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POSTED: Wednesday, July 18, 2012, 12:57 PM

OCEAN CITY N.J. – In the middle of another brutal heat wave, there are few places on Earth where dozens of people will go to order hot soup for lunch – in a restaurant without air conditioning, no less!

But I sometimes can be found among those on a hot summer noon happily slurping a cup of the Varsity Inn’s locally famous baked tomato soup.

What I sweat is whether they’ll sell out before I get my white bowl containing the delicious elixir topped with tasty croutons and a hint of melted cheese.

POSTED: Wednesday, July 11, 2012, 12:14 PM

Lifeguard races are one of the great traditions at the Jersey Shore, with the guys competing throughout the summer, with longstanding rivalries and family dynasties to rival any sport you may have followed. The women's races don't attract the same crowds as the men's events (though there are women that compete in the men's events, paraticularly the swim), but they can be just as entertaining. Last night was the Longport Women's Invitational, and it featured a chance to see some of the area's best rowers - Mallory Sykes, whose Drexel boat won the Dad Vails - won the doubles row for the Atlantic City Beach Patrol with teammate Macey Miller - leaving the rest of the boats about an ocean away at the finish. It was a dominant performance, but Ocean City's Erin Curry's back to back wins in the swim and paddle board events resulted in a victory for the Ocean City Beach Patrol. Here's the full schedule from this Press of Atlantic City web page. Next up: the Cape May Point Women's Lifeguard Challenge tonight (Wednesday) at 6:30 p.m. at St. Pete's beach, Cape May Point, and on Friday, the Beschen-Callahn Memorials at 5:45 p.m. on the 15th Street beach in North Wildwood, and the  Chief Bill Kuhn Brigantine Invitational Races, 6 p.m. on the 16th Street beach, Brigantine

Here's video of the start of the paddle board event and the surf dash. Find more lifeguard photos at Rusty Silverman's and from photographer Michael Martin, who just published a book of photographs of past lifeguard races in New Jersey. 

Here's the start of the paddleboard event, in which the women paddle out around a course that is basically a box out in the ocean. This event was won by Erin Curry of Ocean City Beach Patrol won this event, right after she won the swim, without a break in between.

Below is the start of the surf dash event, a relay event in which the women race out into the surf to a post being dutifully held by a male lifeguard.

POSTED: Tuesday, July 10, 2012, 5:16 PM

You can't take it with you, I guess is the moral. There's been a lot of moving out of places people thought were forever going on in the last weeks, the Inquirer from the Inquirer building at Broad and Callowhill, the Archdiocese from the Archdiocese shore home for retired priests on Princeton Avenue in Ventnbor. In both cases, a lot had to be left behind. At the Inquirer building, I found some old pica rulers and a guide to reporters rights written for the Atlantic City Press, and a lot of New Jersey legislative guides, marked not to be removed - ever, it seems - from the copy desk. And there they shall remain.

Over on Princeton Avenue, where the mansion assessed at $6.2 million
has been emptied of its vacationing priests and will soon be listed for sale, assuming those old stories of restrictions on the sale were just stories (the deed reflects no restrictions), some books just had
to be left behind for the recycling bin. I still feel like the story of that house has yet to be totally unraveled, like why does the plaque on the door say that Anne Hogan donated the property when it was her sister, Hannah G. Hogan who sold the place to Cardinal Krol in 1963 for $100,000? The Hogan sisters are wrapped up in a lot of mystery from here to Palm Beach, and certainly amassed a lot of real estate, much of which they transferred or sold to the Catholic Church, which in turn made a good amount of money off them. There's also the part of the priest they knew as a child in Philadelphia who they kept in very good digs down in Florida and who apparently stashed away a lot of their money. Stay tuned for how much the Church gets for the Princeton Avenue property. In any case, walking my dog the other morning, recyling day, I saw the boxes left on the street and took a brief inventory, which is below the photo of the porch, where presumably some of that summer reading was done. 

POSTED: Sunday, July 1, 2012, 9:34 AM

Not your usual pre Fourth of July crowd on the Ventnor boardwalk, above. 

It's the morning after the morning after the freakish straight-line wind and lightning storm that knocked out power to most of Atlantic County and sparked a fire that, sadly, destroyed the lovely Church of the Redeemer in Longport.

About this blog

Inquirer staff writer Amy S. Rosenberg has covered Philly police, city neighborhoods, Ed Rendell as mayor, the Jersey shore, Atlantic City, Miss America and the psychology of Eagles fans. She moved to Ventnor on July 3, 1995, which makes her a local, but not really.

Inquirer Staff Writer Jacqueline L. Urgo has spent every summer of her life at the Jersey Shore, and has lived there year-round for nearly 30 years, even fulfilling one of her bucket list dreams by once living in a house by the sea.

Since 1990, she has covered the waterfront for The Inquirer — from the Atlantic to the Delaware Bay shore — and some of the mainland in between. Along the way, she amassed an encyclopedic knowledge of this tear-it-down-and-build-it-back-up region, delving into the history and the hype of a place with a lot of unexpected stories to tell.

Amy S. Rosenberg
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