Warmer water at the Jersey Shore this year

Great news! After last summer’s upwelling kept the Atlantic Ocean tempratures from getting out of the low 60s for most of the summer, the water is already warm.

But the winds have shifted this summer and temps in the 70s were predicted for most South Jersey shores in July and August.

With the sun out for the first time in what seemed like forever, weekend ocean temperatures already rose to the lower 70s, an earlier-than-usual warming.

Now the bad news — I can’t go there for a while :(

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Gene Weingarten takes package, will only chat monthly

Last week, Gene Weingarten announced that he was taking a package from The Post, but would continue to host Chatological Humor monthly and write his “Below the Beltway” column weakly err weekly.

Yes, I took it because I wanted to. Generously, The Post offered to hire me back, on contract, to do the same job I am doing now, whatever that is. But I’m 57, and want to start on some book and movie projects before I get even older and feebler and the DNA in my brain further deteriorates to the point that I can”t even finish my own senten

We should all be so lucky. More details:

I’m not really going anywhere. I accepted a partial contract, and will still be writing my weekly column, which Tom The Butcher, also on contract, will still be editing. Tom and I will still be working on The Post Hunt. Mostly what’s different is that after July 1, I’m no longer doing big magazine stories or The Gene Pool, which is the discussion group you all tend to deride because you don’t understand that the golden future of journalism is unedited ranting and gnashing by citizen journalists.

So, boo, I like chat on a weekly basis and the long magazine stories tend to be much better than the weekly column. The Gene Pool was stupid. His final weekly chat is going on right now. I’ll miss stuff like this on a weekly basis:

Okay, this has been quite a few days for celebrity deaths. First Ed, then Farrah, then Michael. Just when we thought we were done with the mourning … Billy! Still, that last one felt so … right, like when they added “Bobby” to “Abraham, Martin and John.”

I guess I am the only one who thinks Michael Jackson was essentially a shallow disco phenomenon, generously talented but mostly a product of cynically manipulated personal style and shrewd marketing, personally abhorrent in a number of significant ways related to racial identity and sexual proclivities, and not worthy of all this adulation, particularly by the media, whose hemorrhage of unquestioning accolades is suspiciously self-serving. Okay, just checking.

Hey, man, I’m unmoved by Jacko’s demise too, but that’s harsh, the guy was scary talented.

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Olsen sharp in return, but Nats fall to Marlins

Nats’ Olsen Shines, Bullpen Lets It SlipThe Post
Bullpen wastes Olsen’s outingThe Wash. Times
Scott Olsen returned from the DL and pitched 7 innings of one run ball but that went up in smoke when the bullpen, specifically Ron Villone, came in. Marlins 4 Nationals 2.

Harris, Stammen Benefit From Extra DeliberationThe Post
Willie Harris looks to be the leadoff hitter for the foreseeable future, bumping the heart of the order back a spot. Craig Stammen, who was to be sent to the bullpen, will stay in the rotation for now. Shairon Martis is back in AAA — a good place for him. His early 5-1 record was a soft 5-1.

Kobernus gets birthday gift from the NatsThe Wash. Times
2B Jeff Kobernus, the Nats second round draft choice out of Cal, signed and is on his way to Vermont to play for the Lake Monsters.

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Of course I didn’t go see the Nats in Baltimore

For the fourth consecutive season, I avoided rewarding Peter Angelos’ bad behavior by buying a ticket to see the Nationals up there. Some notes:

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Thomas Boswell chat 06.25.2009

Ask Boswell: Nats, Wizards and OriolesThe Post
“Washington Post sports columnist Thomas Boswell will be online Thursday, June 25, at 11 a.m. ET to take your questions about the the Nats, Wizards, Orioles, the latest sports news and his columns.”

I am curious what kind of mood he’ll be in today with the Nats losing three in a row. I guess he was trying to call out ownership in the column yesterday, but it was a pretty weak attempt.

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Nats can’t rally from down 6-1 to Red Sox

Nats Give Up Six to the Sox in LossThe Post
One mistake spells trouble for StammenThe Wash. Times
Perhaps it is not wise to taunt David Ortiz. Prior to last night’s game, Nationals Journal ran the headline “Big Papi Not So Big and Scary.” I think Craig Stammen, who delivered the 3-2 fastball by that wound up in the seats in the fourth inning would beg to differ. Manny Acta said that was the ball game — C Wil Nieves called for a change-up and Stammen didn’t shake him off and go with his fastball. Will Stammen learn from that experience? We’ll see but probably not for a while, with Scott Olsen appearing to be healthy after rehabbing with AAA Syracuse, Stammen seems the most likely to be demoted.

The Nats tried to rally, erasing three runs from the 6-1 defecit, but could not get it down. Ryan Zimmerman just missed a game tying homer by a few feet as well.

Clippard Replaces Wells in Struggling BullpenThe Post
Wells is victim as the bullpen is overhauledThe Wash. Times
Tyler Clippard is called up from Syracuse where he had been pitching well out of the bullpen and Kip Wells is designated for assignment. Also, Adam Dunn’s wrist is bothering him, so he sat out last night.

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