Archive for July, 2007

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July 29, 2007

Pete is heard on WCBS News Radio 880…

July 29, 2007


Loyal readers know that Pete has spend the better part of a decade researching, writing, and producing a documentary about the Haunted Castle fire at Six Flags Great Adventure that happened on May 11, 1984. Recently, Pete was contacted by reporter Marla Diamond from CBS News Radio 880 from New York City. As part of a special series looking back at the big news stories of the last 40 years, Pete was interviewed as an “expert” on the Haunted Castle fire. The radio interview aired in the city on Wednesday July 25th, and a link to a podcast of the piece is available below:

Seaside Heights featured in “Sicko”….

July 29, 2007

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For a second time, Seaside Heights has been featured in a documentary by controversial and political filmmaker Michael Moore. In 2002, Shoot The Geek, at Dupont Avenue and The Boardwalk was featured in the Moore film Bowling For Columbine. Now in 2007, Captain Hook’s Bar at Kearney Avenue & The Boulevard has been featured in the new Moore film, Sicko, which is currently in theaters nationwide. Sicko is a criticism of the United States for-profit healthcare system, and compares the U.S. to places with Socialized Medicine, such as Canada, France, and even Cuba. Part of the film deals with the the plight of the volunteer workers at the World Trade Center site that have suffered severe health problems in the ensuing time, and also sometimes find themselves without health care. Readers may remember the benefit for Joe Piccurro of Toms River that was held at Captain Hook’s on February 24th. Mr. Piccurro had been an iron worker that had reported to the pile of the collapsed WTC to cut through debris to free the bodies of dead police, firefighters, and civilians. Since that time, Mr. Piccurro has developed chronic bronchitis, and leukemia, and has had to endure a slew of red tape to get Worker’s Compensation benefits. According to Captain Hook’s management, Moore himself was not at the bar, but his cameras were present during the Piccurro benefit, filming the footage that appeared in Sicko.

Seaside Heights featured in New Yorker magazine…

July 29, 2007


Popular cartoonist Roz Chast has featured Seaside Heights in a cartoon that has appeared in the magazine The New Yorker. (Special thanks to our friend Carolynne VanHouten, who sent us the clipping.) In the cartoon, Chast depicts 5 miles of beach (although Seaside Heights is less than 1 mile long) and cleverly divides it into ten humorous sections:

  1. Family Fight Beach
  2. Ultra Hairy Man Beach
  3. Drinking and Smoking Beach.
  4. Nitwit trying to get some work done Beach
  5. Shell and Beach Glass fanatic Beach
  6. Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Beach
  7. Tan to a crisp Beach
  8. Look you can see all my parts Beach
  9. Hot screaming baby Beach
  10. Depressed poet Beach

The Seaside Heights Office of Public Relations responded to the cartoon by saying, “Even though these types of cross sections of human nature could really exist on any beach, some do certainly seem to describe parts of ours. However, some do not. Although we are pleased that Seaside Heights beach got this widespread recognition in this high-profile magazine and find the cartoon quite humorous, the fact is that we do not have a “drinking” beach. Alcohol is forbidden on our beach except during very special events, and this rule is strictly enforced.”

Broomsmith Family Benefit….

July 29, 2007

Friends are seen gathered at a benefit for the family of the late John Broomsmith, a Seaside Heights Volunteer Firefighter who passed away from a heart attack two days after graduating the fire academy in February 2007.

On the afternoon of Saturday July 28th, a benefit was held at the Moose Lodge in Ortley Beach to benefit the family of the late John Broomsmith of the Berkeley Township section of Pelican Island, a Seaside Heights Volunteer Firefighter who passed away from a heart attack at age 44 in early February 2007. John, who was known as J.B. among friends, had just graduated the Ocean County Fire Academy two days prior to his untimely death. Before the benefit, J.B.’s many surfer friends gathered in the water to do a “paddle out”, a traditional surfer mourning ceremony. While on their surfboards, friends spread J.B.’s ashes among the waves he loved so much during his brief lifetime. After the ceremony, a benefit and gift auction was held at the Moose lodge with the proceeds going to J.B.’s surviving wife Tammy and daughter Nikole, to help cover education and other expenses. Daughter Nikole Broomsmith will be a sophomore in college this upcoming semester, studying Biology at St. Leo University in Pasco County, Florida. She hopes one day to become a cardiologist.

The late John Broomsmith is seen in January 2007, just a few weeks before his untimely death.