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July 21, 2008

No Gracias Tropical Storm Cristobal…

July 21, 2008

The satellite presentation of Tropical Storm Cristobal on the afternoon of Sunday July 20, 2008. Feeder bands from the tropical storm extended for hundreds of miles, one hitting Ocean County, as can be seen by close inspection, with tropical downpours of rain and breezy conditions.

Every weather forecast said that Sunday July 20, 2008 was going to be sunny, all day, with temperatures flirting with 90 degrees. However, Tropical Storm Cristobal had other ideas, as it spread feeder bands of rain hundreds of miles from its center off of the North Carolina coast, one straight over Ocean County at the noontime hour.
The arrival of Cristobal’s rains were a complete surprise to many. None of the meteorologists predicted that any rain would come this way, although the Weather Channel forecast did call for the slight chance of a shower. A rather large circulation brewing off of the North Carolina coast, Cristobal was sucking up tropical moisture from the warm ocean and exhausting it hundreds of miles away from the center through its outflow in the upper atmosphere. It just so happens that Ocean County was in an unlucky spot. No other area in New Jersey saw much in the way of rain from the tropical storm.
Rain fell fast and furious, quickly flooding streets in poor drainage areas. Lightning was reported to have struck the Krane Kingdom arcade at Dupont Avenue and The Boardwalk in Seaside Heights. Toms River police reported a downed live power line that halted traffic coming east over the Mathis Bridge, and limited traffic to one lane in the westbound Tunney Bridge for over two hours.
So far, the Atlantic Tropical season in 2008 has been active. Tropical Storm Arthur formed on May 31st, and struck Central America with gusty winds and rain. Hurricane Bertha made history in many ways, not only as the furthest east forming storm in the record books, but also as the second longest-lived July hurricane on record. As high as Category 4 hurricane, with winds estimated briefly at 135 miles per hour at its peak, Bertha brought hurricane-force gusts to the island of Bermuda.Bertha also brought high waves and rip currents to Ocean County for days last week, causing local beach patrols much grief until it passed. It was a race to see which system would develop first, but the tropical low off of the Carolinas was named Cristobal on July 19th, and a tropical wave in the Western Caribbean was named Tropical Storm Dolly on July 20th. Dolly is expected to cross over the Yucatan of Mexico, but then head into the open Gulf of Mexico. At the time of this writing, Dolly was expected to possibly reach hurricane strength, and possibly hit the United States along the southern Texas Gulf Coast by Thursday or Friday. Additionally, a huge tropical wave has just emerged off of the coast of Africa. Stay Tuned!

Pete’s trikey stolen, but quickly recovered…

July 21, 2008

This red, Miami Sun tricycle, which belongs to the Seaside Heights Office of Public Relations, was stolen the early morning hours of July 18th. Quick work by the SHPD resulted in its rapid return.

This red, Miami Sun tricycle, which belongs to the Seaside Heights Office of Public Relations, was stolen the early morning hours of July 18th. Quick work by the SHPD resulted in its rapid return.

The tricycle owned by the Seaside Heights Office of Public Relations was stolen on the morning of Friday July 18th, but quick police work on behalf of three Seaside Heights Police Patrolmen led to its rapid return.

An unnamed suspect has been arrested in connection with the theft. The subject was described as a “surfer” kid, in his early 20’s, with dreadlocks. The suspect had no response when asked how long he really thought he would get away with riding such an obvious item on the next block from where it had been stolen.

The tricycle,a red Miami Sun with a basket in the rear was stolen in the early morning hours of Friday July 18th, in the area of the Ocean Block of Kearney Avenue. Shortly after the report of the theft, police noticed the tricycle that they knew very well at the location of Fremont and Central Avenues.

The tricycle is a high-profile symbol of the the Office of Public Relations and its on-going promotion of exercise and conserving energy.

The tricycle is jokingly compared to the the space shuttle. It’s stated purpose it to go on “missions” to deliver “payloads” of brochures and other items to the various locations of the Office of Public Relations. In fact, the tricycle has an official name: “Columbus.” Columbus is a named after the famous explorer honored in Seaside Heights each year, and also for a section of the International Space Station that Seaside Heights Office of Public Relations Director Peter J. Smith saw be launched aboard the Shuttle Atlantis in February 2008. (A video of this launch can be viewed at

The Office of Public Relations has said of the event, “Columbus had weighed anchor to points unknown, but thanks to the efforts of Patrolmen Rezzonico, Pasieka and Eichen, it has returned to its proper port in Seaside Heights.”

Interestingly enough, on Sunday August 10th, the Office of Public Relations will be showing “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure” as part of the Free Movies on the Beach series. The plot of this movie revolves around the extreme lengths character Pee Wee Herman goes to in an attempt to locate his stolen bicycle.

Governor Jon Corzine appears in Seaside Heights…

July 21, 2008

Seaside Heights officials, including Mayor P. Kenneth Hershey and SHPD Chief Thomas J. Boyd are seen welcoming New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine on Tuesday July 15th.

Governor Jon Corzine appears in Seaside Heights: Many Seaside Heights dignitaries appeared to greet New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine on Tuesday July 15th. Those seen greeting the Governor included Mayor Ken Hershey, SHPD Chief Thomas J. Boyd, Councilwoman Joyce Camera, Borough Administrator John Camera, Borough Clerk, Diane Stabley, Public Relations Director Peter Smith and Business Improvement District Executive Director Maria Maruca. Governor Corzine spoke at Jenkinson’s Breakwater Beach, where children of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty were the guests of the Storino family, owners of the water park. It was a beautifully sunny and hot day, so those in attendance got the best Seaside Heights had to offer this day.

Governor Jon Corzine is pictured with members of the Storino family, who sponsored an event at their Jenkinson’s Breakwater Beach for children of Law Enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

Water Safety Day 2008 best-ever says participants…

July 21, 2008

Seaside Heights Councilwoman Joyce Camera is seen with Roden Lightbody and granddaughter, as well as Jill Stauffer from the Ocean County Security Department at Water Safety Day 2008.

Water Safety Day 2008 best-ever says participants: Water Safety Day 2008 was the best-ever said longtime participants. Up until a few years ago, the event was being held at the Seaside Heights bayfront, which is not a high-traffic area. Fearing the event might fold, it was moved to the more suitable location of Hiering Avenue and The Boardwalk on a Free Beach Day. This change happened in 2006, but both 2006 and 2007 brought less-than-desirable weather conditions, so attendance wasn’t what it could have been. 2008 saw a beautiful, rain and cloud free day, and big crowds at the event, which was held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Water Safety Day doesn’t only promote water safety, but also all types of summer time safety, including bike safety, child identification, and the use of sunscreen, which is seriously underused based on the amount of cases of sunburn witnessed by members of the Office of Public Relations, which organizes the event along with many other persons, including Roden Lightbody of the Ocean County Traffic Engineering Department. Plans are already in place for Water Safety Day 2009, which will presumably be held again on the traditional third Wednesday in July.

Seaside Heights Councilwoman Arline Ottoson is seen with Roden Lightbody at Water Safety Day 2008.