December 11, 2012 |
WILDWOOD, N.J. - This boardwalk beach town, packed in summer and ghostly in winter, has become the last refuge for several hundred homeless survivors of Superstorm Sandy. Many place their hope in Lisa Brocco-Collia. At 41, she seems as much a force of nature as the storm itself. Her home was partially condemned after floodwater surged through the first floor. But she's been far too busy as a volunteer relief coordinator to move - setting up a donation center at the VFW post, arranging free dinners at a downtown restaurant, visiting families with her clipboard, keeping tabs on state and federal agencies, pestering politicians.
November 13, 2012 |
It's the gift that keeps on giving: MTV's omnipresent "Jersey Shore" has spawned another offshoot, with the network announcing Tuesday that the show's palest cast member, Vinny Guadagnino, will be getting a hybrid talk show/reality series. "The Show With Vinny" -- yep, that's its name -- is described as a series that "will shatter the typical talk show format. " And maybe it will: Guadagnino will welcome celebrities into his family's home in Staten Island, New York. His mama Paula and Uncle Nino, whom viewers have come to know on "Jersey Shore," will be fixtures, offering commentary along the way. And pounds of pasta are sure to be consumed.
November 6, 2012
Re "Where the shore used to be," Nov. 4 The decade from 2001 to 2010 holds the record for the most Category 5 Atlantic hurricanes: eight. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina destroyed much of New Orleans and severely damaged other cities on the Gulf Coast. Now we have Sandy, which has caused tens of billions of dollars in damage in New York and New Jersey. Will this decade break the previous record? How many more hurricanes and tornadoes must occur before the governments of the world admit that "we have met the enemy, and he is us," as Pogo famously proclaimed?
November 4, 2012 |
Sandy, the aurora is rising behind us; the pier lights our carnival life forever. - Bruce Springsteen POINT PLEASANT, N.J. - There were all of 21 homes on the little cul-de-sac. There wasn't much space between them and nobody much cared - after all, Riviera Court was surrounded on three sides by water, and everybody's "yard" was a dock, a boat and a route to the sea, which seemed like such a nice thing just a week ago. Lori Rebimbas was at home when Hurricane Sandy arrived with sinister clouds, then shrieking wind.
October 31, 2012 |
SEA BRIGHT, N.J. -- Residents of Sea Bright were told to evacuate before Sandy, and those who stayed were told to leave again on Wednesday as town officials worked to shut down natural gas lines that were leaking in some parts of town. "We're working on cleaning up," said Danny Drogin, the borough's emergency management coordinator, who met with the mayor and local council. He was particularly concerned about the gas. STATE BY STATE: Snow piles up; beaches wash away "We have numerous leaks.
October 30, 2012 |
LONGPORT, N.J.--Many residents of the New Jersey coast woke up to a gray windy morning with no electricity, swamped homes, water surging in the streets -- and another high tide threatening additional flooding. The Jersey Shore, including Atlantic City, remained under water, without power and was “completely unsafe,” said Gov. Chris Christie during a televised news conference. He recited a litany of destruction including homes knocked off their foundations, beach erosion and amusement park rides pushed into the sea. “The level of devastation on the Jersey Shore is unthinkable,” he said.
October 3, 2012 |
After the coffee. Before the debates. The Skinny: If you really want to pay attention to the debates tonight, turn off the TV and listen on the radio. Your focus will be on the words instead of the pictures. Wednesday's headlines include baseball's new TV deals, NBC's big ratings win and a sendoff to "Jersey Shore. " Daily Dose: As part of Tyler Perry's deal to make TV shows for OWN, the writer-producer could end up owning a piece of the the Oprah Winfrey and Discovery Communications-backed cable network.
October 3, 2012
Notable dates in "Jersey Shore" history Dec. 3, 2009: "Jersey Shore" premieres to audience of 1.38 million viewers. Dec. 14, 2009: Facing heavy criticism following its promotion, MTV removes footage of Snooki getting punched in the face from an upcoming episode. Nov. 15, 2010: Snooki and John McCain exchange tweets - brought together in their opposition to President Barack Obama's tanning tax that summer. Dec. 9, 2010: The cast of "Jersey Shore" makes Barbara Walters' "10 Most Fascinating People" special.
October 3, 2012 |
Like a tan growing pale, "Jersey Shore" is fading into the TV sunset. Thursday marks the beginning of its sixth season - its last. It began as just another low-budget MTV reality show, with lower expectations, that would chronicle the fist-pumping antics of its ultra-bronzed, ultra-average stars who would be cooped up in a house in Seaside Heights, N.J. Then the series aired in December 2009, and it quickly and curiously morphed into a surprisingly potent...