• November 12, 2019

Ocean City Sentinel: Columnist Two

Columnist Two

Over the Back Fence

  • Jack Fichter
  • Managing Editor
    Cape May Star and Wave
  • Jack Fichter is the managing editor for the Cape May Star and Wave, and a contributing columnist and reporter for its sister newspapers, the Ocean City Sentinel, the Upper Township Sentinel, and The Sentinel of Somers Point, Linwood and Northfield.
Wednesday 08/03/2016
Old methods won’t work for modern crooks
Updated: August 03, 2016 - 10:26 am

Remember when kidnappers cut out letters from magazines to write ransom notes? These and other things are becoming a lost art in our ever-changing culture. Clever kidnappers would buy a bunch of magazines and start cutting out letters to form words. The ransom note was an untraceable jumble of colorful letters of different fonts. We do know the magazine letter method of writing a ransom note was even mentioned in a Sherlock Holmes novel. 

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Wednesday 03/04/2015
On vacations and their less fortunate derivatives
Posted: March 04, 2015 - 10:05 am

We have new words to describe vacations. Cape May County Tourism Director Diane Wieland included them in a PowerPoint presentation to the Lower Township Chamber of Commerce last month.

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Wednesday 01/14/2015
Cheap gas, expensive chicken
Posted: January 14, 2015 - 11:12 am

I’m sure most of us are pleased with falling gasoline prices. I filled my tank this morning for $20. The tank was so empty that the gas light was lit next to the gauge. One year ago, I was paying $30-$35 to fill the tank. 

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Wednesday 12/03/2014
You’ll shoot your eye out
Updated: December 03, 2014 - 10:54 am

“This is wrong,” I shouted from my office when I read a press release entitled the “Top 10 Christmas Holiday Movies or Television Shows.” The list has a very big omission. Read it and see what holiday movie is missing. I’ll give you a hint, a few lines from the movie: “The heavenly aroma still hung in the house. But it was gone, all gone! No turkey! No turkey sandwiches! No turkey salad! No turkey gravy! Turkey Hash! Turkey a la King!”

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Wednesday 10/08/2014
Dregs of society live here?
Posted: October 08, 2014 - 9:48 am

I know it’s not polite to eavesdrop on someone else’s conversation, but I overheard an exchange between a visitor and a year-round resident of our area that was so interesting that I have to share it. The conversation may infuriate most readers, but it offers an opinion I’ve heard from other residents and visitors.

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Wednesday 10/01/2014
The big Ebola question
Posted: October 01, 2014 - 10:53 am

Have you heard the expression “the elephant in the living room”? It’s an idiom for something that’s pretty obvious that everyone seemingly is ignoring. What would you do if an elephant appeared in your living room? Would you pretend it wasn’t there?

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Wednesday 05/07/2014
This election feels like a collective shrug
Posted: May 07, 2014 - 11:14 am

It is difficult to shake the feeling that much of the Ocean City electorate believes the May 13 election for mayor and city council is largely a foregone conclusion.

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Wednesday 04/02/2014
Farewell from a columnist
Posted: April 02, 2014 - 10:35 am

I was a little surprised to get a phone call recently asking me if the Cape May Star and Wave was closing its doors. The paper has been around in one form or another since 1854, and I couldn’t imagine the owners simply padlocking the door – which they are not.

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Wednesday 03/12/2014
Irish communication skills
Posted: March 12, 2014 - 11:05 am

I was thinking about St. Patrick’s Day, and I dug out a CD I have titled, “The Complete Irish National Anthem – 20 Great Songs of Irish Nationhood.” It contains songs about a “dear old mother,” for example, but they’re about her losing her sons in the battle for Ireland’s independence or her placing the “Broad Black Brimmer” of the IRA on her son’s head.

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Wednesday 03/05/2014
Punctuation can save lives
Posted: March 05, 2014 - 2:10 pm

I came across a couple of funny lines recently, such as by the late Mitch Hedberg, who said, “I often order a club sandwich, but I’m not even a member. I don’t know how I get away with it.”

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Wednesday 02/26/2014
Shouting from the bleachers
Posted: February 26, 2014 - 1:26 pm

I covered the District 32 wrestling tournament for the newspaper. I took photos of the Ocean City and Mainland wrestlers and did a story on the Lower Cape May Regional wrestlers. While LCMR’s Cory Damiana was wrestling in the 195-pound finals, his brother was in the immediate vicinity shouting instructions, corrections, scolding, cajoling … you know, coaching. 

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Wednesday 02/19/2014
Messing with our heroes
Posted: February 19, 2014 - 10:46 am

I remember feeling rather irritated when someone would discredit a historic American figure – maybe even someone who would be considered an American hero.

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Wednesday 02/12/2014
Everyone annoyed by how others drive
Posted: February 12, 2014 - 12:03 pm

I think I’m not alone in saying I sometimes get annoyed by the way people drive. Sometimes I’m not even fond of the color of other people’s cars.

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Wednesday 02/05/2014
Living large without cable
Posted: February 05, 2014 - 10:39 am

Some time ago I dropped cable and started streaming movies to watch on my television. How’s that working out for you, Chris?

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Wednesday 01/29/2014
Hello, Miss Pronunciation
Posted: January 29, 2014 - 10:52 am

When I was sitting around with my kids I started feeling like the butt of all their jokes. This isn’t completely true. They made fun of each other when they weren’t making fun of me.

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Wednesday 01/22/2014
Should gov’t stop behaviors?
Posted: January 22, 2014 - 10:48 am

There was a post on Facebook regarding what I guessed was an effort by the U.S. government to require gruesome pictures on cigarette packages.

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Wednesday 01/15/2014
Who decides what is ugly?
Posted: January 15, 2014 - 11:42 am

I have read comments regarding a solar field erected on elementary school grounds in Lower Township. At least one person believes the solar panels are so ugly they should be hidden from view. Someone else said he liked the way they looked.

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Wednesday 12/18/2013
The main ingredient: Water
Posted: December 18, 2013 - 11:49 am

I have to get this off of my mind. I picked up a small tube of shaving cream and looked at the ingredients. I’m not even sure what I was looking for, but here is what I found.

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Wednesday 11/13/2013
Chicken Soup for the Cheap
Posted: November 13, 2013 - 3:18 pm

I was making some chicken soup the other day for two reasons. Actually, three. The first was that I have been fighting a cold and chicken soup is supposed to be good for that. Apparently the scientific or medical community is now recognizing the health benefits of eating chicken soup when you have a cold, and it is no longer considered a popular myth.

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Wednesday 11/06/2013
Fall in the technological age
Updated: November 06, 2013 - 4:34 pm

I took a walk through the Cape May Point Lighthouse State Park the other day. I took a camera with me and intended to take pictures of some of the waterfowl, if possible. What struck me were the leaves that had changed for the fall season.

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Wednesday 10/30/2013
‘History of Halloween’
Updated: November 06, 2013 - 4:30 pm

According to one source, Halloween was brought to America in 1840 by Irish who were escaping the potato famine. At the time, work was plentiful but wages were scanty, so the Irish immigrants took to the streets participating in a custom that dated back to the Celtic civilization, in which town’s people would go around their neighborhood and collect bite sized Snickers bars, boxes of Junior Mints, popcorn balls, and even turnips. 

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Editor's Desk

David Nahan
  • David Nahan
  • Editor and Publisher
    Ocean City Sentinel
  • David Nahan is publisher of the Cape May Star and Wave and editor and publisher of sister newspapers the Ocean City Sentinel, Upper Township Sentinel and The Sentinel of Somers Point, Linwood and Northfield.
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Over the Back Fence

  • Jack Fichter
  • Managing Editor
    Cape May Star and Wave
  • Jack Fichter is the managing editor for the Cape May Star and Wave, and a contributing columnist and reporter for its sister newspapers, the Ocean City Sentinel, the Upper Township Sentinel, and The Sentinel of Somers Point, Linwood and Northfield.

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Wednesday 03/04/2015
On vacations and their less fortunate derivatives
Posted: March 04, 2015

We have new words to describe vacations. Cape May County Tourism Director Diane Wieland included them in a PowerPoint presentation to the Lower Township Chamber of Commerce last month.

Comments (0)
Wednesday 01/14/2015
Cheap gas, expensive chicken
Posted: January 14, 2015

I’m sure most of us are pleased with falling gasoline prices. I filled my tank this morning for $20. The tank was so empty that the gas light was lit next to the gauge. One year ago, I was paying $30-$35 to fill the tank. 

Comments (0)
Wednesday 12/03/2014
You’ll shoot your eye out
Updated: December 03, 2014 - 10:54 am

“This is wrong,” I shouted from my office when I read a press release entitled the “Top 10 Christmas Holiday Movies or Television Shows.” The list has a very big omission. Read it and see what holiday movie is missing. I’ll give you a hint, a few lines from the movie: “The heavenly aroma still hung in the house. But it was gone, all gone! No turkey! No turkey sandwiches! No turkey salad! No turkey gravy! Turkey Hash! Turkey a la King!”

Comments (0)
Wednesday 10/08/2014
Dregs of society live here?
Posted: October 08, 2014

I know it’s not polite to eavesdrop on someone else’s conversation, but I overheard an exchange between a visitor and a year-round resident of our area that was so interesting that I have to share it. The conversation may infuriate most readers, but it offers an opinion I’ve heard from other residents and visitors.

Comments (0)
Wednesday 10/01/2014
The big Ebola question
Posted: October 01, 2014

Have you heard the expression “the elephant in the living room”? It’s an idiom for something that’s pretty obvious that everyone seemingly is ignoring. What would you do if an elephant appeared in your living room? Would you pretend it wasn’t there?

Comments (0)
Wednesday 05/07/2014
This election feels like a collective shrug
Posted: May 07, 2014

It is difficult to shake the feeling that much of the Ocean City electorate believes the May 13 election for mayor and city council is largely a foregone conclusion.

Comments (0)
Wednesday 04/02/2014
Farewell from a columnist
Posted: April 02, 2014

I was a little surprised to get a phone call recently asking me if the Cape May Star and Wave was closing its doors. The paper has been around in one form or another since 1854, and I couldn’t imagine the owners simply padlocking the door – which they are not.

Comments (0)
Wednesday 03/12/2014
Irish communication skills
Posted: March 12, 2014

I was thinking about St. Patrick’s Day, and I dug out a CD I have titled, “The Complete Irish National Anthem – 20 Great Songs of Irish Nationhood.” It contains songs about a “dear old mother,” for example, but they’re about her losing her sons in the battle for Ireland’s independence or her placing the “Broad Black Brimmer” of the IRA on her son’s head.

Comments (0)
Wednesday 03/05/2014
Punctuation can save lives
Posted: March 05, 2014

I came across a couple of funny lines recently, such as by the late Mitch Hedberg, who said, “I often order a club sandwich, but I’m not even a member. I don’t know how I get away with it.”

Comments (0)
Wednesday 02/26/2014
Shouting from the bleachers
Posted: February 26, 2014

I covered the District 32 wrestling tournament for the newspaper. I took photos of the Ocean City and Mainland wrestlers and did a story on the Lower Cape May Regional wrestlers. While LCMR’s Cory Damiana was wrestling in the 195-pound finals, his brother was in the immediate vicinity shouting instructions, corrections, scolding, cajoling … you know, coaching. 

Comments (0)
Wednesday 02/19/2014
Messing with our heroes
Posted: February 19, 2014

I remember feeling rather irritated when someone would discredit a historic American figure – maybe even someone who would be considered an American hero.

Comments (0)
Wednesday 02/12/2014
Everyone annoyed by how others drive
Posted: February 12, 2014

I think I’m not alone in saying I sometimes get annoyed by the way people drive. Sometimes I’m not even fond of the color of other people’s cars.

Comments (0)
Wednesday 02/05/2014
Living large without cable
Posted: February 05, 2014

Some time ago I dropped cable and started streaming movies to watch on my television. How’s that working out for you, Chris?

Comments (0)
Wednesday 01/29/2014
Hello, Miss Pronunciation
Posted: January 29, 2014

When I was sitting around with my kids I started feeling like the butt of all their jokes. This isn’t completely true. They made fun of each other when they weren’t making fun of me.

Comments (0)
Wednesday 01/22/2014
Should gov’t stop behaviors?
Posted: January 22, 2014

There was a post on Facebook regarding what I guessed was an effort by the U.S. government to require gruesome pictures on cigarette packages.

Comments (0)
Wednesday 01/15/2014
Who decides what is ugly?
Posted: January 15, 2014

I have read comments regarding a solar field erected on elementary school grounds in Lower Township. At least one person believes the solar panels are so ugly they should be hidden from view. Someone else said he liked the way they looked.

Comments (0)
Wednesday 12/18/2013
The main ingredient: Water
Posted: December 18, 2013

I have to get this off of my mind. I picked up a small tube of shaving cream and looked at the ingredients. I’m not even sure what I was looking for, but here is what I found.

Comments (0)
Wednesday 11/13/2013
Chicken Soup for the Cheap
Posted: November 13, 2013

I was making some chicken soup the other day for two reasons. Actually, three. The first was that I have been fighting a cold and chicken soup is supposed to be good for that. Apparently the scientific or medical community is now recognizing the health benefits of eating chicken soup when you have a cold, and it is no longer considered a popular myth.

Comments (0)
Wednesday 11/06/2013
Fall in the technological age
Updated: November 06, 2013 - 4:34 pm

I took a walk through the Cape May Point Lighthouse State Park the other day. I took a camera with me and intended to take pictures of some of the waterfowl, if possible. What struck me were the leaves that had changed for the fall season.

Comments (0)
Wednesday 10/30/2013
‘History of Halloween’
Updated: November 06, 2013 - 4:30 pm

According to one source, Halloween was brought to America in 1840 by Irish who were escaping the potato famine. At the time, work was plentiful but wages were scanty, so the Irish immigrants took to the streets participating in a custom that dated back to the Celtic civilization, in which town’s people would go around their neighborhood and collect bite sized Snickers bars, boxes of Junior Mints, popcorn balls, and even turnips. 

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