There is a new sport developing on the water in areas hit by Hurricane Sandy. It’s called debris fishing, said Joe V. Yglesias, of Little Egg Harbor.

Yglesias lives on the main canal in the Mystic Islands section of the township, and he’s pioneering the activity. He stands on his bulkhead, waiting for a big piece of debris to appear. When it does — and that’s pretty often if the wind is right — he throws a grappling hook anchor with a rope tied to it.

“I see how far I can throw it. It gives me a little exercise,” said the 55-year-old, who has lived in the area more than 40 years and saw some of the canals dug. Whatever he snags, he hauls in, but he has also fallen in once, he said.

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Most of what he gets is just trash and slabs of wood. But it’s not all junk.

“One day I got a sealed five-gallon bucket, and inside were two crab trap floats and a handle for water skiing. On the bottom was a big, heavy steel trailer hitch,” he said. He tried for an inflatable swimming pool, but it escaped him.

He’s snagged perfectly good life preservers and lawn ornaments, which went into his front yard. Yglesias, a broker with Mezzina Real Estate and Insurance in Tuckerton, hopes someone will reclaim them.

His 25-year-old daughter, Tina, finds his new pastime pretty comical. But he figures he’s helping the environment.

“If we all pitch in, we can turn this back around,” he said. “We’ll have better houses and safer houses. As painful as it’s going to be, it’s for the best.

Service recognition

Carolyn Richards, of North Cape May, recently won the 2012 Outstanding Service Recognition Award by the Cape May County Department of Aging and Disability Services, for her work with the hearing impaired. Richards began the Hard of Hearing Support Group in 2011, which meets the third Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. at Cape Regional Medical Center, where she works in the finance department.

JCC honors Marrandino

Don Marrandino, Eastern Division president for Caesars Entertainment, will be honored by The Milton & Betty Katz Jewish Community Center of Atlantic and Cape May Counties at its 2013 annual Gala in February at One Atlantic at the Pier Shops at Caesars Atlantic City. Marrandino has played a major role in cleaning up the Boardwalk, bringing in thousands of high rollers from all over the country, and opening up entertainment for nongambling tourists, the JCC said.

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