popartpete.com 2008 YEAR IN REVIEW…

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A HALF-A-DECADE MAKES…

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DECEMBER 28, 2003
saw the first successful LAUNCH of  a popartpete.com CYBERSPACE SHUTTLE, capable of transporting payloads of Seaside Heights photos and videos into worldwide ORBIT for all to enjoy!

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INSTANT SUCCESS DURING EARLY MISSIONS focused on the versatility of the new system. However, with any new technology, there were problems.

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OBVIOUSLY A MAJOR MALFUNCTION
Although the initial design of the popartpete.com CYBERSPACE SHUTTLE software had many successful and flawless launches, it still remained a most complex and fragile machine, with always the threat of  CATASTROPHIC FAILURES.
In other words, everything had to work together perfectly, or WE WERE HAVING A BAD DAY!
Changes were planned, and ultimately implemented into what we called popartpete.com VERSION 2.0 in its earliest test firings, before the new technology was fully-operational.

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BOOSTER IGNITION, AND LIFTOFF, PAVING THE WAY TOWARDS A DREAM, AS THE CYBERSHUTTLE CLEARS THE TOWER!!!
SEASIDE HEIGHTS RETURNED CONFIDENTLY TO CYBERSPACE  June 1, 2007, when a new, redesigned, more powerful launch vehicle debuted. This new technology paved the way for the planned, popartpete.com INTERNATIONAL CYBERSPACE STATION!

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We have NOW accomplished our goal of completing the popartpete.com INTERNATIONAL CYBERSPACE STATION, capable of PERMANENTLY beaming down of the best Seaside Heights photos and videos TO A WORLD-WIDE AUDIENCE.

HERE WE GROW:

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In 2008, popartpete.com multiplied many times in popularity:

In 2007, the site had 34,266 hits for the year. In 2008, that number GREW TO 88,331 hits!

That amounts to just about one and one half times more viewers over of a period one year!

July is usually the busiest month, here’s a year-to-year comparison

July 2007: 2,562 hits July 2008: 11,345 hits

NEW FRONTIERS…

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HOISTING ‘HEMINGWAY’S’ TO THE HEAVENS….

The popartpete.com CYBERSPACE SHUTTLE attached the long-in-the-planning ‘HEMINGWAY’S’ NODE TO THE popartpete.com International Cyberspace Station in December 2008, and the new satellite site should OFFICIALLY GO LIVE IN JANUARY 2009!

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SEE WHO RATES… The TOP 50 popartpete.com PICTURES OF 2008, as determined by the automated statistic calculating capabilities  of the popartpete.com INTERNATIONAL CYBERSPACE STATION!

THE STATIONS’S REDUNDANT COMPUTER SYSTEM HAS TABULATED  THE CLICKS,  and WE ARE COUNTING ‘EM DOWN , for the popartpete.com YEAR IN REVIEW 2008!!


COMING IN AT #50, Vincent Craparotta III in his 80’s outfit, with 69 clicks.


LAVALLETTE’S FIRST FAMILY is represented at #49 by Christian and Adam LaCicero with 70 clicks.


At #48, with 72 clicks, Tom Parlapanides, Central Regional Superintendent of Schools as of July 1, 2008…


At #47, with 75 hits, Lou DiGuilio and Rich Tompkins at the Coolidge Avenue 4th of July party.


#46 with 76 hits, is this photo of the Sheriff and Agnes Polhemus, John & Pat Sweeney, and Maria Meredith.


At #45 with 76 clicks, Wayne, Iryna & Brayden Cimorelli.


At #44 with 77 hits, THE KIMS, Pascarella and Samarelli.


At #43, with 78 hits, LUCK O’ THE IRISH, Jim O’Donnell and John Sweeney.


At #42, with 79 hits, Councilwomen Duszczak, Polhemus, and Ottoson, with Patrolwoman Ashlee Lefevre.


At #41, with 80 hits, John, Phyllis, Julianna and Jocelyn Camera and Mayor Hershey.

At # 40, with 82 hits, One Life To Live Executive Producer Frank Valentini casts local extras during the April location shoot.


At #39, with 83 clicks, Toms River School employee Rob Beaton’s 9/11/01 photo….”NO IDEA THE HORROR THEY WOULD ENCOUNTER IN FEW SECONDS. Happy about already having already climbed down 28 floors in smoky and waterfall conditions, Rob Beaton and a co-worker pose for a quick photo as the exit the underground mall of the World Trade Center, about 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday September 11, 2001.”


Mr. and Mrs. Brad Bilhimer at #38, with 84 clicks.


SHPD Chief Tommy Boyd and New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine are at the #37 position, with 85 clicks.


CHIEF BOYD also at #36 with one of the most successful Seaside Heights natives, DAVID BASSINDER with 86 clicks.


At #35 with 87 clicks, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas K. King III, married Saturday July 19, 2008


Mrs. Kathleen Boyd comes in at #34, with 88 clicks.


At #33 with 89 clicks, ONE LIFE TO LIVE FANS Lou and Jill Cirigliano (and also Pete) are big fans of the voluptuous Natalie (Melissa Archer) on Seaside Heights’ favorite daytime trama.


At #32 with 90 clicks, THE FAMOUS Dawne Parlapiano (left) and Kim Samarelli.


At #31 with 91 clicks, Rick Hatrak and Harry Smith, popartpete.com financier..


At #30 with 92 clicks, Jake Sunderman, Anthony Duszczak, and company.


At 29, with 93 clicks, POWERFUL WOMEN PRACTICING LAW, Jean Cipriani, and Melanie Donahue, a.k.a. The future Mrs. Randy Appleby socially, Councilwoman Donahue, and one half of RANDALIE.


At #28, with 94 clicks, Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Dionisio, married November 29, 2008.


At #27, with 95 clicks, THE BEAUTIFUL & FRIENDLY STEPHANIE DEROSA of Luna Rosa


At #26, with 96 clicks, Fritz and Jeannie Rolle with grandson James Samarelli, Jr.


Appearing again at #25, with 97 hits, Maria Meredith EVERYBODY’S FAVORITE CAMERAGIRL


At #24 with 98 clicks, Mr. and Mrs. Rob Affa. Jen and Rob are seen here at the Class of 1988 Monsignor Donovan Class Reunion, which holds many high-ranking photos in the top 50 of ’08.


At #23, with 99 hits, GETTING AN OLD FASHIONED SHOE SHINE: S.H.P.D. Chief Tommy Boyd and Tom Faragalli from T & T Coast.


At #22, with 100 hits, Dan Bloomquist, Dan Nowicki, and Ed Pasieka.


At #21 with 101 hits, Jeannie Rolle and Patty Bennett.


At #20, with 103 clicks, Mike Lysenko from Coolidge Avenue in Ortley Beach.


AT 19, with 104 clicks, Jenna and Tim from Hemingway’s, seen at the Beer Truck during the Italian Festival.


At #18, with 107 hits, HAVANA MEETS THE HEIGHTS! Seaside Heights Mayor Hershey, along with Councilwomen Agnes Polhemus, Joyce Camera, and Arline Ottoson and Maria Maruca of the Seaside Heights Business Improvement District help cut the ribbon at The Havan Cafe and Restaurant, featuring authentic Cuban cuisine and sandwiches. Havana Cafe owners are George Lugo, furthest to left in the front row, and Luis Linares to his immediate right.


At #17,  and 108 clicks, Patrolwoman Ashlee Lefevre


AT #16, with 110 clicks, SHPD Chief Thomas J. Boyd, and sons T.J. James, and Tyler.


At #15, with 126 clicks,  SHPD Chief Tommy Boyd and Todd Genty seen at Smitty’s Lot.


LONG-LIVE “SOLE”

at #14 with 129 clicks,  One Life To Live characters Starr and Cole, also known as “Sole” to fans, played by actors Kristen Alderson and Brandon Buddy, are seen in photographs posted in Lucky’s Arcade, one of the locations used in local filming April 2008. The popular on-screen couple shot much of their teen pregnancy/runaway storyline in Seaside Heights.


At #13, with 135 hits, Patrolman Richard Sasso.


THE ONLY HOLDOVER FROM LAST YEAR, 2007’s photo of the very first party at the new Hemingway’s, celebrating the engagement of John Camera and Phyllis Katsikis, came in this year at #12 with 136 clicks. 


Vanessa Sokolowski and brother Kevin at the 88 MDHS reunion, come in at #11, with 143 clicks.

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With 162 clicks,  Marilyn Lennon who once worked as Planner for the Borough of Seaside Heights, is popular at the #10 spot.


With 162 clicks,  Vappo the Clown, head Clownfest clown, comes in at #9.

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With 168 clicks, the SHBP Lifeguard Clam Bake comes in at #8.


At #7, Pete Smith and Dr. Gregory Cartnick at the MDHS Class of 88 reunion, with 176 hits.


At #6,  with 194 clicks, Michael Courtney, at the MDHS Class of 88 reunion


At #5 with 197 clicks,  Petra Autenrieth, the proprietor of the Shooboo Shuttle, new to Seaside Heights in 2008.


Seaside Heights natives Suzanne Graichen and Vicki Carrozza are # 4 at 210 hits.

REST IN PEACE Captain David L. Szalkowski (1964-2008), seen with son Leo at the May benefit, at #3 with 213 clicks.
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At 215 clicks are  ABC Daytime Drama ‘One Life to Live’ producers John Tumino and Brian O’Meara, seen scouting locations in Seaside Heights, comes in at #2

AND THE #1  popartpete.com PHOTO OF 2008, determined by the click counter technology of the
popartpete.com INTERNATIONAL CYBERSPACE STATION is….


KIMBERLE ROLLE-SAMARELLI and friends Maria Lemaldi-Decker and Lisa Angelo at the Monsignor Donovan Class of 1988 reunion, with 225 hits
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ARE YOU ASKING, “WHERE’S MY PHOTO?, WHY DIDN’T IT RATE?” Photos and video beamed down from the popartpete.com INTERNATIONAL CYBERSPACE STATION are permanently archived by date order, on the blue buttons on the right side of the blog main page screen. If your fave photo or story appeared post June 2007, is still in cyberspace orbit, just dig around a little.

SO MANY COUNTLESS THINGS HAPPENED that didn’t make it into the top 50. I could have done a top 1,000, but my hands would have given out first.

ARE YOU ASKING, “HOW CAN I IMPROVE MY RANK IN THE popartpete.com TOP 50 NEXT YEAR?”  Don’t try clicking onto your own fave photo more than once, the computers are too smart for that.  However, some suggestions would be:

1. Attend an event in Seaside Heights. Most of the photos you see are OF GROUPS AT EVENTS.

2. Be photographed next to a high-profile person. It might not hurt to get your photo snapped with Pete, Chief Boyd, Kim Samarelli, or someone else who is very well known.

3. BE YOURSELF Pete loathes phonies, and never uses their pictures ON PURPOSE!

4. RECOMMEND this website to friends, and THEN SEE IF YOUR NUMBER GOES UP IN 2009!!!

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PETE’S TOP VIDEOS OF 2008…

CLICK ON THE ARROW BELOW TO BE CONNECTED TO PETE’S ONE LIFE TO LIVE DOCUMENTARY, filmed in April 2008…

CLICK ON THE ARROW BELOW TO BE CONNECTED TO PETE’S 1970’S TOURISM VIDEO, TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH BACK INTO ENGLISH courtesy of Madame Linda Healy of Central Regional.

CLICK ON THE ARROW BELOW TO BE CONNECTED TO PETE’S video of the LAUNCH OF THE ACTUAL SPACE SHUTTLE ATLANTIS IN FEBRUARY 2008. *Spoiler* PETE is slated to film the launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery from Kennedy Space Center, if all goes well, FEBRUARY 12, 2009…

CLICK ON THE ARROW BELOW TO BE CONNECTED TO PETE’S FIND OF THE MILLENNIUM, the long-lost SEASIDE HEIGHTS 1960: THE TOWN THAT FUN BUILT, which now has and AMAZING 82,000 hits on youtube since July 2008…

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IT TAKES TWO TO MAKE THINGS GO RIGHT…

ON THIS HISTORIC FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE popartpete.com website launch,

Creator Peter J. Smith wants to take this time to thank all his loyal readers, who have made this site the success it has become.

The system that creates the website we call an international cyberspace station, and it truly is if you think about it. Photos from Seaside Heights can be tracked to countless countries, including Russia, Poland,  Turkey, Austrailia, and so many more. All this is done by web 2.0 technology, something I learned about on my journey as a web designer.

I can tell not only how many people clicked, but where they are from, how many per day, per hour, and what they typed in to find my site.  For instance, many people type in the word ‘Hemingway’s Seaside’ , and will be drawn here, since there are so many mentions of the restaurant on this site.

The same pattern is repeated constantly for different Seaside Heights places and attractions I have showcased on the blog over the years.

It is interesting to see the dynamic each week of what stories or photos have proved the most popular, I often get nearly 1,00o hits the first day the site publishes, and then an average of 300-400 per day otherwise.

I still am what I started out as: a photographer looking for a way to showcase his art.  When popartpete.com was born, that was its entire intention, as it remains today.

Over the years, we have received thousands of emails of praise and well wishes. This is the energy that keeps this site going.

Each week, it is a constant struggle to keep coming up with the goods, and it is not easy to have a constant need for more pictures week after week. Still, it’s always been done. We’ve never suffered a shortage of items that could be found to cover. We have only ever been limited by imagination a also at first by a some  unforgiving software systems, which we ultimately replaced.

I guess if it was easy, everybody would have their own “Cyberspace Shuttle”,  built literally out of household items.

The real magic with this website does not come from me entirely. It takes two. I am a conduit, and I need subjects. I simply could not do it alone.

Perhaps Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock are right, “It takes two to make a thing go right, it takes two to make it out of sight!”

And I will end 2008 on another Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock-esque note…

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“I MIGHT BE NOW BE INTERNATIONALLY KNOWN, BUT I’M STILL KNOWN TO ROCK THE LOCAL MICROPHONE!”

Bonus for longtime readers….

CLICK THIS LINK to the FIRST-EVER ISSUED of popartpete.com weekly news magazine KICKING IT OLD SCHOOL, WAY  back to JANUARY 2004!!!

AND IF YOU WANT TO KICK OLD SCHOOL A LITTLE MORE, check out the SECOND-VERSION EDITION HERE.

REMEMBER popartpete.com is now on HOLIDAY HIATUS, and won’t return regular rotation until Sunday January 17, 2009, which will again, kick off our SIXTH  SEASON. PRAISE THE LORD, AND PASS THE AMMUNITION!

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