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July 6, 2008

Free Amityville Film-Fest will debut on new Seaside Heights movie screen…

July 6, 2008


Seaside Heights Maintenance Repairer Roy Pappalardo is seen making the final connections of the new Seaside Heights Borough Movie Screen to its custom-made portability trailer.

See brand-new movie screen: Many readers might remember the giant blow up screen that debuted for the Free Movies on The Beach series in 2007. Some might not know that last year’s screen was actually a loaner, as the actual item purchased by the Borough was on back order, and not delivered until the fall. With the Borough now in possession of its own equipment, final decisions could be made as how store and use the screen. Although the size of the white screen is the same size on the Borough-owned screen, the entire footprint of the item is smaller than the loaner. Reason is that the loaner was a totally professional model, intended to be blown-up daily for an entire season at an event like an outdoor carnival or theme park. The Borough’s version is more of a professional/home hybrid, intended to be blown-up on a finite number of occassions.  (Incidentally, these are the same sort of blow-up screens seen in the homes of rap stars on television programs such as MTV’s  Cribs.  The material of of lighter weight, and only one 1.5 horsepower blower is necessary to launch the inflatable skyward, less than half the thrust needed for loaner, made of a heavier rubber. Due to the smaller footprint and lighter weight, the Borough’s screen is able to be permanently mounted to a portable flatbed trailer, the idea of the Supervisors at the Seaside Heights Department of Public Works.  The trailer allows the screen to be much easier to move, and able to be used in almost any location in town, as it can be carted and inflated in other places than its usual Hiering Avenue and the Beach. The first movie to debut on the Borough-owned Screen will be The Amityville Horror, part of the Amityville Film Festival, which will be held at desk on Friday July 11th at Hiering Avenue and the Beach, with a raindate of July 13th. The triple feature will focus on all the films made at a house at 18 Brooks Road in Toms River beginning 30 years in 1978: The Amityville Horror, Amityville 2: The Possession, and Amityville 3-D, The Demon.

Amityville Horror

The Amityville Horror, and three other films in its horror movie franchised filmed at this house, now at 18 Brooks Road in Toms River, beginning 30 years in 1978.

Boyd School Principal Jane Strada retires…

July 6, 2008


Retiring Seaside Heights School Principal Jane Strada is seen on her last day with Superintendent of School Michael J. Ritacco.

Boyd School Principal Jane Strada retires: Mrs. Jane Strada, who has served as the Principal of the Hugh J. Boyd Jr. Elementary School since 2003, has retired as of July 1, 2008. Jane says that her time at Hugh J. Boyd was the most challenging part of, but also the highlight of her career. During her time, Jane was instrumental in helping boost test scores, motivating both staff and students to do their best. Last year, Boyd School was an exemplary school according to the QSAC, which is a stringent montoring system that evaluates school districts. Mrs. Strada will be missed, but a very qualified and highly-recommended Prinicipal will take her place, Dr. Jemma MacCarrick, who spent many years as a supervisor at the Pine Beach Elementary School. All of the Board of Education members and staff of Hugh J. Boyd wish Jane good luck and happiness as she enters the next phase of her life.

“Miss Alice” makes fireworks appearance…

July 6, 2008


“Miss Alice”, mother of Linda Brasier, made her first fireworks appearance in over a year on July 2, 2008.

“Miss Alice” makes fireworks appearance: Just when you thought she had retired from making public appearnaces, “Miss Alice” has made a rare visit during the July 2nd fireworks. Miss Alice, who is a loyal reader of our pages, is the daughter of Linda Brasier, who is responsible for Water and Sewer billing in Seaside Heights. Miss Alice used to be a regular social butterfly at good weather events, but had taken some time off in recent years and has not been seen. It is good to see Miss Alice out and about and looking so well.

Sampson Avenue milled and re-paved…

July 6, 2008


Crews from Earle Asphalt are seen doing the milling work during the recent re-pavement of Sampson Avenue.

Sampson Avenue milled and re-paved: Last week, the whole of Sampson Avenue was milled and re-paved. Milling means that the old pavement is chewed up with the use of special equipment and leveled down, sort of like a when a dentist drills a tooth and prepares it for a filling. After the milling process was completed, crews from Earle Asphalt put another coat of blacktop was placed over the road, ensuring a smooth surface. Each year, a street or two in the borough is chosen to repave. This is necessary due to general wear and tear on the road from traffic, and also the various cuts in the road made when utility crews perform various repair jobs on services over the years. Although an inconvenience to the residents of the street, the work was performed quickly, and the results dramatic.