60th Wedding Anniversary Couple Gets Big Surprise

While COVID-19 made it impossible for the children of Barbara and Tony Aukstikalnis to fly to New Jersey to celebrate their parents’ 60th anniversary in Harvey Cedars, they utilized some ingenuity and technology to make it a special day for the couple. “They wanted so bad to be there, but they had concerns for their parents being in a high-risk […]

‘The Old Surfer Girl’ Still Has Some Spunk


Can you imagine that some people never go to the beach? There are people who reject the sand, the sun, the lotion and the rolling surf! I’m not one of these people; I love the beach, the bay, the gulls, and especially the enchanting beauty of Long Beach Island. When our annual vacation week to be together nears, the excitement […]

A Retrospective of the Most Classic Hurricane Season With Combo Swell and a Few Last Summer Events

Liquid Lines

I’ve been reminiscing a lot this summer, getting a bit nostalgic, you might say. And hey, can you blame anyone for thinking back to the past, whether it was your childhood, or just … February? Surfer Mag recently asked me to pen a piece on the top five hurricane swells ever for the East Coast, which got me tripping in […]

Raining Plankton and Jellyfish; Olden Days of Proper Tar Ball Protocols

The Fish Story

FREAKIER STILL: Bear with me as I make one last mention of TS Isaias, the little storm that could. And it truly short-circuited our piece of the power grid and melted away any notion that we’re ready for protracted power outages. While authorities are now angrily targeting the shortcomings of our emergency readiness – with Atlantic City Electric and JCP&L […]

An Oak Ridge Boy Loves the Jersey Shore

The Oak Ridge Boys bring their distinctive four-part harmonies to Surflight Theatre’s outdoor stage in Beach Haven on Monday, Aug. 31, for two shows, at 5:30 and 8 p.m. For the bass singer, Richard Sterban, the Island appearance takes him back to his teenage years. Born in Camden and raised in Collingswood, Sterban said a church he attended had a […]

Wildflowers Dog Show Howling Success

In the midst of a pandemic that has created great uncertainty and considerable anxiety, something amazing happened in Barnegat Light. The 19th annual Wildflowers’ Dog Show held on Thursday, Aug. 13, attracted a near-record turnout – about 70 people, everyone wearing a mask, and 25 dogs. The show is held to raise funds for the programs run by the Friends […]

Good News This Year for Kiddie Beach in Barnegat Light

People picking up after their dogs has led to a success story for a Barnegat Light kiddie bay bathing beach so far this summer, officials report. The town and the Long Beach Island Health Department want everyone to know that picking up dog waste is keeping fecal coliform counts within state-accepted levels at the 25th Street swimming beach. In a […]

Beach Badge Sales, Lifeguards Mark Busy Summer Season in Surf City

Surf City officials have one word to describe the 2020 summer season in the borough, to date: busy. With $610,000 in beach badge sales as of Aug. 6, it’s easy to believe.   Councilman Pete Hartney said the badge sales are about $22,000 above what they were last year at this time, and four badge checkers have exceeded or are close […]

Next Episode of ‘Just Beneath the Surface’ Premieres Thursday

Season Four, Episode One, of “Just Beneath the Surface” premieres Thursday night, outside at Bird & Betty’s in Beach Haven. The 18-minute glimpse into the heart of the Island and surrounding environs celebrates two essential aspects of coastal living: relishing time spent on the water and enjoying the music that fuels the nightlife. Representing the “floating life” are a family […]

Near and Far, U.S. Postal Service Gets Stamp of Concern

As of Monday, Aug. 17, the post office in Long Beach Township was still offline, a consequence of Tropical Storm Isaias earlier this month, according to Ray V. Daiutolo Sr., U.S. Postal Service Corporate Communications for South Jersey and Philadelphia Districts. The doors of the branch are open for access to P.O. boxes, “but services are degraded by the network […]