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UFO in Seaside Heights

This is one of the great photographs that the late Leonard Ipri provided me when I was writing my book, but it couldn’t be included due to the page limitation guidelines I had to follow. The red, white, and blue UFO was serving as the Borough of Seaside Heights Information Center when the photo was taken.  The Information Center was located at the municipal parking lot on the west side of town between Sumner and Webster Avenues.  My grandmother, Margaret Brennan, and local resident/family friend Rita Ipri worked at the Information Center before it was closed in the late 1980s to make way for a more modern facility.  Prior to its “official” public service, the UFO was also used as a bank and as an amusement attraction in the 1970s/1980s.  I vaguely recall that the attraction was named “Jaws” (or something like that) based on the 1975 Steven Spielberg directed movie. The feature was a pool of water in the main section of the UFO that concealed a mechanical shark that popped out of the water upon unsuspecting visitors.              
 

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  1. I remember this!

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  2. Leonard’s family came to Seaside Heigthts from Philadelphia.. Times were hard back then. Leonard did his best to share his memory with those who truly cared about him.

    Seaside Heights Station 44 Firehouse museum – Leonard’s Firetruck COSMO is a personal part of his Life’s legacy along with the many postcards that he provided for those chosen few.

    “BELIEVE IN SANTA CLAUS.” Before Leonard left us, Leonard belived that wherever you go,
    you leave footsteps.” May his imprint make a mark upon the hearts of those who cared about him carry on.

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    • NEXT COLUMBUS DAY PARADE LET”S HONOR THE ONES WHO GAVE SO MUCH AS WE GATHER ROUND ON THE BOULEVARD FOR OUR ANNUAL PARADE OF LIFE.

      FOR ONCE IN OUR LIFETIME STEP BACK IN TIME TO THE HISTORY FOR THOSE WHO HAVE PASSED, LET’S MAKE A PROMISE TO REMEMBER AND HONOR OUR SEASIDE HEIGHTS FOUNDING FATHER’S, OUR FAMILY & FRIENDS…. MAYOR STANLEY TUNNEY, SENATOR WILLIAM HIERING, ESQ,, LEONARD IPRI, POLICE CHIEF SCHREMMER, TERRY GROFFIE, JOANNE DUSZCAK, EDDIE STANULIS, JACK STEIGERWALD….

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      • Jeanne Ipri Fallon

        My dad believed this with all his heart… “Where-ever you go, what-ever you do, you leave footprints, a mark, in the lives of those you touch.” He also believed,” Count your life by smiles, not tears; count your age by friends, not years.” I miss my dad.
        Jeanne Ipri Fallon

      • Jeanne Ipri Fallon

        I think it is a great idea, to honor the Seaside Heights Founding Fathers…. all of them. If you need any help with a gathering around on the Boulevard, for an Annual Parade of Life. I would love to help out. Jeanne Ipri Fallon

  3. Sue Ipri Perlmutter

    An me too!

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    • IT IS MARCH 2012. 3 YEARS NOW SINCE LEONARD PASSED OVER TO A NEW DESTINY.

      SAINT PATRICK’S DAY AND ANNUAL PARADE IS UPON US.
      IN HONOR OF LEONARD IPRI, IT IS A MUST THAT “COSMO”
      LEONARD’S RESTORED VINTAGE FIRETRUCK LEAD THE WAY
      FOR THIS PARADE.

      GOD BLESS LEONARD.

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      • Have you visited the Fire Company Museum website yet? If not, you should check it out. http://www.seasidefiremuseum.com

      • If Dad was here he would be proudly sitting in the front seat of “COSMO”, his restored vintage firetruck, as it makes its way down Grant Avenue in the parade! I can’t think of a better tribute to him. Thanks for keeping his memory alive in the town of Seaside Heights where he lived and in the fire company that he loved for so long. We, his family, miss him so much and every day.

  4. Happy Birthday Leonard, Its September 10th, 2012. hee on Earth.
    May your Spirit for our Life live on…. racing on the street Ocean Terrace.
    God Bless You. You are our guardian angel.
    Mucho xoxo

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  5. jeanne fallon (lpri)

    Cathy, thank you so much for the birthday wish. It meant so much to my sister Sue and I. We miss our mom and dad do much. Jeanne Ipri Fallon.

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