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Sunday, January 13, 2019: Looks to be around 4.5 inches of white stuff in my nape ...

While this horse had begged for tattoos, it's owner reluctantly opted for something less permanent ... 

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Sunday, January 13, 2019: Looks to be around 4.5 inches of white stuff in my nape of the Island. Most LBI roads are cleared and easily passable. That’s plenty enough snow for the entire winter.

While we’re moving into a week of typical temps (near 40 high temps) and generally quiet weather, there is another system in the (possible) making for next weekend. Here’s hoping we aren’t getting some sort of trend going. A storm-a-week plan is way too costly for those who must pay plowers to clear businesses or driveways.

Looks like the Eagles met their Waterloo. Oh, so close to a comeback. Sorry, “birds” fans. With my Steelers not even in the dance, I was routing for Big Green. I’ll be cruel to a fine sport by saying that leaves me teamless. However, a life-buddy is a fervid Rams fan so I’ll do some Left Coast cheering. Besides I do see a mascot name relationship between ...

And Our Own ... 

Got my “19” Truex long-sleeved shirt. I’ll hold out wearing it until Daytona 500, still a few weeks away. Car-wise with Gibbs, outside of a number “19” where “78” had been -- when Martin became world champ -- the overall look of the car – its color and sponsor decals -- is identical to the Furniture Row times. 

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I’m ready for the 2019 NASCAR season. I can only take so much basketball watching. Hell, on cold night I even resort to tuning into Mexican soccer/futbol “In Vivo.” What’s frighteningly more, I can now identify, by sight, teams playing in the televised German Bundesliga matches. “Was ist mit mir passiert?!”

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I shouldn’t even show this but here’s a weekend look at our Lady of the Tundra. I see her every trip down to Holgate but I seldom even stop any more, never knowing if militant birders are covertly watching me.

If I have to run away from attacking snow owlers, I can count on these ...

I’m getting word of yet another bout of what is likely the flu, here in Southern Ocean County. Not much you can do to sidestep those bugs, short of vitamins, washing hands after being anywhere within the public domain and, seldom used, power gargling – with the strong stuff like Listerine, the old type. I’ve read studies where many a virus first beds down in sinuses and throat, where it is attackable. My dad used to gargle salt; never had a cold.

Be careful of doorbells housing hideous viruses ... 

Man busted in California for licking doorbell for three hours

By Alix Culbertson, Sky News January 11, 2019 

The 33-year-old changed angles several times as he licked the doorbell. Pic: ring.com/Sylvia Dungan

(SKY NEWS) — A man who spent three hours licking a doorbell as a family slept inside their home has been charged with prowling and theft.

Roberto Daniel Arroyo, 33, was pictured taking part in the bizarre act on the home CCTV in Salinas, California, on Saturday morning.

The clear footage shows the man leaning his head against the intercom outside their front door and licking the doorbell from several different angles.

He carried on licking for three hours. ... 

The rest ... https://www.stlucianewsonline.com/man-busted-in-california-for-lick...

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Mark the date: 

   JCAA Beefsteak Dinner and Fishing Seminar 2/16/18

 On Saturday, February 16th, 2019 the JCAA will be holding its second annual all you can eat Beefsteak Dinner and Fishing Seminar. The event will be held at the Forked River Tuna Club located at 18 Bay Av., Forked River, NJ. Doors will open at 5 PM with seminars beginning at 6 PM. Come in early to look around the club, have a drink, socialize and check out our silent auction prizes. At 6 PM, Paul Haertel will talk briefly about the JCAA and also give an update on what our fishing regulations might look like for 2019.  Then Anthony Arcabasscio, son of the famed Tony Maja will give a power point presentation on wire line trolling for stripers. Then at 7 PM an all you can eat beefsteak dinner will be served by Nightingale Catering. Salad, French fries, beefsteak and dessert will be served along with soft drinks, coffee and tea. A cash bar will also be available. The silent auction winners will be determined and then the affair will be concluded with a 50/50 drawing. Tickets are just $50 per person and may be reserved by contacting Paul Haertel at 973-943-8201 or anglerpmh@aol.com

ALSO ...

 JCAA Seeks New Members – Open House 2/26/19

              The Jersey Coast Anglers Association is seeking new member clubs as well as associate (individual) members. For the first time ever, JCAA is opening its a general membership meeting to those who may be interested in joining or learning more about how JCAA operates. The meeting will be held at 7:30 PM on 2/26/19 at the Jersey Coast Shark Anglers Club located at 385 Herbertsville Rd., Brick, NJ. Annual dues for club membership are $50 while associate memberships cost $25. Light refreshments will be served beginning at 7 PM. Seating is limited and we also want to order the appropriate amount of food so please contact our membership secretary, Paul Haertel at 973-943-8201 or anglerpmh@aol.com if you plan on attending.

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This is a very informational article regarding the loss of two local LBI fishermen off the coast of Oregon ... 

An Oregon Community Mourns Three Crab Fishermen Who Perished in Deadly Waves

Copyright © 2019 The Washington Post
By Antonia Noori Farzan
January 10, 2019

On Jan. 3, the day before Oregon’s Dungeness crab fishing season was set to start, conditions looked bleak. “Crabbers to sail into storm,” read a headline in the Newport News Times, which noted the marine forecast predicted 20-foot swells and gusts of up to 55 mph.

Among the commercial fishing boats leaving from Yaquina Bay in Newport, Ore., was the Mary B II, a wooden 42-foot fishing vessel. Stephen Biernacki, 50, and James Lacey, 48, had recently decided to try their luck at catching Dungeness crab after fishing off the coast of New Jersey for years. Joining them on board was Joshua Porter, 50, an experienced fisherman known locally for helping countless addicts through recovery after getting sober himself more than a decade before.

None of them would make it home. At around 10 p.m. on Tuesday, the crew of the Mary B II were headed back to the docks when they reached the Yaquina Bay bar — the point at which at the Yaquina River meets the Pacific Ocean, creating massive, unpredictable swells that can easily overwhelm smaller vessels. That night, the U.S. Coast Guard measured 16-foot high waves near the bay’s entrance.

A crew had been on its way to help escort the Mary B II across the bar, the Coast Guard said in a news release Wednesday. But before they could get there, the fishing boat abruptly capsized, tossing two of the men overboard into the frigid waves.

“They took about a 20-foot breaker over the bow,” Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer Thomas Malloy told KOIN. “We lost total visibility of the vessel.”

The Coast Guard immediately launched off flares and began searching the darkened seas with lifeboats and a helicopter. But there were no survivors to be found. Lacey’s body was located floating in the Pacific Ocean first, according to the Oregon State Police. Then, a little after midnight, the Newport Fire Department found Porter’s body washed up on the beach. By Wednesday morning, the waves had pushed the crab boat aground, allowing the fire crew to go inside the cabin. They found Biernacki’s body there.

Fishing for Dungeness crabs, which fetch premium prices at seafood markets, is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. In addition to the long work hours and freezing temperatures, crab fishermen must contend with the harsh and unpredictable storms that relentlessly batter the coast of the Pacific Northwest in winter. Commercial fishing has one of the highest fatality rates of any occupation, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. A 2016 Oregon State University study analyzing Coast Guard data found the fatality rate for Dungeness crab fishermen was even higher. The extreme conditions were perhaps most famously highlighted in “Deadliest Catch: Dungeon Cove,” a 2016 reality show for the Discovery Channel that followed Yaquina Bay crab fishermen. (A slew of headlines initially claimed that the Mary B II had appeared on “Deadliest Catch,” but the network has said that neither the boat nor its crew were ever on the show.)

In Newport, a city of more than 10,000 where the economy is driven by commercial fishing, those risks are well-known. At Yaquina Bay State Park, a monument lists the names of local fisherman who have been lost at sea — more than 100 since 1900, many of whom were never found. Still, the news of the three deaths came as a shock.

“This stuff happens, but it just doesn’t get any easier,” Gary Ripka, a commercial fisherman based in Newport who was featured on “Deadliest Catch,” told KEZI.

A friend of Porter’s, Celeste Paranto, told the Oregonian that he had intended the trip to be his last on the Mary B II. “He told friends that the crew was inexperienced,” she said. “Those were his words. It’s very sad. Because he was a responsible person he went out on the trip and never returned home.”

Another fisherman, Ian Wood, told KGW that he had been texting Porter as the storm got worse, asking why his boat wasn’t headed back in. “They shouldn’t have been out there,” he said.

But others in the seafaring community have argued that even a seasoned captain can easily run afoul of the hazardous conditions outside the Yaquina Bay. “A very good friend of mine had 40 years’ experience, lost his life on the bar,” Ripka told KATU. “It doesn’t get easier when you get older doing it. It’s just as dangerous and it’s just as risky and it doesn’t change.”

Biernacki, the boat’s skipper, had been a commercial fisherman for 35 years, his family said, and had ridden out numerous storms before.

“He was so happy to be out on the ocean,” Biernacki’s mother, Mary Anderson, told KPTV. “He loves the sea, and he told me that’s where he wants to be, in the sea. And the other thing he said to me so many times, he said, ‘Mom, if I die at sea, don’t have any remorse for me because I’m doing what I love.’”

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UPDATE: For those following the fun amber- and/or ambergris-like find I made in Holgate, I have purposely let it evolve on-line so folks could get a feel for, well, treasure finding -- my never-ending passion. I'll admit I was fantasizing along with those thinking it was gold-value ambergris. However, with my background in naturally polymerized resins, I highly suspected what initial tests have now shown. It's almost positively a natural resin; a shellac -- essential to shipbuilding and woodworking, especially back in the day. Massachusetts furniture builders went through literally tons of it annually. 
Test results: The material is moderately fusible, as can hopefully be seen from the photo of my test melt ... in my extemporaneous 1930's crucible. One/third of the total mass of the test piece melted after eight seconds of exposure to approx. 1,300-degree butane torch flame. The melted material hardened almost immediately, as was expected. 
Aesthetically, it should be mentioned that the fumes from the melt were powerfully pleasant, far better than any incense I've ever used. It was like a pine forest had loosed all its fragrances at once. 
The most telling indication of a vegetative source for my mystery boulder came via a microscopic look (40x). What you're seeing in the orange-tinted photo are minute bits of plant matter. Any larger pieces of matter from the source (likely tropical) trees has been greatly reduced through a refining process, though far from modern processing and filtering. 
I'm sure I can find insect parts ... after lengthy searching. However, I neither have the time or wherewithal to microscopically take on 30 pounds of this stuff. Just the pieces I looked through while testing amounted to under a gram. That leaves a mere 13,000-plus such pieces to go. 
That's it on this find. However, should I eventually come across a bug wing or leg, I'll resurrect the topic of my giant piece of faux ambergris. (Light material is my true LBI ambergris.)

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Nora Muchanic
Is it a METEORITE??!! Was walking with my sister Jean Muchanic on Silver Beach, NJ this afternoon when we found this 5 foot crater and a rock embedded in the middle that smells like it's burned. Whaaat??!! Trying to figure out if it's the real deal. 
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Slow day togging but we caught a few keepers and 15 year old Korey Renart caught his personal best that was an even 8 lbs. Kurt Renart Kurt Renart

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About 35 skiffs attacked a Sea Shepherd vessel in a marine protected area in Mexico's Upper Gulf of California. Alex Beldi / Sea Shepherd
WATCH: Poachers Ambush Sea Shepherd Vessel Protecting Nearly Extinct Vaquita

The environmental organization Sea Shepherd Conservation Society says its crew was attacked Wednesday by roughly 35 fishing boats inside a vaquita refuge in Mexico's Gulf of California.

Sea Shepherd released a video showing fishermen shouting, hurling objects and trying to foul the propellors of the M/V Farley Mowat, a Sea Shepherd vessel used in campaigns against illegal fisheries activities.

SEA SHEPHERD SHIP ATTACKED INSIDE VAQUITA REFUGE

www.youtube.comThe vaquita is the world's most endangered marine mammal, with only about a dozen left in their habitat in the Sea of Cortez, according to experts. The porpoises are not directly hunted but get entangled and drown in illegal gillnets set for capturing totoaba, a large and critically endangered fish that's prized for its swim bladder as a Chinese delicacy.

The fishermen were participating in "obvious illegal poaching" of totoaba, according to a Sea Shepherd press release sent to EcoWatch. The video shows some of the skiffs carrying gillnets, even though they are banned within the vaquita reserve.

Sea Shepherd said:

The poachers attacked by hurling leadweights, anchors, trash, dead fish and even Tabasco sauce at the vessel and its wheelhouse windows in addition to threatening ship's crew with Molotov cocktails, spraying gasoline at the ship and pouring gas in the sea around the vessel.

The video also shows the crew on the Farley Mowat using a hose to repel some of the boats.

Sea Shepherd said that while its vessel was temporarily immobilized after the propeller fouling, five fishermen boarded the ship and looted multiple objects from the deck.

"During the illegal boarding, the Sea Shepherd crew was able to keep the poachers from entering into the ship, and used an emergency firehose to repel the boarders, while waiting for naval forces to arrive," the press release said. "At this time a Mexican Naval Helicopter made several passes above the scene and the skiffs began to disperse."

The vessel's captain was eventually able restart the engines and headed to the port of San Felipe where the ship was met by the regional Navy Commander and reinforcements, according to Sea Shepherd.

Sea Shepherd conducts maritime patrols inside the vaquita refuge and had recovered three illegal gillnets in the morning before the attack. The group's operations are conducted with the knowledge and cooperation of the Mexican government to help detect illegal fishing activities, the Associated Press noted.

Captain Paul Watson, founder and CEO of Sea Shepherd, said his organization "will not be deterred by violence."

"Our mission is to prevent the extinction of the vaquita porpoise and we will continue to seize the nets of poachers in the Vaquita Refuge," he said in the press release. "Sea Shepherd salutes the quick responsiveness of the Mexican Navy in defusing a dangerous situation."

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Comment by Allen Lawrence Jr. on January 14, 2019 at 10:42am

Hello Jay,I am also a Steelers fan from way back. Franco Harris who made " The Immaculate Reception" long ago was a senior in my hometown high school RVRHS when I was a freshman at Mount Holly,N.J. I also was rooting for the Eagles,but when 17 blew that catch,I knew it was over.

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