Archive for August, 2008

Cool People for the Week of 8/24-8/30 ’08…

August 24, 2008

In ironic paradox, ecological-minded group causes large diesel fuel spill…

August 24, 2008

VISIBLY UPSET members of the Conscious Goods Alliance are seen after their tour bus, which reads, “This bus runs on Vegetable Oil” leaked a large amount of diesel fuel on the streets of Seaside Heights, Friday August 22nd.

In ironic paradox, ecological-minded group causes large diesel fuel spill: In an ironic twist-of-fate, a tour bus on a cross-country tour promoting ecological-awareness caused a large diesel fuel leak along the streets of Seaside Heights the evening of Friday August 22nd. The group promotes sustainable living, and the tour bus floor even has a renewable bamboo floor, but it can’t go without diesel fuel, it was learned during the incident.
Station 44, The Seaside Heights Volunteer Fire Department, was dispatched to the area of Carteret Avenue and Ocean Terrace, where a large tour bus from a group known as “Conscious Goods Alliance” was badly leaking diesel fuel. Although the bus clearly reads prominently on its side, “This Bus Runs on Vegetable Oil”, this is not the entire case. According to one of the members of the group, the vegetable oil only kicks in once the diesel engine reaches a temperature of 180 degrees. The spill happened when the driver was attempting to make the switch, according to a Conscious Goods Alliance member.
The group had been making scheduled appearances in New Jersey, which began Thursday August 21st, and was supposed to end on August 26th before moving on to New York. The bus was stopping mainly at Whole Foods stores locations, one of its corporate sponsors. The group was in Red Bank on the 21st, and Madison on the 22nd, and was scheduled to be in Millburn on the 23rd. It is unknown what the group was doing in Seaside Heights.
The largest portion of the spill was directly in front of the home of P. Kenneth Hershey, Mayor of Seaside Heights, and its line of demarcation could be seen all the way to Hiering Avenue and Ocean Terrace, some three streets away from where the bus came to a stop. So large was the spill, that crews from the County of Ocean had to be called-in to spread sand and “speedi-dri” to absorb it.
According to the Conscious Goods Alliance website, ” Our goal is to build an unstoppable movement of conscious consumers that, by choosing the right products, motivates more companies to adopt a triple bottom line approach; one that values the social and ecological bottom line as well as the financial bottom line. It’s in your wallet. Every time you buy a product from a company that does the right things for people and planet, you’re sending a powerful message: continue doing right, and you will profit. Every time you buy something from a company that does the wrong things for people and planet, you send a very different message: go ahead and shortchange social responsibility for the almighty dollar, we don’t care. It’s pretty simple. You vote each day with your dollars. You send a message. You create positive change.”
The group had been blogging during each leg of the tour. The blogs cease on August 15th, the last successful part of the journey. Since June, the group had toured Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Baltimore, Washington DC, and Philadelphia before the recent unpleasantness.
It is unknown how the diesel spill in Seaside Heights will effect the remainder of this summer’s trip, which was to end in New York’s Union Square on September 9th.

A SMALL FIB??? The Conscious Goods Alliance bus does use Vegetable Oil as fuel, but only after diesel fuel heats to over 180 degrees and the fuel source switches. It was during such a switch that the Seaside Heights diesel fuel spill occurred, according to a CGA member.

Rescue off of Lifeguard Building roof…

August 24, 2008

Seaside Heights 1st Assistant Fire Chief William Rumbolo is seen rescuing children who jumped from the Seaside Heights skyride onto the roof of the Kearney Avenue Lifeguard Building.

Rescue off of Lifeguard Building roof: It is not a very smart thing to do. Last week two girls, 8 and 12 jumped off of the Seaside Heights skyride onto the metal roof of the Kearney Avenue Lifeguard building. Once they were on top, they realized they couldn’t get down. Station 44, The Seaside Heights Volunteer Fire Department had to be called in to rescue the girls. 1st Assistant Chief William Rumbolo, who is also the Asst. Superintendent of Public Works, climbed up onto the building around the back, and lowered each girl to awaiting police officers, who promptly notified both girl’s parents. Assistant Chief Rumbolo says that jumping from the skyride is a stupid idea, and if these were adults, they would have been arrested for their actions.

“Leading The Way” holds event in Seaside Heights…

August 24, 2008

LEADING THE WAY, a newly founded group that helps disadvantaged women, sponsored children from the Seaside Heights Pre-School for a day of fun at Jenkinson’s Breakwater Beach

“Leading The Way” holds event in Seaside Heights: The non-profit group “Leading The Way” was recently seen at Jenkinson’s Breakwater Beach. A group of disadvantaged children was sponsored for a day of fun at the water park. The group of children came from the Seaside Heights Pre-School.
According to Leading The Way Founder and President Norah Marler, “The number one goal is to lead disadvantaged women to a prosperous way of life and to give these women a chance before they ever give drugs, alcohol, or prostitution a chance.”
The group offers a mentor program for women who have not had the means, resources, or opportunity available to improve the quality of their life
“Through mentoring, guidance, support and education, we aim to give these women a chance that may have never been available to them previously.”, said President Marler.
The group offers help to women of any age, and its website is:

Chaz-E performs as young Elvis…

August 24, 2008

Charlie Scanga, a.k.a. Chaz-E, is seen with wife Michelle, just before he took the stage.

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