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

shfd44.com Version 2.0…

June 17, 2007

Loyal readers know that Pete has other websites other than just popartpete.com. Another website, shfd44.com, the official website of the Station 44, The Seaside Heights Volunteer Fire Department is also under Pete’s control. Now, shfd44.com has also been re-vamped and made into an interactive blog. Be sure to check it out, and subscribe to that blog too. The first thing to be published on the new format is the video of the Sonny’s & Ricky’s fire, which was published on youtube.com last week.

Here’s the youtube.com video featuring the Sonny’s & Ricky’s arcade fire that happened on Sunday June 10, 2007….

Hugh J. Boyd Jr. 2007 Promotion…

June 17, 2007

Promotion exercises for the sixth grade Class of 2007 at Hugh J. Boyd Jr. Elementary School were held on Tuesday June 12th, 2007. Pomp and Circumstance could be heard in the gym as proud graduates looked sharp in their bright blue caps and gowns. The sixth-graders traditionally choose a song to sing that represents the event. This year, the class chose the song, Unwritten, by Natasha Bedingfield. After the promotion exercises, sixth-graders went over to the Seaside Heights Community Center, where a pizza party and dance was held, courtesy of the P.T.A.

Here’s a slideshow of the 2007 promotion exercises…

Here’s a short video of the 2007 promotion exercises at Hugh J. Boyd Elementary School…

Here is a youtube.com video that features the song Unwritten, by Natasha Bedingfield, the official song of the Hugh J. Boyd Jr. Elementary School Class of 2007…

Emily…Out, Out Brief Candle…

June 17, 2007

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Pete’s late cat EMILY (1996-2007) This photo was taken in 2004.

As loyal readers know, Pete’s beloved cat Emily passed on last month. This event was mentioned, but Emily’s passing was not given the attention it deserved due to the transitions in the website at that time. Emily was a great cat that I adopted as a tiny, tiny kitten in 1996, and was known affectionately as Em, Emmy and Emanooch. Emily was actually a twin, as I had her litter-mate Boomer also for most of their lives. (Boomer was with me until March 2006, and loyal readers will remember that she escaped in the confusion during the move to my current apartment and has been missing in action ever since.) Emily was the fattest and most out-going cat I ever had. She was in good health up until late this past winter. Around the time of my February Florida vacation, Emily started to lose a vast amount of weight for no explicable reason. In mid-April, she really took a dive, and loyal readers may remember that I had Dr. Fritz the mobile vet in to treat Emily. Although Emily did temporarily spring back, we suspected cancer. Right before Memorial Day weekend, Emily took a rapid turn for the worse, and Dr. Fritz was called once again. But on the morning of the appointment, I found poor Emily dead under my chair. Emily is now buried in a very special place, and we are coping at my apartment. My surviving cats, Bungee, 17, Bababooey, 10, and Little Lu-Lu, 2 1/2 have all been affected. Also, Jack, my six-year old Jack Russell Terrier, who is not aware that he is not also a cat, misses Emily as well. Each of my pets has been affected differently by the death of longtime friend and playmate Emily. Bungee, who looked after Emily and Boomer like a mother when they were kittens, is very old and senile but still senses the loss. Little Lu-Lu is the youngest and was the least friendly with Emily. Rather than grief, Lu-Lu’s personality has changed, and the formerly timid feline is far more assertive due to the new pecking order. Jack is aware of the missing Emily, and looks for her when I say her name. But Bababooey, who was Emily’s best, best friend, seems most broken-hearted and extra-clingy with me since the recent unpleasantness. Although Emmy lived a happy and eventful life with plenty of good food and comfort, her lifetime was far too short in my eyes.

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This photo of Emily, which was taken inadvertently in early 2007, is Emily’s last photo in health.

LET’S ALSO REMEMBER PETE’S OTHER FORMER FELINE FRIENDS MISSING IN ACTION…

Andrew…Missing in action since 1999.

Zara….Missing in action since 2001.

Little Kitty…Missing in action since 2005.


Pete’s Celebrity Fit Club Update…

June 17, 2007

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Pete is seen with intense personal trainer Adam Salamon, who also trains ‘Survivor Stephenie’ Lagrossa.

Loyal readers know that Pete has been training at the Anytime Fitness Center in Ortley Beach since Saturday May 19th. Pete has rotated with all the trainers at Anytime Fitness, and recently worked with personal trainer Adam Salamon, who also trains ‘Survivor Stephenie’ Lagrossa. Official weigh-ins are every other Saturday. As of June 16th, Pete is down 7.1 pounds. This has been no easy effort, as it requires a one and a half hour commitment six days a week in a combo of weights, ab exercises, and treadmill. Pete was inspired by this past season of VH-1’s Celebrity Fit Club, and by contestants Maureen “Marcia Brady” McCormick and Ross “Ross The Intern” Mathews. This season’s final episode airs Sunday June 17th, and Pete will be watching. Subscribe to this blog to keep up with Pete’s progress.

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MO AND RO (Maureen McCormick and Ross “The Intern” Mathews) from VH-1’s Celebrity Fit Club are the inspiration for Pete’s Celebrity Fit Club.

Here is a slide show from Pete’s recent workout at Anytime Fitness….