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Operation Santa Claus

The Seaside Heights Vol. Fire Company tradition continues tonight…More vintage Fire Company photos are available at the Fire Company Museum website.  And here’s the link to last year’s Operation Santa Claus post.

  Photo taken in my childhood home at 119 Franklin Avenue probably in 1975 or 1976. Tony Poane, Frank Albamonte, and Phil Carrozza are standing at the door.



Sodl’s Waffles & Ice Cream

Sodl’s was a fixture on the Boardwalk for many years and helped make Waffles & Ice Cream famous.  If you walked past Sodl’s anytime during the day and night you could smell hot waffles toasting. My grandmother Margaret Brennan worked at Sodl’s as a cashier.  I also have fond memories of the Casadonte brothers, David and Donald, who worked the cigarette and candy stands in front of Lucky’s Fascination for their grandfather Anthony “Lucky” Carrozza, sending me to Sodl’s each morning during the summer months to pick up breakfast. I was a young kid then – I think I started out when I was about 11 years old. The standard order was coffee and pork roll and cheese sandwiches. It was part of my every day summer routine – pick up breakfast from Sodl’s, go down to the stock room and bring up boxes of cigarettes and candy and toys for the Casadontes, and then fold bags of towels for Steve or Timmy who worked next door at Mike Graichen’s towel and comforter stand. This was followed by about an hour of Fascination – my all time favorite Boardwalk game.     

Boardwalk Heroes

In the original draft of the book I included a section in the Introduction that called attention to people who I consider are “Boardwalk Heroes” – people who made long-term commitments to the Seaside Heights boardwalk and forged ahead through the good times and the occasional bad times. Regretfully, space limitations combined with the fear that I would likely spell a name wrong or worse – fail to mention a VIP altogether – caused me to scratch that idea from the book. But I’m thinking that it would be a cool project for the Centennial celebration in 2013. Anyway, here’s what I intended to include, but didn’t… “an honor roll of Boardwalk Heroes, a lineup of individuals who were instrumental in shaping the town’s special boardwalk history. Inevitably, I will forget to mention someone whose name should have appeared here, but I apologize in advance for doing so: Joseph Vanderslice, F.H. Freeman, Belle Freeman, J. Stanley Tunney, Pat Tunney, Dell and Frances Hopson, Norman Hopson, Mike Brown, Bill Major, Anthony Maruca, Domenic Maruca, Joe Maruca, Maria Maruca, Angelo Cappetta, Ed Groffie, Anthony “Sonny” Ricci, Angelo Ricci, Carmen Ricci, Tommy Ricci, Frank Mack, Jack Martin, Tom Maione, Joe Knox, Jimmy Sozio, Rosemarie Janvier, Elton Kohr, Betty Kohr, Greg Kohr, Miriam DuPont, Bruce Kohr, Tom Esposito, Jack Livingston, Harry Stock, Frank Feistel & Family, Wando and Lilly, John Verderosa, Bob Scott, Sodl Family, Fuggi Family, Jimmy “Broadway,” Joseph J. Delaney, Tony Oddo, Sam and Josephine Tedesco, Richard Chabok, Dino Panas, Fred S. Rolle, William C. Rolle, Louis Lumi, William Lumi, Richard and Mary Peterson, Anthony “Lucky” Carrozza, Philip Carrozza, Mike Graichen, Linus Gilbert, John FitzGerald, John Christopher, Kenneth Wynne Jr., Robert J. Bennett, Dr. Floyd L. Moreland, Wayne Cimorelli, Leo Whalen, Tom Whalen, Steve Whalen, Frank Sommerer, Ken Hershey, Patty Hershey, George Tompkins, Ralph Tompkins, Albert Pinelli, Joseph G. Pinelli, Sr., Pete Pascarella, Sundermann Family, George Bassinder, Anthony DiChiara, Joe Luciano, Jack Jaffe, and the Boyd Family.

Feel free to ask me to add names.