Archive for the ‘Week of 7/15-7/22 2007’ Category

Cool People for the Week of July 15th-22nd, 2007

July 15, 2007

The Greatest Show on Earth???

July 15, 2007

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Harry Smith is seen under the enormous blow-up screen that is used for Free Movies on The Beach.

After much planning, the new system that plays the Free Movies on the Beach in Seaside Heights is now in place. Plans for the new set-up began early in 2007, when the screen was ordered from New Jersey Partyworks in South Amboy. The screen was gotten at a very good price, as both the Borough of Seaside Heights and NJ Partyworks are members of the New Jersey Amusement Association, and a special discount was applied. Next, a special projector had to be ordered that would fit the screen, which is 20 x 30 feet. Lastly, a special sound system called a Fender Passport was purchased. This portable p.a. has a 1,500 person capacity. Once all the components were placed together and the first movie began on the evening of July 12th, moviegoers voiced their approval, saying that the look is very professional. 15 total movies are planned on the beach at Hiering Avenue.

New electronic Seaside Heights marquee sign…

July 15, 2007

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If you’ve driven into Seaside Heights via the entrance on Sumner Avenue within the last few weeks, you might have noticed the new digital sign that has replaced the old sign with the changeable letters. The new sign went online shortly before the 4th of July holiday. The sign is changed via a modem and telephone line, and changes are literally phoned-in, just like dial-up internet. The sign was installed by Girtain sign, and was made possible in part by a grant from Commerce Bank.

Rappaport now acting National Hurricane Center Director…

July 15, 2007

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Ed Rappaport, Acting Director of the National Hurricane Center.

Ed Rappaport is now the Acting Director of the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida, replacing recently removed former Director Bill Proenza. Loyal readers will remember previous reports that explained the turmoil that had been occurring at the NHC prior to Proenza’s removal. Described as a “mutiny” and an “insurrection”, over 20 NHC employees, including 4 out of the 5 senior forecasters signed a document asking for Proenza to be fired. Rappaport, who has been the longtime Assistant Director and a senior forecaster before that is part of the usually congenial team at the NHC. (Proenza, who came from another branch of NOAA, was considered an outsider) Now that the turmoil surrounding Proenza is over, the NHC can concentrate on the upcoming hurricane season, which will be reaching its peak in the next few weeks. There may be some good news this year for the upper portion of the U.S. East Coast, which of course includes Ocean County. Some experts believe that the patterns that steer hurricanes will this year be similar to those of 2004 and 2005. Although there were many landfalling U.S. storms in those years (Charley, Frances, Gaston, Ivan & Jeanne in ’04, and Cindy, Dennis, Katrina, Rita, and Wilma in ’05) all of them either hit the Gulf Coast or the East Coast below North Carolina. Although this is a encouraging signal, it does not mean that New Jersey is totally out of danger. It is possible that the predictions won’t come true, or that one storm could break ranks and head up towards our area. The best bet is for Ocean County residents to be prepared. As we asked readers in the beginning of the season, would you know what to do if you had to evacuate? Have a plan, and a disaster kit ready now. Don’t wait until a hurricane threatens. If a hurricane is indeed going to strike this area, we might not have much time to prepare, perhaps 48 hours at the most.

AVP will be in Seaside Heights for 5 more years….

July 15, 2007

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It looks like the AVP or the Association of Volleyball Professionals will be in Seaside Heights through the year 2012. The popular sporting event, which is aired nationally on the FOX Sports Network, used to be in Seaside Heights years back, but then later moved to Belmar. Since 2006, the AVP has returned to Seaside Heights. In ’06, the event was on the south end of the beach, between Grant Avenue and Hamilton Avenue. Because of logistical reasons, the event was moved to the north end of the beach by Hiering Avenue. Although there were some objectors to the move north, a vast majority of the comments were positive about the move, with the feeling that the Hiering Avenue property lends itself more to the quick set-up and breakdown of the event with minimal interference. Dave Popkin from Positive Impact Partners, the local marketing branch of AVP said that he was happy for another great year and a great turn out for the finals. Mr. Popkin also said he liked the new locale, and would see if it would be at Hiering Aveue in 2008. Seaside Heights Police Chief Tommy Boyd said of the AVP, “We love having them here. Seaside Heights is on the way up.” Some footage of the AVP finals is included in Pete’s July 14th talky blog.