Archive for the ‘Week of 9/2-9/7 2007’ Category

Cool People for the Week of September 2nd-7th, 2007…

September 2, 2007

Joe Romayo of the Seaside Heights Beach Control, who starts year one of teaching U.S. History at Lacey Township High School.

Diane Berardi and Joe Parlapiano

Tim Smith and girlfriend Alex.

Reggie from New Jersey Party Works.

Chelsea Wortman and Carrie Wachtler.

Rich Crosby.

Rich Tompkins and John Praznic.

Sherri Seiling, Lilli Seiling, Christina Canavan and Alicia Horowitz.

Rob Affa from On Top of Spaghetti.

Ed Long, John DeMoss, Jessica Paola and Ann Phillips.

What to Expect for Mardi Gras 2007…

September 2, 2007




Most people associate Mardi Gras with being a winter holiday, but not in Seaside Heights. The actual date of Mardi Gras is usually in February or March, times not usually feasible for an outdoor celebration at this latitude. So in Seaside Heights, Mardi Gras has traditionally been held the second week in September to take advantage of the usual great weather expected during this first weekend of the shoulder season. The tradition of Seaside Heights Mardi Gras, which was huge in the 1970’s and early 1980’s had fallen to the wayside for a few years. But in 2007, The Seaside Heights Business Improvement District is re-instituting Mardi Gras Weekend. Mardi Gras will be held Friday September 7th, Saturday September 8th, and Sunday September 9th. Friday night will feature a decorating contest at all the area bars, restaurants, and nightclubs. As a promotion from sponsors, area bars will feature $2.00 Coors Light and $2.00 Jagermeister shots Friday. Saturday will begin with children’s entertainment along the Boardwalk. At 4 p.m., a parade with prizes will be held along the boardwalk. Weather permitting, at 8 p.m., fireworks will be displayed. Sunday will commence with the annual BID Seafood Festival on Grant Avenue as well as the annual car show sponsored by the Ocean County Vintage Automobile Club, linking these popular events with the newly-restored Mardi Gras. Early advertising has created a long-standing buzz and anticipation for Mardi Gras weekend is high. For more specific information regarding the 2007 Seaside Heights Mardi Gras Weekend, go to: or call 1-800-SEASHOR.

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Congrats Caitlin and Matt…

September 2, 2007

BANK WITH THE MIGHTY HUDSON! Caitlin Denzler has secured a year-round job with the Hudson City Savings Bank

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VAST KNOWLEDGE OF ROLLER COASTERS AND CUSTOMER SERVICE has secured Matt Smith a promotion to Supervisor on El Toro, one of the most popular roller coasters at Six Flags Great Adventure.

Congratulations are in order to Caitlin Denzler and Matt Smith, Assistants to the Director of the Seaside Heights Office of Public Relations. Caitlin recently accepted a year-round position with the Hudson City Savings Bank in Whiting. Readers probably know that Caitlin has been my assistant in the Office of Public Relations for the past two summers, and is the latest to fly away from the nest. Caitlin is not the only valued Public Relations assistant to move forward this summer. My nephew Matt Smith, who worked with me from day one, has taken full-time employment as a supervisor on El Toro at Six Flags Great Adventure. Even though he always worked at both places, SFGA gave him more hours and a big promotion, recognizing that he excels when it comes to knowledge about both roller coasters and customer service, and is extremely valuable asset to the amusement industry. I knew the day would come when Caitlin and Matt would have to move on. Both promise to continue to work part-time next summer when they can. Although I am happy for them, I’m sad at the same time knowing that we won’t be together all the time anymore like we used to be. Although I may have future full-time Assistants, Caitlin and Matt brought so many valuable skills, and so much knowledge to the table that there are some huge shoes to fill.

Station 44 reports to D.W.I accident in Ortley Beach…

September 2, 2007

Police and firefighters were dispatched to this recent DWI accident in Ortley Beach on the afternoon of Thursday August 30th.

One of the drivers was taken into custody after failing preliminary field sobriety tests.

A high-profile motor vehicle accident led to an arrest for DWI on the afternoon of Thursday August 30th. Toms River Police, as well as firefighters from Seaside Heights and Ocean Beach responded to the call of an overturned vehicle possibly requiring extrication. Because this accident had happened on Eisenhower Avenue, just behind the bustling A & P Shopping Center, a crowd of spectators quickly gathered. One minivan was flipped over at the scene and this is the vehicle that required emergency assistance to free the driver. It was reported by witnesses that perhaps the other vehicle had also overturned, but had ended up on its tires. The driver of this second vehicle, a black Jeep Cherokee that appeared to be freshly off the showroom floor, was questioned by police for suspicion of driving while intoxicated. The suspect was made to walk in a straight line, and to follow the beam of an officer’s pen flashlight as part of field sobriety tests. After appearing to fail these tests, handcuffs were placed around the suspect’s wrists, and he was unceremoniously placed into the back of an awaiting Toms River squad car for suspicion of DWI. The driver of the minivan was placed into a neck brace, and was taken away to the hospital by an ambulance. Within an hour of the call, the cars were cleared from the road, and the intersection at Eisenhower Avenue, a frequent site for motor vehicle crashes, was re-opened to traffic.

Dr. Fritz moves practice to Seaside Heights…

September 2, 2007

Dr. Fritz McHugh is seen at his new veterinary practice where lovely newlywed wife Amy is the friendly receptionist.

Recently, Dr. Fritz McHugh opened the first-ever veterinary practice in Seaside Heights, Coastal Veterinary. Dr. Fritz’s office is located on Route 35 South and the 400-block of Hiering Avenue across from Commerce Bank. Working alongside Dr. Fritz at his new practice is lovely newlywed wife Amy. The McHugh’s met at Veterinary school, where Amy was the pharmacist. Pet owners in Seaside Heights are glad that Dr. Fritz, who formerly was a “mobile” vet making housecalls, has set-up practice here. This includes this pet owner, who trusts no other vet. I want to take this time to publicly thank Dr. Fritz for his help this past Spring. Readers might remember that during this time, my beloved cat Emily died from lymphoma. Even though Emily was terminal, with Dr. Fritz’ intervention and treatment, Emily was able to live a few more quality weeks until the end came.