Archive for the ‘Week of 9/23-9/30 2007’ Category

Cool People for the Week of September 23rd-30th, 2007…

September 23, 2007


SEASIDE HEIGHTS COUNCILWOMEN Agnes Polhemus and Arline Ottoson.


Billy Rumbolo.


Bobbi Steele of the Ocean County Office of Public Affairs.


Emily Lupico, Seaside Heights Borough Hall summer temp now back at Drexel University.


Fran Little and grandson Braydon.


Wayne Cimorelli.


The Vaz and Camera families.


Tracy Barcus and baby Sarah.


Sal Terregino.


ALL GROWN UP NOW, Nicole Allen, Pete’s 2004/2005 school year intern from the CAP program.


James Costello, manager of Friday’s in Toms River.


Mr. Sweeney from the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee.

Congratulations John and Phyllis…

September 23, 2007

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John Camera and Phyllis Katsikis will be married Saturday September 29, 2007.

The marriage of the season during the Autumn of 2007 is that of Seaside Heights Borough Administrator John Camera and longtime lady friend Phyllis Katsikis. John and Phyllis will be married Saturday Saturday September 29th. Phyllis is a third grade teacher, and was living in Belmar up to the time of her marriage to John. The location of the wedding will be in a location centralized to both Ocean and Monmouth counties, Jenkinson’s in Point Pleasant Beach. Readers will remember that John and Phyllis had a well-attended engagement party last spring, and it was the very first event held at the brand new Hemingway’s in Seaside Heights. Expect to see exclusive photos from the John and Phyllis wedding in next week’s edition.

Halloween lawn creations from Al Poane…

September 23, 2007


Local artist Al Poane is making a series of Halloween lawn decorations for the Seaside Heights Borough Hall.

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The decorations are based on the Charles Schulz classic, It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.


Al painstakingly traces designs onto a special type of plywood, and paints in the detail.

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One of the scenes for 2007 is the famous image of Charlie Brown’s ghost costume with multiple holes and his trick or treat bag surprise of a rock.


Before being an artist, Al was a police officer in Seaside Heights for many years.


In 1985, the Seaside Heights governing body issued Al a “golden” parking meter as a prize for his many years as the head of the Parking Meter Division.


Al still has his golden parking meter and it is on display as a lamp in his art studio.


Extremely successful 2007 Clownfest held…

September 23, 2007

Vappo the Clown, head Clownfest clown, is seen during the 2007 celebration.


2007 saw one of the most successful Clownfest celebrations it has seen in many years. A sea of clowns flooded into Seaside Heights between September 12th-16th. A clown parade was the highlight of the event and the children’s costume contest had more than twice the number of contestants as usual.


Among the many parade-goers was Seaside Heights Mayor Ken Hershey, who appeared near the Franklin Avenue stage during the event. The Mayor says he loves Clownfest, adding that, “it makes everything colorful, and puts everyone in a good humor.”

Clownfest documentary being made by student filmmakers…

September 23, 2007


Documentary filmmaker Matt Weber is seen during Clownfest 2007.

A special student documentary was filmed during Clownfest 2007. The film is the creation of brothers Matt and Mark Weber. Matt actually works in the financial industry in New York City, while Mark is a film student at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut. Matt and Mark followed the moves of Clownfest organizer Vince Pagliano, a.k.a. Vappo The Clown throughout the clown convention. During the clown parade on Sunday September 16th, Seaside Heights Mayor Ken Hershey was interviewed for the documentary. The students filmmakers gained interest in filming the Mayor for the documentary after seeing some vintage television footage of him during the Clownfest 2001, which was widely publicized at the time. As seen in this old footage, recently preserved to digital format, the usually lighthearted and fun event had an underlying serious tone that year. A last minute theme change was made at this pivotal point in American and world history. The tidal wave of Americana that was sweeping the nation at the time suddenly became the focus of that Clownfest, just days after the September 11th terrorist attacks. In the television interviews of 2001, Seaside Heights officials kept an attitude of “the show must go on” while respecting and remembering the immense national tragedy.