The latest "Cut! ... Let's try it again from the top."
Tempers were short after the crash of this inflatable commercial airliner ...
Tuesday, April 04, 2017: Quite the rainfall, totally a quick 1.78 inches, mid-Island. Winds also temporarily whipped things up, though conditions have calmed and dried, as I power through my heavy day at work. I see a slew of nice days ladi out before me, with showers on maybe one day out of seven. Nice.
A huge thanks to the skies for filling the vernal (spring) ponds. These temporary spring ponds and puddles signal at least a short-term future for our frog/amphibian populations.
Per usual, the wood frogs and spring peepers are now screaming out at night – and off-and-all even during the day. A very fine sound. I even heard a few cricket frogs making calls that belie their minute size. I always like to apss on this very fine listen-in state site, where you can click on “Call” and hear the various frog songs on NJ. Go to www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/ensp/fieldguide_herps.htm or Goggle “frog calls of new jersey” and open the first website “ NJDEP Division of Fish & Wildlife - Online Field.”
Scroll down to “Frogs.” You’ll see the “Call” buttons. Adjust sound to simulate natural sound levels.
NJ cricket frog: Call: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/ensp/audio/no_cricket_frog.wav
Wood frog ... http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/ensp/audio/wood_frog.wav
I got a very minor update about the progress of the Little Egg Inlet channel – and I was somewhat surprised. The Army Corps has only recently received the state’s plan/proposal.
I had been told by decently reliable sources that it had headed to the feds a couple weeks ago. It didn’t happen, likely due to the complexity of the plan, along with making sure things were perfectly clear to all involved at the state level.
I’ll remain on top of it but must now reluctantly admit a channel, if doable, seems more likely by July Fourth ... fading chance of it being in place any earlier. I offer that with no knowledge of how long such a channel build takes – or even how long any upcoming bidding processes might last. What if it’s put out to bid and bids come in way too high – or nobody salutes? Just more of the projects many what-ifs.
Below: Coastal News Today, LEI ...
NEW JERSEY'S TROUT SEASON GETS UNDER WAY THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 8
MORE THAN A HALF-MILLION RAINBOWS ARE BEING STOCKED THIS SPRING; CEREMONIAL OPENING BY MILITARY VETERANS PLANNED
(17/P28) TRENTON - More than 180,000 freshly stocked rainbow trout will be awaiting anglers when they cast their lines on the opening day of trout season this Saturday, April 8, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.
More than 100,000 anglers statewide are expected to take part as the season officially gets under way at 8 a.m. Fishing licenses and trout stamps are available online and at license agents across the state.
Opening day will be marked by ceremonial first casting of lines by military veterans at the Pequest Trout Hatchery in Oxford, Warren County. Some 100 veterans are expected to attend.
"The opening day of spring trout season is the most eagerly awaited day of the year for freshwater anglers," Commissioner Martin said. "There is something truly special about getting outside, fishing rod in hand, and soaking up the beauty of our state while anticipating reeling in a magnificent trout.
"We are happy to be stocking more than a half-million trout this season for fishing enthusiasts and families to enjoy."
The Division of Fish and Wildlife has been busily stocking waterways with 180,000 rainbow trout raised at the Pequest Trout Hatchery. In total, some 570,000 hatchery-raised trout will be released in 200 streams, rivers, lakes and ponds throughout the state by the end of May.
Most of the released trout will average 10½ inches long, but large breeders measuring 15 inches to 21 inches and weighing up to 5 pounds will also be distributed in the early weeks of the season.
"New Jersey offers some of the best trout fishing on the East Coast, and has one of the best trout stocking programs found anywhere," said Division of Fish and Wildlife Director Larry Herrighty. "We are looking forward to another great spring."
Veterans and active military personnel will help kick off the official opening of trout season when they cast into the Pequest Trout Hatchery's Fishing Education Pond in a special DEP event. Participants will include members of Project Healing Waters and a local Wounded Warriors chapter, as well as veterans and active duty military personnel to kick off the season at 8 a.m.
"Each year Pequest welcomes anglers from a different community to celebrate opening day of trout season," said Richard Boornazian, DEP's Assistant Commissioner for Natural and Historic Resources. "The DEP and the Division of Fish and Wildlife are proud to have some of our nation's heroes make the ceremonial first casts of the season."
For the online license and stamp application, a list of licensed agents, and the in-season stocking schedule, visit: www.njfishandwildlife.com/trtinfo_spring.htm.
General information regarding trout fishing in New Jersey can be found at: www.njfishandwildlife.com/trtinfo.htm
PHOTOS/New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife
STRIKING OUT WITH MATH: I generally suck at higher math, especially when letters somehow enter into it. However, I recently hit a new math low, albeit only monetarily. It had to do with baseball, specifically batting averages.
I’m working on a fictional story concept with a bit of a Kung-fu “Grasshopper” feel to it.
A middle-aged Shaolin priest breaks from the monastery to discover the outside world. He gets wrapped up in, of all things, baseball, where he’s the ultimate natural.
Using his ability to slow down time, the priest can bat like no other human being has ever batted. In nothing flat, he achieves bat-on-ball perfection. Without breaking a sweat or chewing sunflower seeds, he can hit a ball into the outfield wherever he chooses – and always outside the reach of mere outfielders.
Below: He points out where his hit is going to go ... you know, for a kid in the hospital.
I won’t get into the meaty part of the story except to say he calmly and stoically works his way into the majors, where he remains unstoppable as a designated hitter. (Yes, I could have him as the ultimate fielder but it’s plenty enough that he can hit any ball, anywhere. So, it’s the American League for the master.
The inner essence of the story will be how the fans at first embrace and idolize him. But, his perfection soon leads to suspicion and eventually hostility by those same fans. There will be this underlying theme, whereby the priest can also see the color of peoples’ auras. He sees the fan glow turn from a welcoming and friendly blue to a hostile, hateful red. He is soon targeted for ruining the game.
I’ve already given too much of the idea away, so I’ll cycle back to the math thing.
Since my Shaolin hitter can’t miss, his batting average is perfect. And that’s both problematic -- and symbolic -- for me. I had wanted to appropriately title my book, “The Man Who Batted 1,000.”
You mathologists easily see where that fails … miserably.
Yep, to be mathematically kosher, the title would have to read “The Man Who Batted 1.”
Talk about totally losing the theme’s look and feel. That title sounds more like something experienced firsthand by the late George Plimpton.
As to the symbolic part: It shows that something becoming perfect can actually lose its look.
Now, I’m pondering having my Shaolin priest purposely make an out, allowing me to be mathematically accurate when calling my book, “The Man Who Batted .999”
Odd how much better that reads … as opposed to perfection.
Below: Shaolins would also make good umps. Here is one making an "Out!" call at the plate. Who's going to argue?
One of the Top Ten in the entire nation????????????????? Just double the rent now.
N.J. beach named among 10 best in the U.S. for families
A day at the beach in Surf City and Beach Haven on Long Beach Island, Long Beach Township, NJ. (Mark Brown | For NJ.com)
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on April 04, 2017
Looking for an exceedingly family-friendly beach this summer?
Head on down to Long Beach Island, suggests Family Vacation Critic, the website from Ewing-based TripAdvisor subsidiary The Independent Traveler. Each year, the site names its 10 best beaches for families, and LBI is the one beach from New Jersey to make the cut for 2017.
Other beaches picked for the unranked list include shores of all kinds (they need not be oceans) in Florida, Delaware, California, Oregon, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Wisconsin and New York. All of the beaches on the list had to have lifeguards, nearby accommodations and activities for children.
Editors cited the Ocean County barrier island's "18 miles of shoreline for sandcastle building and boogie boarding, with lifeguards patrolling many areas" as a draw of LBI, along with the reopening of Beach Haven's Surflight Theatre on June 23 -- "Footloose" and a full slate of children's productions, starting with "Cinderella," begin that month -- and its ShowPlace Ice Cream Parlour.
N.J. beach named one of 10 best for families in 2016
This Jersey shore has consistently ranked high in annual lists
The list also recommends Fantasy Island Amusement Park for children, given its variety of free music and magic shows.
Last year, Family Vacation Critic named the Wildwoods to the same list. LBI last made the list in 2013.
Here are the other locations from Family Vacation Critic's 10 Best Beaches for Families list for 2017:
- Jones Beach State Park, Wantagh, N.Y.
- Ponce Inlet, Ponce Inlet, Fla.
- Rehoboth Beach, Rehoboth Beach, Del.
- Coronado Beach, Coronado, Calif.
- Balboa Beach, Newport Beach, Calif.
- North Beach Park, Racine, Wis. (Lake Michigan)
- Coast Guard Beach, Eastham, Mass.
- Weirs Beach, Weirs Beach, N.H. (Lake Winnipesaukee)
Amy Kuperinsky may be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @AmyKup or on Facebook.
- Seaside Beach, Seaside, Ore.
FREE TREE SEEDLINGS TO MUNICIPALITIES FOR DISTRIBUTION TO RESIDENTS
Barnegat Bay Action Update - Special Announcement
CHRISTIE ADMINISTRATION TO PROVIDE 112,500 FREE TREE SEEDLINGS
TO MUNICIPALITIES FOR DISTRIBUTION TO RESIDENTS
NJ Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
CHRISTIE ADMINISTRATION TO PROVIDE 112,500 FREE TREE SEEDLINGS TO MUNICIPALITIES FOR DISTRIBUTION TO RESIDENTS
Some 112,500 free tree seedlings will be available to state residents in 128 municipalities through an ongoing partnership among the New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign, State Forest Service and the non-profit Arbor Day Foundation Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.
Municipalities that registered in February for the seedlings will receive up to 2,000 trees each for distribution to residents at designated locations, listed at
Residents are eligible to receive up to five free seedlings at any distribution site. Proof of residency in the community where seedlings are distributed is not required.
"Trees are an important part of our communities in that they provide habitat for wildlife, offer shelter, beautify their surroundings, limit erosion and contribute to a healthy environment," Commissioner Martin said. "Through this campaign, residents can choose from among 34 different tree species provided by the State Forest Nursery in Jackson, including trees native to New Jersey."
This is the fourth year for the effort, which was launched to help communities after Superstorm Sandy destroyed thousands of trees in October 2012 as result of strong winds and record storm surges. Including this year, the program has distributed 459,500 tree seedlings since 2014.
The New Jersey State Forest Service will deliver the seedlings to 13 regional distribution centers for pick-up by those municipalities, which will then distribute them to residents through May 7. Each participating community will distribute seedlings on a designated date.
"The seedlings, which are about 2-3 feet high when distributed, should be planted promptly to ensure they take root and thrive," State Forester John Sacco said. "Residents should be mindful of their planting site's surroundings by avoiding overhead utility lines and proximity to structures in case of storms, and considering the size of the tree when fully grown."
The State Forest Nursery in Jackson grows 500,000 trees annually, helping to protect, preserve and promote native species such as the eastern red cedar, sycamore, and the northern red oak, which is New Jersey's official state tree. The nursery sells the majority of trees in packets of 100 to non-profit organizations and landowners who use the trees to reforest their land. Packet prices start at $30.
To find seedling distribution locations and dates, as well as additional information about trees, visit the State Forest Service Facebook page at
or go to
The nursery also offers the Third Grade Tree Team program, which provides third graders across the state with a free tree seedling when requested by schools. For Arbor Day celebrations, the nursery offers 98 tube seedlings for $25. For more information on these programs, visit:
or call (732) 928-0029.
The New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign is a joint public-private effort between the New Jersey State Forest Service's Community Forestry Program and State Forest Nursery, New Jersey Soil Conservation Districts, Sustainable Jersey, Arbor Day Foundation, Brothers International, BJ's Wholesale Club, Wyndham Vacation Resorts and FedEx.
Arbor Day Foundation's Community Tree Recovery, a national program underwritten by FedEx and foundation members, aims to replace trees in communities affected by natural disasters throughout the United States. The program assisted more than 200 communities in planting or distributing more than 3.8 million trees since its inception in 2012. This year in New Jersey, the foundation expects to distribute and plant up to 85,000 new trees.
To learn more about the Arbor Day Foundation, visit