Archive for August, 2007

Tight-knit Kearney Avenue…

August 26, 2007

Some of Pete’s Kearney Avenue neighbors: Ray and Karen Frazier, Ron and Joanne Funari, and Rocco and Barbara Maltese.

Some readers may remember that at the beginning of 2006, Pete moved from Bay Boulevard to the ocean block of Kearney Avenue in Seaside Heights. Since moving to Kearney Avenue, Pete has noticed that his block is one of the tightest-knit neighborhoods in Seaside Heights. It is common to see groups of neighbors gathering out on their front porches on a warm summer evening, enjoying each-other’s company. Recently, such a get-together was held with Rocco & Barbara Maltese (family on the block since 1972), Ray and Karen Frazier (family on the block since 1946), and relative newcomers Ron and Joanne Funari (on the block since 2002).

Thanks Seaside Heights Beach Patrol…

August 26, 2007

Some of the members of the Seaside Heights Beach Patrol are seen in the Hiering Avenue Parking Lot at the end of a busy beach day.

Each day of the busy summer season, the lifeguards of the Seaside Heights Beach Patrol are seen protecting the ocean swimmers. Many of the guards park in the big lot on Hiering Avenue, and then are shuttled back and forth to their various stations via the big lifeguard truck. Once again, thanks to the SHBP for keeping bathers safe for another year in 2007. Now that the main part of the season is coming to a close, many of the guards are going back to school, either as students or teachers. Even though many will soon leave, the SHBP will be on duty throughout the month of September as weather dictates, with a smaller post-season crew.

Pete’s 8/25/2007 Talky Blog…

August 26, 2007

Another talky blog from from Saturday August 25th.

This week’s topics:

1. The Return of Jimmy O’Donnell

2. Meet Ron & Joanne Funari

3. A tour of the Ocean View Commons

Cool People for the Week of August 18th-25th

August 19, 2007

Station 44 responds to structure fire at Sunny Hunny in Ortley…

August 19, 2007

Station 44’s Matt Semeraro was the nozzleman of the first hose to put water on this fire at the Sunny Hunny Restaurant, Route 35 North in Ortley Beach.

A close-up of Sunny Hunny damage.

THE TWILIGHT ZONE?: Half-eaten plates of breakfast food are left on tables of the Sunny Hunny, which was quickly evacuated when a fire occurred in the electric service panel outside the building.

For the second time in just a week, a group of barrier island restaurant-goers were forced to evacuate a premises with food left on the tables uneaten. Earlier in the week the scene had been at the Crab’s Claw Inn in Lavallette, which sustained a structural problem. On Sunday morning August 19th, the scene was the popular Sunny Hunny restaurant, located on Route 35 North in Ortley Beach. Initially, the SHFD was dispatched to a fire on an electrical pole near the Sunny Hunny. The reality was that the fire was not on a pole, but was inside the electric meter on side of the building. The restaurant was packed with customers at about 10:30 a.m. when the smell of smoke became prevalent inside the restaurant. Patrons were evacuated immediately and without panic, according to Sunny Hunny owner Bernie Ferris. In addition to Station 44, Ocean Beach Fire Department and the FAST team from the Point Pleasant Beach Volunteer Fire Department also responded. The fire was able to be contained the electric service panel located inside an attached shed-like structure on the south-side of the Sunny Hunny premises. It was a challenge to accomplish this, according to SHFD firefighter Matt Semeraro, who was the nozzleman for the first hose to put water on the fire. Smoke was visible during the height of the blaze, as flames licked through the metal conduit that protects the connections to the electric meter. Firefighters poured water onto this area to keep the fire contained until GPU energy staff could turn the power to the building off at 11:02 a.m. Although flames did ignite the wooden ceiling of the area around the electric box, the main portion of the building was not burned. The fire was declared under control at 11:26 a.m. Even though this was a cloudy, cool, and otherwise not overly busy day, the traffic pattern surrounding the Sunny Hunny was snarled in both directions for about two hours as police officers from the Township of Toms River, and Fire Police from various locales tried to maintain order and safety. Inside the restaurant, the smell of smoke permeated the air, and tables of uneaten food remained as if in an episode of the Twilight Zone. (A similar, eerie phenomenon also was observed at the Crab’s Claw, according to sources.) Sunny Hunny owner Bernie Ferris says he will try to clean-up and re-open within the next few days. Mr. Ferris says 2007 is his 20th year in business. He bought the restaurant in 1987 from famed Sunny Hunny founder Mama Lita, who operated the establishment with her staff of “chicks” prior to the purchase in ‘87. Mr. Ferris says that Mama Lita is actually still around, living in Point Pleasant last he knew.