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Hurricane Sandy Auction – I Am Adding Items

Over the weekend I am adding a few items to the existing auction. Click here for the link to my EBay auction. I’ve donated the items, so all proceeds (every nickel) will benefit First Lady Mary Pat Christie’s “Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund.” Thanks to those who have bid and will bid!

Added today 11/17/2012. The ride ticket is from The Terry Groffie Collection. “T-A-G” Amusements was owned by Terry’s father,  Ed Groffie, and former Mayor William Pat Tunney. 

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Hurricane Sandy – Seaside Heights “The Day After”

I filmed this early in the afternoon on the day after the hurricane made landfall. The weather was cold and windy, and water still filled most streets in Seaside Heights.

Men Must Wear Shirts

Rules. Much to the disappointment of the women I am sure.

Kohr’s Fire 1976

I was a few months from turning 9 years old when this fire struck Kohr’s Original Custard and Whistle Stop at Franklin Avenue & Boardwalk. I remember the plectron tones waking us up, followed by the sounds of the firehouse siren blaring for what seemed like 10-15 minutes. My father ran out the door to the firehouse as my mother and I followed him onto the front steps of our home at 119 Franklin Avenue. We looked one block east toward the Boardwalk, and I remember seeing a tall ball of flames shooting into the air. My mother dressed my brother and sister and we walked with a hurried pace toward the Boardwalk. She was visibly worried about my father. We joined a group of local residents that had formed behind the police line and watched the area fire companies fight the blaze. Women and children pointed out their husbands and fathers (it was an all male fire crew back then) with a sense of relief. And I can also remember the Ladies Auxiliary staging at the fire ground and serving water and coffee.  Not as bad as the 1955 or 1965 fires for sure, but this was a bad fire nonetheless!  From The Dr. Anthony E. & Mary Ellen Vaz Collection.

  

  

  

The Whistle Stop

The Whistle Stop was new at its Franklin Avenue & Boardwalk location (behind Kohr’s Original Custard) when these advertisements appeared in The Review newspaper in the early 1970s. Images are from The Dr. Anthony E. & Mary Ellen Vaz Collection.

    

U.S. Bobsled Team Tryout

As millions of people from all over the world watch the summer Olympics broadcast from London, I thought I would share these photos with my “Down by the Seaside” friends.  The U.S. Bobsled Team held preliminary tryouts between May and October during the mid-1990s in 25 American cities, including Seaside Heights.  Then-Governor Christine Whitman even gave it a shot, and finished at the top in the 40- to 49-year-old age group in July 1996.  The previous summer, in August 1995, former University of South Carolina outfielder, Jason Dorsey, pushed the 340-pound fiberglass sled 25 meters in 3.63 seconds (in his sandals), and five months later Jason’s 4-man team won a bronze medal at the World Cup in Cortina, Italy. You can enlarge the images with your mouse. Note Joe Camel in the background. Remember Joe and all the controversy he created?

   

From The Terry Groffie Collection

1963 Golden Anniversary Vacation Ad

I scanned this colorful Seaside Heights page from a 1963 NJ vacation guide that I recently acquired. Note the reference to the town’s Golden Anniversary that year.  Next year Seaside Heights celebrates the Big 100!