Archive for the ‘Week of 6/17-6/23 2007’ Category

F.O.O.L.S. Convention…

June 24, 2007

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The F.O.O.L.S. are seen during their bagpipe parade along the boardwalk in Seaside Heights.

Last year Chicago, this year, Seaside Heights. The Fraternal Order of Leatherheads Society (F.O.O.L.S.), who are a national group of firefighters, had their 2007 convention at the Hershey Motel in Seaside Heights from Thursday June 21st until Sunday June 24th. Instrumental in bringing the F.O.O.L.S. to Seaside Heights was Bill Hopson, who is a deputy fire marshal for Ocean County and Seaside Heights boardwalk business owner. Greeting the F.O.O.L.S. was Chief James Samarelli of Station 44, The Seaside Heights Volunteer Fire Department, as the SHFD acted as host to the visiting brotherhood. The F.O.O.L.S. had quite a busy agenda. Thursday evening began with a pool party inside the compound of Hershey’s, followed by a visit to Spicy’s and the Beachcomber later. Friday began with a beach trip for most of the F.O.O.L.S. wives and families. At the same time, groups of F.O.O.L.S. competed in a Seaside Heights version of the Amazing Race, where they went on a scavenger hunt at local establishments. After Saturday’s convention activities, the F.O.O.L.S. members joined in for a bagpipe parade along the boardwalk that ran from Grant Avenue to the Franklin Avenue stage. Thousands looked on as the F.O.O.L.S. paraded down the promenade, and then stopped for a brief ceremony, had to remember fallen brothers, specifically the nine lost just a few days prior during a fire in Charleston, South Carolina, and those lost during 9/11.

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Bill Hopson(left) is seen with Station 44 Chief James Samarelli.

HERE IS A SLIDESHOW FROM THE F.O.O.L.S. CONVENTION…

Cool People for the week of June 16th-23rd….

June 17, 2007

Here are the coolest people seen in Seaside Heights for the week of June 16th-23rd, 2007….

S.H.P.D. Officer shoots armed suspect…

June 17, 2007

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ALL THOUGHTS are with SHPD Patrolman Jamie Hans, who was involved the shooting of an armed robbery suspect on the evening of Saturday June 10, 2007. The suspect was hit three times, but survived the shooting.

Many readers have probably heard that Patrolman Jamie Hans from the Seaside Heights Police Department was forced to shoot an armed robbery suspect on the evening of June 9, 2007. CLICK HERE TO GO TO AN ACCOUNT OF THE EVENT, PUBLISHED IN THE 6/15 EDITION OF THE OCEAN COUNTY GAZETTE.

Pete’s new “talky” blogs…

June 17, 2007

As part of Pete’s job at the Office of Public Relations in the Borough of Seaside Heights, he has begun a series of “talky” blogs for the main Borough website, which is http://www.seasideheightspublicrelations.com. “Talky” blogs are very popular on other websites, and now Seaside Heights will have the latest in internet pop culture. For those unfamiliar with the term, “talky” blogs are regular blog (web log) topics that include a short video clip. Viewers can watch and then comment on the blog post. This new format will appear on the aforementioned website this week, when the new WordPress blog is built, just like the one that was built for popartpete.com. But as a sneak preview, popartpete.com loyal viewers get a sneak peek at these new “talky” blogs, which are posted below:

Here is the first “talky blog”…

Here is the second “talky blog”…

Here is the third “talky blog”…

Seaside Heights night at Blueclaw’s…

June 17, 2007

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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.

June 14th was Seaside Heights night at Blueclaw’s stadium, and once again, Pete had to throw out the first ball of the game, representing the Borough. Loyal readers know Pete is far from talented when it comes to baseball. Making it even more embarrassing than usual this year, Pete got to share duties with Anthony Maruca, who was representing the Seaside Heights Business Improvement District. Anthony is a star little league pitcher, and easily showed-up Pete’s pathetic pitching ability. Friends from Seaside Heights filled the stands. Many were also present at the special area behind third base, which was reserved for members of the New Jersey Amusement Association.

Here’s a slideshow from Seaside Heights Night 2007 at Blueclaws Stadium…