Alan Dinkfelt's Blog Posts

LBI Chowderfest Weekend 2017

The Chowderfest weekend is less than a week away. While it is too late to purchase tickets online, it’s not too late to plan to come enjoy the weekend. It starts with the Merchant Mart,

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Updated 2017 Hurricane Forecast

Today NOAA issued the scheduled update for its 2017 hurricane season outlook. Forecasters are now predicting a higher likelihood of an above-normal season, and they increased the predicted number

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LBI Summer Activities At The JCC 2017

The Jewish Community Center of LBI would like to invite the residents and visitors to the many activities planned for this summer. From shopping to history and from entertainment to education you

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2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Is Here

The season began on June 1st and will run until November 30th. The following is some terminology to help you understand what you hear the weather forecaster say.Tropical Depression: a tropical

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2017 NHL Playoffs Final Four

We are now down to 4 teams with the opportunity to raise “The Stanley Cup”. Here’s a quick recap of how we got here. The first round results:Nashville (w) defeated Chicago (1*) , NY

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2017 NHL Playoffs And Then There Were Eight

 We have gotten through the first round of the playoffs and are ready for round two. The first round produced a bunch of close games with lotsof overtime and double overtime action, which

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March Madness 2017

No, I’m not talking about the state of affairs in Washington, DC, although I could be. Of course I’m talking college basketball. Now that your bracket is busted, hopefully you can watch the

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NASCAR Season Begins

Start your engines, the NASCAR season begins this weekend in Daytona. See the full schedule below (from NASCAR.com).The Clash - Feb. 18 - FS1 - 8 PM ETCAN-AM Duel 1 - Feb. 23 - FS1 - 7 PM ETCAN-AM

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10 Fun Facts About The History Of Groundhog Day

First established by Germans in America in 1887,Groundhog Day was actually inspired by Europe’s Candlemas Day, during which clergymen would bless the candles they needed for the cold season. (If

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The Cost Of The 12 Days Of Christmas

 Here’s How Much the 12 Days of Christmas Will Cost This YearInflation may be headed higher the United States, but at least one price indicator is holding steady.The 2016 PNC Christmas

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13 Common Cooking Mistakes To Avoid This Thanksgiving

Hosting Thanksgiving dinner can be stressful even for seasoned experts. It’s a complex task that takes planning both in and out of the kitchen: how many guests will you have, do they

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The 2016 Presidential Race The Year Of

The Jewish New Year 5777, the year of the Sword began October 2nd at sundown. The Chinese New Year will start January 28, 2017 and will be the year of the Rooster. In American Presidential

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10 Fun Facts About September

 1 September is the ninth month and the only month with the same number of letters in its name in English as the number of the month. 2 Shakespeare did not mention September in any

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An Open Letter To Bernie Sanders Supporters Aug 1 2016 126 1

To the millions of you who wore your hearts on your sleeves only to have them torn off and trampled upon. After listening to the promises of future changes to the nominating process, in hopes of

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July Activities At The JCC Of LBI

July Activities at the JCC of LBIIt’s summer time once again and things are happening at the Jewish Community of Long Beach Island(JCC of LBI). Like what? Well let me tell you.The Bazaar is.

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Atlantic Hurricane Season 2016 Is Now Here

The 2016 Atlantic Hurricane season started on June 1st and runs through November 30th. The following information was posted on the NOAA website on May 27th. The names of Alex and Bonnie have already

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The Unofficial LBI Summer Kickoff Is Underway

 Well for you LBI lovers, be aware that the posted speed limits are being reduced and the traffic lights will soon be changing from the peaceful blinking yellow to the regular red, yellow &

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NCAA Basketball Final Four And Then There Was One

 Well the Final Four are set for both the men’s and women’s college basketball. This year an interesting thing has happened in both brackets, only one number one seed has advanced. This

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50 Easy April Fools Day Pranks To Play On Your Friends Mar 19 2016 126 1

I was thinking about NCAA March Madness or some politics but then I looked at the calendar and thought I would put out some useful information. This is from Brobible.com. April Fool’s

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Pundits Politics And Football

As I begin, I must point out that the current air temperature is in the mid-teens with a wind chill factor of below zero. This is just to say that I am cold and cranky, which might create an edge

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NFL Last Four Teams Standing

 What a difference a week made in the playoffs this year. Last week all four games were won by the visiting teams. This week, the home teams were the winners. What conclusion can we draw from

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NFL A Purrfect Season Still Possible

I know that the title is a stretch as the Carolina Panthers are the only undefeated team at this point in the season. To know me is to know I’m a puny guy. I was going to write about this last

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NASCARs Final Four Is Set

With one race left to decide the championship, the four racers in contention are Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex, Jr. On the outside looking in are Carl Edwards, Joey,

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Hurricane Joaquin A Storm Worth Keeping An EYE On

The hurricane season opened on June 1st and we have a storm brewing off the east coast. While it's too soon to predict an exact path, it's not too soon to make some plans. Here are the basic tips

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Not Everyone Can Be Top Dog But Who Is On The Bottom

As I was signing on to the computer to do some work a headline on MSN.com caught my eye. "The 25 Least Popular Dog Breeds". This made me chuckle a little then I had to find out, which one is the

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Donald Trump All American Or Un American

Unless you’ve been on Pluto, which is no longer a planet, for the last month or so, you have heard the name of Donald Trump and might even have mentioned it yourself a time or two. In what has

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August Activities At The JCC Of LBI 2015

The Jewish Community Center of Long Beach Island cordially invites you to the following activities in August: Incredible Bazaar – scheduled for Wednesday August 12th 8AM-3PM. Held both indoors

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The Jewish Community Center Of LBI Summer Schedule 2015

The summer plans have been made but only one thing is missing, you. Here are a few of the activities: Incredible Bazaars – scheduled for Wednesday July 8th and Wednesday August 12th 8AM-3PM,

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The Triple Crown Watch Is On

It was just about a year ago when I was saying basically the same thing. The result Tonalist won the race and California Chrome fell short of the Triple Crown. Now, all eyes move once again to

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NCAA Basketball Championship Games Set

Well we made it out of March Madness and are all set for the NCAA Men’s & Women’s basketball championship games.The Duke Blue Devils will face the Wisconsin Badgers tonight. Duke made past

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March Madness 2015 NCAA Basketball Or Winter Weather

I’ll let you decide which one gets top billing in the madness ranking. The NCAA regular season is rapidly coming to an end. The selection committee announces the brackets on Sunday March 15th.

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The Snow In The Northeast One Mans Observations

As I sit here in Southern New Jersey putting my pen to paper (actually it’s my fingertips to the keyboard, but that doesn’t sound as poetic), I thought I’d share some of my observations and

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NCAA College Football Championship Game Set

The number 2 seeded Oregon Ducks will play the number 4 seeded Ohio State Buckeyes. The game is scheduled to be played on Monday, January 12th. This is the first year of the new playoff system

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NCAA FBS Football Bowl Subdivision Or

Well it’s my time to act as a Monday morning quarterback. I have to say that I’m a casual observer of college football and don’t have a horse in this race. I’ve paid attention to the

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Looking For A Great Last Minute Rental On LBI

Well you’re probably not going to find it. Unlike the commercials you see for companies that fill hotel rooms at big discounts, owners of rental properties don’t have the same mindset. Just

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The Words To The Declaration Of Independence Happy 4th

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political

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California Chrome No LA Silver Yes

While there was no Triple Crown winner this year, sorry California Chrome, you gave us some excitement. Lord Stanley’s (silver) cup went to the LA Kings, defeating the New York Rangers 4 games

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Will There Be A Triple Crown Winner This Year

Each year there are 3 horse races that comprise the “Triple Crown”. On May 3rd California Chrome easily won the first leg, The Kentucky Derby. The host city is Louisville. Hats are the

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NCAA Mens Basketball Final Four Is Set

Once again, March Madness will spill over into April Apprehension as the Final Four teams prepare to play for the championship. The semifinals are to be played on April 5th with number 1 seed

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Long Beach Island What Can You Buy For Under 500000

At the writing of this post, there are 17 properties listed under $500,000.00 from Brant Beach to Holgate. These are either single family or there is one duplex. I did not include the condos or

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It Takes A Big Man To Admit He Is Wrong

Well, in a previous posting, I predicted that Seattle and Denver would win their division championships and that Denver would go on to win the Superbowl. Unless you are a bear hibernating for the

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NFL Championship Games Set

Well it’s now down to 4 teams in the NFL. The New England Patriots travel to Denver to play the Broncos in the early game on Jan. 19th. While the San Francisco 49er’s head north to Seattle

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LBI Post Sandy Boom Bust Or Break Even

It’s been 14 months since Super Storm Sandy hit the east coast. I thought, as we get ready to ring in 2014, a look at some statistics might be in order. How is the real estate market fairing?

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Thanksgiving A Time To

It’s been a year since I wrote about my thoughts on Thanksgiving. At that time, there were piles of trash along the roadways post Super Storm Sandy. I was concerned that we had allowed the

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October Means Major League Baseball How About Those Pirates

Can you remember what you were doing back in 1992? If you’re anything like me, you have trouble with last week. What’s so special about 1992 you may be asking? Well let me tell you. That was

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Stafford Townships Martin Truex Jr Bumped From NASCAR Cup Chase

The powers that be at the head of NASCAR penalized Michael Waltrip Racing and the teams of Clint Boyer and Martin Truex, Jr as a result of actions manipulating the race’s outcome at Richmond.

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Will New Jersey Be Hit By Another Hurricane Sandy

The easy and short answer is, No. But as Marisa Tomei said in “My Cousin Vinny”, “It’s a trick question”.  There are actually two aspects to the question. The first has no debate,

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JCC Of LBI Bazaar Aug 14th

If you missed the opportunity in July, here’s another chance. The Jewish Community Center of LBI (JCCof LBI) will hold their second bazaar of this summer. The date is August 14th. The time is

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LBI JCC Bazaars Are Back

The Jewish Community Center of LBI (JCCof LBI) will hold their annual summer bazaars on July 10th and August 14th. Rain or shine, the time is from 8AM until 3PM. They look to build on the

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The Stanley Cup 2013 Chicago Vs Boston

Well, after two short conference championship series, the Blackhawks will face the Bruins for the coveted Stanley Cup. The western champs, Chicago, defeated last years’ winners the Los Angeles

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Five Things The Bible Does Not Say

I’m sure you have heard most, if not all of these statements. I’m sure some of you will not believe me when I say what I’m about to say because they are so commonly held as true. Others

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NCAA Mens and Womens Final Fours

Now that spring is in the air, we’ve moved the clocks ahead and Major League Baseball is underway, we can’t forget the last week of March Madness (or as I made up last year, April

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March Madness is ready to roll

Or should I say bounce. It’s that time of year again, time for the NCAA basketball tournament. There are both men’s and women’s competitions but the men’s usually gets the

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LBI Wawas to re-open on March 7th

Good news for coffee drinkers and all those who like the convenience of Wawa stores. I was told today that both stores on Long BeachIslandwill have a re-opening on March 7th. The Ship Bottom store

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The Teams Are Set For Superbowl XLVII

Now that the conference championships are history, we can look forward to the Superbowl. Scheduled for February 3rd and to start around6:30, it will be a battle between the NFC San Francisco 49ers

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Twas a Week Before Christmas…

And all through the land, people are looking for a gift that’s just grand. What do we buy? What should we get? The crowds are crazy, I’m having a fit. Many of the gifts from Christmas

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Thanksgiving not Store Going

Let me start by saying that as Larry Kudlow would say, “I believe in Free Market Capitalism”. My concern is that we have allowed ourselves to get caught up in a way that is not healthy

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Are you a Political Pawn

The definition for pawn in this question is: A person or an entity used to further the purposes of another.   Now that we’ve gotten through the conventions, we have 60 days to decide who

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Summer Olympics 2012 Hooray or HoHum

We are now about a week and a half into the summer games and I’m wondering how many hours you have logged watching so far. There have already been some nice stories and some upsetting defeats.

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How Bazaar is this

Answer:  100+ vendors expected. The Jewish Community Center of LBI (JCCof LBI) will hold their annual summer bazaars on July 11th and August 8th. The time is from 8AM until 3PM. The location

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Summer is off to a Hot Start

Summer officially arrived on Wednesday June 20th and there was a heat wave. I’m not talking about the Miami Heat who won the NBA championship (for those who don’t follow the sport), I

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Coming to LBI for Memorial Day Weekend

There are a couple of things that you should be aware of if you are planning a trip toLong BeachIslandthis weekend. As most of you know the winter brings blinking lights and higher speed limits.

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Pre Season Beach Badges Time is Ticking

Even though time is flying by and summer will soon be here, it’s not too late to get your pre-season Beach Badges for Beach Haven and Long BeachTownship. Here is the 2012 information:  

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March Madness Final Fours

As I begin, I must say that I do not follow college basketball during the regular season. I do however enjoy the tournaments. While there are Cinderella’s from time to time, it seems as if the

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Local NJ Radio Station Expands Coverage

WYRS Broadcasting of Manahawkin which currently airs over WYRS 90.7 FM in Manahawkin and translator W273AO 102.5 FM in Whiting has added WLNJ 91.7 FM Lakehurst. The station will simulcast the

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First Official Shabbat Service for JCC of LBI

The first official Shabbat service will take place on Friday Night.  NOTE DATE CHANGE: FEBRUARY 17, 2012 at 7:00 PM in the new synagogue with the procession of Torahs from the Condo to the

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Beach Badges A Great Christmas Gift

Are you or someone you know planning on spending some time in Long Beach Township on LBI this summer? Were you aware that you can purchase beach badges at preseason prices? This year they are

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Something FISHY in Southern Ocean County

If you are looking for something to do here are the details of the current ongoing Chamber Tournament and the upcoming Stafford PBA Tournament: 57th Annual Long Beach Island Surf Classic Oct. 8 -.

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Halloween Safety its not a scary thing

As Halloween approachs it seems like a good time to revisit some common sense ideas for Halloween Safety. Flame Resistant Costumes: When purchasing a costume, masks, beards, and wigs, look for the

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October on LBI Come Join The Fun

The month starts of big with ChowderFest weekend. Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. Saturday Oct. 1st features the Merchant Mart from 10:00AM - 4:00PM. Admission is FREE and it has hundreds of

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The Best Kept Secret About LBI

The other day heading into work I passed the new electronic billboard in Manahawkin and saw an ad from the Chamber of Commerce saying, “LBI-It’s Better In September”. That got me to wondering

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Bazaar and Craft Show in Beach Haven

The Jewish Community Center of Long Beach Island (JCC of LBI) is holding their annual Bazaar & Craft show this coming Wednesday July 13th from 8AM to 3PM. With construction of their new building

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BADGES we dont need no Beach Badges

That may be a true statement if you are planning on coming to Long Beach Island this summer. This contains information for Beach Haven and Long Beach Township. BEACH HAVEN 12 & under Free NO

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Will Graham coming to the Jersey Shore

Will Graham of the BGEA is coming to Ocean Grove, NJ May 20-22. Will is the son of Franklin Graham and grandson of Billy Graham. The event has something for everyone regardless of age. This includes

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