Archive for the ‘Week of 6/3-611 2007’ Category

WELCOME TO popartpete.com VERSION 2.0!

June 3, 2007

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WELCOME TO PETE’S NEW BLOG!This new blog is the beginning of the new, long-awaited popartpete.com 2.0. I want to remind loyal readers and viewers that this new format is still experimental, and it may take a few weeks time before all the kinks are ironed out completely. From this point forward, the news magazine stories you have come to expect will each appear as a separate topic in this blog. The content will be the same, but the presentation and reader participation will be different. Now, instead of just looking at the photos, readers will have the opportunity to respond with comments, which itself is an exciting new proposition. Another big difference is that the website will no longer have to be published just once a week. Now, I can add and publish topics anytime, so there will undoubtedly be more content. (I will continue with our tradition of sending a Sunday e-mail, so readers can catch up with the blogs from the past week.) I am so glad to be free of the hell of the static html page, the publishing format of the original website, which was time-consuming, not very user-friendly and just plain drove me crazy week after week for years. So I hope readers enjoy the new format. Like I said before, if it sucks, we can always go back to the old format at any time!

HERE ARE A FEW TIPS TO HELP YOU BETTER NAVIGATE popartpete.com 2.0…

  1. Remember that each story is its own individual entity as a blog post. You can click on the title of each of the posts to bring up a new webpage with just that story. Here you are provided with a text box to add comments.
  2. You can also add comments by clicking on the underlined link at the bottom of the post that says either “no comments” or lists the number of previous comments. Clicking here will bring you to the area to post comments.
  3. Occasionally readers will have to open up additional web windows in popartpete.com 2.0, taking you away from the blog’s main page. In case you get lost, you can always return to the blog’s main page by clicking on the pink lettering atop that reads, “popartpete.com 2.0 ANYTIME SEASIDE HEIGHTS NEWS MAGAZINE AND BLOG”. Additionally, there is a default button on the main left side links of the website, to easily access the Blog Main Page.

Cool People of the Week for June 3-June 10th, 2007

June 3, 2007

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Hugh J. Boyd School Jr. Elementary School teacher Bobbi Vieten tops our list of cool people this week becoming a first-time grandmother to grandson Patrick Vieten on May 18, 2007.

HERE IS A SLIDESHOW OF THE OTHER COOL PEOPLE THIS WEEK….

LEAD STORY…Dedication of the Harry M. Smith III Early Childhood Center…

June 3, 2007

Smith Boys at Hugh J. Boyd School Early Childhood Center Dedication.

As loyal readers may already know, the Harry M. Smith III Early Childhood Center at the Hugh J. Boyd Jr. Elementary School in Seaside Heights was formally dedicated June 1st, 2007 to honor his service of 25-years as the President of the Seaside Heights Board of Education. Of course , I, webmaster Pete Smith, am the current Vice-President of the Seaside Heights BOE, and Harry M. Smith III is my late father, so this is especially meaningful to me. In the above photo I am posed in front of the marquee sign on the big day with my four brothers from left to right: Harry, David, Paul, Phil and me. We took video footage of the dedication, and it will be posted on youtube.com and this site within the next few days. But for now, readers can enjoy the special short documentary I made that was played at the dedication, which is now posted in its entirety my jackbuster channel on youtube.com and of course can be accessed here…

*REMEMBER, NOW READERS ARE ABLE TO LEAVE COMMENTS ON popartpete.com 2.0. TO LEAVE COMMENTS CLICK ON THE COMMENTS BUTTON AT THE END OF THE POST. REMEMBER, THIS WILL OPEN ANOTHER WINDOW SO TO GET BACK TO THE MAIN PART OF THE BLOG, YOU WILL HAVE TO GO BACK A PAGE, OR CLICK BLOG MAIN PAGE ON THE LINKS TO YOUR LEFT IF YOU GET LOST.

And here is a slideshow with many photos of the dedication…

Thanks!

Here’s a link to the front page story about the dedication that appeared in the Ocean County Observer Saturday June 2, 2007

Here’s a link to a story about the dedication that appeared in the Asbury Park Press on Thursday May 31, 2007.

Tropical Depression Barry makes a beeline to Seaside Heights…

June 3, 2007

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The National Hurricane Center expects Tropical Depression Barry to pass right over or near our area by Sunday evening June 3, 2007 bringing heavy rain and some brisk wind.

The first day of the 2007 Atlantic Hurricane Season was June 1st. And just in time for the arrival of the dreaded season came a storm that has directly impacted Seaside Heights. Tropical Storm Barry spun up in the eastern portion of the Gulf of Mexico on June 1st, and hit near Tampa, Florida as a minimal tropical storm on June 2nd. Barry was soon downgraded to a tropical depression then just a remnant tropical rainstorm. The rains began to head north. Much of this rain was welcomed in parts of Florida and Georgia, who have been under a severe drought, and have suffered extensive wildfires in the past weeks. Beginning around noon Sunday June 3rd, Barry’s rains have been covering our area, although the center of the extratropical low was still in North Carolina. The center of low is fairly powerful, and has winds near 45 miles per hour. The center of the circulation should pass near our area by Monday. Rains from Barry could continue into Monday. Pete has been in contact with Tetiana Anderson from The Weather Channel, and is on-call if she should need live reports or photos from Seaside Heights during the storm’s passage. If you need info regarding Barry, or any other weather topic relating to Seaside Heights, look no further to the right of this page, where you will always find links to the Accu-Weather and The Weather Channel websites, which bring local conditions and forecasts for our area.

Here is a slideshow relating to the potential passage of Tropical Depression Barry…

And here’s a video from Pete’s Channel on youtube.com, which features the Hurricane Hunter aircraft and dignitaries from the National Hurricane Center….

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Barry as it passes the Jersey Shore, Monday June 4, 2007.

MONDAY UPDATE…Extratropical Storm Barry passed to our right during the early morning hours of Monday June 4th. Satellite photos are dramatic, and Barry was dramatic. Rains were very heavy overnight, and Atlantic City reported a record rainfall of 3.96 inches of rain, according to The Weather Channel. The rains were somewhat beneficial, for instance the 69 newly planted shade trees on Central Avenue in Seaside Heights certainly needed a good rain. But the timing of the rain was poor, coming on the first Sunday of June. The rains and cloudiness associated with Barry came on what otherwise would have been a beautiful beach day, just like Saturday was. Experts predict an extremely active Hurricane season in 2007, with 17 named storms, 9 hurricanes, and 5 major hurricanes. (2 storms, Andrea and Barry have already formed in the Atlantic in 2007) According to the Dr. William Gray and Phil Klotzbach from Colorado State University, conditions that bring hurricanes are this year are being compared to those of 2003 and 1995, which brought large amounts of storms including Isabel which affected our area in ’03, and also the dreaded1954, which saw three hurricanes: Carol, Edna and Hazel, bring hurricane conditions to our area. Colorado State says that there is a 74% chance that one of the major storms that develops this year will hit the U.S. East Coast . But even if the 2007 Hurricane season brings us not another drop of rain or gust of wind, its first week has already inflicted monetary losses to the all-important Ocean County tourism economy.

Station 44 has two prominent water rescues ahead of Memorial Day Weekend…

June 3, 2007

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Aaron Deluca and Michael Rumbolo of Station 44, The Seaside Heights Volunteer Fire Department were both recently involved in high profile water rescues in the days preceding the Memorial Day Weekend holiday.

Loyal readers know Aaron Deluca, who is often featured on our pages, and is well renowned as a good-deed doer. During Aaron’s birthday celebration with friends, which was held Thursday May 24th, Station 44 pagers went off reporting two overturned canoes and troubled boaters off of the bayfront at Eisenhower Avenue in Ortley Beach. Aaron headed to the call with Asst. Chief Billy Rumbolo, and they were among the first to arrive. In an act of birthday week heroics, Aaron jumped into the waters of the Barnegat Bay, which are just barely 60 degrees this time of year, and with the help of a Toms River Police Officer, they were able to bring all parties to safety. Aaron quickly got changed back into dry clothes and was soon back to his party, which was marking his 26th birthday, which was May 20th. While at the party, Aaron was interviewed by Keith Ruscitti, who is a reporter for The Ocean County Observer. Aaron’s picture and story were featured the next day, the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend. This is a fitting coincidence, as Aaron is an active duty member of the United States Coast Guard, and this was at a time to honor military heroes.

Loyal readers also know the name of Michael Rumbolo, who is one of our Seaside Heights Borough Electricians and a member of Station 44. Michael is also credited with a high profile water rescue on Friday May 25th. Several swimmers were reported to be in distress near Hamilton Avenue and the ocean. Luckily, Michael was close by, and was able to jump into the water and rescue one of the group that was in trouble.

Here is a slideshow of the photos relating to the recent Station 44 Water Rescues….