ordering oranges and other citrus all year-long. — Pete Milnes • Photos at Jersey Shore Citrus Farm

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living it

Jersey Shore

DROP ZONE

Adventure is where you find it, any place, every place, except at home in the rocking chair. — Wally Byam

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ost people think that if you willingly fall out of a plane to free fall at 120 miles per hour, you are crazy. If that’s the case, then call me crazy! Ever since I was young I wanted to go skydiving. I thought it was really cool, but I never thought I would have the nerve to do it. This summer, I had the opportunity to work with the awesome people at Skydive Jersey Shore to fulfill my dream and conquer my nerves. When I woke up at 7 a.m. on May 16, I thought to myself, “Am I really doing this today?” My nerves told me I wasn’t joking. When I got there I was introduced to 24 • shore life magazine

Peace out Baby!

From left: Shore Life Magazine photojournalist Stephanie Caputo shortly after exiting Skydive Jersey Shore plane; reaching terminal velocity with instructor Mike Harger and the Jersey Shore in background; seconds from a perfect touchdown landing. Photos by Matt Dowling/Skydive Jersey Shore

all the staff and the other people that were jumping as well. Knowing I wasn’t the only crazy person helped calm my nerves a little too. We signed a bunch of papers, watched an instructional video and had a lesson with one of the tandem jumpers, Mike Harger, about the plane and what we do as we get ready to exit it. Once we were all educated on what to

do and expect, we headed over to Sean to get suited up. I watched a few other people jump and they said it was awesome. After hearing that, I was ready to go. It turned out that my tandem jumper was going to be Mike, and Matt Dowling was going to be video-taping and taking pictures to document my jump. We got in the plane and climbed to


about 10,000 feet. When the door opened I could hear my heart pounding in my ears. All I could think about was what Mike taught us about how to exit the plane, and then we were falling. We were falling for about 30 seconds at 120 miles per hour. It was the most exhilarating 30 seconds of my life! Once our parachute opened

we slowly drifted way back down to earth, but with the best view of the Jersey Shore I have ever had. Once we landed I couldn’t believe what I just did. It was the best experience of my life and I have the guys at Skydive Jersey Shore to thank!" — Stephanie Caputo • (See video of this jump at Newjerseyshorelife.com)


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PinkInc.

hen you think pink, do you think pink flamingos? If you grew up on Staten Island, maybe. If not, maybe you spotted the fun and funky birds down in "FLA" at SeaWorld or Busch Gardens. Wherever the sighting, the pink birds are so cool to watch. If you can't see them in person, why not go for the next best thing — made popular back during the time when tiki bars and Polynesian pop days became famous — get some pink flamingo lawn ornaments! The Pink Inc. flamingos are USA made in Illinois by Jeff and Barb Niemiec, and their company. Not only do they make the traditional flamingo lawn ornament, they also carry a Skel-AMingo, a SantaMingo, ReinMingo, DevilMingo, AngelMingo and others. The company was born after the closing of Lawnware Products of Morton Grove, IL, in 2006. "Lawnware Products had manufactured and sold these Pink Flamingos since 1960," said Jeff. "Between Lawnware Products and the new venture of Pink Inc., these Pink Flamingos have been continuously manufactured for 49 years." In addition to the retail sector, they also market their Pink Flamingos to the very popular Flamingo Fundraising & Yard Flock26 • shore life magazine

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ing projects that many High Schools and Organizations entertain as a means of reaching their much needed fundraising goals. "Why are Pink Flamingos so popular and, why do people love to look at Pink Flamingos?" said Jeff. "Pink Flamingos make you smile! In a Fowl mood? Pink Inc. can help!" Surf on over to flamingopinkinc.com and pick up a few for your backyard or garden! That's a Real flamingo fact, Jack! • Height: 42-51 inches, Weight: 7.7 pounds, Wingspan: 5 feet • Color comes from carotenoid pigments in their food - shrimp • Like most birds, often stands on one leg to keep the foot warm • Very old species of bird that has evolved over 30 million years • Can drink hot water from geysers that are almost boiling • Have good eyesight and well-developed color perception • Has little or no sense of smell • Has been known to fly up to 373 miles in one night • Have different leg coloring from species to species • Are very noisy: squawking, honking, grunting, growling • Luckily, plastic flamingos will do none of the above, they just look so cool! — Pete Milnes •


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ost of us remember the bungling Gilligan character from the 1960's sitcom Gilligan's Island, he was claimed to be a mighty sailing man under the command of a skipper who was claimed to be brave and sure. Education, planning and preparation may have been better than being mighty, brave and sure. The SS Minnow was only suppose to be going out for a three hour tour but ran into some unexpected bad weather and well, you know the rest of the story. The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary urges boaters not to be a "Gilligan" on the water. Be prepared for bad weather by checking the weather forecast before getting underway and monitoring weather forecasts while underway. Always file a float plan. The filing of a Float Plan with friends or relatives enables these people to inform the Coast Guard when you don't arrive when and where you are supposed to. When properly completed, the float plan contains information to make a potential search faster and easier. In the case of the SS Minnow, no one knew they were overdue for several weeks. Equip your vessel with an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB.) Had the SS Minnow been equipped with an EPIRB, the crew and passengers would have been located and rescued with minimum delay. Don't rely on cell phones, they have limited offshore range. The Coast Guard also recommends all boaters equip their vessel with a VHF marine radio, but remember VHF marine radios also have limited offshore range. Consider the limitations of your vessel — is it appropriate for the intended voyage? As we approach the start of the traditional recreational boating season both inexperienced and seasoned boaters should take advantage boater education classes and free vessel safety checks offered by the Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Power Squadron. Visit www.safetyseal.net for more information. Education, planning and preparation are the key to a safe boating experience. Although we have made a little light out of the voyage of the SS Minnow, safe boating and seamanship is no joke. For more information about safe boating, check out the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. — Anthony Turner, www.news.auxpa.org

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed volunteer component of the U.S. Coast Guard. Created by an Act of Congress in 1939, the Auxiliary directly supports the Coast Guard in all missions, except military and law enforcement actions. They conduct safety patrols on local waterways, assist the Coast Guard with homeland security duties, teach boating safety classes, conduct free vessel safety checks for the public, as well as many other activities. It has members in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa and Guam. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, at least 17 years old, and pass a basic check. There are no upper age limits or height/weight standards, although for operational activities, you must be physically able to perform certain tasks. There are no minimum service hours – you can serve as little or as much as you want. — CG Auxiliary


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hat's the key to making a mouthwatering sushi roll? You may want to ask, or better yet taste, the sushi Rhama Sushi and his sidekick Nick have been creating. They make the perfect vacation sushi for Langosta Lounge in Asbury Park and Labrador Lounge in Normandy Beach. For starters, the seafood ingredients should be fresh, good-quality seafood. Next, the rice used in making a good sushi roll must be Japanese rice (short grain rice that gets sticky when cooked, long grain rice doesn't because it's drier and doesn't stick well). The vegetables used in the sushi — avocado and cucumber — should also be fresh. How to make the sushi roll: Tootsie Roll - tempura soft shell crab or shrimp tempura - cucumber and avocado rolled in sushi rice - nori (a Japanese seaweed wrapper) - sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds - top with shitake mushroom and Asian fermented black bean sauce — Marilyn Schlossbach

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here's sand castles ... and then there's SAND CASTLES created by Sandman Matt. He builds big, accurate, castles out of sand. Not only that, for the wanna-be sand sculptors, he's boxed his passion and now sells the "Can You Dig It Sand Tools" set, complete with sculpting tools and a how-to video. What's his love and obsession with sand sculpting? "A kid would roll his eyes at this question and say something like, 'Duh! It's playing in the sand!' I've tried to articulate it better, but all I get is a series of reasons why it's fun to play in the sand. I think sand is part of the collective consciousness. Carving sand castles is a creative process unlike any other and there's a surrealism to it when they're done. Sand shouldn't hold a specific form but there it is!" By day, Sandman Matt, aka Matt Long of Staten Island, N.Y., owns a wood restoration business in New York City. By weekend, he can be found sculpting sand castles. "I've sculpted sand in New Hampshire, New York City and down to South Padre Island, Texas. Also in a host of Caribbean locations on many occasions. I also compete in about six masters contests each year. I have placed second through fifth. First place still eludes me. The field of sculptors is so tough. To be on the beach with them is an honor." Sandman Matt also runs the Cape May Amateur Sand Sculpting Contest each year on what is usually the first Friday in August. "It has grown dramatically in the last nine years. As we celebrate out 10th an-

niversary, we have a very unique sponsorship opportunity. For fees starting at $300, a sponsor can have their logo carved in the sand. It makes an excellent photo opportunity great for print ads and company visibility. The money helps to support the contest. Readers may find out more at Capemaysandsculptingcontest.com. I can be contacted for information regarding the contest at matt@canyoudigit.com. There is also the New Jersey Sand Castle Competition in Belmar on July 15." Another part of Sandman Matt's mantra is making people smile. "We like to help people have fun and making people smile! We love making sand castles and we know it's easier than anybody thinks. We know you can do it too if you want to, One of if you have 'the right tools'. Sandman Matt's Can you dig it?" spectacular Visit Sandtools.com sand creations. to buy a sculpting set, tips for building sand art, and for contest updates. Call 800541-6715 or email Sandman Matt at: matt@canyoudigit. com. — Pete Milnes •


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July All summer - Normandy Beach Labrador Lounge music series

19 - Atlantic City, "Thunder Over The Boardwalk" Airshow, Atlanticcitynj.com

19-24 - Cape May, 13th Annual Cape May Food & Wine Festival, 609-884-5404

10-11 - Stone Habror, Annual Antiques Show, Stoneharborbeach.com

22-23 - Asbury Park, Clearwater Festival, Asburyparkchamber.com

20 - Asbury Park, Oysterfest Asburyparkchamber.com

14-19 - Berkeley Township, Ocean County Fair, www. oceancountyfair.com

23 - Atlantic City, Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band, Atlanticcitynj.com

15 - Belmar, Belmar Sandcastle Contest, visitbelmarnj.com

29-30 - Asbury Park, Food & Music Festival Asburyparkchamber.com

18-19 - Wildwood, Rock & Roll Collectibles Show, Wildwoodsnj.com

September 5-6 - Allaire Village, Jazz It Up Wine & Food Festival, Newjerseywines.com

19 - Toms River, 31st Wooden and Classic Boat Festival, 908-303-1710 18 - Toms River, N.J. State Ice Cream Festival, www. downtowntomsriver.com 24 – Asbury Park, Surf-art show at Lightly Salted surf shop, www.surfmercado.com 22-26 - Freehold, Monmouth County Fair, www.monmouthcountyparks.com August 2 - Oceanport, Monmouth Park Haskell Invitational, www. monmouthpark.com 2-3 - Toms River, Toms Riverfest, www.trfest.com 6-9 - Highlands, Clamfest, Highlandsnj.com 8-9 - Tuckerton, Tuckerton Seaport, Maritime Heritage Festival Tuckertonseaport.org

6 - Island Heights, Island Heights Sailfest Tomsriverrotary.org 6-7 - Sea Bright, 5th Annual Sea Bright Skim Bash Weekend, 732-598-6029 7 - Waretown, 29th Ocean County Bluegrass Festival 609971-1593, Alberthall.org 8-11, Manahawkin, Battle of Cedar Ridge Reenactment, Patriotpirates.com/events 13 - Sea Girt, Irish Festival At Jersey Shore 16 - Atlantic Highlands, 36th Annual AHHS Arts and Crafts Festival, 732-708-9811 16-17 - Point Pleasant Beach, Festival of Sea, www.pointchamber.com 19, 20, 21 - Stone Harbor, Wings'n Water Festival, Wetlandsinstitute.org

20 - Belmar, Divers Two Annual Underwater Cleanup, www.diverstwo.com 23-24 - Tuckerton, Ocean County Decoy & Gunning Show, Oceancountygov.com 30-1 - LBI, Chowder Fest, Chowderfest.com October 1 - Island Beach State Park, Governor's Surf Fishing Contest, State.nj.us/dep/ 4 - Highlands, 8th Annual Oktoberfest, 732-291-4713. Highlandsnj.com 10-11 - Cape May Cape May Wine Festival, Capemaymac.org 11-14 - Waretown, Annual Pine Barrens Jamboree, 609971-1593, Alberthall.org 18 & 19 - Chatsworth, Chatsworth Cranberry Festival, 609-726-9237, ww.cranfest.org 18-19 - Atlantic City, Atlantique City Antique Fair, Atlantiquecity.com 18-19 - New Jersey, New Jersey Lighthouse Challenge, 856-546-0514, njlhs.org 24 - Red Bank, Red Bank Film Festival, www.rbiff.com 31 - Asbury Park, Halloween Parade


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Battleship New Jersey

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A memorable day on a memorable ship

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he battleship New Jersey is the most decorated battleship in U.S. Naval history. After fighting in three wars, the 880-foot dreadnaught is berthed at Camden, N.J., on the Delaware River. It is within walking distance of another major New Jersey attraction, the aquarium. Indeed, you can purchase a combination ticket to visit both, and park in the same garage. For a sailor, a ship becomes a home. I can recall chartering a sailboat in Annapolis with my family one year and seeing a naval vessel that looked familiar. I saw the "liberty" boat pass by with the initials, AS 11, and I jumped up in the cockpit and began yelling, “that’s my ship!” Thirty years later, the USS Fulton was still, “my ship.” I almost did not recognize her because

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the old armaments had been removed and there were missiles and high tech electronic equipment that changed the familiar superstructure. It is the same affinity that all military personnel feel for their ship, unit, company, or branch of service. I saw veterans on the USS New Jersey participating in the memorial ceremonies, many proudly displaying their past military affiliations. Memorial Day ceremonies on a decorated naval vessel take on special meaning. Surrounded by silent monstrous 16-inch guns which can hurl a shell more than 27 miles, listening to the sounds of the anchor chain, the soft slap of the Delaware river on the long hull, waiting for the flowers and wreath to float on it’s surface. The loud snapping of the Stars and Stripes in the wind, making the same sound as it did sailing into harms way


so many times in her storied history. All of this followed by the quiet dignity of thanks to those who gave their lives in the service of our country. The Marine Guard fired the honor shots in the air as the wreath is dropped into the river. We were all given a flower to toss overboard to follow the wreath leading the way. The ceremony was concluded in the usual manner. The lone bugle playing Taps, the last farewell to fallen comrades. For those who want to spend more time in the area, right across the river, anchored on the Philadelphia waterfront at Penn’s Landing, are more historical vessels. Admiral Dewey’s flagship, the cruiser USS Olympia is open for visitors. This was the flagship used during the battle of Manila Bay in 1898. The Spanish ships were destroyed and Dewey even stopped the battle to have breakfast. I guess the Navy also travels on their stomach. Moored alongside the Olympia is the submarine SS Becuna, a World War II and Korean War fleet type sub. Also located at Penn’s Landing is the Independence Seaport Museum. Finally, if you want to finish the day with another example of old time sailing vessels, a lunch or dinner can be enjoyed at the Moshulu Restaurant. This old sailing vessel has been refitted as a restaurant. Eat outside on the deck or inside within a total nautical environment. They have champagne brunches, sandwiches and a full menu of mostly "a la carte" dinners. If you're looking for premium food and service and a first-rate atmosphere, the Moshulu cannot be beat. — Gordon LeMatty text & below photo •

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he Sentinals were part of the popular beatnik surf music scene of the early 1960s keeping company with other beach-stomping bands like the Rockin' Rebels (Wild Weekend), Dick Dale (Misirlou), The Ventures (Walk Don't Run '64), The Chantays (Pipeline), The Atlantics (Bombora), and of course — The Surfaris (Wipe Out). The Sentinals formed in 1961 in the central California coastal town of San Luis Obispo. They unleashed a few records for the infamous Del-Fi recording label during 1963 and 1964. Their music had a good beat that you could dance to and watch surfing to. Their music sometimes showed a little rhythm-andblues, and later in their career, infused a bit of Latin tones into their surf music. Sadly, the Sentinals disbanded around 1966. Their drummer, Johnny Barbata, went on to join the Turtles and then Jefferson Starship. During the 1970s, singer and bass player Kenny Hinkle went on to join with California Music (with Beach Boy Bruce Johnston). Are you hip on classic/retro surf music? You can pick up (and listen to) Sentinals and other surf-beat music at Amazon.com, or head on over to your local music store to find used ones. Hey ... you can't you wrong with an album cover like the one shown above that states "12 SWINGIN' TUNES FOR THE TUFFEST OF BUNNIES! — Pete Milnes • 48 • shore life magazine


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am Hammer has been tearing up the waves all over the world — and it all started in Lavallette when he was 9 years old because it "seemed like the cool thing to do." We caught up with Sam (currently living in Point Pleasant), fresh off the trail of a surf trip to Costa Rica, to fill us in on what's happening in his world. "I have been surfing professionally for the past 11 years for companies like Billabong, Dan Taylor Surfboards, Electric Visual, DVS Shoes, Skullcandy, Future Fins, Creatures of Leisure Accessories, and Tackledirect.com," said Sam "I don't really compete all that much. My job is to get photos published in surf magazines and on the Skullcandy photo permission courtesy Sam Hammer internet. But I will compete in the Garden State Grudge Match every year and the Unsound Pro. "My two favorite waves in New Jersey are Casino Pier (Seaside Heights) and Jenkinsons (Point Pleasant). But Casino Pier is my favorite place to surf when home, it's where I grew up surfing and it's one of the best waves in New Jersey. When I travel, my favorite waves are "Soupbowls" in Barbados and Puerto Escondito in Mexico. Puerto is an oversized New Jersey beach break. "I think New Jersey has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and many times people take our ocean and beaches for granted. When I was younger I could remember watching bags of garbage wash up on the beach, but in the past 15 years you don't see anything like that. Our waves are great too — its not the most consistent place on the earth but when our waves are good there is no place I would rather be!" — Pete Milnes •


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he Marine Mammal Stranding Center recently responded to a Risso's Dolphin that was stranded on the beach in Brigantine. There was a shark near the dolphin and stranding center director did not want anyone to go into the water after it. Suddenly, a pod of dolphins appeared and chased the shark, then nudged the sick dolphin towards shore. They 56 • shore life magazine

seemed to know that the stranding volunteers wanted to help. They went into the water, retrieved the dolphin and brought it to the Center. It had pneumonia and sadly it died shortly after arriving at the Center. If you see a marine mammal that appears to be sick or in danger, please call the center at 609-266-0538. — MarineMammalStrandingCenter.org


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Retro Reads

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or millions of people, summer means travelling to the New Jersey Shore. Every generation brings a new perspective and a new sense of discovery to this beloved region. Every visitor returns home with tales of their experience along this 127 mile long sandy coastline of boardwalks and beaches. At the dawn of the new millennium, Shore Chronicles: Diaries and Traveler's Tales From the Jersey Shore 17641955 enlightens contemporary shore-lovers with fascinating historical perspective. Illustrated with 50 historic photographs, etchings and fine art images, this comprehensive collection begins with adventure travel in 1764 when the shore (and much of New Jersey) was still a wild frontier. The book concludes in 1955 with the opening of the Garden State Parkway, which brought exponentially more visitors - and rapid development - to the Jersey Shore. A total of 50 accounts comprise the book. Writing by such well-known figures as John J. Audubon, Walt Whitman, Robert Louis Stevenson, Stephen Crane and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is included. But, perhaps most interesting are the selections from private journals, letters, and diaries from unknowns vacationing or visiting the shore. As fresh as their experiences are to shore visitors each year, most activities here are timeless — the fundamental attractions of the seashore resonate throughout time. Yet it is stunning to read how different the landscape and environment was before development. — Down the Shore Publishing

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The text, drawn from interviews taped over a ten-year period, combines descriptions of life on the Island with what the Island represents to those who have known it well. Here are stories of sailing and fishing, of treks by car, train and foot, of beach camping, life guarding and coastal rescue, of violent storms and the endless struggle to resist a hungry see. There is, of course, some regret for wilderness lost and the slower pace of much of the last century. Yet something quintessential about Long Beach Island remains. This fragile strip of land between bay and ocean captures the imagination today as much as ever, and this loving evocation of its past can only enhance its present. — Down the Shore Publishing

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he history of the Hawaiian or "Aloha Shirt" can be traced to the early western missionaries in the 19th century. They felt that it would be more appropriate, for the soon to be Christianized natives, if they were covered. But the real fact is, that it wasn't until the mid 1930s that the Hawaiian shirt, as we know it today, started to be produced. Modern research discovers stories of a Waikiki, Honolulu, Chinese merchant, Mr. Ellery Chun, owner of King-Smith Clothiers and dry goods. Mr. Chun was born in Honolulu in 1909 and died at the age of 91. He is considered the pioneer of the Aloha Shirt. He and his sister, Ethel Chun Lum, fabricated the first brightly colored, floral, shortsleeved shirt from left-over kimono fabric. In 1936, Mr. Chun registered the "Aloha" trade name and began marketing a variety of Hawaiian-print shirts. The story goes on to tell of collaboration between a salesperson of the Honolulu Advertiser Newspaper and Mr. Chun to coin the phrase "Aloha Shirt". The future success of the Aloha Shirt was assured after placing one of his sister's designed, short-sleeved shirts in his shops window with a sign that read "Aloha Shirt". The shirts were purchased by local residents, beach boys, surfers and tourists. The first advertisement placed in the Honolulu Advertiser using the words "Aloha Shirt" was in 1935. With the birth of Rayon in the mid 1920s, the dazzlingly colored and tropically decorated Hawaiian-Print Aloha shirt became a staple souvenir of cruise ship tourists. Early shirt labels bore names like Musa Shiya, Watamulls, Kamehameha, Kahala, Surfriders, Alfred Shaheen, Duke Kahanamoku, etc. The 1940s and 1950s furnish us with a memorable list of personalities depicted wearing HawaiianPrint Aloha Shirts. Elvis Presley, the undisputed king of rock and roll had many Hawaiian Shirts. Here is a list of famous people, motion picture and television personalities, politicians and sports celebrities that have been photographed and featured wearing Hawaiian-Print Aloha shirts: Harry S. Truman, our 33rd President loved to wear Aloha Shirts. He was on the cover of Life Magazine in 1951 wearing one. Montgomery Cliff and Frank Sinatra were featured in the memorable motion picture "From here to Eternity" in Hawaiian-Print Aloha shirts. The immortal John Wayne, "The Duke", and venerate master surfer and Olympian, Duke Kahanamuku were Hawaiian shirt endorsements. Bing Crosby wore his Aloha shirts, with his rounded, flat-top porkpie hat atop his head and a pipe between his lips. Arthur Godfrey, radio personality played his ukulele wearing an Aloha Shirt. Johnny Weissmuller remembered as Tarzan and Olympian, Tom Selleck of Magnum P.I., the list continues. All wore Hawaiian-Print Aloha shirts. And, who amongst us does not have a Hawaiian Print in our wardrobe closet? The Hawaiian-Print Aloha shirt has become a symbol of this island paradise; Hawaii. "Aloha", interprets to epitomize a warm sense of greeting, welcoming and at the same time reflecting all the playful, splendid and natural wonders that abound in Hawaiian Islands. — Maui Shirts

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wo words: pirate paradise. Back in the late 1600s, ports of Jamaica were hotbeds for buccaneers (pirates who attacked Spanish and French shipping in the Caribbean Sea) including the infamous Henry Morgan. Years before that, Jamaica was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1494. In 1655, England obtained the island. Plantations of coffee, sugar, and cocoa were formed throughout the entire island afterwards — all still grown and exported today, including bananas and rum! Today, nearly 3 million friendly inhabitants love to make every minute of your stay an unforgettable experience. Jamaica is located just south of Cuba and west of Haiti. Kingston is the capital and largest city in Jamaica. Major cruise ship ports of call include Ocho Rios and Montego Bay. Going to a country slightly smaller than the state of Connecticut, you would think that there would not be much to do, but you could make it an endless vacation. Fun things to do are golf, scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, shopping and horseback riding. If you are into just chillin', there are plenty of relaxing beaches to do so. One must-see attraction in Jamaica is Dunn’s River Falls in Ocho rios, which cascade down to into the Caribbean Sea. Tourists can climb and swim near the bottom of the falls. Surf on over to visitjamaica.com for more info. — Pete Milnes Jr. 66 • shore life magazine

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hen Charles Black isn't adjusting backs at his shore-based chiropractic business, he's adjusting his sword belt with his Valhalla Pirate Crew at various charity events, seafood and seashore festivals, pirate-themed festivals, children's hospitals, children's charity events, and pirate workshops at grammar schools. More or less, as their saying goes, they'll show up for "Any need for an act of piracy!" "I always had an interest in pirates and pirate history," said Charles. "I use to have pirate parties in college where everyone would dress up as pirates and drink rum and ale. One Halloween, about 10 years ago, I had so much fun being a pirate that I started researching pirate re-enactment crews and found that there are crews throughout the country. But I couldn't find one local so I started the Valhalla's Pirates Crew about 6 years ago." His current crew consists of about 12 scurvy dogs (men) and wenches (women), and it's building. "We don't turn anyone away, but we do look for people who are fun, outgoing, and are not afraid to 'come out of themselves' to enjoy something a little different. Having some theatrical background doesn't hurt either! I let each invent and develop their own pirate personality and look. Also, we strive for authenticity in gear and dress." And get this ... Capt. Black is currently having a real-life pirate ship built in Turkey (the country has a long history of building wooden warships, since 300 BC). The 70-foot wooden square-rig schooner, is named Valhalla, and looks very much like a ship you would see 300 years ago — when Blackbeard plied the waters off New Jersey. Valhalla will be used for educational and entertainment purposes. Due to the economy, progress has slowed a bit and Capt. Black welcomes any financiers — with vision — to help out. Looking to spice up a dull party for a little extra booty? They'll tailor their swagger for a kids birthday party all the way up to a full blown, full sail, grown up rum and beer party — swordplay, swagger, pirate banter, story telling, sing-a-longs, pirate make-overs included. “Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats,” said Capt. Black. Sail on over to ValhallasPirates.com or Myspace.com/pirate_privateer to book Capt. Black and his crew for your next party. Plundering Ocean and Monmouth Counties is what they do best. — Pete Milnes • Debbie Mikiewicz photo 68 • shore life magazine


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Fore more mild adventure-seekers, the Adventure Aquarium offers up-close interaction with their seal and penguin friends. Seals Up-Close and Positively Penguins are wildly popular adventures, offering you the chance to not only observe the feedings up close, but also to learn how to communicate using hand signals, and to assist marine biologists with various enrichment and training techniques designed to keep our marine mammal friends happy, healthy, and forever playful. With the majority of Aquarium shows and exhibits comfortably located indoors and air conditioned (open 365 days of the year), the aquarium is the perfect place for adventurers of all ages to explore various habitats both above and below the ocean’s surface, any day of the year. Amateur bird-watchers will love getting an up-close view of rare and exotic birds at Feather Ridge. Trivia enthusiasts will find plenty of fascinating animal facts to explore in the Jules Verne Gallery, home to a Giant Pacific Octopus named George Jr. He is the aquarium's young yet amazingly smart cephalopod, and he can unscrew the lid off a jar to get to his favorite food! And SpongeBob


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he Tuckerton Seaport, a reserve partner, now houses a series of exciting, interactive exhibits entitled "Gateway to the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve". These exhibits enable visitors to experience a virtual tour of the Reserve, introducing them to the biology, ecology, and importance of estuarine habitats. The Tuckerton Seaport's mission is to preserve, present and interpret the rich maritime history, heritage, and environment of the Jersey shore and the unique contributions of its Baymen. On a 40-acre site along Tuckerton Creek, you will discover the sights, sounds, and smells that surrounded the lives of the people who lived and worked on the ocean, bays and back creeks of Coastal New Jersey. The authentic working Seaport village currently contains 16 re-created historical structures representing the various trades and crafts unique to the Barnegat Bay region and to the Baymen. Along with exhibits of the baymen's tools, decoys, and Barnegat Bay boats, there are demonstrations, instructional classes and hands-on workshops to preserve the traditional baymens trades and craftsmanship. Open seven days a week 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from April to December. — jcnerr.org

Governor Corzine and Interior Secretary Salazar Tour Wind Farm

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alling it responsible energy development, Governor Jon S. Corzine recently toured Jersey-Atlantic Wind Farm with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. Salazar was in Atlantic City for a conference regarding Energy Development on the Outer Continental Shelf. “Energy efficiency and renewable energy development is the responsible energy future for New Jersey and the country. Without a doubt it’s the right thing to do,” Governor Corzine said. “The resources provided by the Outer Continental Shelf should be viewed as a haven for wind energy, which is clean, renewable, environmentally-friendly, and will serve residents for generations.” Jersey-Atlantic Wind Farm, the state’s first wind farm, is comprised of five 380-foot high turbines. Governor Corzine’s Energy Master Plan lays out an aggressive strategy to harness offshore energy resources. Released last fall, the plan set a goal for the state to have 3,000 megawatts of offshore wind constructed off of the New Jersey coast by 2020, and 1,000 megawatts by the end of 2012. To meet these goals, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities has awarded $12 million in rebates to three offshore wind developers to construct 1,000 megawatts of offshore wind by the end of 2012. — nj.gov/governor/news

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SeaTurtleTrading Company.com "Booty Soap" for the scurvy dog & wench. All natural, handmade. Now featuring the hot Runnning Rhasta tees.

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Sand Castle Cottages Weekly rentals, housekeeping cottages by the sea. www.sandcastlecottages.com 211 9th ave., Belmar 732-681-0732

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The Friends of Belmar Harbor Sailing Program Established to promote and foster the enhancement of the Shark River Basin in Belmar. Fobhnj. org for more info

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