summer end rituals
Upper Township life guard Captain Bill Handley, of Tuckahoe, drags the life guard stand from the beach at Williams Avenue beach in Strathmere. Every year on or around Labor Day, Upper Township lifeguards (who patrol Strathmere beaches) end their season by bringing their stands/chairs to UTBP headquarters to be put away for the winter. For Handley, that tradition goes back 27 years, to his first summer as guard. He also once finished a season by leaving the weekend after Labor Day for a seven-day, 150-mile row to the Statue of Liberty with partner and fellow guard Rod Tice. Tuesday, August ,31 , 2010 ( Press of Atlantic City / Danny Drake)

You know it. Labor Day comes, Labor Day goes, but besides dropping kids off at school, nothing's changed. It's still summer in South Jersey! For our next episode of On The Road, we're talking all things "Local's Summer September" right where many of us want to be during the month, on the beach, toes in the sand in Strathmere. 

On The Road, a New Jersey Press Association Award Winning segment in 2018, is back in 2019 with more interviews, more adventures and more digging out some of the coolest places nature can bring in the area. Tune in as we take you through South Jersey, and the year, with theme months.

Twice a month, I'll explore each theme by going to a place and interview the people that make it unique within South Jersey. All the while unearthing how our local leaders live with the elements elements, give you tips on our environment and more. 

Thanks to Press of Atlantic City graphics artist Krishna Mathias and developer Mike DellaVecchia, you can follow along on our journey with our interactive page. Watch where “On the Road” has ventured to, find upcoming stops and view last year's original 63 town adventure. 2018's On The Road was a New Jersey Press Association winning series.  

Here's where On The Road will be going next for Local's Summer September:

Where: Upper Township Beach Patrol Headquarters

When: 4 p.m. Wednesday, September 18

What I'll be doing: Beach Patrol Captain Bill Handley and I will be soaking in the last bits of summer, talking all about what Local's Summer means to South Jersey. 

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Our next step will be talking to lifeguards about why September is a great time to hang 10!

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