Thursday, December 6, 2012
How the Jersey Shore Roller Girls fought back from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy to help the region and each other get back on track.
Must the show go on? There’s a saying in the entertainment business that “the show must go on,” but it’s not always true. For the Jersey Shore Roller Girls, the region's all-female flat-track roller derby league, the decision whether or not to cancel its 2012 championship bout after Hurricane Sandy was a tough one. The bout had been scheduled to follow the Asbury Park tree lighting ceremony at Convention Hall on November 24, but the venue wasn’t cleared for use until a week before the event date and there was no time to advertise. Worse still, at least nine of the league’s seventy skaters suffered serious damage to their homes, said JSRG board member Bash N. Onya. “We’ve done this after-Thanksgiving game since 2008 and it’s quickly become …
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Is the retail encroachment into Thanksgiving day worth fighting?
I’ve been known to be a party pooper, a real Debbie downer (sorry Debbie) when it comes to certain kinds of indulgences. Keep this in mind if you keep reading. Black Friday. Fine. After a day of gastronomic excess, we launch into a season of consumer spending that many of us will regret well into 2013. But a Black Friday that begins on Thanksgiving Thursday is just too much, or is it? The argument was succinctly made by P.C. Richard & Son (on Facebook, of course) that retailers who chose to open their doors on Thanksgiving “show no respect to their employees and families, and are in total disrespect of family values in America.” I’m inclined to agree, though the invocation of “family values” is questionable now that the phrase has been …
Friday, July 27, 2012
Images of the Rumson-Fair Haven area before and after the whirlwind weather change
A morning drive around the Rumson-Fair Haven area was proof that last night's storm snap left nothing more than a few branches felled. Over the border of Fair Haven, on Harding Road, however, there were remnants of a downed tree that had to be cut to clear the road last night. Other than thick, intense mugginess, the scene down by the river boat launch in Rumson last night was eerily silent and serene. Take a look at some views through the camera lens Patch captured before and after the storm.
Monday, August 29, 2011
They may have lost their tiki, but they are open for business and are ready for a sunny and fun Labor Day Weekend.
Employees are busy in "clean-up mode" at Donovan’s Reef in Sea Bright while customers lay-out on the beach this sunny Monday after Hurricane Irene came through just two nights ago. “We lost the tiki. We are in clean-up mode right now, but we are open for business and have been since last night,” said Susie Markson, manager of Donovan’s. Markson said that at high tide, the storm and the ocean were hitting the sea wall pretty hard. The winds were so strong that a door to the main building even swung open. “Luckily, one of the residents saw that a door swung open and the police had someone come and close it. There was no interior damage,” said Markson. The only damage that was sustained to the beach bar was complete loss of the tiki bar, …