Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Lake Lily Swans are evil?

So says somebody HERE. I suppose he may have his tongue in cheek; read his post and see what you think.

Nature blogger feature today

At the blog Foulkeways and Beyond, you will find some great nature photography, and specifically some great Cape May Point nature photography HERE. Don't limit your visit to the Cape May Point posting; there are many beautiful nature photos at the site, many of butterflies and insects with a great deal of detail about what you're seeing in these fantastic photos. The above photos is an "American Copper" at the Point, taken from this great blog.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

on the water...

Nice blog about sailing HERE, with a post about visiting Cape May THERE. Thank you to the blogger for the beautiful Cape May sunrise photo...

Monday, September 28, 2009

Indigo Sunset | Cape May Photo Blog Photography Images Scenes Pictures

Indigo Sunset | Cape May Photo Blog Photography Images Scenes Pictures

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Another beautiful photo of the day from CapeMay.Com....

Magic Brain Cafe-another webcam

If you're tech savvy enough to find this blog, then you probably are familiar with the Magic Brain Cyber Cafe, located behind the Washington Street Mall in the Carpenter's Square Mall. I often forget, however, I should point out to you, my loyal blog reader, that Magic Brain has a live webcam! Of course, it does not show any scenery, but if you're tired of the other usual webcams, this is another live Cape May webcam that can transport you to Cape May if that's where you really want to be (and seriously, who doesn't want to be there???). After you click the link, you'll have a choice of three different webcams -- obviously, click the one that says "Cape May"...and you'll see the inside of this great Cape May breakfast spot. They have great coffee and breakfast pastries, too!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Bloggy day

"Scribble and Scripts of a Resident Bohemian" gives us some great Cape May Point nature photographs this morning (like the one above).

...and Whatever is Lovely gives us many beautiful Cape May photos from last weekend, like this one of the Cove. And the biblical quote expressed beneath the photos (posted by this young blogger) is certainly good for today, a Sunday:

O God our Savior, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas... who stilled the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, and the turmoil of the nations. (Psalm 65 :5,7)

Birders worldwide come to Cape May County platform - pressofAtlanticCity.com : Cape May County

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Whale Watching!

A nice blog post about an excursion on the whale watching boat, with many neat photos of Cape May and nature at work, right HERE.

Cape May's last movie theater awaits wrecking ball - pressofAtlanticCity.com : Latest News

Click this link to read the AC Press's short version of the movie theater wrecking ball story: Cape May's last movie theater awaits wrecking ball - pressofAtlanticCity.com : Latest News

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story can be read HERE.

Perhaps there's a chance the city could stop them? The story doesn't say so but certainly implies it.

Piping Plovers!

To read a little bit about a Piping Plover family recently spotted at the Cove, and see several cute pictures, like the one above, then click right HERE.

Friday, September 25, 2009

To cleanse the palate

After that depressing news about the Cape May Theatre, I need to link to something happier as the weekend begins. The above photo of the Cove/end of Beach Drive area can be found HERE; the picture was taken earlier this week. Thank you to Bobbie for the beautiful palate cleansing photo.

Well, this is depressing...

No comment necessary beyond the Cape May County Herald's story itself:

CAPE MAY- The Beach Theatre, the city’s last remaining movie theater is scheduled for demolition the first week of November.

An undercover reporter for the Herald spoke on site with Ed O’Brien, Development/Construction Manager for the Frank Companies, owners of the Beach Theater, questioning if the seats from the theater were for sale.
He told the Herald the theater would be demolished the week of Nov. 1 and the seats and other equipment would be offered for sale. O’Brien and a crew from a mold removal service were working on the theater Sept. 24.

According the Cape May Construction Office, the Frank Companies have a demolition certificate from the city’s Historic Preservation Commission and need only to notify the city that utilities have been disconnected from the theater to begin demolition.

In Sept. 2007, Cape May City Council presented the Beach Theatre Foundation with a check for $100,000. The loan was to allow the foundation operate the theater for 12 months and find a developer to purchase and renovate the building which could cost between $12 million and $18 million.

In Nov. 2007, the non- profit Beach Theatre Foundation reopened the theater under a management agreement. The group spent six weeks cleaning and refurbishing the theater
The foundation had hoped to find an investor to develop the property while preserving the theater.

The Beach Theatre Foundation’s 18-month lease ended March 31 of this year but, the foundation continued to search for a developer. The Frank Companies reopened the theater May 22 but closed it after Labor Day.

The Frank Companies hold a demolition permit for the theater portion of the complex and received preliminary site plan approval from Cape May’s Planning Board to build six, three-bedroom condominiums above nine existing retail stores fronting on Beach Avenue. The theater’s front fa├žade and retail stores would remain.

The Beach Theatre Foundation hired a consulting firm in the hospitality field to take look at a market study to see if a “boutique hotel” would be an option to save the building and theatre auditorium.
The foundation opted not to renew its lease of the theater because it was losing too much money even though it sold more tickets in 2008 than the Frank Companies sold the previous year.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Rio Mall of Rio Grande (New Jersey)

If you've landed here, then obviously you know there's a small town up the way from Cape May named Rio Grande. I don't know if there's a river anywhere nearby but the town is there, this much I know. And Rio is close enough to Cape May that I feel this post is on-topic. (So there.) Well, as the saying goes, 'back when I was a kid, we'd walk five miles to school, in the snow, uphill, both way-" -- no, that's not what I was gonna say.

Back when I used to spend my summers in Cape May as a child, on rainy days my Mom often took me to the Rio Mall in Rio Grande, pictured above circa late 1980s. I can remember eating at Rick's Spaghetti and Pizza House on many occasions, and the food was pretty good. I can also remember seeing a movie or two at the Rio Mall, as well.

Like many old malls, the Rio Mall is gone gone gone.

The blog where I found this old photo of the Rio Mall, Label Scar, laments the loss of old malls and tries to gather the history and old photos of them, hence the name "Label Scar", which describes the way store signage that is removed leave a "scar" sort of like a tan line where your watch was on your wrist when you remove the wrist.

The website's goal is to create a bit of a repository for the history of the enclosed Mall, which they say was not the soulless disaster of the second half of the American twentieth century that many people believe. You can read more about what the website's propietors are up to HERE.

Anyway, the Rio Mall was really not all that much to write about even in its (apparent) heyday. At least, as a kid I was never particularly thrilled to visit it, I can tell you that!

But it's still worth remembering.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Christian Admiral, 1971

A nice blog entry HERE about spending a summer -- 38 years ago -- working at the Christian Admiral. I could read stories like this all day.

Interesting question at "A Catalogue of Curious Items"

Interesting question posed by this blogger and visitor to the Cape May Arcade. Toaster or Fajita Maker... hmmm... but I want to know (and you will too if you click this link) is who in their right mind wins 28000 tickets in one day at the Arcade???

A great photo to start your Fall

Thank you to Mike a/k/a "Boomer" for this great photo pictured above.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

A Funny Man Walked into Cape May...

Click HERE for a very funny guy's description of his trip to Cape May. The Inn of Cape May, the b and b pictured above, Captain Mey's Inn, and various minigolf courses make an appearance. This live journal entry from last year is worth a read.

"More than a Name on a Bench"

If you haven't figured it out already, I'm a bit of an easy mark for 'the lessons of life' kind of things. Along those lines, click HERE for a very nice essay about the meaning of life, as inspired by a name on a boardwalk bench on our Cape May Boardwalk.

Monarch Migration 2009

Butterflies, as I have noted before, migrate annually through Cape May Point on their way to Southern climes. You can watch a great news story about the migration of Monarch Butterflies HERE, and read about the long term Cape May project behind the counting of the butterflies HERE.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Don't Forget

Don't forget the Cape May Bird Observatory's Birding Blog when you're looking to get your Cape May fix. They update almost everyday. As the summer ends, I will be looking for out-of-the-way corners of the internet that feature Cape May. But for today, this will do.

The bird above, of course, is a Long-Billed Dowitcher. What?! You didn't know that? Oh come on don't kid me. Mr. Dowitcher was spotted at Higbee's a few days ago.

Pastor Rudy's Wise Words

Pastor Rudy Sheptock is the pastor of the Lighthouse Church in Cape May County. He has a regular column in the Cape May County Herald. I enjoy all his columns, but his column this week,
A Healing Love, is particularly good. Thanks for being you, Pastor Rudy.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Great Video!

This is a great video of a couple of shoobies seeing Cape May. They feature two wonderful hotels, the Chalfonte and The Inn of Cape May. They obviously have very good taste. And this video starts in Wildwood -- the first 100 seconds or so are in Wildwood. Just a taste. But inclusion of the video on my blog marks the first.. hmmm, I think second, mention of Wildwood on the blog. Anyway, click play and enjoy this great video from "Bill and Melinda."

Friday, September 18, 2009

Blogs for Today

Photo from Margaret Montet's blog

Villas Girl has some
new Cape May Point photos for you, just click the link to her webpage
and scroll...

Endangered New Jersey
has a very interesting story about part of the Cape May National
Wildlife Refuge HERE.

But my real discovery for today is Margaret Montet's blog. Ms. Montet is a travel writer and she focuses on Cape May. Her post yesterday about the Cape May Canal is what brought her to my attention, but she has a number of interesting Cape May blogposts HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. Check out her great blog!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder

If you're interested in buying this painting or seeing other artwork by the artist responsible for this painting, click:


Another unpaid endorsement by the Cape May Blogger. :0)

Neat little story on National Wildlife Refuge: here.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

I Can See Clearly Now the Dune is Gone

From today's AC Press...

Storm restores ocean view to Cape May restaurant

CAPE MAY--The Cove Restaurant at the end of Beach Avenue now has a waterfront view instead of a 15-foot high dune.

Owners of the restaurant have been fighting with the state for years to get that dune removed, to little avail. The dune was created back in 1999 and it has been the source of contention ever since it grew to high enough that it blocked diners' view of the ocean.

But last week's storm took care of that, if perhaps only temporarily. The storm severely eroded away sand dunes at the end of Beach Avenue in Cape May near 2nd Street.

Route 109 Bridge Renamed To Honor Heroes

CAPE MAY CO.--A Cape May County roadway connecting Cape May City and Lower Township now honors local veterans.

The Route 109 Bridge over the Cape May Canal is officially designated as the Cape May County Veterans Memorial Bridge.

The legislation was signed into law on Sunday, and serves as a way to honor the more than 12,000 veterans residing in Cape May County.

The law also mandates that neither state nor public money can be used to change the name of the bridge.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Jaw Dropping

The internet is just a series of tubes but ...wow, what a series of tubes! Click HERE for a gallery of 700 -- yes, SEVEN HUNDRED -- old Cape May County photos and postcards. The above 1960s photo of a horse-drawn trolley (!) is just the tip of the iceberg. After you click the link for the 700 photos, scroll down a bit to see the photos. The first few are Anglesea and Avalon but many of the rest are Cape May... and there are pages and pages of them. Here's a few more to whet your appetite:

the greatest hotel in the world, many years ago...

The Fun Factory at Sewall's Point
... hard to imagine where this was exactly....

Some great Cape May Nature photos....

at this Wordpress blog, like the photo above....

A birding blog you should follow

Check out this blogpost by "The Wandering Merlin": click here. If you're a birder, you need to be following this blog all Fall.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

cape may blogpost today

Cape May blogpost today here. And yes, it's Physick House, not Physik, but we'll give the blogger a break because he appreciates Cape May!

Cape May New Jersey - The Boston Globe

Cape May New Jersey - The Boston Globe

You'll find a great story today in the Boston Globe. I remember as a child when neighbors would go to Cape Cod, and look down their noses at Cape May. I'll take Cape May over those Sawx fans' favorite beach town any day. This snippet from the story shows that maybe the Bostonites are realizing it too:

The Jersey Shore isn’t all casinos, bad techno music, and Bruce Springsteen. Cape May, New Jersey’s southernmost point, nestled at the confluence of the Atlantic Ocean and Delaware Bay, delivers on the Garden State’s nickname. And with its gaslight street lanterns, Victorian B & Bs, and storied birding seasons, it is blissfully stuck in time.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Cape May blogpost for today HERE. I wonder if I could find a Cape May-related blogpost for each day of the year?

Friday, September 11, 2009

9/11 Memories

It is incumbent on those of us who remember 9/11 to make sure our children understand it and never forget. In the Cape May-area, here are events you can attend today in memory of those we lost eight years ago:

Cape May: 6:30 p.m. at Second Avenue pavilion. Ceremony will include speakers and participation by members of the Coast Guard.

Cape May Court House: 5 p.m. at the County Administration Building, 4 Moore Road.

Cape May Point: 6 p.m. at Sunset Beach in Lower Township.

I think the only proper way for this blog to memorialize 9/11 is through an excellent flag ceremony video from Sunset Beach.

Rest in Peace to all those we lost eight years ago today. Never forget.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Who you gonna call?

I've mentioned before that I don't believe in all the Cape May ghost stories; however, Craig McManus certainly does. He is the foremost ghost hunter of Cape May, with many books to his credit. Look HERE for a great piece about whether the Lighthouse is haunted. And thank you to Craig for the great photo above....

End of Season Report

I always enjoy reading how the summer went, business-wise, for Shore merchants. This story is the first of what will be many, but I doubt any will be as detailed. Overall, it sounds pretty poor. :0(

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Cape May in the Fall

Where did everybody go?
USA Today busts out of the post-Labor Day rut and describes events this Fall in Cape May...

Cape May fall events include food festival, Victorian Week

CAPE MAY, N.J. (AP) — The Cape May Food & Wine Festival unfolds over nine days, from Sept. 19 to Sept. 27, with events that include food and wine tastings, a chefs cook-off, a gourmet marketplace, and a chowder contest.
Also on the program are five chefs' dine-arounds, five gourmet luncheons, wine cellar tours and tastings, a beer-tasting dinner, and Cape May wine school, plus classes and demonstrations.

Then in October, Cape May celebrates its Victorian heritage with Victorian Week, Oct. 9-18. The event includes historic house tours, murder mystery-themed dinners, a chocolate buffet, vintage dance workshops, crafts and antiques shows, living history programs, lectures and performances.

And from Oct. 16-31, a series of Halloween-themed tours and events are being offered in the area.

The events are sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts. For more information or to make reservations, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit capemaymac.org.

Go enjoy and report back!

The Summer Wind

Here's a nice post from a new blogger named Steve. Thanks for the end of Labor Day Weekend thoughts, Steve. Must say I agree with your sentiments...

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Saturday, September 5, 2009

The Labor Day Weekend Begins...and the summer ends...

"Final Catch" - CapeMay.Com's Photo of the Day

Thank you to CapeMay.Com for the beautiful photo as we ease into the end of the summer...

Great story HERE about how this summer has been a treat for fishermen and bird watchers because of the warm water temperatures... barracudas caught off Cape May? Hard to believe!

Enjoy the Weekend!

Friday, September 4, 2009

What to do, what to do (Labor Day Edition)

If you're looking for Cape May activities this weekend, the Cherry Hill Courier Post gives you a great rundown in this article. They first recommend Cape May's glorious bandstand, where each night of the weekend you will find another musical act. Shows start at 8.

Cape May is having its 17th Summer Send Off craft show at its boardwalk Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m.

The West Cape May Tomato Festival takes place at Wilbraham Park on Saturday. Come to Wilbraham Park on Saturday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to find food, fine vendors, crafts made by local artists including handmade jewelry and stained glass and lots of fresh Jersey-grown tomatoes.

And if you're in Cape May this weekend, I have one thing to say: I'm jealous!

Dismal Weekend for Fishing?

I don't run enough stories about fishing, so I thought I'd run this story below from the Atlantic City Press. (Besides, any excuse to run the above photograph of one of the most memorable storefronts in Cape May (Jim's Bait&Tackle) is good enough for me!)

Area bait, tackle shops expect dismal weekend: Summer flounder season ends today under state rules

The minnows swimming around at Capt Tate's Bait & Tackle in Dennis Township should count their blessings.

Their chances of living to see Labor Day are much better.

But area bait shops are not off the hook.

They expect a sharp decline in bait and tackle sales this weekend because state regulations are ending the summer flounder season today, before many Labor Day weekend anglers hit the water.

"You get three good weekends out of a summer, and basically the government's taking one good one away from you," said Rusty Zeigler, manager at Capt. Tate's.

Sales of frozen squid and mackerel at the Route 47 shop probably will be cut in half, too, he said.

With an early end to the season of summer flounder, also called fluke, Jim Wallace, of Jim's Bait & Tackle in Lower Township, worries he will lose some customers to Delaware, where the season continues until year's end.

"I don't know the answer, but I know it does affect us," he said.

Summer flounder, or fluke, is among the most popular draws for anglers this time of year. The mild, delicate-tasting fish is a popular dinnertime staple, even among those who shy away from most seafood.

Last year, the summer flounder season ended Sept. 7, almost a week after Labor Day.

"Our business fell off a cliff" after that, Wallace said. "There were no offshore tuna fish, which my other customers would go for. The price of gas was extremely high. It was a triple whammy."

The New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council makes the decisions on flounder, juggling several techniques - such as minimum size limits, daily fish takes and length of season - to meet a quota set by the Atlantic State Marine Fisheries Commission.

The state had to cut the recreational final catch by 4.2 percent this year, partially because state anglers overfished the quota last year.

Technically, not quite all anglers in New Jersey have to end their summer flounder season today. Similarly, the summer flounder season ended in New York on Aug. 17, but some are still fishing.

The reason is something called research set-asides. The RSAs, as they are known, let people buy extra quota at auction and catch the fish whenever they want. The money raised in the program goes to fishery research.

Overall in New Jersey, the flounder season has been ending progressively earlier.

In 2007, the season ended Sept 10; in 2006, it was Oct. 9.

"I was talking to another tackle shop owner yesterday who said, 'I don't know what to do in September, because around here, there's not a lot to do until striper season opens in the middle of October,'" Zeigler said.

Richard Orth, of Cape May Bait & Tackle in West Cape May, expects to sell only a percentage of the minnows and squid he typically would on a Labor Day weekend.

"A lot of people are disappointed," he said.

Staff writer Richard Degener contributed to this report.

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Fundraiser for Lady Mary victims' children

The below story can be found HERE. My other stories about the sinking of the Lady Mary earlier this year can be read HERE. Please see if you can support this charity, it certainly is worthy.

Lady Mary Fund holding benefit for kids

Sep, 02-2009 4:12 pm

WEST CAPE MAY—The Lady Mary Family Fund Organization will hold a Beef and Beer fundraiser to support the 11 underage children that lost their fathers when the Lady Mary scallop fishing vessel sank 70 miles off the coast of Cape May on March 24.
Of the seven crewmembers, only one survived, Jose Arias. The six other men that left behind many family members and friends were Tarzon “Bernie” Smith, Timothy Smith, Royal Smith Jr., Frank Credle, Frank Reyes and Jorge Ramos.

Debbie Smeltzer, organizer of the Lady Mary Family Fund, is putting together the fundraiser to be held on Sept. 27 at the West Cape May Fire Hall from 3 to 8 p.m.
“We just had a lot of phone calls that people wanted to donate money,” she said.
Tickets are $20 for the event, which includes a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle.
Smeltzer said that for the auction, gift certificates have been collected from local restaurants. She has also received Jimmy Fallon tickets, an electric guitar signed by jazz guitarist Al Di Meola, an guitar autographed by Jon Bon Jovi, hotel accommodations, a Philadelphia Soul jersey, a football signed by DeSean Jackson of the Philadelphia Eagles, Philadelphia KiXX tickets, tickets for the Cape May Jazz, the Cape May Stage and Morey’s Piers waterpark, jewelry, clothing, gift baskets and much more.

“We’re just hoping a lot of people turn out so we can raise money for these kids,” Smeltzer said.

Tickets can be purchased through Smeltzer or at Sea Gear Marine Supply, Tony's Marine Supply, Cape Port Marine Supply, Atlantic Cape Fisheries, Lund's Fisheries, The Lobster House and the Moose Lodge.

Smeltzer, who works at Cold Spring Dock, said that those interested in donating can contact her at 884-3405. Donations can be sent to the Lady Mary Family Fund Organization, PO Box 497, Cape May, NJ 08204.

The Wandering Merlin Blog

Arthur Nelson is a blogger and volunteer serving in Cape May's Raptor Banding Project this Fall. He intends to blog about the project all Autumn at his blog The Wandering Merlin. Above is a photo he took of a coyote on Cape May island! I wouldn't believe it if I hadn't seen the photo. Looking forward to following this blog the rest of the year.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

St. Mary's By the Sea Story

I have linked to stories about the majestic summer home of the Sisters of St. Joseph HERE and HERE. The Sisters offer retreats to the public.

Sue, a Mennonite Pastor, shares a very nice story about her recent silent retreat at the retreat center RIGHT HERE. I cannot think of a more peaceful place in the entire world for a silent retreat.

Photo Blogs

I linked to a gorgeous photo on a photo blog a few days ago... that blogger -- David Sullivan, who you can read about HERE -- has a few more fantastic Cape May related photos up this week. Look HERE for another beautiful Sunset Beach photo, and look HERE for an unusual shot of the Virginia Hotel. Thanks, David.

And here's another great photo blog with great shots of the surf at Cape May Point in between the two storms that were off the coast the last few weeks.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Decline of the butterflies - pressofAtlanticCity.com : Carla Linz Callaway: Editorial Blog

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This is a wonderful little snippet about the butterfly migration and the concern that the butterfly population is on the decline.

The Best of Cape May 2009 | Cape May Magazine Online

Be sure to check out the winners in this year's The Best of Cape May 2009 | Cape May Magazine Online!

I know that my vote helped several of these winners bring home the prize, including Ocean Putt Mini-Golf, one of my son's annual photo with the Ocean Putt rabbit pictured to the left...

...And The Dellas General Store, pictured below, is another deserving winner...

Congrats to all the winners! I hope to visit you all soon!