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‘Butterfly’ Gains National Notice

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If you ask the average person to name five great operas, chances are “Madame Butterfly” would be on the list. If you then told them there was a direct link between the famous opera and a house located in the Spray Beach section of Long Beach Township on Long Beach Island, they might doubt you. John Luther Long was a […]

Contest Becomes a Leaden Downfall for Cheaters; LBI Bluefin Tuna Travels to the Mediterranean  

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The real-time capture of cheats at an Ohio walleye fishing contest has become a nationwide news sensation, highlighted by scathing social media comments evoked by smartphone video recordings of the exact instant a two-man team of fishermen fraudsters were publicly exposed – and run out of Dodge, barely making it out in one piece. Anglers Jacob Runyan, 42, of Cleveland, […]

Another Island Landmark Gone, Boardriders Converge, Uncooperative Winds

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Here’s the sad news, folks: The 7-Eleven in Ship Bottom closed on Sunday. My first question is this: If this is no longer a 7-Eleven, will we still say we are surfing 7-11 (or simply “Sevies,” as we like to dub it)? Like, if you look at any surf map of New Jersey, the Ninth Street beach in Ship Bottom […]

The Day That Was Supposed to Be Good vs. the Day That Was Really Good

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Has anyone noticed what’s been happening in surf shops the last few years? Hey, we all like a cold drink, right? I assume that’s why the surf retailers have a quarter of the store designated to drinkware. These days, in addition to surfboards, wetsuits and flannels, your local surf shop can get you outfitted with thermoses, canteens, high balls, low […]

There’s No Passing Up This Year’s Classic; Jersey Thing Become an Arkansas Thing

The Fish Story

If you have an outside thermometer, go out and make nice since it’s about to take a wild and crazy ride. How the heck is Steve Martin doing these days? We are heading into a period of up and down temperatures of the highest and weirdest order. A prime player behind huge temp swings is a weak and wobbly polar […]

Old Barney Loses Its Champions

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In November 1922, Barnegat Lighthouse faced a new threat to its existence. It wasn’t from a storm with battering waves, but from the loss of support in Washington, D.C. The two biggest champions of “Old Barney” in the nation’s capital, Sen. Joseph Frelinghuysen and Congressman Frank Appleby of New Jersey, had unexpectedly been voted out of office. Appleby’s loss had […]

Poacher Busts Just Keep on Coming; A Bass Bonanza of All-Time Proportions

We are suffering through the latest the traffic signals have been left on in the fall. The big turn-off must await the rescheduled Chowderfest this weekend. Of course, suffering might be a bit much, seeing we are in the midst of some awesome autumnness. The fall feel is ideal for the arriving anglers vying for big money, prizes and, most […]

Weather, Whales and Events Pick Us Up After Storm Punch

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Sometimes I don’t know how we get through the day without positivity quote memes on Instagram. I mean, we can wake up and it’s raining with the bay coming up into the garage, the coffee maker is dead, the rent is due and the dog threw up on the carpet right next to your bed. You get up and you’re […]

Fight Against Oil Pollution 100 Years Old

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When Frank Appleby was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1920, he and New Jersey U.S. Sen. Joseph Frelinghuysen became the champions in Washington, D.C. who were leading a fight to save Barnegat Lighthouse. Along the way, the two were among the first to recognize another threat to the Jersey Shore and the emerging tourist industry. In February […]

Remnants of Hurricane Ian

A Breakdown of Nor’Ian’s Worst Possible Storm Track; Cantore Blowing in the Wind

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Is it me, or are we all pretty much quietly wishing to see Jim Cantore get washed away during a live broadcast? The weather certainly tops the headlines this week. And as The SandPaper comes out, the remnants of Hurricane Ian are just starting to pull away from our area, a storm that will likely go down in the all-time […]


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