Top Events of 2007….

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HOISTING HARMONY TO THE HEAVENS, AND OPENING NEW GATEWAYS FOR INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE…Pete saw the liftoff of the Space Shuttle Discovery STS-120 on October 23, 2007 as part of a day long tour of the Kennedy Space Center. The mission proved to be one of the most historic of the entire shuttle program. When the Discovery docked with the International Space Station, it was the first time that both the shuttle commander (Pamela Melroy) and ISS comander (Peggy Whitson) were both women. Not only did Discovery deliver its payload of the Italian-built “Harmony” mode for the ISS, but it performed an unexpected and complicated repair to a solar panel that threatened the entire ISS building process.

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Later, Pete shared his experience watching the launch of Discovery with Seaside Heights 4th graders.

THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES????….


Pete got to meet Rudy Giuliani in 2007.

SEASIDE HEIGHTS LOCATIONS AND LOCALS FEATURED PROMINENTLY ON SCREENS WORLDWIDE…


ARTIE LANGE’S BEER LEAGUE, partially filmed in Seaside Heights and featuring local extras Pete, Big Hearted John Sundermann, Ashlee Stanulis and Jillian Camera was released on DVD and aired on Comedy Central in 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.

PETE’S CELEBRITY FIT CLUB….

BEFORE…

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AFTER…Pete lost over 30 pounds of fat between May and December 2007 working out and acting as spokesmodel for Anytime Fitness in Ortley Beach.

PETE, HURRICANE ‘EXPERT’…

AS FAR AS HURRICANES, Pete toured a Hurricane Hunter aircraft in 2007, and…


met Dr. Rich Knabb, Senior Hurricane forecaster, and…


also met Bill Proenza, who was fired from his job as the Director of the National Hurricane Center in 2007 after a huge public scandal.


Tetiana Anderson from The Weather Channel was also in town producing a hurricane special, featuring locals like Sheriff Polhemus, Pete and even Hurricane Helen.

PETE & SEASIDE HEIGHTS MAKE THE BIG TIME NEWS MEDIA…

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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. During the summer of 2007, 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.

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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.)

 

SEASIDE HEIGHTS MAKES INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES….
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Seaside Heights Police Chief Tommy Boyd speaks to a sea of media regarding the Lucky Leo’s purse theft incident. The theft gained international attention after a security video revealed the act had been committed by a child who was forced into the act by her grandfather.

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Seaside Heights Detectives Steve Korman and Joe Engrassia paraded notorious alleged criminal Daniel Twomey, who is said to have coached his four-year old granddaughter to steal the purse, past the media for a “perp walk”

HARRY M. SMITH III EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER DEDICATED….
Smith Boys at Hugh J. Boyd School Early Childhood Center Dedication.
Pete and brothers David, Harry, Phil and Paul were all in attendance when the Harry M. Smith III Early Childhood Center was dedicated June 1, 2007 in memory of their late father.

popartpete.com 2.0 launches….

NOT LIKE ‘NEW COKE’ popartpete.com 2.0, a php-based blog to replace the old html site, was an even bigger success than…

popartpete.com CLASSIC

HEMINGWAY’S LIKE A SEASIDE HEIGHTS ‘STUDIO 54’….


The very first party at the new Hemingway’s celebrated the engagement of John Camera and Phyllis Katsikis, now Mr. and Mrs. John Camera as of September 29, 2007.

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Seaside Heights Mayor Ken Hershey is seen with Vincent Craparotta III at Hemingway’s on Thanksgiving Eve, the biggest night ever for the new local hot spot.

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ALL THE HIGHER-UPS WERE THERE…Seaside Heights Borough Clerk Diane Stabley, Councilman Bill Akers, Borough Administrator John Camera, and Public Works Director Lou DiGuilio are seen at Hemingway’s on Thanksgiving Eve, as were….

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YEAR OF THE WOMAN Seaside Heights Councilwomen Joyce Camera, Arline Ottoson, Agnes Polhemus and Joann Duszczak.

POLAR BEAR PLUNGE MOVES TO SEASIDE HEIGHTS….

A record 3,100 plungers came to the Polar Bear Plunge, which was moved to Seaside Heights in 2007.

BIG FIRES OF 2007….

This fire was fought at 1957 Route 35 in Ortley Beach in February 2007.


Despite all this damage, the building is already nearly renovated.

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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 on August 19th.

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The upper unit of this home in the rear of 113 Carteret Avenue was completed gutted by fire during the early morning hours of October 29th.

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Station 44 members quickly extinguished this structure fire at 131 Franklin Avenue just before 8 a.m. on Sunday December 2, 2007.


Both of these photos of the big Stafford Township forest fire of 2007 were taken by SHFD Asst. Chief Billy Rumbolo.

F.O.O.L.S. CONVENTION…
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The F.O.O.L.S. (Fraternal Order of Leatherheads) are seen during their national convention in Seaside Heights.

NJAA TOP HONORS BESTOWED…

Mrs. Patty Bennett received a lifetime achievement award from the New Jersey Amusement Association in 2007.

SHANNON & SCOTT ASCH WEDDING…

Scott and Shannon Asch were married off the shores of Seaside Heights in June 2007.
FOUR MORE YEARS!!!


FOUR MORE YEARS for Mayor Ken Hershey and “King Wally” LaCicero, Mayor of Lavallette.

SEASIDE HEIGHTS MAKES THE WEATHER CHANNEL…


Pete met The Weather Channel’s Danny Lipford when he filmed at the Sperber home on Hiering Avenue on the first day of Spring.

TOP POLITICIANS….


PETE COULD TELL BY THE PSYCHIC VIBRATION THAT FELT UPON HEARING THE NEWS OF HER CANDIDACY that Melanie Donohue (right, with fellow prominent attorney Jean Cipriani) would win a seat as Councilwoman for the Township of Toms River, which she ultimately did.


Lavallette’s Britta Wenzel (center) was a candidate for the New Jersey State Senate in 2007.

TOP DEFENSE ATTORNEYS….

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Kevin Young of Lavallette went into private practice with fellow lawyer and wife Margarie Herlihy in 2007.

TOP COPS…


Pete’s brother Phil Smith was made Sergeant of the Berkeley Township PD in 2007. Here he is seen with Seaside Heights Police Chief Tommy Boyd and Toms River Police Chief Mike Mastronardy.

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Tommy King, recently appointed as a police officer in Seaside Park.

THE UNAFRAID…


Patrick Little and mom Fran were not afraid to shake things up at Central Regional in 2007.

TOP AT THE UNIVERSITY…


Pete and college friend Heather Clark attended a 2007 alumni event in Connecticut, and were seated with DR. ARTHUR KIRK, who is the President of St. Leo University.

THE FIRST BALL….

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Pete and Anthony Maruca are seen about to throw out the first balls of Seaside Heights Night 2007 at BlueClaws stadium. Anthony is an expert pitcher, but Pete is not.

TOPS IN EDUCATION…

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The Seaside Heights Board of Education is proud to welcome Claudia Porbansky, who will be filling an unexpired term on the board until April 2008.
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Miriam Schneider is a new Early Childhood Eduction teacher at the Hugh J. Boyd Jr. Elementary School in 2007.
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Lauren Whittaker is the new third grade teacher at the Hugh J. Boyd, Jr. Elementary School.

THAT’S INCREDIBLE…

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CIRCLE TAKES THE SQUARE! Pete met entertainer John Davidson in 2007, performing in A Funny Thing Happened on The Way to The Forum at the Surflight Theater in Long Beach Island.

THINK PINK…

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THINK PINK: From left to right: Diane Stabley, Maureen Berman, Linda Brasier, Kathy DeVito, Ruth Drake, and Tracy Lizardi of the Seaside Heights Borough Hall recognize National Breast Cancer Awareness Day.
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Anita Alliston also wore pink to recognize National Breast Cancer Awareness Day, October 17th.

TOP FINANCIER…

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Harry Smith was seen in the T & T Coast Yukon Denali.
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Harry Smith is seen again in a T & T Coast Buick G6 convertible, escorting Amy Polumbo, Miss New Jersey 2007.
TOP-NOTCH DECORATIONS….
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Pete is seen with the Halloween lawn display he ordered for the Fall of 2007.
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“I got a rock.”
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Almost all of the Public Relations staff from the summer volunteered at the Christmas Tree Lighting and posed with the newly revealed lawn artistic creation. Pete is in the center, seen with Ashley Lefevre and Chelsea Wortman on the left side, and Caitlin Denzler (with boyfriend Nick Russo) on the right.

TOPS IN ’08??

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2008 is another “YEAR OF THE WOMAN” for Seaside Heights Councilwomen Joann Duszczak and Agnes Polhemus.
*PLEASE NOTE* popartpete.com SEASIDE HEIGHTS NEWS MAGAZINE as well as TALKY BLOGS ARE ON HOLIDAY HIATUS AND WILL RETURN TO THIS SITE SUNDAY JANUARY 6, 2008!!!

 

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