• January 26, 2020

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Over the back Fence

When folks talk about where they would like to retire, New Jersey is rarely on anyone’s list. Not that there is anything terribly wrong with our state, it’s just an expensive place to live. A poll last weekend ranked New Jersey 47th on a list of places to retire.

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Wednesday 01/22/2020
OUR VIEW: Freeholders aren’t marketing geniuses
Posted: January 22, 2020

Of all the things that require urgent attention in Cape May County, our freeholders put gun rights on the fast track by declaring the county a sanctuary for the Second Amendment.

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Thursday 01/02/2020
OUR VIEW: Thank you, teachers
Posted: January 02, 2020

“I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.”  John Steinbeck

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Wednesday 12/18/2019
ANOTHER VIEW: Lantern flies are not on Christmas trees
Posted: December 18, 2019

Spotted lanternflies are invading from Pennsylvania into eight New Jersey counties! Fortunately for New Jersey Christmas tree farmers - and Christmas tree lovers - these alien pests don’t like the taste of evergreens.

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Wednesday 12/11/2019
Beach replenishment an effort in futility ... but what is the alternative?
Posted: December 11, 2019

Replenishing the beaches in Ocean City, Strathmere, Sea Isle City and the rest of the Jersey shore is an effort in futility.

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Wednesday 12/04/2019
Shore hard to replicate
Posted: December 04, 2019

Shore towns were busy over the long Thanksgiving Day weekend, a good sign for local business commerce when all the national news points instead to online purchases and going to the mall.

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Wednesday 11/27/2019
Over the Back Fence
Posted: November 27, 2019

For those of us whose culinary skills involve taking a frozen dinner from the freezer and heating it in a microwave oven, some tips on cooking a turkey may be in order to keep us from poisoning our guests on Thanksgiving. 

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Wednesday 11/20/2019
ANOTHER VIEW
Posted: November 20, 2019

America is “number one” in incarcerating its citizens, military spending, drug overdoses, medical expenses, and gun ownership (nearly double the next country).

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EDITOR'S DESK: BYOB in another form
Posted: November 20, 2019

“At the end of the day, what we love about Ocean City is our image. This is going to change our image. It’s a shame that a few people are so short-sighted and think it won’t have an effect, but it will. It will take something away from us that you just can’t buy.”

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Wednesday 11/13/2019
Over the Back Fence
Posted: November 13, 2019

You may have noticed our little Cape May Acme recently installed another row of self-service checkout machines. I have seen a number of people being instructed in their use by employees. I assume these folks don’t shop at the North Cape May Acme or Rio Grande ShopRite, where the machines have been in use for years. 

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ANOTHER VIEW: The Wind Chimes Band
Posted: November 13, 2019

I have always been enchanted by Wind Chimes. Maybe mesmerized is  a better word. I like to sit out on the porch in the summer and listen to their delicate, melodic tinkle. The sounds seem to come from  another time, from another place. 

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OUR VIEW: When is Van Drew switching parties?
Posted: November 13, 2019

Given the mood in the First Legislative District in New Jersey, Jeff Van Drew may not have been re-elected if he were still in his Senate seat on Nov. 5.

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Wednesday 11/06/2019
Rest in peace, Bill Hughes
Posted: November 06, 2019

On Monday, Nov. 4, Ocean City laid to rest its favorite son, William J. Hughes, former Congressman and Ambassador to Panama who died Oct. 30.

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Wednesday 10/30/2019
What do voters want in their representatives?
Updated: October 30, 2019 - 8:31 am

There are clear distinctions between some of the candidates running for election to the state Assembly and Senate, but for others, it depends on priorities.

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Wednesday 10/16/2019
Does Mr. Mature America have to wear a Speedo?
Posted: October 16, 2019

A recent letter to the editor of this newspaper came across as rather prudish in many aspects, but its primary point makes sense: Get rid of the swimsuit portion of the Miss Ocean City Pageant.

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Thursday 10/10/2019
OUR VIEW: GOP campaign takes an ugly turn
Posted: October 10, 2019

The Cape May County Republican Party has picked a campaign topic sure to arouse anger and hatred just in time to bring people to the polls in an otherwise sleepy election.

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Wednesday 10/02/2019
OUR VIEW: Wide open election this November
Posted: October 02, 2019

The race for state Assembly and Senate is wide open this year. 

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ANOTHER VIEW
Posted: October 02, 2019

Every so often we have an experience that takes us back in time to a happy and comfortable place – a place where things seemed to be just right.  

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Wednesday 09/18/2019
Spare us the mock outrage ... and the negative political ads
Posted: September 18, 2019

As calculable as the tides, the froth and scum of negative campaign ads in the fall is a definite certainty. 

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Wednesday 09/04/2019
Time to breathe a sigh of relief
Posted: September 04, 2019

The last two weeks of August provided the ultimate contrast.

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Wednesday 08/28/2019
OUR VIEW: Law of unintended flying consequences
Posted: August 28, 2019

Mark Soifer would be proud.

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Thursday 08/01/2019
Who inspires us to be passionate about what we do?
Posted: August 01, 2019

Editor’s note: People have stories about a family member, a friend or mentor who influenced their life. Mine isn’t special in the larger scheme of things, but the story is special to me. I hope it reminds others about what inspired them.

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Wednesday 07/31/2019
OUR VIEW: Sheriff sending the wrong message about following the law
Updated: July 31, 2019 - 10:12 am

While we understand the reasoning behind Sheriff Robert Nolan wanting to continue his department’s relationship with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), we don’t understand how he can justify openly defying a directive from the state attorney general.

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Wednesday 07/24/2019
Don’t feed the freakin’ gulls
Posted: July 24, 2019

Do we really need the mayor admonishing people not to feed the gulls?

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Wednesday 07/10/2019
Summer at the Shore
Posted: July 10, 2019

Just about everyone enjoys pizza. There’s nothing like savoring a slice of pizza on a boardwalk stroll or at home after a day on the beach. 

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Tuesday 07/09/2019
Censure votes show GOP fracture lines
Updated: July 09, 2019 - 12:46 pm

The Cape May County Republican Party seems to be fracturing again.

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Wednesday 06/26/2019
OUR VIEW: Get back to protecting the Pinelands
Updated: June 26, 2019 - 9:47 am

Can the Pinelands Commission get back to protecting the Pinelands?

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Wednesday 06/19/2019
ANOTHER VIEW: The unsolved Chester horticultural heist
Posted: June 19, 2019

My uncle Harry was the youngest of four brothers. His oldest brother Joe was a journalist and author; next oldest was Abe, my father, an all-state fullback in high school, and a member of Temple University’s powerhouse football teams of the 1930s. He later played with the Frankfort team, forerunner to the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Wednesday 06/12/2019
What is selling point: the resort or celebrities?
Posted: June 12, 2019

Ocean City is spending at least a quarter-million bucks this year to bring celebrities to town. Most of them come to special events, to ride in parades, perform with the Ocean City Pops Orchestra or to sign autographs and meet fans.

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Wednesday 05/29/2019
Don’t rain on our parade
Posted: May 29, 2019

Driving from Cape May to Ocean City early Monday, I was stuck in traffic for miles.

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Wednesday 05/22/2019
Your phone is tracking your moves, reporting to Google
Posted: May 22, 2019

We were looking at rocking chairs for the porch at a local store and I compared prices on my smartphone to see if there was a better deal elsewhere. Later in the day, ads for rocking chairs start popping up on Facebook and on my computer.

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Wednesday 05/15/2019
Consider community patrols for safety at Birch Grove Park
Posted: May 15, 2019

Northfield’s Birch Grove Park is a wooded oasis, a stronghold of nature amid suburban encroachment from every direction — and one of the reasons why many choose to live in the city.

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Wednesday 05/08/2019
You get what you fight for
Posted: May 08, 2019

It’s dumb now for Fairness in Taxes (FIT) to be questioning whether the city has the option to buy or condemn the former Ocean City Chevrolet car dealership between Haven and Simpson avenues. 

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Wednesday 05/01/2019
OUR VIEW: Keeping noise levels down on Boardwalk
Posted: May 01, 2019

Who would think limiting the noise from buskers on the Ocean City Boardwalk would be this complicated?

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Wednesday 04/10/2019
Of course we don’t wantm to pay in N.J.
Posted: April 10, 2019

According to the American Road & Transportation Builders Associations’ annual report, about 7 percent – 47,052 of the nation’s 616,087 bridges – are “structurally deficient and in poor condition.” 

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Wednesday 04/03/2019
EDITOR'S DESK: Focus on next generation
Posted: April 03, 2019

I don’t have a great interest in interviewing television or movie stars. As a journalist I have the opportunity, but I prefer to talk to people in the community who affect my life and the lives of all those people around me in more direct ways. 

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OUR VIEW: Stop seismic testing in the Atlantic
Posted: April 03, 2019

If there is one thing that has aligned public officials from opposing political parties, it is their unity against seismic testing in the Atlantic Ocean.

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Wednesday 03/20/2019
Be safer with pesticides on this island; residents and landscapers can help
Posted: March 20, 2019

Scientific evidence is mounting of the detrimental human health effects, particularly to developing children, of cumulative/low-level exposures to chemical lawn pesticides, while our family resort island is doused in pesticides. 

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Hate never takes a holiday
Posted: March 20, 2019

The mass murder – white nationalist terror – in New Zealand is one more horribly disheartening fact of life on this planet.

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Wednesday 03/13/2019
ANOTHER VIEW: A little help for our kestrals
Posted: March 13, 2019

If you build it, they will come. 

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EDITOR'S DESK: Darned Teenagers Keeping me wrinkled
Posted: March 13, 2019

Young people keep ruining my evenings and weekends.

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Wednesday 03/06/2019
OUR VIEW: Impressive budget given all the work on city’s infrastructure
Posted: March 06, 2019

We believe Ocean City has been on the right path for the past number of years by focusing on major infrastructure improvements rather than on holding the line on taxes.

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Wednesday 02/27/2019
Not everybody is meant to hold a ‘real’ job
Posted: February 27, 2019

Jerry Seinfeld, Bruce Springsteen and Jim Henson never had a real job. All three were fortunate enough to go right into the entertainment business.

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Van Drew right: Border wall not an emergency
Posted: February 27, 2019

We are glad to see our new congressman, Jeff Van Drew, has joined efforts to fight President Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency over a border wall between the United States and Mexico.

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Wednesday 02/20/2019
More doings down south to annoy snowbirds
Posted: February 20, 2019

While a substantial portion of our population may be residing in Florida this time of year, for those who remain frozen to their fence post or glued to their Barcalounger watching Netflix, I offer an update on the crazy happenings down south. The Sunshine State hosts a large crew of people doing strange things, often leading to arrest.

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Far to go to restore faith in the church
Posted: February 20, 2019

The Diocese of Camden released the names of 56 priests who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors. Some of these priests worked in local churches over the years, including ones in Ocean City, Sea Isle City, Marmora, Somers Point and Northfield.

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Wednesday 02/13/2019
ANOTHER VIEW: ‘Early bird’ bald eagles are nesting
Posted: February 13, 2019

Bald eagles are New Jersey’s early birds. In the chill of winter, they’re the first to build nests and lay eggs.

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OUR VIEW: If nothing else, be informed
Updated: February 13, 2019 - 10:00 am

Although some of the content in Sea Isle City’s seminar on marijuana and vaping struck us as overly alarmist, we are glad to see programs that help inform the public.

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Over the back Fence: Self-driving cars offer frightening future
Posted: February 13, 2019

I keep reading items about self-driving cars, but the idea scares the hell out of me. 

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Wednesday 02/06/2019
OUR VIEW: There is time to adjust to $15 an hour minimum wage
Posted: February 06, 2019

An increase in the minimum wage is long overdue.

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