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St. Patrick’s Day Parade Video

This is a video of scenes from the annual St. Patrick’s Parade held in Seaside Heights yesterday (March 12, 2011). The video starts with pre-parade activities at Station 44 and then video shot from inside Ladder 4401 along the parade route. The final 15 minutes of the video shows parade highlights shot from Hancock Avenue and the Boulevard. Give your mouse a left click over the photo to get the video rolling.   

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Dell Hopson Chief of Fire Company

I’m going to be adding many Christmas and New Year’s advertisements and greetings from the 1940s to 1950s. While organizing those microfilm clips I came across this December 17, 1943, Ocean County Review news article mentioning that Dell Hopson was reelected chief of the Seaside Heights Volunteer Fire Company. Other people mentioned in the article whose names are familiar to many of us include Thomas Reutter (elected as foreman) – “Tommy” is still a member of the fire company and regularly attends meetings and fire calls even to this day – Paul K. Hershey (deceased father of present Seaside Heights Mayor P. Kenneth Hershey), Henry “Tex” Gilmore (deceased father of Borough Attorney George Gilmore), and Charles Kessler. The annual fire company election is more than a bylaw requirement – it is one of the great traditions that have been passed down from one generation of firefighters to another. Congratulations to James Samarelli on your election to Fire Chief (2011) and my father, Tony Vaz, on your reelection to Company President (2011). And a big thank you to all of the firefighters and members who served as officers in 2010! As always, use your mouse to expand the photo.