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Slice of Suburbia Shore Towns: Stone Harbor

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Stone Harbor- the South end of the Seven Mile- located on a barrier island jutting out into the AtlanticThe Stone Harbor Tower., welcomes summer visitors each day as its local neighbors do.

Stone Harbor was incorporated in April 28, 1914, and hosts about 1030 year-round residents. With a beautiful top-ranked beach, a fairly pricey zip code, and amazing shopping and restaurants, this idyllic seaside resort is just the place to relax. Don’t forget your beach tags when decide to jump in the surf! Stone Harbor has a recognizable landmark, the 132-foot-high water town in the heart of town, which holds 500,000 gallons of water. Look for that upon arriving in off 96th street and you know you've arrived!

Looking for something to do other than jump in the waves? Stone Harbor offers cultural stimulation as well. Check out the Stone Harbor Museum, theStone Harbor Bird Sanctuary, the Wetland Institute, or take in a concert or show. Also visit Chelsea Place Park, on 105th -106th streets, between Second and Third Avenues. There’s a  track for jogging and walking (7 laps make a mile!). There are fitness stations for circuit training, Bocce and Volleyball courts. Every Monday is Family Night at the Firehouse, and every Tuesday the Wetlands Institute hosts Totally Turtle Tuesdays at 5pm!

The museum offers free admission and you can view a collection entitled: On The Street Where You Live,’ with vintage and current photos of Stone Harbor then and now, arranged by street to point out old landmarks and new businesses and houses. The Oral History Program captures the colorful histories of longtime residents on audio and visual DVDs.

Stone Harbor offers a huge array of shopping, especially on the main drag of 96th Street. One of my favorite places for great clothes and unique jewelry is Moxie Boutique. Cute shirts, great jewelry and sexy bathing suits make this place one of my go-to stores.

Moxie is having its annual Midnight Madness Sale on Thursday, August 12 from 7pm-2am. The entire store will be on sale!

Jake's on 96th offers a huge array of Life is Good items. I also love Hoy's 5 & 10. You can get virtually anything you need here. As for jewelry, you can always find a stunning array of gorgeous pieces in the stores along 96th, especially at the Jewelry Studio.

This weekend award-winning designer, Denny Wong, will be in Stone Harbor. Tahitian pearls and other gem stones come alive in his designs. And of course you need something to read while you are lounging on the beach, so get yourself to the Atlantic Book Shop, where all the latest bestsellers are at great prices. I love the store!

Stop and get lunch at Green Cuisine. I never knew a salad could taste so good until I stopped here with aThe shore at Stone Harbor. friend. For breakfast, I highly recommend the Bread & Cheese Cupboard with their yummy munchies. Raspberry and cheese croissant and their ham and provolone cheese roll are to die for. I always have to get two...then bike to Avalon to work it off! And if you feel like riding your bike to Avalon for a great sandwich- once you get there, check out the Seven Mile Island Deli at 30th and Dune. Yummiest sandwiches ever- try the hot ham and cheese panini on rye. I won't give away the secret to this great sandwich, but I promise you will love it. Just call ahead!

The end of the month offers the Merchant's Day Sidewalk Sale on August 28! In downtown Stone Harbor from 9am - 7pm, it will be a bargain hunter's paradise! Stop by the Chamber of Commerce Office on 96th Street & spin the prize wheel, prizes awarded all day long!  For more information call 609-368-6101.

This weekend- don’t forget the 48th Annual Stone Harbor Art & Craft Show! Saturday & Sunday, August 7 & 8, 2010, open for rain or shine! The show will be held at the Stone Harbor Recreation Field at the corner of 80th Street & First Avenue in Stone Harbor. This show has it all-a huge array of hand-made items including traditional and country crafts, fine art and paintings, jewelry. Find unique gifts for everyone on your shopping list… hey isn't Christmas coming up in four months....

We only have a few more weeks of official vacation until (wahh!) the summer ends. Although that never stops me from coming down to the shore, what with all the late summer and fall festivities!

Where should I go next?

For more information go to www.stone-harbor.nj.us

Christine Tarlecki can be reached at engchik@gmail.com and under engchik on Twitter, and Christine Tarlecki on FaceBook.