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Mike Caputo On The Rings

The annual gym show is another memory that is special to many of us who went through the local school system, and demonstrated yet another way how Principal Boyd was committed to the kids. Here, Mike Caputo is shown hanging from the rings under Principal Boyd’s watch. Mike is now Chief of Police in Tuckerton Boro in the southern part of Ocean County. His parents owned local businesses in Seaside Heights while his mother also served as municipal court administrator for many years.  Mike’s younger sister Sandy and I were classmates.

I also remember the gym show included demonstrations on the ropes (a straight climb to the ceiling), the parallel bars, a pommell horse, and wooden beam.   
 

From the Terry Groffie Collection

Parachute

If you attended the Seaside Heights Elementary School on the bayfront while Junie Boyd was principal this photo scanned from a news article will bring back a memory or two. 

From the Terry Groffie Collection

Sunset Island

The original development plan for Sunset Island (before the island was known as Pelican Island) included the construction of an airstrip on the sedge island immediately north of Sunset Island.  The concept plan also included a second bridge leading into and out of Seaside Heights. The second bridge was envisioned to start at the foot of Grant Avenue and cut across the sedge island to Sunset Island. Most of us grew up hearing about this plan from grandparents and aunts or uncles.  I read about the plan when I was researching for the book, but this postcard shows the plan from a great visual perspective. 

Heights Police Child Safety Program 1972

B. Dionisio, M. Graichen, G. Mazzanti and A. Raniero

There’s a lot of Seaside Heights history among these four former borough councilmen. In the first photo from the late 1970s – early 1980s era, Bob Dionisio, Anthony Raniero, Mike Graichen, and Guy Mazzanti (l-r) stand alongside the town’s new beach rake machine at the Borough Plant on Grant Avenue.  Bob Dionisio has owned numerous businesses in Seaside Heights over the years and these days can be found at Park Seafood on the Boardwalk helping out the owner – his son Nick.  Anthony Raniero was a local builder and motel owner before leaving Seaside Heights.  Mike Graichen owned the towel stand on the Boardwalk at Webster Ave. for many years before moving to the North End where today he owns and operates Lucky’s Arcade.  Folding towels at the stand for Mike was my first job as a kid. Nickel a dozen. Then a dime a dozen. I “retired” at a quarter a dozen.

Guy Mazzanti worked for the family’s food market on the southeast corner of Blaine Ave. & Central Ave and operated the LaFontana Motel and other local apartment complexes in the borough. His family’s roots in Seaside Heights go back more than 50 years.  Guy is an active member of the Seaside Heights Vol. Fire Company and served as fire chief for a time.  All four of them had children who grew up in town and went through the Hugh J. Boyd Elementary School. In fact, Stacey Dionisio (Smith) returned to the school as a teacher (joining her mother Marsha)!  Great people like these made growing up in Seaside Heights the memorable experience that it was. 

May 3, 1935, Ocean County Review Article

The following article from the May 3, 1935, issue of the Ocean County Review covers a Borough Council meeting (Barnegat Avenue To Be Straightened) where beach fees and property maintenance issues were discussed. It certainly wasn’t the last time those issues would be discussed. The Wiener’s Dept. Store advertisement appeared in the same issue. Click your mouse to expand each photo.

Seaside Heights Beach Patrol Photo (1950s)

Lifeguard Group Photo 1950s

I personally only recognize the three Boyd brothers in this photograph from the 1950s. Hugh J. (“Junie”) Boyd, Jr. is second from the left; Capt. John Boyd and Joseph Boyd are fifth and sixth, respectively, from the left.

Please let me know if you can identify any of the other lifeguards. I would be happy to post their names here.