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Firearms Shop Sparks Downtown Debate:
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Riverfront Fire Drill
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What Businesses Are Right For Downtown Toms River? Eric San Juan TOMS RIVER—Joseph Hawk said he wanted nothing more than to do what he loves - be a business owner in his hometown - but doing what he loves has put him at the center of a debate over the kind of businesses that do and do not belong in downtown Toms River. At issue is what Mr. Hawk does: sell firearms. The issue is for the moment dead in the water, now that the township council abandoned a pair of ordinances that would have disallowed firearms shops in the downtown zoning area, but with the Toms River Business Improvement District
(BID) endorsing the move, the discussion will continue. Mr. Hawk and his wife, Michele, are the owners of Guns and Roses, a firearms and flowers shop at 298 West Water Street. After moving to Toms River in 1992, the Hawks went into the florist business in 1997, operating first at markets before opening a shop in 2002. Recently, the business added the firearms component that triggered the present controversy. Mr. Hawk, a retired New York City police officer, has had his NJ Retail Firearms Dealer License and Federal Firearms License since February 2012 and stated that he only sells weapons to law enforcement officers. The continued on page 24>>
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PINE BEACH: Alert Neighbor’s Call Prompts Burglary Arrest PLUS
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Jeri Morris Pine Beach Police Chief John M. Sgro reported that an unidentified alert neighbor’s actions on May 2nd in the neighborhood of Station Avenue led to the arrest of a Brick man for the burglary of a residence there. “At approximately 12:25 pm, an alert and concerned resident observed a suspicious male loitering around a residence,” he stated. “As he called the police to report the incident, he observed the subject, later identified as 33-year-old Timothy McCann of Huxley Drive, Brick, enter
the residence.” Sgt. Keith Brown was then dispatched to the location, with Chief Sgro responding as backup. “Upon our arrival, the subject apparently observed us as we were checking the residence and opened a second story window, exited it hanging from the sill and let go, dropping to the ground and attempting to flee,” Chief Sgro continued. “After a brief struggle, Sgt. Brown and myself took the subject into custody.” Mr. McCann was unable to take anything from the home due to the short period of time
from the neighbor watching him enter the home and his attempt to flee upon the arrival of borough police. “We believe that he had an accomplice possibly operating a black 2003 Jeep Liberty, which was his mode of transport to Pine Beach, but which more than likely left the area as it observed our arrival,” said the borough chief, adding that the Brick resident was charged with burglary and resisting arrest upon his capture, after which time he was transported to the Ocean County Jail on $15,000 continued on page 16>>
Redesign, Relaunch of Signal Following a nearly two month absence as a result of extensive restructuring within the Riverside Signal, we’re pleased to return with a new, contemporary format, dedicated bi-weekly print schedule and the addition of two new sections, one of which can be seen by flipping to the back page of this issue. The Ocean Signal is a new, exciting adventure out to the barrier “island” (it’s official names are either the Barnegat or Island Beach Peninsula, as it hasn’t been an island since the Cranberry Inlet closed for good in 1812, but hey, when in Rome) that will provide a solid resource and guidebook for visitors and residents to rely upon and keep them coming back for more plus offer a look at the culture, life and history there and offer a good beach read overall. Debuting in our first regular edition on June 8th will be the Signal Navigator, a special regional guide of selected places to go, things to do and performances to see beyond the river. While the edition you hold in your hands is comprised of material gathered during our absence and framed within our new design, readers can expect a return to the regular current coverage they came to know and love throughout 2011, from council and land use board meetings to police blotters, calendars, historical perspectives and photographic events coverage in each town in addition to detailed features, investigative articles and people profiles. Area businesses should also take a peek at our advertising-not only is the Riverside Signal the most affordable publication along the river, our fresh content and original photography is designed to make our clients shine! Until then, we’re glad to be back and wish you a safe, healthy and happy Summer 2012!
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Local Businesses Chip In for Asst. Fire Chief’s Vehicle
Returning as we have to our preferred perch as a bi-weekly publication, and following our fresh design and added features, we again return to 1932, this time in late March and April. As such, presented here are events, activities and reports of Beachwood during that period, as compiled from various resources within the Wheeler Room at the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library by Riverside Signal staff: In late March, it was reported that Mr. and Mrs. Laurence Swan and family, former residents, had moved to Jackson Heights in Queens, New York... Rev. E.A. Francke and family of Stapleton, Staten Island, spent Easter Monday at their Beachwood home... borough resident Mrs. Marybelle L. Holmes sued her husband, Ralph, for divorce and damages of $75,000 as a result of Miss Mae Ackerman, Lakewood, causing her husband to fall out of love with her. Married for nine years, they had no children. One week later, Ralph and his mistress were locked up and charged with “fornicatio,” or adultery, and held on $1,000 bail each... Clarence Coryell came closer to completing a home he was building on Beachwood Boulevard, having had the exterior up and enclosed by late March... following her winter stay in New York City, Mrs. William Hughes arrived to town to spend a week at her Railroad Avenue home... R.P. Wolfhart of West Orange signed a lease on a store in the Nolte building, expected to open mid-April, that would carry high class confections, sodas, tobaccos, newspapers and magazines... borough resident George F. Jones was awarded a contract to construct a new home for Perry Pattison of New York off Hooper Avenue in Toms River... it was reported that the borough was without a justice of the peace in early April 1932, and thus had to utilize the service of neighboring municipalities when called upon... Mrs. A. Randall of Barnegat Boulevard offered for sale a seven-room house with all imcontinued on page 4>>
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Council Honors Student Artists
Students from Beachwood Elementary were honored at the May 2nd council meeting by the governing body for their accomplishments in art in the classroom, examples of which had been on display at the Toms River Library earlier this spring.
BEACHWOOD – The borough fire company last month took time to thank the borough and three local businesses responsible for improving their ability to respond to fires by acquiring and preparing an official assistant chief’s vehicle out of a 2002 Chevrolet Blazer originally in the possession of Ocean County. Assistant Chief Bob Risk stated that the addition would help keep borough residents and travelers on the area roadways, including the Garden State Parkway, safer and able to get help faster. “The assistant chief in Beachwood for years now has been using a personal vehicle to respond to calls, including up on the Garden State Parkway, which means a lot of wear and tear plus gas costs,” he said, noting that when responding to calls on the parkway it was very undesirable to have one’s own continued on page 6>>
Beachwood Adopts 2012 Municipal Budget Erik Weber BEACHWOOD - Beachwood’s financial future for the year is now secure following the second reading, public hearing and formal adoption of the 2012 municipal budget during the governing body’s May 2nd council meeting, here. According to Chief Financial Officer John Mauder, the 2012 municipal tax bill for the average Beachwood homeowner— whose home is valued at $259,700—would be $1,690.65, an increase of $75.31 from 2011, or $6.28 per month. The
increase was the result of $46.75 per average assessed home value for the year lost in state aid, or 62 percent, and $28.57 per average assessed home value for the year for an uptick in the operating municipal budget, or 38 percent. Total general appropriations for 2012 came to $9,622,692.05, up 3.36 percent, or $312,535.40, from 2011. The municipal tax rate came to 0.651 per $100 of assessed value, up $0.029 from 2011, an increase of 4.66 percent. Total increases for the year came to $308,343.94, reflecting
$225,000 in employee group insurance, $40,000 in fuel, and $56,368.94 for uncollected taxes and drops in the amounts of $8,474 to the Police and Firemen’s Retirement System (PFRS) and $4,551 to the Public Employees Retirement System. Further major increases affecting the budget included increases of $34,850 in the anticipated increase of surplus, $4,268 in the cost of shared services, $39,800 in anticipated special revenue with written consent, and $25,000 in receipts from delinquent taxes. Decreases reflected in
the budget included a drop in $6,500 in local miscellaneous revenues and $69,642.59 in special general revenues. As a result, the amount to be raised through taxation rose $284,759.99 from 2011, for a total of $6,629,003.05. These figures account only for municipal taxes, and do not include county or school taxes. Mayor Ronald Roma thanked Mr. Mauder and Elizabeth Sarantinoudis, treasurer, along with the finance committee, council members and department heads for their work on the budget.
Riverside Signal | 1 June 2012 | Beachwood 1932 continued from page 3 provements near the water on an 80 x 100 foot lot and containing a two car garage as well as a 60 x 100 lot near that water... the Beachwood Property Owners Association held a meeting on Saturday evening, April 4th that turned into an energetic discussion about the rising cost of school taxes and whether they were growing faster than their returned benefit, resulting in a special committee appointed to look into the matter and report back later that week... Charles M. Eckert, who for the previous two years was living in the Dean cottage on Ship Avenue here, contracted A. Lee Burgess to supervise construction of a new bungalow on Seward Avenue in Toms River, with completion expected by July... borough residents noted a large amount of automobile traffic along Atlantic City Boulevard with area residents headed to Atlantic City, “the playground of the world”... borough real estate broker Mrs. Joseph Knowles reported that one of Harry Neinstadt’s cottages on Forepeak Avenue sold to Mr. and Mrs. Losier, the former holding employment at the Lakehurst Naval Air Station and the latter being a school teacher in Toms River School. Rentals included Charles Moran taking the S.N. Green bungalow on Atlantic City Boulevard; Mr. Lamison of the naval air station in the Grace Nolan cottage on Forepeak; Mr. Kremer, an agent for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and formerly of Barnegat, leasing Mrs. Riemenschnider’s house on Capstan Avenue across from the Pines; Mr. Conover of the naval air station taking the Tepkiosvky property on Capstan Avenue, which was formerly owned by Chester P. Ford; and Frank Taylor, who had been living on the corner of the highway and Mermaid Avenue stating he would move to the Herbert Johnson cottage on Capstan Avenue, formerly the Carl Recht
property, sometime in May... William Moore, son of Mrs. Marie Fay Moore, of Beachwood and Staten Island, ranked the sixth best bowler in the nation during the National Championship Bowling Tournament in Detroit, Michigan... Lt. Cmdr. Vaughn Bailey and family, who had been living in Dr. Robinson’s home on Beachwood Boulevard for the previous year, moved to Lakehurst during the first week of April... the Forepeak Avenue home of the VanDuzer family got a fresh coat of paint... Mrs. George Hannan and her daughters, of Elizabeth and Beachwood, drove to town to spend a weekend at the Japanese bungalow on Brigantine Street and Capstan Avenue, which had previously been constructed by Wanda Lohr, a pioneering founding resident of Beachwood. The bungalow still stands today... Mr. and Mrs. Youngblood announced they would soon move from Mrs. Martha Kay’s cottage on Brigantine Street in mid-April to their newly constructed home on Locust Terrace in Toms River... Albert Neilson began construction of a bungalow for clients from Toms River... Mayor Rowe entertained guests in his Bayside Avenue home... Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Krieling spent some time in town; the couple is having a home built on Beachwood Boulevard... Beachwood youth and Toms River High School student Andrew Galatian returned to the area for the remainder of the year following his year at Devitt Preparatory School. At the close of the school year he would attend the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis... George McLean, borough resident and owner of the Goode Shoppe in downtown Toms River, broke his finger and suffered other minor injuries following a car accident in Silverton on Sunday, April 10th... Robert Harker, Beachwood’s road superintendent, died suddenly of heart failure at the age of 73 on Wednesday afternoon, continued on next page
Beachwood Police Blotter Jeri Morris Lt. Robert Tapp reported the following recent activity of the Borough of Beachwood Police Department: • Detective Sean Langan is following up on a report of a vehicle being entered and items stolen. The vehicle was parked at a residence on the 1200 block of Mizzen when unknown suspects entered it and removed approximately $345 worth of gaming equipment on Wednesday, May 2nd. • On Tuesday, May 1st, officers responded to the Quick Check at approximately 8:30 pm for a report of a shoplifter. As a result, a 17 year-old female was arrested and charged with shoplifting. The juvenile stole approximately $45 in candy that was later recovered and returned to the store. The juvenile was released to her mother. • On Sunday, April 29th, a resident on the 1100 block of Ocean Avenue reported that their red and black Honda lawnmower was stolen. The lawnmower was let unattended on the front lawn between 12 noon and 1:30 pm. • On Wednesday, April 25th, an out-of-town female reported that the headlight on her vehicle was smashed whiled parked at 53 Shell Street. She reported that upon return to the residence at 11 pm she observed the damaged headlight. • On Wednesday, April 25th, a resident on the 800 block of Spray Avenue reported that a bike was stolen from their backyard shed. The bicycle was valued at approximately $250.00. Detective Sean Langan is following up the investigation. • On Saturday, April 21st, officers responded to the Sunoco gas station for a report of theft of gasoline. The officer spoke to the attendant who advised that a male driver in a 2000 blue Nissan Ultima received $45 worth of gas and left without paying. The attendant obtained the license plate number. Detective Sergeant Glen DeMarco is investigating. • On Saturday, April 21st, a resident at 31 Spruce Street reported that a vehicle drove over her front lawn leaving tire marks and damaging the lawn. • On Thursday, April 19th, a resident at 59 Chestnut Street reported that their mailbox was damaged. Another resident at 51 Chestnut Street also reported hearing a loud bang and upon checking outside found their mailbox appeared to have been hit with something and was in pieces. Two more residents on the 800 block of Beach Avenue reported the same type of damage to their mailboxes.
Police are investigating. • On Monday, April 16th a resident on the 600 block of Spar Avenue reported that their vehicle was entered some time overnight and several items, including CD’s and an IPOD dock were stolen from the vehicle. The vehicle was unlocked at the time of the incident. • Police responded to the 1500 block of Berkeley Avenue on Monday, April 2nd, where they took a report for a stolen utility trailer. The theft occurred some time within the prior two weeks and is being followed up by Detective Sergeant Glen DeMarco. • Saturday, March 31st, officers took a report of criminal mischief on the corner of Maple and Anchor Avenues. According to the victim, some time between midnight and 7:30 that morning the rear window of their vehicle was broken. No items were reported missing. • On Wednesday, March 28th, police and the Beachwood Volunteer Fire Department responded to a residence on 721 Ocean Avenue for a reported fire. Upon arrival, the resident had extinguished the fire that was located in a flowerbox in the front of the residence. Firefighters checked the remainder of the residence finding no interior damage and minimal damage to the front of the house. There were no reported injuries. Detective Sean Langan and the Ocean County Fire Marshals Office are investigating the cause and origin of the fire. • The snack stand at the soccer field was reported to have been burglarized between 6:00 pm on Sunday, March 25th and 5:00 pm on Monday, March 26th. Officers found that the locks had been damaged on the door allowing suspects entry to the building and removal of approximately $100 worth of candy. Anyone with information regarding this burglary may contact Detective Sean Langan at (732) 341-1249. • On Monday, March 26th, police responded to the snack stand at the Birch and Surf Avenue Park for a report of criminal mischief. Upon arrival, officers found damage to the garage door of the building that appeared to have been kicked and left unsecured. After taking statements from witnesses, two juveniles, ages 13 and 15, were taken into custody pending further investigation. • Officers responded to a residence on the 700 block of Ocean Avenue on Monday, March 26th, after a neighbor observed the front door was open. Upon arrival, the officers found the basement window of the unoccupied residence was kicked in. Contact was made with residents and no items were reported missing. Detective Sergeant Glen DeMarco is following up.
Beachwood Public Notices Surplus Auction June 13th
BOROUGH OF BEACHWOOD #2012-272 RESOLVED by Mayor and Council to authorize the public sale by auction of the following impounded vehicles and/surplus vehicles and/or equipment no longer needed. Item # Year Make Model Vin # Mileage Keys Blue Book Min. Bid 2011-004 1995 Dodge Pick Up 1B7HC16Y1SS213527 191,267 YES $1,542.00 $ 250.00 2011-018 2004 Dirt Bike Cho LAAJCK1341030469 -- YES $ 300.00 $ 100.00 2011-028 2002 Mazda 626 4Door 1YVGF22D325263687 158,005 YES $ 3,044.00 $ 350.00 2011-029 1983 Kawasaki Motorcycle JKAKZDH10DA040026 9443 NO $ 400.00 $ 100.00 2011-030 1997 Ford Windstar Van 2FMDA514XVBD11997 138,265 YES $ 2,016.00 $ 250.00 2011-033 1998 Pontiac Grand Am 1G2NW52M1WC721571 156,808 YES $ 1,144.00 $ 150.00 2011-045 2005 Ford Freestyle 1FMZK01185GA67979 91,676 Yes X2 $ 6,544.00 $1,200.00 2011-050 1989 Plymouth Acclaim 11P3BA46K4KF423816 180,794 YES $ 1,372.00 $ 250.00 2011-000 Unknown 1977 San Sailboat CLKJ0052M77H NA -UNKNOWN $ 100.00 DPW 1987 Ford Pick Up F250 4x4 1FTEF26N3HB09294 YES $ 250.00 1989 Ford Cargo 700 Flat Bed 1FTZF1720XNB97980 YES $ 200.00 Quantity: 3 Swenson Tailgate Spreaders Each $ 25.00 1 Utility Trailer $ 20.00 2 Glenhill Plow Cradles Each $ 40.00 1 Truck Bed Cap Red 8’ $ 25.00 1 Eager Beaver Roller Trailer $ 50.00 1 York Rake $ 20.00 Assorted: 9 Framed Seaside Pictures Views Artist:Barbara Mock Bundle $175.00 $ 25.00 1 19” Zenith Color TV $ 15.00 1 46” Projection RCA Color T.V. Console $ 50.00 3 Indoor Artificial Green Trees Bundle $15.00 $ 7.00 4 Indoor Artificial Wall plants Bundle $12.00 $ 5.00 90 Metal Stackable Black Vinyl Chairs Bundle Only $ 45.00 NOTICE OF SALE: Under authorization of Resolution #2012-272 dated May 16, 2012, the Borough of Beachwood Governing Body has authorized a sale by Public Auction on Wednesday June 13th beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Beachwood Municipal Complex located at 1600 Pinewald Rd. Beachwood. The Borough will allow inspection of items beginning at 09:00 on the date of the sale. TERMS OF SALE: 1. The Borough makes no guarantees as to the operational condition of any vehicle. 2. The Borough will accept business checks, personal checks and money orders or cash. 3. All sales are final at the time and place of the sale and payable at the close of the sale. 4. All items are sold AS IS. 5. Any check returned for insufficient funds is subject to a $20 charge and total payment will be required in cash. 6. All items must be removed from the Municipal Complex no later than June 14th , 3:00 p.m. Elizabeth A. Mastropasqua RMC Municipal Clerk
events & programs
Municipal Alliance Dance
The Beachwood Municipal Alliance will hold its next dance on Friday, June 8th from 7:30 pm to 10 pm in the Beachwood Community Center on Compass Avenue. Open to 5th, 6th, and 7th graders, space is limited, bracelets available for purchase beginning at 6:30 pm. Parents must pick up at end of dance at 10 pm. For more info, call 732-286-6000.
Beachwood Library Programs & Events
Teen Advisory Board Meeting
The new Teen Advisory Board (TAB) will hold its next meeting on Monday, June 4th at 7 pm in the Beachwood Library, Beachwood Boulevard. Share ideas on teen programming, help plan teen events, talk and work on a fun activity. Refreshments will be served. For teens ages 12-17. Please register, 732-244-4573. Please visit www.theoceancountylibrary.org or call (732) 244-4573 to register.
April 13th while working at the job he held the previous ten years. Born in Browns Mills, he moved to the Toms River area late in life, and was survived by a son and daughter. The Beachwood Board of Commissioners later stated that “Mr. Harker was liked by all who came in contact with him and he will be sorely missed by all his friends in Beachwood.”... Toms River real estate agent A. Lee Burgess rented Mrs. Schemerhorn’s Capstan Avenue cottage, “Doxology,” to Mr. and Mrs. George Galley of Akron, Ohio. Mr. Galley was sent to the area for work at the Lakehurst Naval Air base as an expert on the Goodyear-Zeppelin Company... Emmett and James Gunn of Beachwood Boulevard were both ill with measles... Ralph B. Decamp had his sun porch glazed with double hung windows and screened in by Fred E. Christensen... on Thursday, April 21st, Raymond Updyke plead guilty before Judge Stanger to a charge of desertion and non-support brought by his wife, Ruth, of Beachwood... on Tuesday afternoon, April 19th, the Book Club met to discuss the subject of “Salonists” at the home of Mrs. Guy Swan, here, with Mrs. R.H. Reeve as leader... following the closure of schools in June for the summer, the Capt. Joshua Huddy chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution planned to hold an exhibition of colonial and early American articles, including silver, quilts, pictures, jewelry, furniture and more at the Brigantine, here... Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Ayers moved from Bayville to an apartment in the Nolte building... in the third week of April, Eugene Erath moved his butcher shop to his new location in the Nolte building... Mr. and Mrs. Frank Taylor and children moved from the Tice bungalow to the Herbert Johnson bungalow on Capstan Avenue... on Monday evening, April 25th, a
Live Animal Talk
Meet the animals and get an up close look at the park’s inhabitants on Sunday June 3rd at 1 pm. No registration is required, all ages. Fee: Free
Atlantic City and the Boardwalk Empire
Fans of the HBO series would enjoy touring the places that were around when Nucky Johnson and his cronies controlled the city. Lunch will be at The Knife and Fork where Nucky was a regular patron. Be prepared for short walks and climbing stairs. Bring $17 for fixed price lunch. Pickup will be in the Jakes Branch parking lot on Friday, June 1 at 8:30 am and will return at 4 pm. Recommended for ages 9 – Adult. Fee: $14 per person.
Orchids and other Wildflowers of the Pine Barrens
Traveling to Ocean and Burlington Counties The New Jersey Pine Barrens has been a destination for visiting botanists from all over the world since the 18th century. This tour will search out some of the rare and beautiful plant species that have contributed to the area being designated a national reserve by Congress. Be sure to wear old clothes, sneakers or low boots and don’t forget your camera and binoculars. Please also pack a lunch. Pick up will be at the Nature Center parking lot on Friday, June 8 at 9 am and will return at 2 pm. Recommended for ages 9 years – Adult. Fee: $14.00 per person.
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meeting of the Ocean County Relief Directors met and the majority agreed that there was a greater need now than even over the 1931-32 winter as residents out of work had by April exhausted their savings. In comparing numbers, Lakewood had reported spending approximately $25 per person registered for relief, while Dover Township only $10 per person, and Point Pleasant Borough a surprising $70, all based on the amount of money collected and thus able to be distributed. Also learned was that the largest number of residents in need of help were those who had most recently moved into the area, as opposed to the more established residents present since before the world war. It was stated that “the addition of ten thousand more people in the ten years after the war means that full half of the residents of the county have no knowledge of conditions that existed here before the world war. In those days workless winters for the mechanics or laboring man were the usual and expected, and when some job came along such as clearing up Beachwood or Pine Beach for lot sales, that was a stroke of luck. Men in those days raised most of their own food, unless they had steady jobs. A shoat [young hog or piglet], chicken, perhaps a cow; their own potatoes, cabbage, beans for winter, and garden stuff through the summer, with corn for the horse, chicken and pig; fish, clams or oysters from bay or ocean, wildfowl; gunning and fishing parties—all these helped to make a living for the families in the shore towns. For ready money, men were mostly able to work at some trade, or several trades, carpentering, boatbuilding, painting, mason work, anything to make a dollar. Huckleberries and cranberries brought in ready money. Today we have a population that cannot be self-supporting in the old way. They have not the initiative (we used to call it “shiftiness,” continued on page 41
The Beachwood Borough Mayor and Council will hold their next regular meeting on Wednesday, June 6th at 7 pm at borough hall on Pinewald Road. Meetings are open to the public to share ideas, opinions and questions regarding borough business.
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Blue Line Emergency Lighting, Toms River, provided lighting and radio equipment. Local Businesses continued from page 3 personal vehicle involved. “It also makes it easier to make multiple calls as the chief can handle one call and I can handle the other, plus in summertime around here, at 5 o’clock traffic on Route 9, nobody’s moving over for a blue light on my Ford Focus,” the assistant chief continued. “It just makes response time quicker, plus there’s now the radio capability in here to communicate with South Jersey Net, which is the Monoc [rescue response] helicopter, which I didn’t have before in my personal vehicle.” The refurbished vehicle is a deep red color to match the apparatus
of the fire company and carries a blue light bar, communications equipment, and various decals and emblems. Asst. Chief Risk thanked the borough for getting the truck from the county, Jim Sobieski of Beachwood Auto Body for providing time and material to paint it, Frank Melillo of Blue Line Emergency Lighting in Toms River for the lighting and radio work, and Ian MacKenzie Smith of Stuck Up Stickers in South Toms River for decaling and detailing work at “a very reduced price where basically we just paid for the materials and he donated his time for it.” “This wouldn’t have been feasible without their help,” he added.
Beachwood Library Book and Bake Sale: The Friends of the Beachwood Library held another successful book and bake sale at the historic summer bungalow-turned-lending-library on Beachwood Boulevard on Saturday, May 12th. All Photos: Erik Weber/Riverside Signal
Asst. Fire Chief Robert Risk thanked Beachwood and Pine Beach Auto Body proprietor Jim Sobieski for his business’s contribution of painting the new department vehicle.
Ian MacKenzie Smith of Stuck-Up Stickers, South Toms River, used his expertise to masterfully design, fabricate and apply the proper decals to the vehicle.
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Free “Strengthening Families” Program Series
Students of Beachwood Nursery School participated in a “Bubbles for Autism” program on April 26th that involved attempting to claim the largest amount of people blowing bubbles at one time for the Guinness Book of World Records as a way of raising awareness about the neural disorder.
While We Were Away
BEACHWOOD – Starting this June, a cooperative partnership between the Beachwood Municipal Alliance, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and St. Barnabas Health Systems will bring the 14week “Strengthening Families” education program to the church, located between Locker Street and the Route 9 Garden State Parkway access road, here. Parents, grandparents and guardians are invited with children ages 7 - 10 in their care to attend this weekly program starting Monday, June 4th from 5:30 to 7 pm, which includes a complimentary dinner. Registration is required. The Strengthening Families education program will teach participants how to improve communication skills, develop effective conflict resolution techniques, set goals and establish family meetings. The
program has been recognized by the World Health Organization as a model parenting program. Gifts will be awarded to families with regular attendance. Upon completion of the program, a graduation ceremony will be held where all participants receive a certificate. Strengthening Families is funded by the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services. For more information, or to register to attend, please contact Alyson Zilai, Barnabas Health Institute for Prevention, at 732-942-5753 or email@example.com, by Monday, May 28.The mission of Barnabas Health Institute for Prevention is to reduce the factors that place individuals, families and communities at risk and to promote healthy lifestyles.
On March 31st, an armored bank SUV was cut off on the Route 9 parkway access road before Surf Avenue during inclement weather, resulting in the driver losing control and it crashing into the side of the house on Admiral Avenue, causing damage to the foundation, water and gas lines. Borough police, fire and first aid responded, but the driver and passenger were unhurt.
Alexander McCartney, a forester from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Community Forestry Program, gave a presentation with Beachwood Shade Tree Chairwoman Robyn PaciulliGriffith to students from Beachwood Elementary School on April 18th.
Past chief and longtime Beachwood Volunteer Fire Company member George Symington was caught in yet another position serving the public – as a volunteer and member of the Friends of Island Beach State Park, during the 2012 Ocean Fun Day on Saturday, May 19th. Information on that organizations efforts and to join can be found on their website, friendsofislandbeach.org, or by calling (732) 793-5525. All Photos: Erik Weber/Riverside Signal
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While We Were Away (continued)
Beachwood resident and U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Daniel Leonard returned home in early March after serving his latest tour of duty in the Afghanistan conflict and was greeted with a neighborhood celebration.
The Beachwood mayor and council thanked and honored the coaches and members of the Toms River High School South Wrestling Team for their accomplishments in a high placing season that included coming in 18th in the state, 6th at the Shore Conference, taking second place in the District 24 SJG3 Sectional, earning Place A-South in the Walter Woods Tournament Champions and second in TCNJ Pride Tournament.
Councilman Steve Komsa and Mayor Roma presented certificates to the three snowman contest award winners at the late March meeting. The three were also the only entries for the entire year due to an almost complete lack of snowfall.
Also honored was B.J. Clagon, the 138-pound state champion who pinned South Plainfield’s Tyler Hunt to bring home the title to Toms River High School South for the first time since 1984. Sgt. Leonard’s mother, Mary Jane Somosky, also of Beachwood, was elated as her son arrived home.
Beachwood, Pine Beach and Manitou Park fire companies responded to a minor brush fire set in the area commonly referred to as Johnson’s Pit beside Beachwood Elementary School on April 15th. At the time it was thought to have been started by a “firebug.”
Mayor Ronald Roma issued the oath of office to Officer Derek Mussari in his promotion to the rank of sergeant in the borough police department as family members and Chief William Cairns looked on.
The Beachwood First Aid Squad held its annual Easter flower sale over the April 7th weekend.
On April 1st, Beachwood Volunteer Fire Company President Bill Hopson (left, foreground) joked that past chief, longtime member and current councilman Tom Miserindino was eating all the bacon during the annual Easter Bunny breakfast fundraiser.
Residents and volunteers from the Comcast Cable company helped clean up Beachwood Beach during the biannual Clean Ocean Action-sponsored Beach Sweep on Saturday, April 21st.
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Beachwood • Island Heights • Ocean Gate • Pine Beach • South Toms River • Toms River
Fire Drill on Waterfront Draws Four Departments, Spectators Erik Weber ISLAND HEIGHTS – In the cool early evening of Good Friday, April 6th, as the sun descended in the west to behind the recently restored Central Avenue Pavilion, excitement buzzed among a handful of residents, visitors and children gathered at the western portion of River Avenue in anticipation of what was about to take place. Weeks earlier it was learned that a mutual aid drill would be held at the location of a riverfront home slated for an upcoming demolition, with Island Heights Volunteer Fire Company No. 1, Toms River Fire Company No. 1 and 2 and the East Dover Fire Company, involving 35 firefighters total, participating. “Typically the current fire officers conduct twice a month training exercises for Island Heights, however a few exchiefs offered to put together this drill so the current officers could interact directly in the drill and give them a break from the grind of planning every training exercise,” stated Ocean County Chief Fire Coordinator Brian Gabriel, who is also a former Island Heights Volunteer Fire Company chief, serving 1992 to 1994. “Multiple scenarios were run using all three floors of the hose with each departments’ crew being involved with charged hose line advancement and searches,” he continued. “As part of the first scenario, a water supply was established by an engine from Island Heights by drafting out of the Toms River to supply the attack engine from Island Heights, [which] in turn supplied ladders from East Dover and Toms River Fire Company No. 1.” With the light beginning to wane, Engine 5301 from Island Heights rolled down Simpson Avenue toward the river, laying lines down before parking before the boardwalk. Chief Kenneth Balfrey then worked with another fire company member to install a system into the adjacent water to draw water into the pumper truck
Island Heights Returning as we have to our preferred perch as a bi-weekly publication, and following our fresh design and added features, we again return to 1932, this time in late March and April. As such, presented here are events, activities and reports of Island Heights during that period, as compiled from various resources within the Wheeler Room at the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library by Riverside Signal staff:
Erik Weber/Riverside Signal for use during the drill. Soon after, engines from the Toms River fire companies arrived and firefighters stepped out into the night air to get a look at the house and assess the scene. A small cloud of controlled smoke rose from the lower part of the large, curvaceous structure. “The drill focused on several things: hoseline advancement, multi-floor searches, ventilation, RIT [Rapid Intervention Team] rescues, water supply and incident command skills,” said Mr. Gabriel. “In this drill, the RIT team was from Toms River Fire Company No. 2, and they are specially trained in this aspect. Their sole focus is to rescue firefighters in the event one of them gets trapped or becomes seriously injured while inside a building.” At the structure about to be used for the drill, “the home was filled with machine-generated smoke to depict real life conditions, without the heat,” he continued. “Visibility during
the drill was approximately six inches. Interior lighting was not permitted during the exercise to enhance the lack of visibility.” Two ladder trucks at opposite ends of the riverfront Simpson Avenue block extended skyward, with firefighters appearing in silhouette against the final sunset. Water charged up from the river through the hoses, spilling in sections down the roadway from openings on the trucks, and up to the high perches above the ground. As the purple darkness replaced the last remaining golden streaks from the west, floodlights were erected to illuminate the scene and a signal was given, causing water to spray from north and south onto the home as firefighters practiced their craft. “Included in two of the scenarios were firefighters trapped, which put into play the RIT from Toms River No. 2,” said Mr. Gabriel. “During each scenario, safety officers were positioned inside continued on page 11
On Saturday, March 26th, Charles S. Phillips, 27, of Maple Avenue, wed Miss Frances J. Kreck, 23, of Oak Avenue... borough college students home for spring break included Joseph Bender, attending Dartmouth; Bart and Bill Ellis, attending Colgate, and Paul Henry Freeman, attending Franklin and Marshall. All but Mr. Freeman attended the Easter alumni dance at Toms River High School... Mrs. Arthur E. Stokes wrote that she attended sunrise Easter services at Miami, Florida along with approximately 35,000 other people “gathered on the ocean shore at Miami Beach [and] saw the rising of the sun, as a great ball of red fire rising from the water.” She noted that she and her son had met many Ocean County residents while there, including some from both Island Heights and Ocean Gate... the Island Heights Board of Education reorganized for 1932 with Raymond W. Pettibone, president; Jasper N. Shaw, vicepresident; Minnie E. Bogart, district clerk; and Thomas H. Wallace, custodian... Antiques dealer Carl O. Hierholzer and family traveled to the borough from their off-season home in Brooklyn, stating they would be present every weekend through the summer and that antiques prices were much lower than they were two years earlier... Miss Eleanor Johnson, William Stevens, and Harvey and Chester Johnson drove to Asbury Park on Sunday afternoon, April 3rd to take a swim in the swimming pool
near the boardwalk there... repairs to the Riverview Hotel neared completion following the damage wrought by a fire sometime earlier... Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Leming opened their real estate office in time for the start of the warm season... Peter Moore had his house raised several inches by contractor Roy Ellis... A.E. Freeman had a new roof installed on his home... Louis Vierick contracted Frank Simpson to build a new roof on his workshop... Mr. and Mrs. Frank Schutte of Island Heights and Philadelphia celebrated the birth of their newborn daughter... Seth Hetherington, who lived in the borough as a boy, visited on Thursday, April 7th to see old friends, informing them he now worked in Newark... Miss Elinore Jeannette Linen of Island Heights and Toms River married Mr. Robert Barry on Saturday, April 9th at Christ Church in West Orange. Miss Westray was a member of the Linen and Westray families, the latter of which dates to the history of Island Heights when the island, formerly in ownership of the Dillon family, was divided into the Brinley, Hurry and Westray farms in the 19th century, with the Brinley farm initially turned into the Methodist Camp Meeting community by the Island Heights Association in 1878. The Westray farm, along with the Hurry, were soon after annexed as part of the rapidly growing community and in 1887 Island Heights Borough was formed. The Westray family home was located at Westray Point... boatbuilder J. Frank McInnis of Island Heights exhibited a sailboat in the boat section of the Asbury Park auto show in the second week of April... Mrs. Abbie A. Miller, 70, widow of the late Capt. Ed Miller, died at Paul Kimball Hospital in Lakewood on Tuesday, April 12th. She was living with her niece, Mrs. continued on page 11
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Thirty-five firefighters from four local fire companies participated in a drill on a soon-to-be-demolished home on the eastern portion of River Avenue at dusk on April 6th that was witnessed by curious residents and visitors from nearby.
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Antiques Etc. with Patricia H. Burke The Old Wall Historical Society’s annual spring antique show was held on March 10th at the Wall Township High School and featured 70 dealers, many of whom had been doing the show for over twenty years, according to show creator and director Dennis Cirrito, adding, “many of the shore area shows have gone out of business, but the Wall antique show is still prospering.” The show has also become become larger over the years with a variety of dealers for any pocketbook. John Perzely Antiques from Little Falls, Passaic County was selling Roseville pottery from $75 to $295 for an 18” vase with its original sticker in a daffodil pattern, circa 19181922. Simply Country from Toms River offered a complete 15 piece German spice set for $325. Bert n Bart Antiques from East Windsor, Mercer County specialized in vintage colorized photos in the $85-$115 range in addition to pieces of Depression glass. Penny Candy Antiques from Old Bridge, Middlesex Erik Weber/Riverside Signal With a clown on hand to distribute balloons, the mobile videogame theater present to entertain kids of all ages through RollingVideoGames.com and indoor vendors with arts and crafts plus door raffle prizes, the 2nd Annual Forget Me Not Family Fun Day was a success from its location at the Island Heights Volunteer Fire Company hall and grounds.
Fire Drill continued from page 9 and outside the structure. The goals of the exercise were to provide varying challenges to interior attack crews, search teams, RIT assignments and incident commanders and to do so safely.” As the evening continued, life around the Island Heights waterfront—including walkers on the boardwalk, cars driving along Ocean Avenue above the scene, and visitors to the pavilion—stopped for at least a few moments to take it in. Some walked up Simpson Avenue to get a better look and before long a small crowd lined the sidewalk across the street from the home,
Erik Weber/Riverside Signal near where the firefighters staged for each successive scenario. A few also stopped with concern that it was a real fire scene, and were reassured otherwise. “None of the scenarios were rehearsed in advance to again provide for as close to real life scenarios as possible,” he added. “All goals and objectives were met.” By 9:15 the drill concluded, “after which pizza and soda were supplied at Island Heights Fire Department,” the former chief said.
County exhibited a three gallon salt glazed stoneware crock marked G. Hart & Son, Sherburne, NY for $275 while John Senkewicz and his son Jim, of J’s Antiques from New Monmouth, Middletown Township had a beautiful booth filled with Belleek China both Irish and American ranging from $125 to $750. They also had spectacular art glass by Steuben, Loetz and Durand. Joan and Paul Hamelberg of Brielle had a lovely display of quilts and textiles plus great baseball memorabilia and tin plate toys. Harlow Mc Millen Books from Staten Island, NY was selling “The Lure of Long Beach”, which was published in 1936, for just $20. A “ Mickey Mouse Story Book” by Walt Disney published in 1931 was priced at $100. A first edition of “The Lost King of Oz” by Ruth Plumly Thompson published in 1925 was selling for $150. “Cuba in War Time” by Richard Harding Davis published in 1897 was priced at $30. He was a famous
author and journalist who wrote for the New York Herald and the New York Evening Sun. His parents rented in Point Pleasant at the Curtis House where he spent his summers from the 1860s through the 1880s. The Old Wall Historical Society operates the AllgorBarkalow Homestead Museum, the Blansingburg Schoolhouse Museum and the Morris-AllgorKittell Wheelwright Shop, which was recently purchased by the township and is under restoration by the society. They are open Sundays from 1 to 4 pm, and Mrs. Fran Bruno conducts tours for all fifteen second grades in the Wall Township school district. For directions and further information please call 732-9741430 or 732-681-3806. There is no charge for admission. A Fall Antique Fest will be held on the museum grounds, 1701 New Bedford Road, Wall, NJ the first Saturday every October. A Christmas Open House is held at the museum the first Sunday every December.
Island Heights 1932 continued Raymond Pettibone of Island Heights... the Island Heights Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary planned an oyster supper fundraiser on Saturday, April 30th... Mrs. Rebekah Joyce of Atlantic City arrived to Island Heights with her young daughter for a stay at the Peto house until her cottage, undergoing renovations, was ready... artist and illustrator Charles Chickering returned to his Simpson Avenue cottage for the warm seasons... severe winter storms badly damaged the bulkhead along the river by the Pennsylvania Railroad station, and timbers were seen being carried away by the current... the county sent workers to West End Avenue to cut back the woods and widen the roadway... borough resident Warren Owens was fatally injured in a head-on automobile accident in Mantoloking on Sunday night, April 17th, while headed south in his bakery truck. Near Downer Avenue and Herbert Street, he swerved across the middle of the road and crashed into a Studebaker sedan driven by a 36-year-old man of Jersey City, who lost his left eye in the incident. His mother, a passenger, later died of her injuries while her nephew received only various injuries, including losing two teeth. Mr. Owens died of a fractured skull and other bodily injuries shortly after the collision. At the time
the 48-year-old worked a bakery route known as the Crown Bakery through the rural districts in and around Toms River, and it was later learned that he was intoxicated at the time of his death, the final of numerous incidents he was found driving while drunk. He was survived by his mother, Mrs. Kate Benister, of Island Heights... one week after Mr. Owens’ motor death, Charles Lyons took over his bakery route... Island Heights Boy Scout Troop 104 was present among the 91 scouts present at the court of honor in Lakewood on Saturday, April 16th... the children’s choir of the Methodist Church earned $16 from their cake and candy sale on Saturday afternoon, April 16th, allowing them to purchase their vestments plus have some extra money for a get-together party at the church... Mrs. Ellen Murphy and Mrs. W.C. Kimber of Philadelphia each made a generous donation of books to the Island Heights Public Library... the choir from Lakehurst Naval Air Station sang at the Methodist Church on Sunday night, April 17th, with all present enjoying the singing... the board of the Methodist Church raised the salary of Rev. Stanley Wagg by $100 as a result of 20 members added to the church over the previous year... tickets to the Island Heights Volunteer Fire Company oyster
dinner fundraiser were 50 cents apiece... Rev. S. Monroe VanSant of Northfield and Mr. and Mrs. James Leslie VanSant of New York visited Toms River on Friday, April 22nd, recalling their time spent living in the township in the 1870s with their father, Rev. Samuel M. VanSant, in the Beatty house on Washington Street, which in 1932 was the office of the County Superintendent of Schools and the county agent. Their father was one of the founders of Island Heights, moving there from Toms River, and Leslie, by 1932 a real estate agent, was formerly a newspaper employee with the New Jersey Courier... on Friday, April 22nd, a son was born to Mr. and Mrs. William Anderson in their borough home, named John David, with Dr. Blackwell Sawyer present... on Monday evening, April 25th, a meeting of the Ocean County Relief Directors met and the majority agreed that there was a greater need now than even over the 1931-32 winter as residents out of work had by April exhausted their savings. In comparing numbers, Lakewood had reported spending approximately $25 per person registered for relief, while Dover Township only $10 per person, and Point Pleasant Borough a surprising $70, all based on the amount of money collected and continued on page 12
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Don Roberts [center], a borough environmentalist, was on hand in early April with two area youths trimming up the riverfront native grasses, planted in phases through his and others’ work in the Environmental Committee in previous years.
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Mike Parker, a Toms River artist specializing in homemade concrete products displayed one of his pieces during the Ocean County Artist Guild’s Artisan Marketplace last month. Island Heights 1932 continued from page 11 thus able to be distributed. Also learned was that the largest number of residents in need of help were those who had most recently moved into the area, as opposed to the more established residents present since before the world war. It was stated that “the addition of ten thousand more people in the ten years after the war means that full half of the residents of the county have no knowledge of conditions that existed here before the world war. In those days workless winters for the mechanics or laboring man were the usual and expected, and when some job came along such as clearing up Beachwood or Pine Beach for lot sales, that was a stroke of luck. Men in those days raised most of their own food, unless they had steady jobs. A shoat [young hog or piglet], chicken, perhaps a cow; their own potatoes, cabbage, beans for winter, and garden stuff through the summer, with corn for the horse, chicken and pig; fish, clams or oysters from bay or ocean, wildfowl; gunning and fishing parties—all these helped to make a living for the families in the shore towns. For ready money, men were mostly able to work at some trade, or several trades, carpentering, boatbuilding, painting, mason work, anything to make a dollar. Huckleberries and cranberries brought in ready money. Today we have a population that cannot be self-supporting in the old way. They have not the initiative (we used to call it “shiftiness,” that allows a man to turn his hand to whatever comes along), and they went hungry, some of them last summer, with the woods full of huckleberries, because they had not the energy to go out and pick and sell them.” Mrs. Philp Allen of Berkeley Township stated that seeds would allow local residents to plant gardens in the
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Beachwood • Island Heights • Ocean Gate • Pine Beach • South Toms River • Toms River
Returning as we have to our preferred perch as a bi-weekly publication, and following our fresh design and added features, we again return to 1932, this time in late March and April. As such, presented here are events, activities and reports of Pine Beach during that period, as compiled from various resources within the Wheeler Room at the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library by Riverside Signal staff: In late March, the log cabin built over the course of the previous months was completed and occupied for the first time over the Easter holiday... the ladies of the Pine Beach Chapel distributed Easter baskets to children of the Sunday school on Sunday, March 27th... Mr. M. Mahnken, who lived on the corner of Huntington Avenue and Monument Road, offered the design and construction of metal ceilings for stores and rooms in private homes... numerous residents arrived from their off-season homes, mostly located in Pennsylvania, to open their bungalows for the season over the Easter weekend... L. Shaver of Scott’s Poultry Farms, listing as being at Pine Beach, offered his recently overhauled Model T Ford Sedan for sale at only $15... the Pine Beach Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary held a card party fundraiser on Thursday evening, March 31st... Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wheeler announced that their son, Edward, returned to the United States following a two-year stay in London, England, and a previous one year stay in Berlin, Germany. Upon his return, he stated he planned to stay at Pine Beach for much of the summer, and it was learned he had married a London resident, Miss Margaret MacGregor, while overseas... Harry Hoffman, Jr., drove from Philadelphia with four of his classmates from Temple University to spend the weekend at his parents’ bungalow on Radnor Avenue... Mr. and Mrs. G.A. Rumpf, along with their nephew, Edward, spent the second week of April continued on page 16
Admiral Farragut Academy Alums Reunite in Toms River
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From the 1941 AFA Yearbook/Courtesy Frank Porcellini ‘80N Farragut Hall, formerly the Pine Beach Inn, as it appeared in the 1940-41 school year. Erik Weber PINE BEACH – Though the ground where stood the nation’s first preparatory school with naval training has had the iconic campus buildings plowed over for luxury homes, the memories of those who attended Admiral Farragut Academy’s original Pine Beach campus still hold strong enough to gather together in shared remembrance of youthful times once spent beneath the towering pines by the river blue, as they did in late April for their third annual reunion in as many years, held at the Holiday Inn in Toms River. Packed to nearly every wall of the hotel’s eastern ballroom, current school Headmaster Robert Fine, of the remaining St. Petersburg campus, remarked that the following year would require a change of venue due to the growing interest in alumni wishing to attend with each successive event. In 1945, the founders of the original Admiral Farragut Academy in Pine Beach—Admiral
Samuel Robison and Brigadier General Cyrus S. Radford—also established a sister school in a derelict hotel in St. Petersburg, Florida in similar fashion to how they founded the initial school on the Pine Beach campus with the shuttered Pine Beach Inn in 1933. The southern campus continues to survive and, in recent years, thrive as the number of international parents interested in their children gaining a regimented American preparatory education in technical has soared. Roger Gibson, an alumnus who attended the Pine Beach campus from 1973 to 1975 but was unable to continue through his 1977 graduation due to family financial hardships, spoke at length and in detail about his “experiential learning” at the academy forming much of who he is today, and thanked the school for being welcoming in accepting him as an alumni despite his inability to attend through graduation. “You must have been part of the experience to understand the spirit and the underlying
feeling of what we as cadets learned from our teachers, AFA staff and, more importantly, our peers,” he said. “Farragut provided us with the basic tools enabling us to grow into the people we are today. Even though we do not have our campus real estate to visit, we are left with the memories and lessons we endured while being a part of the corps of cadets.”
With that, the former cadet and current telecommunications industry leader asked, “Does everybody remember their first day?” Those present broke into immediate conversations about first day memories, with one graduated cadet heard to remark, “I tried to get back in the car!” followed by laughter through the hall. “Mine is very memorable,” said Mr. Gibson, whose account has been printed here for our readers: “You know, certain memories that are very impressionable stick with us. The first day and the last day. It was the early part of September 1973 when I reported to Farragut. I was 13 years old; a very impressionable age. I only know what information brochures and promotional literature stated for any preconceived knowledge of what to expect. By the way, they forgot some stuff [laughter]. “To put in perspective of the times, Richard Nixon was president, a gallon of gas was 40 cents, a dozen eggs were 45 cents, the average salary was $12,900 a year and six inches was this long. The Miami Dolphins won their second Superbowl, while the Oakland Athletics won the World Series. “Upon arriving to campus, we were greeted by cadet officers with much respect and shown continued on page 14
Erik Weber/Riverside Signal An alumni pages through one of the many yearbooks displayed on tables throughout the hall.
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Reunion Photo: Erik Weber/Riverside Signal Inset from 1975 AFA Yearbook/Courtesy Frank Porcellini ‘80N Roger Gibson, ‘77N, spoke about his first days at the Pine Beach campus in fall 1973. Inset is his yearbook photo taken his sophmore year in 1975, his last at the school. up every time I put a tie on for Pine Beach Alumni work or special occasions. I continued from page 13 recently recalled getting dressed to our rooms and other aspects for my daughter’s wedding, of orientation. So I’m thinking, and looking into the mirror and saying to myself, ‘this tie it’s not that bad. “After my parents left, my cadet has to be perfect.’ With the education would begin. I was flashback of that very moment, assigned to band company. Our and looking into the mirror, I rooms were on the 400 deck of realized that this would pass my Dupont Hall. I had already had a own inspection. roommate assigned, however he “We were required to learn the was not to report to campus for tradition of those who came another week. There were other before us, and certain responses new cadets, and we really had to questions as they were asked no time to introduce ourselves from officers. The first time I when, all of a sudden, the nice was asked, ‘How’s the cow?’ I officers turned into shouting was scared to death. I had no machines, ordering commands idea. I was thinking to myself, for what I had no idea how to over the summer I had to read two books, but I didn’t know respond. “I was told to stand at attention I had to take care of the cow. and sound off. ‘Okay, what’s Where is the cow? Is it sick? that?’ I was then corrected as Was I on the farm? I had heard to the proper response to an of cadets talking about hogs officer is, ‘sir.’ Your question and chickens, but... so, now I’m or response, ‘sir.’ I was then confused. Of course we all know instructed to should out, ‘Sir, the correct response, and this Cadet Gibson, Band Company, was a mouthful to a 13-year-old 4th Class, Plebe, sir!’ I’m kid [‘How’s the cow?’ is a part thinking, what’s a plebe? My of U.S. Navy tradition as the response: ‘She walks, she talks, cadet education has begun. “I would learn that it was she’s full of chalk, the lacteal plebe week. We were ordered fluid extracted from the female to learn the rotation. Run to of the bovine species is highly wherever we were going. To prolific to the nth degree.’ is square those corners and shout designed to train cadets to be out, ‘Beat Blair!’ During mess, able to rapidly and accurately we were required to sit on only memorize complex information two inches of our chairs and to strings. Hogs and chickens are square our meals. During this also a part of naval tradition time we were also learning how as they don’t like water and to fold our clothes to regulation, are considered a powerful icon make hospital corners while against falling in the water and making our beds, marching drowning]. and drilling and learning those “So we looked back at that commands, brace, and also how experience and, when a friend to spitshine our shoes. My cadet or relative asked, ‘So what was it like, going to military education continues. “I also remember being taught school?’ you take a step back, how to tie a Double Windsor start thinking about all the stuff, tie on the bleachers by Cadet and go, ‘it’s fine.’ Yeah, right. Ensign [Lorenzo] Lamas. This We could not answer correctly learning experience often comes as we really needed to dig deep
down into our very core of our being to express the experiential learning we had endured, something of the foundation of who we had become. This is one of the reasons why our friendships are lifelong, as we’ve experienced and traveled the same road map authored by the vision of the board of directors and executed by the staff and leaders of the corps of cadets. My cadet education continues. “Leadership was assigned by the AFA staff, but respect was learned through due diligence, and was learned from officers before them. Tradition. As we continue to grow and make mistakes, discipline would come in the form of ‘ED,’ or ‘extra duty.’ Every day at the end of mess, during lunch, we would get the daily update of activities and such. One of those was the bad boy list naming all cadets that were put on report and assigned demerits. One that sticks out clearly was cadet Nick Guiliano [‘78N – the ‘N’ denotes North for the Pine Beach campus of Admiral Farragut Academy] getting 15 demerits for ‘hanging from transom window acting like an ape.’ The hall where the reunion took place erupted in howls of laughter. “As our education continued, we learned, among other things, teamwork. In 1975 I was a member of the varsity baseball team. We were really good that year. The year had started out a little rocky to say the least, but after a few short weeks we had learned from Coach [Stan] Slaby to trust in each other and be a part of the team. Each player, doing their part to further the objectives and goals as a welloiled machine. We became very, very good. As each week passed, we recorded another [win]. I never experienced that camaraderie again—thanks, Coach. “Sports, among other things, taught us some other lessons. In 1974, Cadet Wayne McVicar [‘74N], while performing a track test, sustained a neck
injury, causing him to be partially paralyzed. This injury would change his future. We witnessed, at graduation a few weeks later, the meaning of bravery and perseverence as he rose up out of his wheelchair in full dress blues and walked to receive his diploma. That image has been implanted in the back of my mind since I witnessed it along with the standing ovation of parents, staff and the corps of cadets. “We also learned economics. Each week we would get an allowance. In 1974, I received $4 a week, which would equate in today’s inflation to about $20 in buying power. We learned to wheel and deal with the ‘roach coach,’ which would show up after study hall and ask us for credit so that we could do something, so that we could get something cold or hot to eat other than the regimented, prepared meals we would receive at mess. In addition, we used our allowances to buy our way out of mandatory watch so that we would be able to go home on leave if that fell on a weekend. We also learned some strange math from a teacher who was not a math teacher— Richard Frick taught us that five in a week added up to something we did not want, and everyone understood [demerits]. “So, in closing, we have no Pine Beach campus real estate to visit, but we have the memories and shared experience of what we all have learned while a cadet,” Mr. Gibson stated. David Yoho, class of 1968, was then introduced and took over as master of ceremonies, first thanking those responsible for beginning the alumni reunions specifically for cadets of the closed and demolished northern campus three years earlier, including Brian Fischer, ‘76N, and Frank Porcellini, ‘80N. He noted several other current administrators from the southern campus present, and a current cadet color guard commander, Liam Shelton, ‘13S. Mr. Yoho then explained a new
featured program among alumni of the school, called the Heritage Society, in which alumni could write the school as one of the benefactors in their wills to ensure its continued growth and success, a feature the northern campus did not enjoy but that school administrators were dedicated to continuing at St. Petersburg as a continued legacy for both schools. “It’s kind of an ultimate act of giving,” he said, noting that one Heritage Society member, Gary Amsterdam, ‘68N, had passed a month earlier. After a pause, Mr. Yoho then noted the yearbooks set on the tables across the room and pointed out that Robert W. Matthies, Jr. was present along with his wife, Bonnie. Mr. Matthies is a graduate of the Pine Beach campus, class of 1967, and was later hired as headmaster to the school, from 1979 to 1993. The campus closed the following year. Currently he serves as the mayor of Seaside Park and has worked for Cape May County Technical School District since 1994, first as assistant principal of the high school and later becoming principal in 1997 and superintendent of the district in 2008. Mr. Yoho said he first met Mr. Matthies when he was attending the academy’s summer camp in 1962, and joked that “if you need tickets fixed or some kind of special favor [in Seaside Park], he’ll help you with that.” The 1968 alumnus then welcomed John Gardella, ‘41N, who had been Alan Shepard’s friend and roommate and gone on to fight in World War II and later became a marina salesman and environmentalist, among many other accomplishments. Headmaster Fine then took the podium to give alumni a look into what the Florida school looked like today, first mentioning the 63 cadets comprising the class of 2012, “of whom 11 will be serving, taking an academy appointment or taking an ROTC scholarship.”
Reunion Photo: Erik Weber/Riverside Signal Inset from 1968 AFA Yearbook/Courtesy Frank Porcellini ‘80N David Yoho, ‘68N, listens to a fellow alumnus of the school at the reunion. Inset is his yearbook photo taken his graduation year, 1968.
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Reunion Photo: Erik Weber/Riverside Signal Inset from 1975 AFA Yearbook/Courtesy Frank Porcellini ‘80N David Owens, ‘76N, leafed through his senior class yearbook at the reunion. Inset is his yearbook photo taken his graduation year, 1976. He then noted that the meet the needs of our students graduating class represented and parents,” he said. “I’m really “about 13 countries,” and the happy to say the last four years, student body contained cadets it’s nice not to be in the mode from 24 countries, with China of saving the school, it’s nice holding the most number of being in the mode of, [working cadets out of foreign countries, toward] what we want Farragut 40. to look like five years from now, “The school’s curriculum ten years from now. The last emphasis is engineering, four or five years, we’ve posted math, aviation and, obviously anywhere from $200,000 to a because of our beautiful $500,000 profit, which we’re waterfront, marine science and trying to put back into planned oceanography,” the headmaster facilities to remain competitive continued. “We have about and keep the facility up.” 265 in the high school, 400 The headmaster then invited all from pre-kindergarten through alumni to visit and tour the St. 12th grade, and what is very Petersburg campus for a strong interesting is when you look at sense of home. the military schools and you “You’ll find that a lot of familiar look at the history, back in the pictures, a lot of familiar plaques 1960s there were about 462 [are] all around, not just in military schools in the United the museum,” he said. “I can’t States—today, Farragut is one walk to my office without going of 32, but in recent years in all through all the northern school communities and in all states, battalion commanders that are you’ve heard of charter schools on the wall towards my office. I popping up. It seems that one of can’t get up to my office without the fads for charter schools is to seeing a six-by-six [foot] mural take the military model that all of the campus that was here. us traditional military schools You don’t have to look very far have done for years and produce on our campus to see the Toms kids with self-discipline, work River and the vital institution it ethic, character. That seems to was.” be a need in society today, so Following the remaining that’s why you’re seeing charter features of the evening, which schools popping up with the included a talk by U.S. Coast military flare, and that’s why I Guard Rear Admiral Paul A. think we are at a good time to Yost (retired) on his time spent start building Farragut back up.” stationed in southeast Asia Headmaster Fine noted that during the Vietnam War, David whenever he spoke to alumni of Owens, ‘76N, led the alumni in the closed Pine Beach campus, reciting their alma mater’s song: he is always asked about the financial picture. Here beneath the tow’ring pines “I’m happy to say that the By the river blue, probably first seven or eight Farragut will ever stand years of my tenure [Mr. Fine Alma Mater true was appointed headmaster in Hail to thee, Hail to thee 1998], we were struggling and Glory be thine own it was difficult going year by High the silver and the blue year, trying to put money back Ever will be flown. into the planned facilities and
Erik Weber/Riverside Signal Boy Scouts from Troop 70 worked to repaint and repair the dilapidated Station Avenue beach shelter in mid-April, with borough resident Chuck Shirey contributing the new roof.
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Erik Weber/Riverside Signal Children, parents, borough officials and staff joined the visiting Easter Bunny for the annual Easter egg hunt scramble on April 1st at Vista Park. Pine Beach 1932 continued from page 13 at their “log cabin” on Riverside Drive... Mrs. Jersey Singleton had the interior of her Midland Avenue cottage repainted and decorated... Mayor LeRoy J. Hutchinson visited Philadelphia on Sunday, April 3rd... the Pine Beach Board of Education held their regular monthly meeting at the firehouse on Friday evening, April 1st... Mayor Hutchinson placed a classified ad in the April 15th edition of the New Jersey Courier stating he had lost one pair of pigskin gloves on Easter Sunday at the Presbyterian Church in Toms River, and offered a reward for their return... Mrs. N. Besore and daughter entertained guests at
their Riverside Drive bungalow over the April 9th weekend... Mr. and Mrs. Paul Truman and family of Philadelphia spent the April 9th weekend at their new Radnow Avenue bungalow... three young adults in town joined the army, including George Oriel, Jr., Harold Rhoads and Jack Trammell. They were stationed in Fort Slocum, New York with orders to Panama thereafter... on Saturday afternoon, April 9th, William Shepherd Sleight, son of Mrs. Caroline Sleight of this borough, married Miss Madeline Elsa Robert of Toms River before 75 relatives and friends in the home of the bride’s father on Whitesville Road. The bride wore a white satin gown with a net veil fastened by orange blossoms, and white satin
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slippers. Her bouquet consisted of white roses and lilies of the valley. Her only attendant was her sister-in-law who wore a pink net frock with a picture hat to match, blue slippers and carried a bouquet of pink roses and blue sweet peas. Edmund Sleight, William’s brother, served as best man. Dinner and dancing to music furnished by a three-piece orchestra followed, and during the evening Mr. and Mrs. Sleight left quietly, the following morning starting on a honeymoon trip to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and Crystal Caves, Virginia. Upon returning they were to make their home in a bungalow in Bayville. Mr. Sleight operates a roadside stand in Pine Beach... the Pine Beach Yacht Club held a meeting in Philadelphia on Thursday, April 21st with plans to hold a card party, the last of their winter series, at Legion Hall in that city on May 18th. Summer card parties would begin at the Pine Beach clubhouse on Saturday evening, May 29th and continue every Saturday until July when weekly card parties move to Friday evenings... in the third week of April, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley A. Heatley made their Riverside Drive bungalow their permanent year-round home, with their children attending school in Toms River... residents Miss Irene Sprague and Miss Emelia Reeves spent Saturday afternoon, April 23rd, in Asbury Park... on Monday evening, April 25th, a meeting of the Ocean County Relief Directors met and the majority agreed that there was a greater need now than even over the 1931-32 winter as residents out of work had by April exhausted their savings. In comparing numbers, Lakewood had reported spending approximately $25 per person
registered for relief, while Dover Township only $10 per person, and Point Pleasant Borough a surprising $70, all based on the amount of money collected and thus able to be distributed. Also learned was that the largest number of residents in need of help were those who had most recently moved into the area, as opposed to the more established residents present since before the world war. It was stated that “the addition of ten thousand more people in the ten years after the war means that full half of the residents of the county have no knowledge of conditions that existed here before the world war. In those days workless winters for the mechanics or laboring man were the usual and expected, and when some job came along such as clearing up Beachwood or Pine Beach for lot sales, that was a stroke of luck. Men in those days raised most of their own food, unless they had steady jobs. A shoat [young hog or piglet], chicken, perhaps a cow; their own potatoes, cabbage, beans for winter, and garden stuff through the summer, with corn for the horse, chicken and pig; fish, clams or oysters from bay or ocean, wildfowl; gunning and fishing parties—all these helped to make a living for the families in the shore towns. For ready money, men were mostly able to work at some trade, or several trades, carpentering, boatbuilding, painting, mason work, anything to make a dollar. Huckleberries and cranberries brought in ready money. Today we have a population that cannot be self-supporting in the old way. They have not the initiative (we used to call it “shiftiness,” that allows a man to turn his hand to whatever comes along), and they went
hungry, some of them last summer, with the woods full of huckleberries, because they had not the energy to go out and pick and sell them.” Mrs. Philp Allen of Berkeley Township stated that seeds would allow local residents to plant gardens in the smaller towns by returning “to the methods of 15 or 20 years ago,” plowing or spading their backlots to grow vegetables and can, dry and store the produce attained to live through the summer and into the following winter with “little outside help.” Applications had been sent to the government for seeds, but under the law they were not able to provide. Lakewood resident William H. Savage stated that $1,800 was raised in that township and approximately 400 gardens would be planted for the benefit of its needy residents... on Sunday, April 24th, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Schauer entertained Mrs. L.K. Shauer, Miss Dolly Schauer, Miss Amelia Schauer and Russell Whitman of Philadelphia...
Pine Beach Burglary continued from front bail. “I cannot stress enough that if it were not for the actions of this concerned citizen, that the outcome of this situation would have been much different,” he continued. “It would have been a neighbor coming home to a disheveled, burglarized home with property stolen and police responding to take the report.” “People need to be the eyes and ears for the police as well as the eyes and ears for each other,” Chief Sgro said.
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South Toms STR Community Club Baseball Returns; For Barbara River 1932 Field Dedicated to Longtime “League Mom” You Think What You Think I’ll Think What I Know
Returning as we have to our preferred perch as a bi-weekly publication, and following our fresh design and added features, we again return to 1932, this time in late March and April. As such, presented here are events, activities and reports of South Toms River during that period, as compiled from various resources within the Wheeler Room at the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library by Riverside Signal staff: In late March, Judge Gallagher at Toms River overturned fines to AfricanAmerican participants of a dance held two years earlier after a raid was conducted by local police, stating the dancers were acting disorderly. The judge ruled the raid and subsequent fines without basis and ordered the fines, which totaled $100 combined for the 35 residents charged... in late March, the Shell Oil Company announced that it would soon begin bulkheading the riverbank on the northwest side of Mathis Plaza for its fueling station, with dredging at a depth of five feet and the material used to fill in the land for the station itself... the Poultrymen’s Service Corporation, which handled a large amount of business in feeds and poultry supplies out of its borough office, elected a new president and board... the Furniture Exchange, located in the Kosich building across the train station of the Central Railroad of New Jersey, offered new and used furniture bought and exchanged... it was expected that the South Toms River adult baseball team would again be a fierce competition to the other two teams coming out of Toms River in the coming season... the United Feed Company offered lawn grass, timothy, and clovers plus bone meal, sheep manure and Vigoro fertilizer at their borough location... the South Toms River Board of Education reorganized for 1932 with Arthur Cornelius as president, Mrs. Grace Tilton as vice-president and J. Lester continued on page 16
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Erik Weber/Riverside Signal South Toms River’s Community Club youth baseball league kicked off on Saturday, April 6th with a formal dedication of the borough ballfields to longtime “league mom” Barbara Clark Meyers.
Erik Weber SOUTH TOMS RIVER - As is the case every year this time, crowds of families from this little borough at the neck of the Toms River gathered to witness the regular coming of age play that spins across the dusty infields and vibrant greens at the community club baseball grounds in early April. Unlike every year, a noticeable absence was felt as each team was called to the field for the opening ceremony - this was the first season since the death of beloved “league mom,” Barbara Clark Meyers, late last year. As the teams from the South Toms River Community Club lined up along the infield lines to pay customary tribute to the nation, her familiar face was missed among the crowds. Councilman and past league president Ed Murray noted the change. “It’s bittersweet for me - she was a [league] president for a few years, her kids played here, her grandkids played here
and after everybody was done she still stayed here being my team mom, doing anything we needed for the league,” he recalled, his words echoing off the nearby community center and ringing in the crowd’s ears. “Making phone calls, tagging - if anybody got a phone call from Barbara, they knew. She was my scorekeeper for years; she was everything.” “She would do anything for the league and she loved the kids a lot.” At that moment one member of the silent spectators yelled out “Love Barbara!” Mr. Murray then asked that his team mom’s husband and daughter, Bill and Sue, come out from the stands and meet him near the pitcher’s mound. “I’m honored to do this - as of now, this field will be dedicated to your mom and your wife,” the past league president said. “It will be called Barbara Clark Meyers Field in honor of all she has done. I’m gonna miss her a lot, she did a lot for us and I’m honored.” Ms. Clark-Meyer’s daughter
thanked the league and Mr. Murray. “If mom was here she’d be thanking each and every one of you,” she said, visibly breaking into tears. “She did mean a lot to you people and you meant a lot to her. She’s very well missed to this day. I didn’t just lose a mom, I lost a best friend.” continued on page 41
You can see her featured in two decades of team pictures, standing on the side or surrounded by the smiles of diminutive ballplayers, some today in their twenties and thirties. For all of them, Barbara Clark was a fixture of their childhood, as constant as the dugouts, benches and the game of baseball itself. I know that in South Toms River, life swirls around that little league field like the sand-stinging wind around the flagpole on a cold spring morning. In all weather - the epic heat of the summer or those cold, wet spring days whether it took a wheelchair or a walker to get there, Barbara was the calm eye in the center of our baseball-driven storms. Her scorekeeping was so impartial, so perfect, that she was THE authority. Whatever team she supported, both sides trusted her keeping of teh stats as a sort of Gospel. Her integrity was complete. I had the privilege of having her as my scorekeeper, both as a coach and an assistant coach, first when I had her granddaughter, Melissa, on my team. Her grandmotherly pride shone through, and with continued on page 18
Erik Weber/Riverside Signal Councilman and past league president Ed Murray, along with Mayor Joseph Champagne, unveiled the dedication banner to Ms. Clark-Meyers husband and daughter at the event.
Riverside Signal | 1 June 2012 | South Toms River 1932 continued from previous page Yoder, district clerk... Amos Allen, a 40-year-old African American resident of South Toms River and worker in the sand plant there, died suddenly following a roadtrip through the south. Services were held at Wells Chapel by Rev. Colson of Asbury Park, with burial following in Toms River... South Toms River resident and new game warden, J. Hamilton Evernham, arrested Coleman Brice, 22, of Lavallette for gunning out of season, without a license and carrying a pump gun at Ortley Beach, for which he was fined $82.50 by Justice of the Peace Benjamin F. Novins of Toms River... as a result of heavy rains during the second week of April, the Falkinburgh cranberry bog on the Jakes Branch burst the dam near the old talcum powder mill, through no damage was reported other than the breached dam... Sigrid G. Miller, 66, wife of Fred O. Miller, died Monday evening, April 11th following weeks of illness. She was survived by her husband, a brother, a sister and a niece... Miss Stella Thompson, South Toms River resident Jefferson Thompson’s daughter, wed Stanley Applegate, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bertram Applegate, in Asbury Park on Sunday, April 10th... Mayor H.G. Flint, who was also a member of the state board of commerce and navigation, was instructed at the April 17th meeting to prepare a list of 11 harbormasters for as many Barnegat Bay towns, or harbors. The harbormaster for Toms River would be in charge of the river from Toms River bridge to Barnegat Bay... one week later, the mayor announced that a yacht basin would be constructed at Forked River for an overall cost of $125,000 and an expected two years before the full sum is raised... Mayor H.G. Flint and William Furman, both Republican, filed for the borough mayoral primary spot in the November election, while Republicans William Chamberlain, Henry South,
Jr. Paul Cranmer, and Allen Attison plus Democrat Edgar Newman filed as candidates for the council primary election... R.L. Dodge in the Kosich building advertised services of upholstering, slip covers, caning, rushing, repairing and refinishing of all types of furniture... Toms River Boy Scout Troop 101 on Tuesday evening, April 19th, went on a hike in South Toms River where they built a campfire and conducted their meeting, with Bob Milne reporting on a bird study and nature hike taken the previous Saturday that involved the observation of 18 species of birds. More stories were passed back and forth among the 36 present, songs were sung and the meeting ended with the singing of taps... on Monday evening, April 25th, a meeting of the Ocean County Relief Directors met and the majority agreed that there was a greater need now than even over the 1931-32 winter as residents out of work had by April exhausted their savings. In comparing numbers, Lakewood had reported spending approximately $25 per person registered for relief, while Dover Township only $10 per person, and Point Pleasant Borough a surprising $70, all based on the amount of money collected and thus able to be distributed. Also learned was that the largest number of residents in need of help were those who had most recently moved into the area, as opposed to the more established residents present since before the world war. It was stated that “the addition of ten thousand more people in the ten years after the war means that full half of the residents of the county have no knowledge of conditions that existed here before the world war. In those days workless winters for the mechanics or laboring man were the usual and expected, and when some job came along such as clearing up Beachwood or Pine Beach for lot sales, that was a stroke of luck. Men in those days raised most of their own food, unless they had steady jobs. A shoat [young hog or piglet], chicken, perhaps a cow; their own potatoes, cabbage, beans for winter, and garden stuff through the summer, with corn for the horse, chicken and pig; fish, clams or oysters from bay or ocean, wildfowl; gunning and fishing parties—all these helped to make a living for the families in the shore towns. For ready money, men were mostly able to work at some trade, or several trades, carpentering, boatbuilding, painting, mason work, anything to make a dollar. Huckleberries and cranberries brought in ready money. Today we have a population that cannot be self-supporting in the old way. They have not the initiative (we used to call it “shiftiness,” that allows a man to turn his hand to whatever comes along), and they went hungry, some of them last summer, with the woods full of huckleberries, because they had
Erik Weber/Riverside Signal Tanya Mosley, outgoing coordinator of the South Toms River Municipal Alliance, posed for a photo with Lena Stevens, incoming coordinator, outside borough hall following the April 16th meeting when the governing body unanimously approved the change. Ms. Mosley will remain on as a volunteer for the organization. not the energy to go out and pick and sell them.” Mrs. Philp Allen of Berkeley Township stated that seeds would allow local residents to plant gardens in the smaller towns by returning “to the methods of 15 or 20 years ago,” plowing or spading their backlots to grow vegetables and can, dry and store the produce attained to live through the summer and into the following winter with “little outside help.” Applications had been sent to the government for seeds, but under the law they were not able to provide. Lakewood resident William H. Savage stated that $1,800 was raised in that township and approximately 400 gardens would be planted for the benefit of its needy residents...
For Barbara continued from previous page good reason--Melissa is a gifted athlete. Beyond that, as a coach, Barbara helped me process the many dramas one faces in such a position, sometimes from other coaches, and sometimes from the parents. I remember her sage advice, her words of wisdom, her calming influence. For 17 years I coached baseball in the borough, and Barbara was there even before I was. We saw the great ones come in, grow up and move on, and we always took some time to chat about each of them. When she first met me, I was a young dad with little kids and no baseball experience. She advised me: “Help them along, make sure they have fun, and stay out of their way.” Not the
exact words she used, but the gist, anyway. She taught me a valuable life lesson--you can keep score without having to pass judgement. I imagine Barbara now in front of St. Peter as he pores over his books, and picture her now free of the restrictions that made mobility so difficult for her. I imagine her taking a look at that big book of his and saying, “Look, Peter, you have this guy here batting out of order,” and suggesting a way to fix that with the same kindness she always had for the coaches and the players she now leaves behind. Somewhere on the sidelines, just behind the dugout on the home field side, her spirit will remain, impartially, compassionately and completely dedicated to the kids (and parents) of South Toms River.
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Grand Master Kum Sung Visits South Toms River
All Photos: Erik Weber/Riverside Signal During the early April meeting of the South Toms River governing body, Grand Master Kum Sung visited to help give out student honor roll certificates to the dozens of borough elementary school students present with their parents before launching into an instructional presenation on martial arts with a positive message geared towards the youths. During the presentation, multiple students were called to the front of the borough hall meeting room, where they chopped pieces of board in half in various ways. Mayor Champagne and Borough Clerk Betty Silvestri also got in the act, with Dr. Sung pointing out that the mayor currently holds a black belt. Before the close of his talk, he handed out bumper stickers to his Toms River martial arts and fitness facility with free passes to students and their families.
Mayor Champagne, along with South Toms River Environmental Committee Chairman Greg Handshy and two volunteers from the nearby Shore Vineyard Church repainted the Mathis Plaza gazebo the week before the borough’s 85th Founder’s Day celebration here.
Manitou Park Fire Co Roast Beef Dinner Truck 160: [From right] Daniel M. Decross III and Pat Piccoli cooked up part of the meal served during the Manitou Park Fire Company’s annual roast beef dinner fundraiser at the Holiday City Southwind clubhouse on the corner of Santiago Drive and Mule Road in Berkeley Township on Saturday, April 14th.
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Ocean Gate Mid-Spring Recap
Returning as we have to our preferred perch as a bi-weekly publication, and following our fresh design and added features, we again return to 1932, this time in late March and April. As such, presented here are events, activities and reports of Ocean Gate during that period, as compiled from various resources within the Wheeler Room at the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library by Riverside Signal staff: On Monday, March 28th, Mrs. Emily Godwin, a summer resident of 20 years from Philadelphia, died in her city home following a short illness. A well-known citizen of Ocean Gate and member of the Ladies Civic Club and Busy Bees Club, Mrs. Godwin was predeceased by her husband and survived by a daughter, granddaughter and great-grandson, the latter of whom had been born four days earlier. Originally arriving at the borough in 1910 and owning a riverfront home, the family moved back to Philadelphia for a few years following the death of Mr. Godwin before moving back to town into a summer home on Wildwood Avenue that was previously the Huerlin home... the Ocean Gate Yacht Club members decided at a March meeting to reduce the amount of annual dues to $12 from $15 in an effort to entice greater membership among the community... the Ocean Gate Volunteer Fire Company reported a successful oyster dinner fundraiser on Saturday evening, March 26th... Mayor H. Warren Mease and son stayed at their riverfront cottage over the Easter weekend, with borough founder Charles Guttentagg and others as their guests... the Ladies Happiness Auxiliary of the borough fire company held their annual dinner and entertainment on Wednesday evening, March 30th at the Cedar Mere Hotel on East Longport Avenue and the Wildwood Avenue beachfront (the hotel was later used as borough hall and the police station and is today a vacant continued on page 21
Erik Weber/Riverside Signal The biannual Ocean Gate Beach Sweep had volunteers, officials and local girl scouts busy cleaning up the beachfront near Wildwood Avenue and beyond to improve the environment of the Barnegat Bay watershed, besides presenting a cleaner, more enjoyable experience for visitors and residents arriving for the warm seasons.
April 18th Council Meeting Early Executive Session The April meeting of the borough mayor and council began with an immediate closed executive session after opening the public meeting. After approximately 15 minutes, the governing body returned to the meeting room in borough hall and Council President Dave Kendrick, running the meeting in the absence of Mayor Paul Kennedy, read a prepared statement, dated April 18th, on behalf of the borough in response to an investigation by the Ocean County Health Department (OCHD) on resident complaints on the operation of the borough wind turbine. It stated the OCHD notified the borough on March 30th that it had recorded audio measurements on streets near the turbine, resulting in minor noise violations that the borough would have 30 days to correct. In response, the borough release stated that the town officials were in contact with the county agency as well as the New Jersey Department of Environmental
Protection and were requesting copies of “data documentation of the procedures utilized in establishing” the “recorded noise measurements” which would be reviewed and compared to state standards. “The borough continues its pledge to full cooperate in the OCHD investigation,” the statement continued. “Concurrently, the borough continues to evaluate and study the wind turbine in order to make any improvements that may maximize the efficiency and benefits of its operation including the reduction of any noise produced in conjunction herewith.” The official statement also announced that due to the ongoing investigation, borough officials and representatives would make no further statement on the issue but that questions may be submitted to the borough attorney, James Gluck, at his Toms River office and that a written response would be provided both to the inquiring party and posted on the bulletin board at borough hall. The OCHD later also declined comment due to the nature of the ongoing investigation.
Open Public Comments West Point Pleasant Avenue resident Rosemary Kindon approached the council members requesting various information with regard to the purchase of the second wind turbine, including a change order in its cost and height, plus the actual cost of the turbine equipment versus what the borough paid contractor J. Fletcher Creamer for it. Neither the governing body nor Mr. Gluck responded at that time, as outlined in their earlier statement on turbine matters, and Ms. Kindon said she would be following up in writing. Jim Cunningham of Faith Community Church asked the governing body whether his parish would receive permission to utilize the area in and around the Wildwood Avenue pavilion for services on Sunday mornings from 8:30 to 9:30 am from June 6th through September 9th. Councilwoman Joella Nicastro pointed out that the area requested was a public area and that walkers and bikers may traverse the area used for their services. “That doesn’t have any affect on us and if anything they might be drawn to worship with us,” replied Mr. Cunningham.
Councilman James McGrath asked that the organization properly notify all residents in the immediate area so as to allow them time to response with their opinion on the matter. “They do live there,” he said, adding that they should have a right to state whether they wanted such a regular event going on adjacent their living quarters each successive Sunday morning through the summer months. “I’ll personally print up some flyers and drop them at every doorstep,” said Mr. Cunningham. “Whatever it takes.” Mr. Kendrick asked if they would used electronically amplified sound devices to conduct their services. Mr. Cunningham said they would. Councilman Frank Santarpia said he’d like to hear from residents in that area of the borough on the matter first before granting or denying permission, as “8:30 Sunday morning could be a little rough.” 2012 Budget Public Hearing A public hearing was held on the proposed 2012 Ocean Gate municipal budget, during continued on page 43>>
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Erik Weber/Riverside Signal Children and parents delighted at the annual Ocean Gate Historical Society Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Adrian Hall, and volunteers reporting record families, couples and individuals in attendance. The Ocean Gate Municipal Alliance’s egg hunt scramble followed on the grounds surrounding Adrian Hall.
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lot)... Island Heights resident Mrs. Arthur E. Stokes wrote that she attended sunrise Easter services at Miami, Florida along with approximately 35,000 other people “gathered on the ocean shore at Miami Beach [and] saw the rising of the sun, as a great ball of red fire rising from the water.” She noted that she and her son had met many Ocean County residents while there, including some from both Island Heights and Ocean Gate... the Ocean Gate Board of Education reorganized for 1932 with William F. Page as president, Mrs. Oula Whitehead as vice-president, Frank Biernbaum as district clerk and C. Frank Bertsch as custodian... Elmer Frey, who had recently finished building a summer home at the corner of Lakewood and Monmouth avenues, was involved in a car accident near Bloomfield on Monday evening, April 4th, suffering fractured vertebrae and other injuries... several elected borough positions would be up for grabs in the coming elections, including mayor, two council positions, collector, county committeewoman and county committeeman. It was expected all would return for re-election... the electric streetlights were not lit until late Saturday evening, April 2nd, thus bathing the town in near-total darkness and reminding some old timers of life in Ocean Gate before the utility was installed in town... the Ladies Happiness Auxiliary of the Ocean Gate Fire Company planned a sauerkraut supper at the firehouse on Saturday evening, April 23rd... several men in the borough received emergency relief aid and employment of clearing the right of way on either side of the highway from Ocean Gate Avenue to Mott’s corner, and widening Bayview Avenue between Newport and Narragansett avenues under supervision of Fred Shirk... W.E. Burnett staked out lots on Bayview Avenue next to Leon Bachs property, apparently to begin construction of a new home there... at about noon on Sunday, April 10th, a car driven by Andrew Alonzo and carrying Les Page and Ray Grady traveled west on Bayview Avenue near Ocean Gate Avenue when it collided with a car driven by Alton Cowdrick of Island Heights, who was turning east on Bayview Avenue while on his way to work at the Barnegat Bay drawbridge as a drawtender. No serious injuries were reported and both cars received damage... C. Frank Bertsch, real estate agent, sold two lots on Bayview Avenue to Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Davies, which were previously owned by Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Dorschner... in the third week of April, “We” Burnett started work on a new home for Mr. and Mrs. Edward Davies on Bayview Avenue west of Ocean Gate Avenue. It was noted this section of town to be actively
building new homes through the winter, with this being the third house on the block... borough founder Charles Guttentagg visited town on Sunday, April 17th... Earl Page, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Page, celebrated his 21st birthday on Sunday, April 17th at a party in his honor at home the night before with dancing, playing games and other entertainment late into the night, with guests including the Misses Hazel Giles, Dot Townes, Eva Waencke, Bert Waencke, Dot Burnett, Rose McCormick, Mr. Charles Burnette, Allen Raines, Ernie Walsh and Eddie Burns... alterations and new work on the home of Miss Lillian Kent on Stone Harbor Avenue were begun by Chris Angerer... Ocean Gate resident Mrs. Carl Biernbaum, while visiting her father-in-law’s Wadsworth, Texas cattle ranch with her husband, was gored and trampled by a cow, at which point she pretended to be dead until the animal left. Afterward, she was said to be very anxious to return to Ocean Gate... on Monday evening, April 25th, a meeting of the Ocean County Relief Directors met and the majority agreed that there was a greater need now than even over the 1931-32 winter as residents out of work had by April exhausted their savings. In comparing numbers, Lakewood had reported spending approximately $25 per person registered for relief, while Dover Township only $10 per person, and Point Pleasant Borough a surprising $70, all based on the amount of money collected and thus able to be distributed. Also learned was that the largest number of residents in need of help were those who had most continued on page 22
Ocean Gate Police Blotter Jeri Morris Officer Barry Wohl reported the following activity of the Ocean Gate Police Department: On Friday, April 6th at 11:13 pm, Patrolman Andrew Welsh stopped at 2003 Mitsubishi at Ocean Gate and West Arverne Avenues for no light on the license plate. During the course of the investigation, Officer Welsh recovered marijuana, a pipe with residue and plastic bags containing remnants of vegetation from the vehicle. Justin McGhee, 19, was arrested and charged with possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also issued summonses for maintenance of lamps, obstruction of view, no registration and no decal for probationary license. Sergeant Kris Ganley assisted.
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Erik Weber/Riverside Signal Top Left - Workers from J. Fletcher Creamer & Son, Inc, of Hammonton, put the final touches on the second wind turbine’s machinery and blades on March 21st and 22nd before it was hoisted skyward, with a nearby crane standing at the ready. Top Right - Children enjoyed the Ocean Gate Historical Society’s annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny in record numbers. Bottom - The egg hunt scramble, coordinated by the Ocean Gate Municipal Alliance, followed on the grounds surrounding Adrian Hall. Ocean Gate 1932 continued from page 21 recently moved into the area, as opposed to the more established residents present since before the world war. It was stated that “the addition of ten thousand more people in the ten years after the war means that full half of the residents of the county have no knowledge of conditions that existed here before the
world war. In those days workless winters for the mechanics or laboring man were the usual and expected, and when some job came along such as clearing up Beachwood or Pine Beach for lot sales, that was a stroke of luck. Men in those days raised most of their own food, unless they had steady jobs. A shoat [young hog or piglet], chicken, perhaps a cow; their own potatoes,
cabbage, beans for winter, and garden stuff through the summer, with corn for the horse, chicken and pig; fish, clams or oysters from bay or ocean, wildfowl; gunning and fishing parties—all these helped to make a living for the families in the shore towns. For ready money, men were mostly able to work at some trade, or several trades, carpentering, boatbuilding, painting, mason work, anything to make a dollar. Huckleberries and cranberries brought in ready money. Today we have a population that cannot be self-supporting in the old way. They have not the initiative (we used to call it “shiftiness,” that allows a man to turn his hand to whatever comes along), and they went hungry, some of them last summer, with the woods full of huckleberries, because they had not the energy to go out and pick and sell them.” Mrs. Philp Allen of Berkeley Township stated that
seeds would allow local residents to plant gardens in the smaller towns by returning “to the methods of 15 or 20 years ago,” plowing or spading their backlots to grow vegetables and can, dry and store the produce attained to live through the summer and into the following winter with “little outside help.” Applications had been sent to the government for seeds, but under the law they were not able to provide. Lakewood resident William H. Savage stated that $1,800 was raised in that township and approximately 400 gardens would be planted for the benefit of its needy residents... the Pennsylvania Railroad Station at Ocean Gate was scheduled to reopen on Sunday, May 1st for the 1932 season... real estate agent C. Frank Bertsch received numerous inquiries for the rental of borough homes continued on page 41
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Returning as we have to our preferred perch as a bi-weekly publication, and following our fresh design and added features, we again return to 1932, this time in late March and April. As such, presented here are events, activities and reports of Toms River during that period, as compiled from various resources within the Wheeler Room at the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library by Riverside Signal staff: In late March 1932, downtown business merchants were looking forward to the warmer weather and added sales with improvements and new establishments opened, including 1000 extra square feet added to the Cut Price Store in the post office building, Main Street, by proprietor W.S. Luria; a new storefront for E.W. Russell’s business in radios and refrigerator, having moved from Hyers Street to Washington in the P.L. Grover building in a partitioned eastern portion of the big store room formerly occupied by the Mutual Store; the reopening and renovating of the Marion Inn at the eastern corner of Water and Main streets; Schenone and Casagrande’s new Sweete Shoppe in the former A.J. Irons bakery; and the Goode Shoppe, another new confection store, in the Grover building and featuring a black and white interior plus the new treat, caramel corn, with McLean and Jones of Beachwood running the business... more than 2,500 spectators witnessed the commemorative Block House Battle pageant at the high school auditorium, marking 150 years since the Revolutionary War fight that saw the burning of Toms River village and capturing of Capt. Joshua Huddy by British soldiers. He was later hanged at Gravelly Point in the Highlands... heavy storms on Sunday, March 27th allowed area residents out of work, in need and hungry the ability to acquire an abundance of sea clams kicked up by the turbulent surf... on Wednesday and Thursday, March 30th and 31st, continued on page 32
Senior Center for the programs run there geared towards older township residents. Rev. Dave Joynt of the Presbyterian Church of Toms River was next presented with a proclamation from the governing body retroactively stating April 21st to have been the 2nd Annual Toms River for Africa Day, recognizing the past and current efforts of that organization to fundraise for the construction of drinking water wells in Malawi, Africa, thus aiding ten villages and 20,000 residents there, and its new effort to double the operating capacity of a medical clinic to allow it to be open two days a week in the povertystricken region. Mayor Kelaher stated that the previous year the church was able to raise $25,000 for the cause at an event in which he and then-Councilman Gregory McGuckin were placed on a raft floating off Huddy Park with others from the church and township and had to make phone calls from cellphones for donations in order to win their way back onto dry land. “This year they came and asked me and I said, ‘Dave, anything except get on a raft again with Greg McGuckin,’” the mayor joked. “So this year they had a program at Winding River Park, the same type of thing, except myself and [Councilman] Brian Kubiel were in prison costumes inside cells [and had to make
The 178-foot long U.S. Navy airship MZ-3A has been seen crossing the Toms River area frequently the past two months, often following the shoreline east to the barrier island. The only currently commissioned blimp in the Navy’s fleet of aircraft, it is the first “lighter than air “ technology in the fleet since naval aviation ceased to fly blimps and decommissioned their program at Lakehurst Naval Air Station in 1961. MZ-3A began regular flight operations out of Naval Air Engineering Station Lakehurst in 2006. The testing program was housed in the base’s historic Hangar 1–the site of the former Navy blimp operations. In 2009, the aircraft was transferred to the Unitied States Naval Research Laboratory and assigned to the Scientific Development Squadron ONE (VSX-1) based at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. According to a U.S. Navy website, “the MZ-3A is used as a testbed for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) sensors requiring a stable and vibration free testing environment.” In 2010, the Navy used the MZ3A to assist the U.S. Coast Guard during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill recovery operation from March, 2010 to July, 2010. The airship transported the U.S. Coast Guard personnel investigating the waters over the Gulf of Mexico. While the blimp is based in Maryland, the aircraft has been spending time flying over the area while being housed in its
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Honorariums The Toms River High School East Varsity Competition Cheerleading squad was honored by the mayor and council for their recent backto-back wins in the state cheerleading championship competition and national competition, holding both titles for the 2011-12 season. “We’re in the process of renovating the building to make it look beautiful, but I didn’t think it’d look this beautiful,” quipped Mayor Thomas Kelaher when the girls from the squad approached the front of the L. Manual Hirschblond meeting room in town hall to receive their certificates of appreciation and township medallions. Coach Brianne Digiore thanked the governing body and stated that while it had been a “very tumultuous season [with] many hardships and obstacles,” the squad, “through hard work and dedication bonded as a team.” The team members then gave a sample cheer from their routine, in which the squad called out, “Black, silver white—heading for fame— Toms River East—remember our name—Raiders!” Next the mayor and council recognized May as being “Older Americans Month,” with Mayor Kelaher stating that “Ocean County probably has the largest senior population in the 21 counties of the State of New Jersey” and thanking JoAnn Benson of the Toms River
Riverside Signal | 1 June 2012 | Firearm Shop Sparks Debate <<continued from front idea, he said, is “to supply our brave law enforcement officers the ability to purchase their required firearms and related equipment.” After becoming licensed to sell firearms – previously it was strictly a flower shop – Guns and Roses continued to operate on Robbins Street for several months before relocating on May 1st to a prominent spot on Water Street in the A.E. Graham and Sons building on the corner of Adafre Avenue across from the post office. Hawk said both space issues and a sharp spike in insurance costs prompted the move. Right around the time of his move, he was surprised to learn that the township council was considering an ordinance that would disallow firearms dealers in the downtown area. Zoning officials told him that since his paperwork was already filed, even if the ordinances were approved, it would not impact his business because he would be “grandfathered” in, he said. Mr. Hawk’s understanding, however, was quite different. Under state law, if an area’s zoning changes from allowing firearms retailers to disallowing firearms retailers, existing firearms retailers must relocate. If those zoning changes were approved, he would have been forced to move his business—or at least the gun-related portion of it—elsewhere. The timing of the ordinances was not coincidental. Some business owners and members of the BID’s board of directors felt his business was not appropriate for the downtown area and urged the council to consider changing the zoning. The Toms River Business Improvement District is a notfor-profit, quasi-governmental agency tasked with promoting the economic revitalization of downtown Toms River. This includes promotions, seeking grants and advising the township on measures that would benefit the organization’s goals. They
have no direct power over the township; they can advise town officials on desirable zoning, for instance, but have no power to enact such zoning on their own. By law, the board of directors must be made up of commercial property owners. “Some of the people who had businesses in the area didn’t think that was an appropriate commodity to sell in the area,” Mayor Thomas Kelaher said. Earlier this year, when Guns and Roses began selling firearms, the business drew some attention, prompting the BID to suggest that the town council alter downtown zoning to disallow gun sales in the zone. According to Mr. Hawk, he had no idea other business owners had a problem with his shop until he found out the council was considering the ordinance. “If anybody brings any problems to my attention, I will rectify the situation,” he said. “No one brought any problems to me, none. That was the part that shocked me. It felt like it came out of left field.” Furious, he penned a lengthy letter to Governor Chris Christie and dozens of other listed elected officials. “It is obvious the sole intention of these introduced ordinances are a way that discriminates against established local commerce,” the firearms dealer wrote. COUNCIL BACKS AWAY FROM ORDINANCE The ordinance was introduced April 24th, tabled, and heard again on May 8th. Both the council and members of the public spoke against it. “I know the BID has asked for this,” Councilman Brian Kubiel said at the later meeting, “but in my opinion, New Jersey has the strictest firearm laws than probably most states. I don’t see the need for this, I think clearly it’s put in place to preclude a specific business, and if you do this one my question would be, what’s the next one that’s gonna be brought forth?” At the April 24th meeting, Hazelwood Road resident
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Nancy Peterson told the council the business was “a good enterprise.” New Jersey has strict gun laws and careful oversight on such businesses, she said, urging the council not to pass such a measure simply to be “politically correct.” At the same meeting, Zircon Drive resident Brian Kelly wondered, “Why would we then turn around and pass an ordinance forbidding an entire class of businesses that actually has seen robust growth, unlike most businesses in this horrible economy?” Mr. Kelly argued that thriving industries, no matter what they are, should be welcome downtown. “This proposed ordinance is completely counterproductive to the downtown’s economic health, and an unnecessary intrusion into the free market. What’s next? With the childhood obesity epidemic, perhaps we should pass an ordinance banning ice cream shops, pizza parlors, bakeries?” he asked. “Bail bonds establishments don’t exactly project a warm family for downtown, perhaps an ordinance to get rid of those?” Image was not the only concern mentioned by proponents of the ordinance. Mayor Kelaher, who was present for a March discussion of the topic by the BID board of directors, said, “Some of the BID people raised issues about public safety.” The best known firearms dealer in Toms River is probably Bob Kislin’s Outdoor Sports on Route 37. The mayor said he spoke to Police Chief Michael Mastronardy, who told him that in some 30 years of selling firearms in Toms River, Bob Kislin’s has never had an incident related to its guns. Mr. Kubiel moved to abandon the ordinance following his statements on May 8th, and the council unanimously approved. Despite the ordinance being abandoned, BID officials say the effort is not over to better define what businesses should locate downtown. Executive Director Jody Alessandrine said not all business are right for the village center of the much larger area designated as downtown Toms River. Downtown Toms River encompasses the area east of the Garden State Parkway and south of Route 37, bordered on the east by Hadley and Lexington avenues and Dock Street, and on the south by the river. These proposed changes, he said, were “just germane to the village business core,” meaning the immediate downtown area. NOT RIGHT FOR THE AREA? When Guns and Roses moved to Water Street, Mr. Alessandrine said business and property owners in that portion of town raised concerns that a firearms retailer was not right for the character of the area. During a March 7th meeting of the BID’s board of directors, board members “expressed some concerns about their inability to lease some space that is
available” due to the nature of the nearby business. Since the BID’s mission is to guide an overall vision for the growth and development of the Downtown area, Mr. Alessandrine said, part of their efforts will include input on the types of businesses that locate there. “You want to try to attract as many businesses as you can, but not every and any. You may not want adult bookstores here, for instance.” The goal, he said, is to develop a downtown area that is as vibrant and relevant as, say, downtown Red Bank. “If we’re going to get there, it is also our responsibility to react to what property owners want and don’t want. That is who [the BID’s] constituency is. When they are expressing concerns about being unable to lease space, we have to listen.” If undesirable businesses were a concern for the village area of downtown Toms River, why hadn’t they been addressed before? According to Mr. Alessandrine, there simply did not exist someone with time enough to pursue it. Prior executive directors were parttime, so they had to focus on other priorities. As a full-time executive director he can focus on more tasks at once, so when this issue came up he was able to help push it along when in the past it would have been set aside due to time constraints. “When you’re talking about part-time board members, essentially volunteers, and a person in the office for 20 hours a week as opposed to 40 or 60 hours per week, a lot more can get done,” he said. JoAnn Juralewicz is among the business owners who feel a gun shop is not right for downtown Toms River. Her business, Simply Skin Day Spa, is located within sight of the Guns and Roses location on West Water Street. “When I first saw people moving in, I was excited. When I saw a florist go in, I was really excited. When I saw that banner go up with ‘guns,’ I was disappointed,” she said, noting that while an executive board member of the BID, she was speaking solely in her capacity as a private business owner and not on behalf of the BID. The sentiment, she continued, has been shared by other business owners she knows, as well as some of her clients. “‘That’s a shame.’ That’s what people say when they see it.” The spa owner said she has no issue with providing a place for law enforcement officers to purchase equipment—noting that her son is a police officer, so the safety of officers is important to her—but that she simply feels the downtown is the wrong place for such an establishment, especially with revitalization efforts going stronger than ever. “Now that it’s (revitalization) on a roll, there are a few businesses that we would rather not see around here or see more of,” she said. “This is not what we want.
Familiar faces, friendly places, that is what we want. I guess I’m being judgmental, but so be it.” Though the topic has divided many business owners—many of whom declined to speak on the record—not all are choosing sides. Rick Purpuri, owner of Purpuri Shoes, said it’s a divisive topic he’d just as soon stay away from. “It’s not an issue that I want to get involved in. There are strong opinions on both sides, but it really doesn’t affect me. I really do not want to get involved,” Purpuri said. Councilman Alfonso Manforti, whose ward encompasses the downtown area, said that arguments in favor of the ordinance just weren’t strong enough to sway his vote in favor. “The basics of [the BID’s] argument really don’t make any sense. They were worried about attracting a bad element,” he said. “The business is going to attract law enforcement officers, retired military, that sort of people. It’s not going to attract drug dealers and people like that. They’re not going to go to a legitimate gun shop.” “I understand what people are saying on the BID side, but it’s just not reality,” the councilman continued. “New Jersey has some of the toughest gun laws in the country. In these economic times, do we really want to be a problem for someone who made a legitimate business, and a wellregulated business?” ORDINANCE ABANDONED, BUT DISCUSSION CONTINUES Mr. Manforti said as far as he is concerned, the matter is closed. “I’m pretty sure it’s abandoned. I don’t see if coming back for any reason other than a great public outcry,” he stated. And the outcry the council already got, the councilman said, was in favor of allowing the business to stay. Officials with the BID, however, say they plan to revisit the issue in the future. Mr. Alessandrine said BID officials were fine with the council abandoning the ordinance because he felt there was more work to do on it. In the future, he wants to go further in defining the kinds of businesses that should and should not locate in the downtown. “We want to do this in cooperation with the township,” he said. Ms. Juralewicz agreed, saying the matter will continue to be a topic of discussion. “In a way it’s okay that the township did what they did. We’re going to go back to the drawing board and say, this is what we would like it to say. The discussion is still going for the business community. For myself it is still alive and well.” She said for 20 years business owners have worked to help revitalize the downtown area. Recently, progress has picked up and, she added, the future looks bright. “Right now we’re really on a mission. We’re so close to continued on page 29>>
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St. Joseph Grade School Visits Ocean Gate St. Joseph’s Grade School visited Ocean Gate on Thursday, April 19th. From top left, clockwise: Joe P. occupied Mayor Paul Kennedy’s seat under the guidance of Borough Clerk Ileana VasquezGallipoli and with the support of his fellow “council” members in the municipal government portion of their tour; Other students had an opportunity to ask questions of the “mayor,” who received help in answering from the clerk; Emergency Management Coordinator Tom Fitzgerald pointed out areas of the borough that often flooded during storms using aerial photographs, and discussed the recent events of Hurricane Irene, which led to the evacuation of the entire town; Ocean Gate Historical Society President Lou Purcaro taught the children about the formation of the Ocean Gate community and its links with railroading heritage, specially the Pennsylvania Railroad; Ocean Gate Fire Company member Woody Vassallo presented the features of various firefighting apparatus, allowed one child the opportunity to try on a turnout coat [pictured] and told stories of fighting high rise structure fires as a past member of the Fire Department of New York; Marion Stevens, postmaster of the Ocean Gate Post Office for 30 years before retiring and current museum curator for the Ocean Gate Historical Society, walked the schoolchildren through the various exhibits found within the Pearl Green building, including an original plot map for visitors who purchased land from the Great Eastern Building Corporation, which founded the resort that later became an incorporated borough; Members of the Ocean Gate Police Department were greeted by the excited children as they toured the halls and rooms of the law enforcement facility within borough hall; Retired Navy engineer and borough resident Jim Fry discussed the benefits and characteristics of the boroughs now-two wind turbines, each of which he spent time and experience volunteering for the borough as they sought their selection, installation and operation.
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Riverside Signal | 1 June 2012 | Firearm Shop Sparks Debate <<continued from page 24 making some major changes. With the cooperation of the township we can do some important things,” the spa owner stated, noting that next time she expects more public support and had been told the measure would be introduced at a later meeting. When the measure came up sooner than expected, “We weren’t given the opportunity to show up and support it.” As for Mr. Hawk, his frustration levels are still high enough that he wants to get rid of the BID altogether. “The issue is beyond just me. This is a continuing problem in the whole state of New Jersey when you have these acronym boards,” he said. “Their stated mission is usually to offer suggestions to build up the area. Unfortunately, sometimes the message gets lost and they have too much influence. They want only specific types of business or something that will benefit them financially. That to me is a conflict of interest.” The BID’s board of directors only looks out for their own businesses, the firearms dealer said, so he is making a move to get rid of it, beginning with a petition he plans to mail to BID members plus his recent purchase of the web domain getridofthebid.com. “I didn’t want to bring this fight to them, but what’s wrong is wrong,” he said. “I wouldn’t even waste my time going after the BID if I wasn’t hearing from landlords that feel, what has the BID done for me? Nothing. The BID is doing nothing to promote new businesses in the area. They are selectively promoting their own interests.”
April Council Recap continued from page 23 phone calls for donations leading to their release].” “They raised considerable funds,” agreed Rev. Joynt. “These are some of the poorest people in the world—no electricity, no really workable roads—and when you go into their homes, there’s no furniture. When night falls, it’s nighttime. Nothing can happen at night.” “They do agriculture to feed themselves, and they basically only have hoes, [and] a lot of these villages didn’t have water—through this program we’re actually partnering Toms River with Allentown [in Monmouth County] to adopt all of these [villagers],” he continued. “I went over last summer and the most amazing thing is that they’re so isolated—if you can imagine what it’s like to be so far off the map that nobody ever visits you—they’d never had visitors to some of these villages and the idea that people in the United States care about their lives and want to partner with them... it was so astounding that every time we went into a village it was like a complete celebration [and] they danced for us and sang for us and provided food for us.” The reverend then outlined several other events used to fundraise for the villages through the church and thanked the township for their support. Following that, the governing body honored local veteran groups selling memorial poppies by proclaiming May to be Poppy Month. Members of the George P. Vanderveer American Legion Post 129 Auxiliary were present and detailed the history of the poppy sales to the first World War when “in the spring of 1919, amidst complete devastation, the poppies
bloomed in abundance in the battlefields of France where so many of our men had fallen in battle,” resulting in their christening it the organization’s official memorial flower in 1921. Today the sales from the poppies are “made of red crepe paper by hand by disabled veterans in hospitals and in poppy work rooms—not only is this part of our veterans’ rehabilitation, but they also get paid for each poppy made.” Next the mayor read a proclamation honoring the office of the municipal clerk. “Sometimes the mayor and governing body get their name in the paper, but the person who really is the day to day worker, chief cook and bottle washer if you will, is our municipal clerk,” said Mayor Kelaher. “Takes care of all the records, does the agendas for these meetings, takes care of contracts—just an unending list of work. We have talented people here, we have a clerk here who I honest to God could not get along without.” Township Clerk Mark Mutter and Deputy Township Clerk Alison Carlisle accepted the proclamation, with Mr. Mutter referring to the struggles in faraway places such as Africa, as described by Rev. Joynt, and pointed out the benefit of living “in such a great country, in such a great town [that’s] prosperous and at peace.” “The model of the clerk in New Jersey is the hub of the local government, and that’s our motto,” he added. “Did you make that up yourself?” asked the mayor. “And dealing with the mayor every day is quite a challenge,” Mr. Mutter joked before thanking the governing body on behalf of all 16 members of his office. The final presentation was a statement by Council President Maurice “Mo” Hill regarding April as having been National Donate Life month. “Keep in mind on your licenses
you can signify that you’re an organ donor,” he said. “It’s a way to give back [by] donating eyes, corneas—any type of organs.” 2012 Budget During the open public hearing on the ordinance to exceed the municipal budget appropriations and establish a cap bank, township resident Carol Benson asked Paul Shives, township administrator, as to its meaning. “[If municipalities] want to bank monies under the [2.5 percent] appropriation cap for the ensuing year, the governing body must adopt an ordinance,” he said. “It has no impact on the tax rate—the budget is significantly under that cap—but this is just in case some calamity were to befall the township next year. We don’t believe it’s going to be necessary but we believe it’s the prudent thing to do.” Ms. Benson asked if the following year the cap could be higher due to banking funds this year. “Yes it could, but we are, believe it or not, $7 million under that number,” he replied. Dennis Galante, town captain for Toms River of Ocean County Citizens for Freedom, a local grassroots Tea Party organization, asked Mr. Shives whether such an emergency could be excluded from the cap anyway and fall under emergency appropriations. “Not anymore,” replied the township administrator, referring to changes in new laws preventing such a measure. Zircon Drive resident Brian Kelly stated his disapproval of the cap bank, claiming he felt it was like getting a credit card with a credit line of $1,000, spending $800, banking the $200 and spending $1,200 the following year. Mr. Shives didn’t agree with the analogy but stated that if the council did not pass an ordinance they would not have
the ability to access the money should an emergency arose. “What if we have a snowstorm?” he asked “What if we have some type of emergent condition?” Councilwoman Maria Maruca asked Mr. Shives if she was correct that there had been a cap bank in place the previous two years and that the township had not used it during those periods. “That’s correct,” the township administrator said. Revenue Reports Mr. Mutter reported the following revenue reports during the late April council meeting: pre-season beach badge sales for week one was $1,785, week two, $6,300; and for the month of March, Winding River Skating Center earned $112,858.25; the recreation department, $7,045; Bey Lea Golf Course, $97,836; youth services, $8,808.50; permits and inspections, $250,928.14; and the clerk’s office, $3,907.15. Mayor & Council Reports Mayor Kelaher directed much of his report to structural progress on municipal properties across the township, including a steel exoskeletal structure being constructed around the multilevel township parking garage adjacent town hall between Wilsey Way and East Water Street for purposes of the installation of a solar panel array above its top level. “Fortunately because of the weather we are ahead of schedule and will hopefully get done well before the summer season,” he stated. The mayor then stated that in the weeks leading up to the late April governing body meeting, the council “participated in the groundbreaking of the animal shelter next to police headquarters—it’s been a long time coming and hopefully in 18 months it’ll be done and open for business” in addition to groundbreaking on an continued on page 32
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Riverside Signal | 1 June 2012 | Toms River 1932 continued from page 23 the Vanderveer Post of the American Legion held benefit shows at the Traco Theatre for those in need and out of work... Joe Citta came home for the Easter holiday from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was studying law... Robert Novins, also home for spring vacation, returned to the University of North Carolina the last week of March... in attendance at the Block House Battle pageant was Mrs. Madeline Perry Jones of New Lisbon, who was a descendent of Capt. Huddy through his daughter, Martha Platt... the eastern portion of Ocean County was flooded with counterfeit $10 bills issued by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and carrying the serial number B. 27723486 A., and local bankers called it possibly the largest counterfeit coup in ten years... Theodore Fischer advertised his Fischer’s Barber Shop, located in the middle of the Main Street business block, as being “handsomely appointed... modernly equipped... clean and sanitary.. light, cheery and inviting in appearance” and having “four good barbers” with “ladies’ hair cutting given special attention”... A.W. Shue and family of Lakewood announced plans to move to the Marietta Applegate house on Dayton Avenue here... the Toms River High School Alumni Association held an Easter dance Monday, March 28th at the school gym... the Central Jersey Title Company opened their offices in the Hensler building at the corner of Washington and Main streets... the Toms River Community of Jewish Farmers, along with its womens’ auxiliary, held a successful Russian tea and novelty dance event Thursday evening, March 31st, at their community building on Old Freehold Road. Music was furnished by Jerry Christian’s orchestra, all dressed in Russian peasant costumes and playing a Russian musical program that included the Russian
waltz and Russian square. Cake, candy nuts and other Russian treats were served alongside tea, which was served from the samovar... Roy King and Edward Snyder erected the steel framing of the Harjes Woolworth building downtown... residents witnessed the USS Los Angeles dirigible pass overhead on Friday evening, March 25th... due to the continued financial crisis, the monument first authorized build at Huddy Park in 1907, then again in 1927, and then further a design selected in 1932, would not be built... a new diner, named the Bradley, was brought to town and established on the corner of Main Street and Legion Court, standing from the Main Street sidewalk to the Ellenberger and Leming garage with a cement founding, on Friday morning, April 1st... Toms River Boy Scout Troop 101 swore four new members in at their Tuesday, March 29th meeting, including William Perry, David Churm, Robert Ritter and William Rutan. At that same meeting, Bob Hartill had the scouts, of which there were 33 in attendance, demonstrate carrying the injured and showed pressure points to stop bleeding... Toms River resident Miss Sarah Wallach was scheduled to broadcast a piano recital over the radio station WPG out of Atlantic City on Monday, April 7th from 5:30 to 5:45 pm... the annual meeting of the Ocean County Teachers Association was scheduled for Saturday, April 9th and including instructional programs, conference training and students from various schools presenting their various exhibits and activities... Silverton resident Maxwell G. Hoberman was elected Editor-in-Chief of the Brown Daily Herald, the official student publication of Brown University, Rhode Island. One year after taking on the role, he would help stir up national controversy as being the head of the staff behind an editorial opposing any possibility of war until the nation was
attacked in response to the consolidation of power by Adolph Hitler in Germany. Response was swift, strong and divided, with some critics stating they had committed treason against their country and others rushing to offer legal aid. After the Pearl Harbor attacks on December 7th, 1941, however, Mr. Hoberman and all but one member of the Brown Daily Herald staff enlisted to fight in what would become World War II... in light of the recent 150th anniversary of the Toms River Blockhouse Battle, it was learned Mrs. Vincent W. Applegate of Cedar Grove was a descendant of David Emley, killed during that fight, and that her family was among the first to settle Toms River... township resident Miss Lula H. Robbins also stated that her great-great-grandfather, Moses Robbins, was wounded in the blockhouse fight and that following the war he was the owner of the Robbins tavern, which was located at the corner of Main and Water streets, where the Marion Inn stood at the time of this writing (1932) until it burned down in the early 1960s and is today the parking lot for the former Ocean County Observer building. It was believed the Robbins tavern was built right after the Revolutionary War battle and subsequent burning down of the village as nearly a year after the fight, on March 14th, 1783, a prize sloop and a cargo were recorded as being sold at the establishment... William Snyder and Frank White of the U.S. Army Engineers office in Wilmington, Delaware were in town on Thursday, March 31st to inspect the work performed at the port of Toms River for report to Washington, D.C.... with the changing season to warmer weather, many changes were observed in the Toms River area, including spring showers, farmers plowing their fields after the winter, the start of tree frogs sounding at night, yard cleanups, the return of robins and earthworms, fish hawks over the bay and ocean,
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turkey buzzards’ return, blue jays and dandelions continuing their bloom due to a mild winter... construction work at the new Harjes Woolworth building was reportedly held up by numerous storms in the previous month, but was taking shape with the steel work largely up and the brick walls at the rear following suit. The facade was to be granite, Indiana limestone, glass and steel... Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Sprague, formerly of Beach Haven, had been living in the Mrs. Frank W. Sutton house on Main Street but announced their purchase of a home on Locust Terrace, with A. Lee Burgess making the sale... Sam Schneider had the front of his shoe shop repainted white... Raymond Staples and Marvin Campbell formed the Pyramid Monumental Company to begin erecting monuments... local boatyard owners noted that not many boat owners were having their vessels overhauled for the warmer seasons and feared that as a result business would be very slow... Ernest LeVance offered dry oak wood for sale, half cord delivered and cut any length out of 19 Irons Street... shelled black walnut meat was for sale at 75 cents per pound through Mrs. R.H. Harned of 251 Main Street... Miss Alice Seely of the Ocean County extension of the State College of Agriculture at New Brunswick held a demonstration for the Toms River Kiwanis at Novins Restaurant on Monday evening, March 21st, explaining that the aim of their service was the teach local women how to buy, manage, cook, sew and otherwise use their household work to get more done and have better homes with less effort and money... on Main Street, a two horse team was seen going down the street pulling a farm wagon, and a one horse milk wagon was seen coming up the street, both early in the morning... the Dover Township Relief program in late March resulted in groceries to 30 families, milk to 14 families, and clothing and medical car to six people, with employees of the local American stores donating $11 to the effort... Miss Myrtle Benson, who operated the Betty B Shop, saw her establishment closed by Officer Jack Costa, acting for one creditor of New York City. Miss Benson stated that business had been terrible for the previous three months but was finally picking up, and said she planned to reopen in another location... Oliver Beebe of Toms River found work the last week of March at A. Arbor’s poultry farm on Old Freehold Road in Pleasant Plains... the Chiefs baseball team received permission from the owners of the American Legion Convalescent Home, formerly the Gowdy mansion and today the site of Toms River Elks Lodge 1875, to use the field at the northwest corner of Washington and Gold streets, where football was continued on page 38
April Council Recap continued from page 29 expanded municipal court. Councilman Jeffrey Carr reported his attendance at the beach cleanup in Ortley Beach the previous weekend, stating that he saw more families than a number of groups and organizations, though the children of some families were likely members in local scouting groups. He concluded his report by stating that the following weekend would be dunegrass planting along the beachfront, something he’d hoped to attend and that it was “just something you can do with your children or your spouse and it helps the township, helps the environment and is a winwin.” Councilman Al Manforti thanked township human and youth services employees Adam Silversmith and JoAnne Benson for the dance and food drive held the previous weekend at the youth center, with approximately 75 to 100 youths in attendance and an unspecified but large amount of donated food collected. Mr. Kubiel reported on a recent series of investigative articles written by the Star Ledger and published on their NJ.com website that covered the operations at the mental health care facility Dover Woods, located at the northern township border at the intersection of routes 9 and 70, from an undercover journalist’s perspective. The facility, which for years has been a thorn in the side of township and law enforcement officials due to repeated crime incidents arising from residents there, was said to have “broken beds and broken dressers,” and with workers giving a slow response to reports of residents checking themselves out before notifying their next of kin. “The report goes quite in depth and I do believe we need to urge the state to have a pubic hearing so we can get this place resolved once and for all,” Mr. Kubiel stated. Mayor Kelaher pointed out that the township has no jurisdiction over the facility as it is run by the state, but that the township had taken the state to court over conditions existing there. Mrs. Maruca also highlighted the then upcoming dunegrass planting before noting beach badges to be at their lower price of $35 until the Memorial Day weekend, the day after which they would rise to the full price of $50 each for the season. Badges are sold during the week from 9 am to 4 pm at the township recreation administration building on Warren Point Road and at the senior center on Garfield Avenue. Additional information is available by visiting the township website at www.tomsrivertownship. com or by calling the recreation department at 732-341-1000 ext. 8415.
Riverside Signal | 1 June 2012 | She added that the state had begun a “small paving project” on Route 35 near the northern beaches of the township above Lavallette and that “major bulkheading down on the bayshore [has] progressed nicely and is beautiful for that area—it’s been a long time coming.” Mr. Hill noted that the previous month Director James P. Mercready of the Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention was honored by being named fire inspector of the year for the State of New Jersey and that this month Jay Lynch, township planner, was recognized for his work by the state. “Jay has been a great addition to the staff here in town hall and I think this speaks highly for this municipal government that we’ve had two employees recognized by the state in addition to other,” he said. Open Public Recap During the open public session of the meeting: - Discovery Way resident and Toms River Regional Schools Board of Education member Alex Pavliv approached the governing body with discrepancies he discovered between the original contracted specifications for fencing at the new girls softball fields and what was installed, holding up samples of the two and stating that the material actually used was of a poorer gauge and would need replacement far sooner than the heavier gauge initially slated for installation. “This isn’t going to last a year and the taxpayer is going to get stuck with the bill of having to redo the whole project,” he stated. The township engineer approached and stated that he disagreed with Mr. Pavliv’s statements and that they had “worked with the contractor during the review process.” Mr. Carr requested that the plans be looked into as he was “sure there’s some kind of explanation.” - Ernest J. “Ernie” Dragos, of Cove Court in Ortley Beach, spoke regarding proposed plans for improvements discussed at recent meetings of the Ortley Beach Voters and Taxpayers Association (OBVTA) for Bayside Park, a small sized greenspace located in his section of town on the Barnegat Bay. “I am definitely concerned as are many other neighbors and residents of Ortley Beach with these revived plans,” he said, referring to heated arguments over the plans in 2007 to install a boating ramp and boardwalk over natural portions of the park that attracted potentially threatened and endangered species of birds. “I have with me a petition with the names and addresses of 120 Ortley Beach residents who are deeply opposed to these very costly projects. I have also attached the New Jersey Audubon Society’s letter with their statement of phragmites used by birds in New Jersey.”
Mr. Dragos referred to the black-crowned night heron, yellow-crowned night heron, great egret, and snowy egrets that are regularly seen at the park. “You must be aware we’re talking about developing a 104-foot by 275-foot parcel [that’s] teeming with aquatic vegetation and all types of habitats and a vast variety of wildlife,” he continued. “It is still subject to erosion and flooding.” The Cove Court resident stated that he was informed that “certain members” of the OBVTA were “claiming they are working with township administrators and the [Department of Environmental Protection] to gain permits. Apparently these individuals do not care about the quality of life, influx of people, unnecessary noise, cars with boat trailers, a lack of parking, damage to the park, damage to the homes adjacent the park or the devaluation of the properties around the park.” Mrs. Maruca, who represents Ward 1, including the Ortley Beach section of town, stated that “the only thing slated there right now is just some improvements to the park—just a shaded area that is coming in, possibly some more playground equipment for children.” “We have absolutely nothing slated for that park – there have been some residents of Ortley Beach that have proposed possible walkways and things of that nature, but the township hasn’t moved forward on any things of that nature. There hasn’t been any DEP permits in process; there isn’t anything we’re doing [except] minor changes as enhancements,” she said. “I know in the past I have worked with you on that and a couple other residents of Cove Court, and we do not have anything slated for that, just some, I guess, wishlists residents brought to us and we have not moved forward on anything.” “I applaud you for rallying the troop but I think you’re getting ahead of yourself,” the councilwoman added. Mr. Shives noted that he did receive a request from some OBVTA members for a walkway in the protected portion of the park, which would require DEP permission, numerous permits and funding, but that “there are no dollars set aside for this project at all.” According to the official minutes for the April 2012 meeting of the OBVTA, it was recorded that OBTVA Officer Mike Wymbs and Mrs. Maruca “explained that the township is in the preliminary stages of researching the feasibility of a nature walk with the DEP. In light of the fact that the property is an environmentally sensitive area, there are significant permit requirements and the process of determining the feasibility of a nature walk could take some time.” Mr. Dragos thanked the council
for addressing the apparent rumors of building in the park. Ken Langdon, a resident of Ortley Beach and member of the Ortley Beach Liaison Committee, stated that he would “hate to see us go through what we went through in ‘06 and ‘07,” referring to disputes over the park then as being “just a mess” and an “embarassment.” “I highly suggest you don’t do anything with Bayside Park,” he added. “Leave it alone.” - a handful of residents from the Todd Road neighborhood of the township, which runs alongside the southbound lanes of the Garden State Parkway north of Church Road, approached the governing body with myriad concerns regarding the New Jersey Turnpike Authority’s plans to widen the parkway outwardly toward their neighborhood, removing a forested area acting as a buffer between the parkway and their neighborhood, and installing a retention basin that could potentially impact the well water that residents there still utilize. It was noted that such actions would greatly devalue their property values and that some of the homes there were already for sale and more could potentially be placed on the market as that project moves forward, but that they didn’t understand why the parkway could not be widened inwardly across the grass median that separates the northbound and southbound lanes. Mr. Hill requested that township engineer, Robert Chankalian, get in contact with the authority and discuss possibly ideas to prevent or lessen the impact on the neighborhood, including installing a berm between the parkway and the neighborhood. - Windham Court resident Bob Petruski informed the council that members of the Hasidic Jewish community in Lakewood had purchased a house on the Toms River border and constructed a school very close to residential homes on that border between the two townships. “Are the towns working together to provide a buffer?” he asked. “”We all know the Hasidic community in Lakewood has their own lifestyle, they walk on the street and now they’re right on the border of Toms River and there’s empty houses now and it’s only going to get worse.” He then asked if they should be required to build a barrier between the school and neighborhood, adding that he felt “it could get bad, it could be a crisis in our town.” Mr. Hill asked Mr. Lynch whether he was aware of the property under discussion. Mr. Petruski stated that upon returning from an extended stay in Florida, he found many cars and pedestrian traffic from that community now present in the area, adding, “it’s a mess—I don’t know how quick they put it up, but we know what’s gonna
happen. This is bad.” Mr. Hill stated Mr. Lynch would look into the property and that a buffer needed to be between the two areas. - Nels Luthman of New Jersey Avenue asked that the operation of the concession stand at the new girls’ softball complex be put out for bid and that traveling teams utilizing the fields for tournaments be charged rental fees in order to recoup some of the monies spent by the township on that recreation area’s construction. Mr. Hill agreed, stating that teams outside of the Toms River Recreation Department should be charged and that while nothing was yet in place, the township was working on it. - Patricia Klaslo of the Ortley Beach First Aid Squad approached the governing body asking whether their facility would still be utilized by beach residents for voting when it reverts back to the township after the squad officially closes down due to lack of volunteers. The squad had been in operation since 1969. Mr. Shives confirmed that it would be used for voting in elections for beach area residents in the future. - Mr. Langdon asked that the township consider simpler methods of curtailing cars driving down flooded streets and creating wakes onto adjacent properties than had yet been considered.
“Barrier island flooding happens all the time, and the other communities seem to handle this with little or no difficulty [using] barrels and horses properly placed by the public works department,” he said. Mrs. Maruca stated that she felt Ortley Beach contended with a higher trafficked area than surrounding barrier island borough communities, particularly near the A&P shopping plaza. Mr. Langdon was concerned that the current efforts to develop advanced methods of curtailing traffic were costly and “overkill on a situation that can be handled fairly simply if we look at it in a common sense way.” - Ms. Benson commented that the ongoing length of the meeting, which at that point was over two hours long, was a burden and a result of the township holding only one meeting in April. “Historically, there has been only one meeting in April in part because of the holiday,” said Mr. Hill. Ms. Benson then requested the council look at having two April meetings beginning next year. “If there’s a quorum you should have a meeting, whether some are on vacation or not on vacation,” she said.
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1932 The Riverside Signal is proud and excited to bring you the first installment of our look back at the operations of the Lakehurst Naval Air Station, 1932, as part of our new Joint Base section. As such, presented here are events, activities and reports of Lakehurst Naval Air Station during late March and April of that year, as compiled from various resources within the Wheeler Room at the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library by Riverside Signal staff: On Sunday, March 28th, two marines—Robert K. Waits and Roy Barbe—from the station were arrested and charged with stealing fuel from Samuel Cottrell’s gas station near Spring Lake the previous evening. Mr. Waits, who was taken to the jail in Freehold, named Mr. Barbe as an accomplice, and the latter was placed in the brig on base. Jack Glover, of Spring Lake, was also charged as an accomplice to the crime after being named by Mr. Waits. Upon his arrest, Mr. Waits took law enforcement officials to the location of the stolen items, which included 30 gallons of gas, two tires, five gallons of oil and two gallons of continued on page 37
Airmen Honor Fallen Air Advisors with Nearly 90-mile Ruck March Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Rojek Defense Media Activity
Tech. Sgt. Brian E. Christiansen/U.S. Air Force Colonel Olaf Holm, the Air Advisor Academy commandant, waits to board the subway to transit to the new One World Trade Center in New York City on April 26, 2012. The One World Trade Center was the starting point of the Air Advisor Memorial Ruck March, a relay that spanned approximatley 90 miles from the in-construction structure to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. The march, which took approximately 30 hours to complete, was in honor of the nine air advisors who were killed April 27, 2011, in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Asia and Pacific American Heritage Month Alic Nelson 305th Air Mobility Wing Historian JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIXLAKEHURST, N.J. - May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States, and this year’s theme is “Striving for Excellence in Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion.” Representatives Frank Horton and Norman Y. Mineta introduced a resolution to the House of Representatives in June 1977 calling upon the
president to proclaim the first ten days of May as Asian and Pacific Heritage Week. A month later, Senators Daniel Inouye and Spark Matsunaga introduced a similar bill in the Senate. Congress passed both bills. President Jimmy Carter signed a joint resolution Oct. 5th, 1978 designating the annual celebration. The holiday was expanded further in May 1990 when President George H. W. Bush designated May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. May was historically significant to Asians. The immigration of the
first Japanese to the United States occurred on May 7, 1843, and May 10, 1869, marked the completion of the transcontinental railroad - built primarily by Chinese immigrants. Additionally, Asian Americans have fought on behalf of the United States since the War of 1812. It is estimated that 12 to 20 thousand of all Chinese American men served during World War II. Of those serving, about 40 percent were born overseas, and unlike Japanese and Filipino Americans, 75 percent served in
non-segregated units. A quarter of those served in the U.S. Army Air Force with some seeing action in the 14th Air Service Group and the Chinese-American Composite Wing in the Chinese Burma India Theater. The first Asian American general was Brig. Gen. Albert Lyman, who was part Chinese and Hawaiian American. He was followed by Rear Adm. Gordon Chung-Hoon, the first Asian American flag officer. The United States military has had 43 Japanese Americans, 26 Chinese Americans, 10 Filipino
JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIXLAKEHURST, N.J. - Walking almost 90 miles, 36 U.S. Airmen completed the Air Advisor Memorial Ruck March from New York City to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., April 26th and 27th. The march, which started at One World Trade Center and ended at the Air Advisor Academy, was in remembrance of the deaths of nine U.S. air advisors in Afghanistan. On the morning of April 27th, 2011, an Afghan Air Force lieutenant colonel walked into the Afghan Air Command and Control Center at the Kabul Air Command Headquarters and, without warning or provocation, opened fire, killing eight activeduty U.S. Airmen and a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel. Those nine service members came from various bases and specialties, but were working together for a common mission: advising the Afghan military. “It was a unique situation,” said Lt. Col. J.D. Scott II, the march coordinator and chief of core knowledge at the Air Advisor Academy. “It didn’t happen for a particular base. It didn’t happen for a particular squadron or base or even for a particular (Air continued on page 37 Americans and four Korean American general flag officers serve, according to data from December 2011. The highest ranked of these is retired U.S. Army General Eric Shinseki. He served as Army Chief of Staff prior to his nomination as Secretary of Veterans Affairs by President Barack Obama on Dec. 7, 2008. His nomination was unanimously confirmed by the Senate on Jan. 20, 2009, and he was sworn in the next day. Although Asian/Pacific Islander Americans are 3.49 percent of the national population aged 18 to 24, they are about 9 to 10 percent of the classes of 2014 at West Point, the Naval Academy, and the Air Force Academy.
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Clean Airfield = Healthy Aircraft Staff Sgt. Daniel Deppen, 1st Battalion, 307th Infantry Regiment, 174th Infantry Brigade and Matthew Brady, 174th Counter-IED training integrator train to capture an iris scan with the handheld interagency identity detection equipment during the Biometrics Operations Specialist Course at Joint Base McGuire-DixLakehurst, N.J., April 25th.
Biometrics: Combating Terrorism with Technology Capt. Antonia Greene 174th Infantry Brigade Public Affairs JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIXLAKEHURST, N.J. - Trainers with the 174th Infantry Brigade, part of First Army Division East, here, recently completed a weeklong course where they learned how to integrate biometrics into mobilization training. Biometrics includes exploiting DNA collection, fingerprinting, facial recognition, and retinal scan. “You have more of a chance of taking the enemy down using biometrics than you do using your (M4 rifle),” said Army Lt. Col. Eric Stetson, deputy commanding officer of training for the 174th Inf. Bde. This type of “train-the-trainer” event allows the infantry brigade’s trainers to stay current on the tactics, techniques and procedures they relay to service members preparing for deployment. “Biometrics is an important tool for separating the enemy from the rest of the population,’ explained Army Capt. Shawnette Haynes, chief liaison officer for the 174th Inf. Bde. “It is an enduring capability that we must integrate into mobilization training at all levels, especially military operations on urban terrain.” The way the Army currently operates, in a counterinsurgency environment, understanding how the biometrics system works is key to success, explained Lt. Col. Stetson, who was also the former training chief of biometrics for Regional Command East in Bagram, Afghanistan. Modern warfighting entails effective training and employment of biometrics
capabilities from the ground up, he said. “Biometrics puts a uniform on the enemy,” said Chris Melton, chief of the Biometrics New Equipment Training Team, a sub-division of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC). “It paints a picture of an otherwise hard-to-identify enemy.” The Biometrics Operations Specialist Course is primarily concerned with training soldiers how to operate the system components of the technology, specifically, enrollment and identification of individuals and data transfer. The first two days cover the basics of the system, equipment and operation. The remaining time is scenariobased collection and database search. At the tactical level, the Company Intelligence Support Team—the biometrics subject matter experts–provide patrol teams with the training support and equipment necessary to conduct effective data collection and transfer. “Biometrics influences, assists and shapes outcomes across the area of operations,” said Col. Craig A. Osborne, 174th Inf. Bde. commander, also former chief of biometrics for coalition forces in Afghanistan. Col. Osborne was aware of the importance of training effective collection procedures and how it directly correlates to taking enemies off the streets, as he was charged at his previous assignment with integrating biometrics at the squad level up through the chain of custody. “[It] allows us to be more focused on the people we should be targeting,” said the colonel. “Taking the time to train and collect quality biometrics is central to getting hits,” said
Nestor Rodriguez, TRADOC Capability Manager for Biometrics and Forensics. “If a soldier isn’t trained how to properly attain biometrics and evidence after the fact, the system is riddled with ineffective data.” Mr. Rodriguez encouraged Army leaders to send soldiers to an 80-hour, six-week course that trains soldiers as battlefield detectives, a capability he said commanders at all levels must possess, with specific focus on construction, complex latent fingerprinting, collecting DNA samples, biometrics evidence collection, and sensitive site exploitation. Rehearsing biometrics and enhancing it with site exploitation battle drills should be incorporated at all levels of planning and executing in counterinsurgency operations, he continued. “Although we are more or less reliant on individuals voluntarily submitting to biometrics collection, unless we catch them in the act, collecting a soda can or cigarette butt is fair game,” said Mr. Rodriguez. Similarly, Lt. Col. Stetson stressed the importance of gathering the right evidence. “Efficient collection is where it starts, with soldiers at the lowest level,” explained Stetson. “It’s NCIS at work; and it works, taking bad guys off the streets.” 174th Inf. Bde, FAD East mobilizes, trains, validates, deploys and demobilizes service members for deployments into contingency operations around the world.
Airman 1st Class Chad Watson, 305th Operations Support Squadron airfield management specialist of Greensboro, N.C., performs a flightline inspection at McGuire Field, N.J., April 24, 2012. Each day six checks are performed by three shifts and one complete overall inspection of the entire airfield. Areas of concern are holes in the pavement, debris, and loose rocks that could be sucked up by the engines and cause damage to the aircraft. The fighters that will be here during the Air Show are lower to the ground and have more powerful engines which make them more susceptible to engine damage.
Tech. Sgt. Parker Gyokeres/U.S. Air Force
Capt. William Cerat, C-17 Globemaster III pilot assigned to the 6th Airlift Squadron at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., performs engine start procedures at home station prior to departure for Naval Station Norfolk, Va., April 26, 2012. Cerat and his crew were transporting air mobility specialists from the JB MDL-based 621st Contingency Response Wing and Sailors from the U.S. Navy’s Explosive Ordinance Disposal Mobile Unit 12 to Sydney, Nova Scotia as part of Exercise Ardent Sentry 2012, a major NORAD and U.S Northern Command exercise focused on defense support to civil authorities.
Capt. Antonia Greene/174th Infantry Brigade/U.S. Army
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Navy History & Tradition Lives On
at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst
Courtesy Tom Worsdale/NAVAIR Lakehurst
Tom Worsdale NAVAIR Lakehurst Public Affairs Officer The Lakehurst portion of what is now Joint Base McGuire-DixLakehurst (JB MDL) dates back to 1916 when the Eddystone Chemical Corporation bought the first parcel of land from the Manchester Land Company with the intent of using it as an ammunition testing Ground for the Imperial Russian Army. Shortly after the United States entered World War I, the Army purchased the property and named it Camp Kendrick and continued to use the facility for testing munitions. Following the war, the Navy purchased an additional 1,499 acres of the property for $14,190 for use as an airship station, and in 1921 commissioned the base as Naval Air Station (NAS) Lakehurst. Hangar One, now a registered historical landmark, was constructed between 1917 and 1921 at a cost of $4 million dollars. All of the Navy’s four rigid air ships, USS Shenandoah, USS Los Angeles, USS Akron and USS Macon, were housed in Hangar One. The Hindenburg also was housed in Hangar One
with only an 18 inch clearance at the bow and stern. Its early transcontinental passenger trips established NAS Lakehurst as the country’s first international airport. However, on May 6th, 1937, the Hindenburg thrust NAS Lakehurst into history forever, as the airship dramatically burned and crashed in the open field just west of Hangar One. Hangars 5 and 6, completed in 1943 are the largest, single arch wooden structures in the world, each with 241,000 square feet of floor space. They were constructed to house the Navy’s greatly expanding fleet of antisubmarine patrol blimps of the World War II era which numbered six in 1940 and rose to 130 by the war’s end. In 1951, the Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC), now called Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training (CNATT), was established at Lakehurst. Its mission over the years included training sailors to serve as Aviation Boatswain’s Mates, Aircrew Survival Equipment Men, Aerographer’s Mates, Naval Security Guards, and Marine Corps Expeditionary Airfield Technicians. CNATT also
houses within Hangar One, the largest training aid in the Navy: The Carrier Aircraft Launch and Support System/Equipment Simulator (CALASSES), a one-third scale model aircraft carrier. CALASSES provides realistic training on catapults, arresting gear assemblies, and other equipment with which the Aviation Boatswain’s Mate must be familiar. In 1957, the station received another new tenant, the Naval Air Test Facility (NATF). Its mission was to test and evaluate aircraft launch and recovery systems and aviation support equipment. By 1962, all lighter than air operations were discontinued by the Navy. From 1965 to 1973 antisubmarine helicopter squadrons became a part of the station’s mission. In 1973, the Naval Aircraft Factory, renamed the Naval Air Engineering Center (NAEC), moved from Philadelphia to Lakehurst. In 1977, NATF and NAS Lakehurst were merged to become NAEC. In 1994, the station was renamed the Naval Air Engineering Station (NAES) and served as the host command to the Lakehurst contingent of
the Naval Air Warfare Center, Aircraft Division (NAWCAD), Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). In 2003, NAES was realigned to Commander, Navy Region Northeast and in 2006, consolidated to Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic. In 2009, Lakehurst became a part of the first tri-service joint base – JB MDL under the management of the Air Force, while NAVAIR continued its Navy mission. The mission of NAVAIR Lakehurst is to serve as the critical link between Naval Aviation support and the Navy Aircraft Carrier (CV) Battle Groups worldwide. It is the Navy’s engineering support activity for Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment (ALRE) and Naval Aviation Support Equipment (SE), and is responsible for maintaining fleet support and infusing modern technology across the entire spectrum of equipment needed to launch, land and maintain aircraft from ships at sea. NAVAIR Lakehurst is the only activity responsible for this specialized element of Naval Aviation in the world. The unique facilities in the
NAVAIR test complex include: a 12,000-foot dedicated Research, Development, Test & Engineering runway with two fleet representative aircraft carrier steam catapults, the CVN-78 Class new generation electromagnetic catapult, two fleet representative arresting gears, a full scale fleet representative Jet Blast Deflector site and three active mile-long jet car test tracks used to propel dead loads weighing up to 100,000 lbs into arresting gear including the new generation Advance Arresting Gear (AAG). Additionally, advanced engineering laboratories, an engineering campus and a 5.7 acre complex of manufacturing and prototyping shops comprise the NAVAIR facilities at Lakehurst that directly support Naval Aviation. In December 2010, NAVAIR Lakehurst launched the first aircraft, an F/A-18E, from the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS); and in November 2011, continued testing by launching the next generation fighter, the F-35C from EMALS. Testing and development continues on EMALS and with the next
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generation shipboard recovery system, the AAG Program. While retaining its naval traditions and historical roots dating back to 1921, Navy Lakehurst today is an integral part of the burgeoning military complex known as Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. The Navy at Lakehurst, New Jersey remains a key player in the performance of the many critical missions necessary for the defense of our nation. The joining of Army, Navy and Air Force facilities to more effectively and efficiently serve the needs of our national defense is demonstrated daily by the cooperation and “can do” spirit of the men and women serving at JB MDL.
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Force Specialty Code). “Because of that, remembering their sacrifice may not have been captured as a whole,” he continued. “The individual would have been honored at their base, but the mission of the entire of the team would not have been recognized.” Since all of the nine went through the Air Advisor Academy, Col. John Holm, the academy’s commandant, decided that would be the place to honor their sacrifice as a team, Lt. Col. Scott said. Col. Holm made plans to create a physical memorial, but a plethora of obstacles made it impossible to complete the memorial by the one year anniversary of the tragic event. One of the obstacles was funding. As a result, the colonel and his team came up with idea of a ruck march to both honor the fallen air advisors and act as a fundraiser to help build the physical memorial. Lt. Col. Scott was put in charge of organizing the march and, in just two weeks, succeeded in gathering people from Dover AFB, Del., to Eielson AFB, Alaska, for the march. Each marcher knew at least one of the nine fallen air advisors in some way. “Master Sgt. Tara Brown and Maj. Phil Ambard both lived three and four doors down from me in the dorms,” said Tech. Sgt. Brian Christiansen, a photographer with the 145th Airlift Wing in Charlotte, N.C., who was deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan at the same time as the air advisors. “Both were incredibly friendly people. And I met several of them (the morning of the shooting) as I walked into my building and opened the door and they walked out.” Those personal connections to the fallen service members and their families drew the 36 marchers together, Scott said.
“They were coming in from all over,” he said. “That’s kind of representative of the nine that we lost. They came from all over the Air Force to serve a single mission as an air advisor. So the marchers that were honoring them came from all over the Air Force to remember them.” Each paid their own way to New York City to honor their fallen friends and show their families that they haven’t forgotten their loved one’s sacrifice. The event also drew in another 14 volunteers to help with everything from transportation to food to health and care coverage. The marchers were broken up into four teams, each set to march three legs of 7.3 miles. During their leg, each marcher carried a ruck sack with a paver stone inside, each stone engraved with the name of a fallen air advisor and to be laid at the memorial on JB MDL. Col. Holm and his nine-person team kicked off the march at 9:11 a.m. April 26th. However, rather than just start off near ground zero, the colonel wanted to do something more for his fallen comrades. “We wanted to honor them by doing something significant, and to me starting at the top of the World Trade Center was it,” Holm said. “We had those ruck sacks on the entire tour. It was all symbolic and important to us in our own personal, different ways. For me, it was probably the biggest single gesture we could do short of opening up (the academy’s) memorial ourselves.” The significance of the march touched a lot of people along the way, starting with the One World Trade Center steel workers, who gave the Airmen a standing ovation as they marched through the structure. Other people along their route also showed their appreciation by stopping to give hugs, encouragement, thanks and even money toward the memorial. As they traveled by foot from New York to New Jersey, state and local police departments provided escort, each district calling the next to inform them of what the Airmen were doing, Col. Holm said. The marchers were even given a chance to rest and eat at the fire departments in both Elizabeth and Jersey City. It was a sign of support of both the Airmen marching and the fallen air advisors, he said. When the fourth team finished their last leg, the marchers were 1.1 miles from the construction site of the Air Advisor Memorial on JB MDL. All 36 marchers gathered together in formation and made their way through the base gate. What met them there was surprise to all. “Security forces closed down the road and gave us police escort in,” Scott said. “There were numerous amounts of people from the front gate to the memorial lining the street on both sides, just cheering us on in. “The fact that the base
community just embraces us and cheered us in on those final steps, it’s very inspiring,” he added. It was an emotional moment for Tech. Sgt. Christiansen as well. He was present at the base when the air advisors were killed and attended their dignified transfer ceremony. Each person was laid to rest in different locations around the U.S., however, so he never got to have closure. Tech. Sgt. Christiansen said the real impact came when he saw the road signs leading to the installation. “That’s when it really started to hit in not that we’re all going to do this, but this is for real. We’ve done this for the families, we’ve done this for our fallen brothers and sister. It was pretty easy to get caught up in the emotion there.” “The ceremony of laying the bricks down was really powerful,” he added. “It brought some serious closure.” For Chaplain Maj. Eric Boyer, who said the opening prayer for the stone laying ceremony, it was a bittersweet chance to pay tribute to two of the officers that he had a connection to. “It makes me proud to know that their sacrifice will be honored and will be remembered,” he said. “Every Air Advisor who comes through the academy here is going to recognize the price that has been paid by their predecessors.” Prior to entering military service, Boyer knew Lt. Col. Frank Bryant from their hometown of Knoxville, Tenn., where he served as Bryant’s wrestling coach. Boyer also served as squadron chaplain for Maj. Jeffery Ausborn while at Joint Base San Antonio in 2011, but had already changed duty station’s to JB MDL when he got the word about the major’s death. His biggest regret was not being able to preside over his funeral service. “It meant a lot to me to be able to say something to honor his memory here, since I wasn’t able to speak at his memorial ceremony back at his home station,” he said. While the ruck march and stone-laying ceremony brought some closure for Tech. Sgt. Christiansen and others, the construction of the memorial itself is still ongoing. Between the pledges for the marchers, donations received during the march as well as T-shirt and brick sales, Col. Holm estimated that the team raised almost $10,000 toward the memorial just through this one event. “We have that feeling that we did the right thing just by honoring our comrades, regardless of what money we raised,” he said. “That was a tremendous feeling.” The Air Advisor Memorial is scheduled to be unveiled July 27. For more information on the memorial, please visit www.airadvisormemorial.com/ home/Home.html.
Lakehurst Naval Air Station 1932 continued from page 34 alcohol... news from Germany reached the area that the Graf Zeppelin landed in its home field at Friedrichshafen at 4 pm on Monday, March 29th after a round trip to Pernambuco, Brazil, carrying passengers and mail. It was the first of a series of flights to South America scheduled for that spring... on Friday evening, March 25th, Toms River residents witness the USS Los Angeles airship pass over their town... the U.S. Civil Service Commission announced a job opening for an aircraft mechanic at the air station... on Saturday afternoon, March 26th, an intoxicated sailor from the air station crashed his car into the rear of a parked car in the White Oak section of Toms River. Both cars were totaled, and New Jersey State Trooper Jacobus arrested the unidentified sailor... Russell Davison of the GoodyearZeppelin Company arrived on Wednesday, April 6th with a load of material for repairs to the USS Akron airship, which had recently been damaged... that same day, Lt. Cmdr. Edward F. Cochrane, a Navy balloonist who went up in a solo flight among four other balloons at the station, broke his leg in falling out of the basket while approximately 20 feet from the ground in an attempt to land... on Wednesday, April 13th, Herb Netterman fell 15 feet from a ladder at the station, breaking his wrist, a toe and injuring his head... on Saturday, April 16th, Guiseppe Bellanca, an Italian immigrant responsible for the modern design of aviation by creating in 1913 an aircraft with a tractor design and propeller in front, wing in the middle and tail aft (a departure from the previous Wright Brothers designs of the early era where the tail was in front and the propellers pushing), visited and toured the air station with 27 members of the Wilmington, Delaware chapter of the National Aeronautic Association. Arriving in 11 planes, it took 45 minutes to travel from their location to the Lakehurst base... debate arose in the House appropriations committee during the third week of April where congressmen, seeking cuts in the face of a down economy, began pursuing the idea of getting rid of the USS Los Angeles airship prior to the arrival of the USS Macon airship, expected to be completed in early 1933. The total Lakehurst Naval Air Station appropriation for 1933 was expected to be $702,370, compared with $672,000 for 1932, with a $20,000 increase in salary for base personnel to care for the USS Akron airship and $175,000 for helium. $10,000 was also included in the overall appropriation bill for maintenance of the Cape May hangar. Rear Admiral Moffett was quoted as saying the Navy planned to lay up the Los Angeles when the Macon
was commissioned. While these discussions were going on, the “L.A.”, which first came from Germany on October 15th, 1924 as part of restitution for war reparations and as the first big dirigible to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, was seen soaring in the skies above Toms River, Lakewood and Lakehurst... officers, enlisted men and civilian employees at the station had been contributing toward relief funds for the locally unemployed, totaling $4,832.48 from January 1st to March 15th, 1932, and disbursed to Lakehurst, $1,046.05; Lakewood, $1,681.60; Toms River, $939.98; Beachwood, $239.75; New Egypt, $122.50; Jackson Township, $372.50; Manchester Township, $178; Island Heights, $116; Lakewood Lodge of Elks, $95 and Lakewood S.A.A.M., $40.50... the Akron was due to sail for the west coast in the first week of May following three trial flights to ensure the repairs done to the damaged stern in February—when an unexpected gust of wind bumped the ship against the ground at launch— are complete. During the repair work, new propellers to allow a higher rate of speed were installed... word was again received from Germany on April 27th of the successful completion of another round trip by the Graf Zeppelin between Brazil and its home base in Friederichshafen, carrying 14 passengers on the return trip plus 260 pounds of mail... Joe Sherman, who was previously an engineer in the construction of the USS Shenandoah airship and worked for Capt. Heinen when it appeared airships would be used for regular commercial flight, kept in touch with friends in Toms River from his new position in Guam, noting that Lieut. J.G. Dinsmore, a Navy dentist, was transferred to the Lakehurst base from Guam... it was learned that the father of famed airship Commander Charles E. Rosendahl died on Monday, April 25th...
Riverside Signal | 1 June 2012 | Toms River 1932 continued from page 32 played years earlier, for their games... the Pennsylvania Railroad advertised for a $1 round trip ticket to and from Philadelphia on Wednesdays until April 20th and Saturdays until April 23rd, leaving Toms River at 6:59 am... local weekly newspaper the New Jersey Courier, published out of Toms River by William H. Fischer, ran an editorial on April 1st that compared the hard times of 1932 to the hard times of 1893, which was stated to last until about 1896. The editorial stated that the 1893 crash was easier for local families to manage with private help as approximately half were farmers, compared with one-third in 1932, and the area land was able to provide at least sustenance for even “city” residents, who would take to the surrounding country farms for work in those rough times. As a result, the unused land of surrounding “frontier” and nearby waterways provided, with residents from Point Pleasant to Tuckerton pulling oysters in the winter and clams in the summer; fishing off the ocean shores and in the bays; fuel from the wooded land and poultry during the wildfowl season that ran from mid-September to early April. The newspaper further stated that “there were other means of getting food: Even in the towns most families of working people kept chicken for eggs and for Sunday dinners. Men worked early and late in the spring and summer to keep a garden going, which supplied the family with fresh vegetables and some potatoes, cabbage, turnips, yes and dried beans or peas for winter. An occasional neighbor kept a cow and supplied milk for other families at low prices. Not a few families even in town raised a pig each summer. In the more rural sections, outside of the towns, the small farm raised most of the food for the family and often some to sell. There
was room for potatoes, corn, vegetables for the family, and feed for horse, cow and pigs. If a few cows were kept, the milk or butter would be peddled in town. Eggs were currency at the grocer’s, and so was butter and vegetables. If the men or boys on the farm got a few days work with the team on the roads, it helped them pay taxes. Most of the men, beside being baymen, or small farmers, or both, were handy with tools. Some were carpenters, masons, painters, boatbuilders. They were able to make shift at most anything that would save a penny for themselves, or help them make a dollar. A man who could work at anything that came to hand was called “shifty,” and it was as complimentary as it was to call them thrifty. Today people are softer, and more used to luxury. The auto and the radio are necessities. Instead of raising a garden or chickens, they must buy all they eat. Must we go back to pioneering days? But where are the pioneers of today?”... as a result of the economic depression, the students at Toms River High School were unable to afford the April edition of their Cedar Chest digest, instead opting to provide “three times” the amount of news in their June issue... during the Dover Township committee meeting on Friday evening, March 25th, Harry G. Thompson, representing the Toms River Real Estate Board, approached the governing body with suggestions that a building code and zoning ordinance be introduced in Toms River village, adding that his organization had begun collecting such codes and ordinances from other towns and would return with a report on what was thus far done in the area... at the same meeting, Ira F. Smith, representing the Bay Beach Development Company in charge of the ongoing work at new Gilford Park, presented a map of changes in their development along Dillons Creek, requesting permission to dredge a harbor on the Gilford
Park tract almost parallel to Dillons Creek. No decision was recorded by the committeemen... The Dover Township governing body also granted permission to the Capt. Joshua Huddy Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution to plant a tree in Huddy Park marking the 200 years since the birth of George Washington... 75-year-old Mrs. Ella V. Runyon, a lifelong resident of Toms River, died on Friday, March 25th in her Hooper Avenue home. The daughter of Captain and Mrs. Amos Grant, the family once lived on the riverfront in what by 1932 was a home owned by Mrs. Frank duPont... Maimone Motors continued its advertising campaign for the 1932 Graham “Blue Streak” automobiles... the Central Railroad of New Jersey advertised special $1 one-day trips every Wednesday and Saturday to Newark and New York, leaving Toms River each of those days at 7:11 am and the last returning train leaving New York at 4:45 pm... W.F. Knowles of the state agricultural college announced he would address the poultrymen of Ocean County on Tuesday evening, April 12th in the Community Hall on Old Freehold Road. The topic of his presentation was “The Poultry Situation and Outlook” and would include graphs showing the trend of the poultry business and relation to egg prices and feed costs... the Toms River High School debate team lost against Egg Harbor’s team 3-0 in a debate the first week of April over whether several states should adopt compulsory unemployment insurance. Toms River’s position was against such a move. A bus filled with students from the school accompanied the team to the event... Samuel P. Hall, an AfricanAmerican waiter employed by Paul Taylor’s Forked River House, Forked River, was killed on Monday morning, April 3rd at approximately 5:20 am when his light car struck an A&P grocery truck, causing the 26-yearold to be thrown from his vehicle. It was thought that Mr. Hall had fallen asleep at the wheel after spending some time at the nearby beachfront before returning to work. He was survived by a young wife, who was also employed at the restaurant... Dover Township Police Officer Jack Costa reported that four bandits used handguns to hold up an establishment in the Reinhardt building on West Water Street across from Novins’ garage and grab two slot machines before making off in two cars before being stopped in Lakewood and instructed to follow a police escort to the station. While one car with a robber was being emptied, the second car took off with the slot machines and was later found abandoned that night in Neptune... an indictment was handed to Judge Stanger charging Anthony M. Then, president of the shuttered Toms River Trust Com-
pany, with illegally borrowing from the bank on his own $7,500 note without first notifying the company’s directors or executive committee... new and more strict bus regulations were handed down from the state government, stating that specifications for consideration by the local school board included the installation of shatter-proof glass in bus windows, labeling, and a yellow paint job applied throughout the exteriors... Dave Marion, actor, playwright, producer and more, reopened his Marion Inn and considered either spending the summer there or in Hollywood... the female passenger of a car driven by an Atlantic City man broke her leg in an accident near Riverside Cemetery on Main Street when their automobile ran into a pole in an attempt to avoid hitting a rapidly slowing car ahead of them... it was reported that Mr. Horrowitz, who ran the stationary store taken over by 1932 by Charney, had gone to Russia, leaving his family behind in New York City... following their grand opening in the first week of April, the Goode Shoppe reported doing brisk business with its new caramel corn confection... the warm weather over the April 2nd weekend brought many flowers to bloom, including early daffodils and hyacinths, wild plumb, forsythia and many dandelions... a favorite spot to stand and hang out for working men downtown is the site of the new Harjes Woolworth building under construction, despite that its walls now hid much of the progress... it was reported that over 400 people above the age of 70 were living in Ocean County by April 1932... Edgar M. Finck, supervising prinicpal of Toms River Schools, was the speaker at the regular meeting of the Toms River Community of Jewish Farmers on Sunday evening, April 3rd, in the Community building on Old Freehold Road. The subject was “Aims, Methods and Results of the School.”... the Capt. Joshua Huddy chapter of the D.A.R. planted a Japanese cherry tree between the old band stand and the concrete wall in Huddy Park to commemorate the 200th birthday of George Washington on Arbor Day, Friday, April 8th, noting that they hoped to plant one or more every Arbor Day and that someday the Huddy Park Japanese cherry trees planted by their group would be known throughout the state for their beauty as the trees of the same type were known in Washington, D.C.... the schools of the county began participating in spelling and typing bee competitions... another piano recital for Miss Sarah Wallach was scheduled for April 11th on WPG radio... the Toms River High School baseball team played a game against school faculty on Thursday afternoon, April 7th, winning 7 to 3... Russell Davison of the GoodyearZeppelin Company stayed in
Toms River on Wednesday and Thursday April 6th and 7th after transporting a load of material to the Lakehurst Naval Air Station for repairs to the USS Akron airship, which had recently been damaged... Thomas Mull moved from his home in Pleasant Plains to the house previously owned by the late Adolph Ernst on Lien Street in Toms River... Ruliff Clayton began construction of a garage behind his new home on Hadley Avenue... the new Bradley diner turned out to be not large enough before opening its doors and already a new addition was built in the rear, with grand opening to take place Saturday, April 9th, according to owner Max Poschl... Ocean County Relief Director Mrs. Evelyn C. Brown asked the public for clothing donations for the poor to be left at the office on Hooper Avenue and Washington Street... Edwin R. Huddy and Sons of Trenton began layng a composition roof at the rear of the new Harjes Woolworth building while electrical contractor F.S. Milligan, of Mount Holly, worked inside. It was expected the building would be completed by May 1st... the Ladies Auxiliary of Toms River Fire Company No. 1 gave a covered dish social at the firehouse on Tuesday, April 5th for members... the Toms River High School Alumni Baseball Club scheduled a benefit show at the Traco Theatre on Monday and Tuesday, April 11th and 12th, featuring Seth Parker in Way Back Home, with proceeds to go toward purchasing uniforms for the regular school team... “quick deliveries” of manure were offered for sale by S.H. Hall, located on the corner of Hooper Avenue and Chestnut Street... D.H. Tilton of Silverton offered sweet potatoes for sale, “suitable for hot bed use”... Queensbury Farms on Lakewood Road sought to sell a horse, wagon and two-wheeled cart plus pedigreed white leghorn hatching eggs... the Dover Township Board of Education reorganized for 1932, with David A. Veeder elected president and Russell G. Conover, vice president, joining Theodore Fischer as district clerk and board members Philip S. Bailey and Harold B. Scammell... Dover Township Relief Director C.W. Herflicker reported relief to be leveling off somewhat, with 92 men receiving work in the previous four weeks and still on the job plus several others busy at work for the township. Further, he stated that Toms River High School Principal Edgar M. Finck submitted a $75 check as a collective donation from teachers, janitors and bus drivers of Dover Township schools. In early April, food was given to 32 families, medical care to six people, fuel to two families, milk to 13 families, employment to nine more people and an added nine people on the township relief register for a total of 293 people continued on page 39
Riverside Signal | 1 June 2012 | Toms River 1932 continued from page 38 unemployed, though he added many of those were since employed... Rev. Roswell B. Whitman, former pastor of the Toms River Baptist Church 20 years earlier, died at Bainbridge, New York at the age of 60 on March 3rd after a long illness. He was credited with starting the Boy Scout movement in the Toms River area, and an account of his death from a New York publication stated he had retired from service due to deafness and left behind a second wife, Vera Graves of Mexico, and a son and daughter... county roadsides, including Kettle Creek Road, were cleared of all inflammable material in Silverton to reduce the possibility of a fire... Willis Stivers, who had recently purchased the Indian Head Poultry Farm in Pleasant Plains, entertained his father, John, and nephews from Sussex County on Sunday, April 3rd, which included a trip to the Lakehurst Naval Air Station airhship hangar in the afternoon... mid-day on Monday, April 4th, a chimney fire erupted in Mr. and Mrs. Herschell Stout’s Dayton Avenue home, resulting in both fire companies being called out. The fire was soon knocked down with minimal damage... Priest’s Pharmacy, southwest corner of Washington and Robins streets, advertised a one-cent sale for mid-April... recently hired game warden, J. Hamilton Evernham, arrested Coleman Brice, 22, of Lavallette for gunning out of season, without a license and carrying a pump gun at Ortley Beach, for which he was fined $82.50 by Justice of the Peace Benjamin F. Novins of Toms River... the bicycle of newspaper delivery boy and Pleasant Plains resident Thomas Fielder was stolen from the porch of his home on Friday evening, April 1st... Thomas Mull moved from the Raymond Clayton bungalow to the Ernst homestead on Lien Street in Toms River... Pleasant Plains residents Mr. and Mrs. Curt Clement and their son, Richard, spent Sunday, April 3rd in Jersey City with Mr. and Mrs. John Clement... Otto Froriep of Lakewood Road hired John and Charles Johnson to grade his property... the Toms River Kiwanis scheduled a spring benefit show at the end of May to benefit their charitable work for underprivileged local children, with the movie “The Amateur Daddy” shown and magician Gus Bohn featured... Marion Inn manager Reginald Potter reported steady growth in the business since opening for the spring... Lakehurst Road resident Willis E. Roys discussed his trip to Japan the previous fall before the Toms River Kiwanis at their meeting on Monday evening, April 11th, as well as showing articles picked up in the foreign country. A full serialized account of his trip, written in letter form, was published in the New Jersey Courier newspaper from late 1931
through the last entry on April 8th, 1932, giving a local resident’s perspective of Japan at the exact time of its imperial aggression that began with the seizing of Manchuria from China in September 1931 and led to the bombing of Pearl Harbor and American involvement in World War II... hundreds of people from the shore area from Barnegat through Toms River took advantage of the $1 round trips offered by the Central Railroad of New Jersey on Wednesdays and Saturdays for shopping, baseball games, movie matinees and more. It was noted that tickets were not honored aboard the Blue Comet... the corner store of the Marion Inn, located at the nexus of Water and Main streets and often considered by residents of years past to be the best business corner in town (as when people mostly traveled by train they would have to pass by it first on the way to town and last on the way out toward the stations, located where the two billboards today stand south to Huddy Park for the Central Railroad of New Jersey depot and farther into South Toms River on the corner of South Main Street and the Garden State Parkways access road/ Route 9—which used to be the railroad right of way—for the Pennsylvania Railroad station, which was moved in the early 1950s and ever since used as a house in Beachwood) was to be reopened as a coffee room managed by Lincoln Bogert and serving light lunch, coffee, soda fountain, confectionaries and ice cream plus cigars... Vierick’s advertised fresh vegetables and lunch at their counter... the Flower Shop on Washington Street advertised pet supplies for goldfish and birds for sale... a battle between a Coast Guard rum chaser and a rumrummer vessel bearing the name Love Bird took place offshore between Bay Head and Barnegat Inlet as it made for Atlantic City after throwing her cargo overboard. While it outran the authorities initially, it was severely shot up and seized upon docking in the southern New Jersey resort town, to be transported to New York. The boat, 45 feet in length, had been seized by the Coast Guard before and sold a public auction, but had been repurchased by rum smugglers... the state Board of Commerce and Navigation held a dinner meeting Friday night, April 8th, and spent the weekend while working on a local project... the Brick Township committee on Thursday evening, April 7th, instructed Solicitor Ira F. Smith to prepare a bill to settle once and for all the ongoing dispute over the municipal boundary at Normandy Beach between Brick and Dover townships, as residents on that portion of the barrier island were still unsure where to pay their taxes. The issue began when Ocean County was formed in 1850 and Brick Township created out of Dover
and Wall townships. At the time, the boundary was only delineated on the mainland as being from the mouth of Kettle Creek “to the sea,” as land on the beachfront had little value at the time. When J.M. Slim began the development in the early 1920s, value from the taxation of houses and lots was appealing to both townships, and at one time Judge Gallagher appointed a committee to locate the line following an application by Brick Township for such a ruling. Rather than following the line in the statute, the group created an arbitrary line that was attached by Dover Township and later rejected in court, which at the time stated that if the townships could not come to an agreement, the state legislature had the ability to put the line wherever they preferrred... Toms River High School’s benefit matinee film screenings of Alice in Wonderland at the Traco Theatre on Friday, April 8th netted the school $200 for use toward school activities... the owners of the forthcoming Harjes Woolworth building advertised its second floor for rent as an office or “any kind of business”... a “short change artist” blew into the downtown area and swindled at least one store clerk of $10 with the following scam: purchasing a 15-cent item with a $20 bill, the man stated he meant to hand the clerk only $1 and did not want all the change produced by using the larger bill, which included a $10 bill, $5 bill, four singles and 85 cents. The clerk then gave the man back the $20 bill. Handing the clerk back the $10 bill, the man then counted out the smaller bills and said that while he only had $9, he would add $1 to the lot and give them to the clerk in exchange for a full $10 bill. The clerk obliged and the man quickly left, leaving the clerk to realize, moments later, that he had just given away an extra $10 from the register... Miss Laura Cowdrick of Washington Street returned to Toms River following a visit of several weeks to the home of Mrs. Elizabeth Wurts of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Prior to marriage, Mrs. Wurts was the first Ocean County Librarian... Toms River High School students of the chemistry classes were taken on a tour of the Toms River gas plant to learn about its commercial preparation... Ruliff Clayton continued work building a new home on Hadley Avenue... the Bradley Diner formally opened early on Saturday morning, April 9th... Toms River Fire Department Chief Clayton C. Wills was honored by a birthday dinner at Novins Restaurant on Thursday evening, April 14th, by the Fire Commission of Fire District No. 1 and including all fire commissioners and both fire companies in attendance. Following the dinner, Chief Wills was honored multiple times and presented with a gold signet continued on page 40
ring. Fred Bunnell told the story of the Lonan fire on Main Street in December 1897 that led to the formation of the No. 1 company, and a collection was taken up by those present to benefit the locally unemployed, resulting in a $10.50 donation... Al Cahill opened a “Spaghetti House” in the Anthony Kosich resident on the corner of Main and Walton streets... all eastern railroads slashed their rates by 45 percent on trains leaving their starting point on or after noon on Fridays through 4 am Sundays, and returning trains leaving their destinations through 4 am Tuesdays, good on Pullman cars or in payment of regular Pullman charges only... various township residents attended the Asbury Park auto show on Wednesday evening, April 13th... Mr. and Mrs. James F. Citta, who were wed on Sunday afternoon, April 10th in St. Joseph’s Church, moved into their new home on Gold Street... Dr. Blackwell Sawyer resigned from his position as Toms River Schools physician due to a growing amount of work in his regular practice, but stated he would help out when able... the Toms River High School Alumni Baseball Club netted $124 toward uniforms for current players at the school from their benefit screening of “Way Back Home”... it was announced that beginning May 1st, the First National Bank of Toms River and the Toms River Trust Company would both discontinue holding Saturday evening operating hours... on Sunday, April 24th, Daylight Savings Time was scheduled to go into effect at 2 am, the zero hour on railroads... the government continued to urge residents to plant gardens as in war times in order to provide food during the economic depression... David C. Brewer, president of the Dover Mutual Loan and Building Association and former twoterm Toms River postmaster, was announced as a candidate for township committee... Phil-
ip Citta, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Citta, was named circulation manager for the 1933 edition of Ruby, the annual student publication at Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania... on Wednesday evening, April 13th, the directors, members and bondholders of Cranmoor Country Club met and agreed upon a membership drive with Robert Reigle, chairman of the membership committee, planning to secure at least 100 new members by June 1st... the Walnut Street home of chicken farmer Harry Cooper burned down early Saturday morning, April 9th, with the alarm sounded at approximately 3 am and answered by Toms River Fire Company No. 2 and its chemical apparatus. A general alarm was not sounded and No. 1 not called out as there was no water available at the site. Pleasant Plain Fire Company also responded, but all the members could do was watch the poultry houses and other outbuildings to see that the fire did not spread as the house was already too far gone when they arrived. The insurance policy on the eight-room house, built by Robert Lomax and including two porches, a hot water system and modern improvements, had lapsed several days before the fire, to Mr. Cooper’s great regret. The farmer was also in the business of buying and selling cows and various other business in Brooklyn. His wife tended the poultry business while he was mostly home weekends... Toms River Boy Scouts held a meeting on Tuesday, April 12th, with a talk on birds given by Melbourne Carriker, Jr., the son of famed ornithologist, and Nelson Yard. Assistant Scoutmaster Floyd Woolley then instructed its newer members on first aid; Paul Maisch, another assistant scoutmaster, drilled the second class scouts in Morse code signaling, and Mr. Carriker talked with the first class scouts about preparing for the Camporee. A continued on page 40
Riverside Signal | 1 June 2012 | Toms River 1932 continued from page 39 15-minute period of games was then enjoyed, and Rix Yard, manager of the Jersey Central Power and Light Company presented the troop with a first aid kit for use on hikes and camping trips... the report on emergency relief work for the second week of April included food suplies to 34 families, milk daily to 13 families, clothing and shoes to seven people, medical car to three and an added ten people registered, totaling 303 people on the township list... David Wishnevsky, owner of the Toms River laundry, had John Newmeyer of Whitesville Road arrested and charged with theft for collecting but failing to turn in $400 on Monday, April 11th. It was not the first incident the proprietor had with his drivers... a letter sent by retired Coast Guard Commander Charles Hugh McLellan on April 8th from New York City to the New Jersey Courier newspaper outlined his recollection of life in Toms River 50 years earlier, in 1882, when that summer he was ordered to take charge of the 4 Lifesaving District Coast of New Jersey, with the township as his headquarters. Among the many details remembered, he described Toms River as “a quaint little town with a sturdy lot of citizens, many of them retired shipmasters or ship owners,” the First National Bank of Toms River conducted business in a room just seven by nine feet, the yearly yacht race, that he could “see Capt. Cook standing in the door of the Ocean House [today the site of the 7-11 on the corner of Water and Main streets] and ringing that musical and far sounding triangle to announce dinner. The Ocean House was famous for its meals. What a beautiful cove the Robbins Cove was in those days before it became choked with wild rice mistakingly scattered above the bridge by a gunner to attract wild fowl.”... South Toms River Mayor H.G. Flint, who was also a member of the state board of commerce and navigation, was instructed at the April 17th meeting to prepare a list of 11 harbormasters for as many Barnegat Bay towns, or harbors. The harbormaster for Toms River would be in charge of the river from Toms River bridge to Barnegat Bay... the Riverside Beauty Salon at 2 Main Street advertised “prices smashed” on waves, shampoos and manicures, with each costing just 25 cents... Anthony M. Then, president of the shuttered Toms River Trust Company under indictment on a charge of borrowing $7,500 from the bank on his own note and without knowledge or consent of the executive committee or directors, appeared in court to plead not guilty and have the charge dismissed as he had been paying down the note and that only $68 remained on the balance. He also
denied that the loan was taken without knowledge of a majority of bank executive committee members... residents in the second week of April were able to see columns of smoke rising from forest fires to the west and southwest, with the most serious occuring in the Chatsworth area. A brush and grass fire burned in the back of Park Street on Tuesday, April 19th, and local fire company members through the rest of the week burned off fields of grass and brush around the township as preventative measures... the Dover Township Board of Education was named in a lawsuit by the family of the late William Bates, who in February had struck the rear of a bus being towed at dusk on Locust Street, today Route 37. Initially receiving care by Dr. Frank Brouwer and sent home, he was back at the hospital and found to have a broken leg or hip plus chest injuries. He later failed to respond to treatment and died in the Inter-Boroughs Hospital, Point Pleasant, on Monday, March 21st. The plaintiffs claim there was no tail light on the rear of the bus that was being towed... County Agent E.H. Waite organized a group of Toms River area boys into a Forestry Club, with plans to build a camp at Double Trouble, Berkeley Township, and study forestry, mapping and elementary surveying. Club members included High Worth as chief forester, Edward Rogers as assistant chief forester, Melbourne Carriker as secretary, and members Everett Stout, Lawrence Wachterhauser, William Attison and Nelson Yard... Pelican Island, also known as Sunset Island, was to be sold at a sheriff’s sale on May 10th to cover the Sunset Island Improvement Company tract less 60 to 70 lots already sold. The amount required was $90,000 on a mortgage of $85,000 plus interest. It was expected that the property is being sold to clean up the title and that it would be purchased by George C. Zeller and his associates of Bordentown... on Wednesday, April 20th, a 55foot schooner, the Windjammer, built by Bay Head’s Mort Johnson for Toms River Yacht Club Commodore Edward Crabbe using cedar grown by the latter and specially seasoned for that purpose won the St. Petersburg, Florida to Havana, Cuba yacht race now under ownership of Garner Tullis of New Orleans. It arrived three hours ahead of its nearest rival, a 37-foot long Class B ketch, Cynosure, owned by Gidge Gandy of St. Petersburg and Seaside Park... for the third year in a row, Toms River High School took the gold medal in the county spelling bee held April 15th with Donald MacQueen in the top spot... Mrs. R.H. Reeve, of this township, who had won local recognition for her work in genealogical and historical research, was honored by being named one of the leading active genealogical
researchers in the United States in The Handbook of American Genealogy issued by the Institute of American Genealogy of Chicago... the Van Sciver Freight Line at Front and Spring Garden Streets, Philadelphia, offered direct store to door freight service out of that city to Lakehurst, Toms River, Seaside Park, Seaside Heights and Lakewood with trucks leaving at 11 am and goods delivered that afternoon... the annual county music festival was scheduled to be held in the Toms River schools on Friday, May 13th, with American music featured... Dave Marion of the Marion Inn approached the Dover Township committee during their Friday evening meeting on April 15th and requested a light be placed at the northeast corner of the intersection, while Edward Crabbe requested drainabe on Long Swamp Road near his cranberry bogs, both of which members immediately approved... candidates filed for spots in the November township committee election included C.C. Wills, Republican, and David C. Brewer, Democrat... John Staples of Lakehurst Road was in Paul Kimball Hospital, Lakewood, with an injured knee as a result of a drunken driver running into his car... Samuel W. Brinley, who was employed in the vegetable department of the American Store on Main Street, was due to open a green grocery store or vegetable market on Hyers Street in the P.L. Grover building formerly occupied by Ed Russell and his radio and refrigerator salesroom... A.B. Cranmer was to move his Chevrolet service department from Hyers Street near Legion Court to his Main Street location by May 1st; the service station was formerly connected with Hinteman’s garage... Burton Snyder announced that beginning May 1st he would take over the fish business on Water Street that for about ten years was conducted by his uncle, Capt. Alonzo Hyers. Mr. Snyder was the son of Edward E. Snyder, superintendent of the Toms River water system... the Gowdy Mansion and former American Legion Convalescent Home on Washington Street was painted and wallpapered inside in the hopes of a new occupancy by new tenants in the summer... Judge F.J. Minturn of Water Street reported his dog, a wire-haired terrier with a black patch on its shoulder, as lost and offered a reward if found and returned... parking and pedestrian crossing lines were painted in bright yellow on Main Street at Washington and Water Street on Wednesday, April 20th... the slag roof on the second story of the new Woolworth building was installed by Huddy and Sons, and the front was noted complete except the glass, having a brick face, Indiana limestone and polished granite, with hollow tile slated for partition walls... 32 new members were signed up to the Cranmoor Country
Club, with a goal of 100 by June 1st... eight new people signed onto the township relief register for a total of 311... Dr. Paul S. Goble, with dental offices in Toms River and New Egypt, gave a talk to the Toms River Kiwanis, of which he is also a member, on Monday evening, April 18th on dentistry and oral hygiene, including the importance of dental care for preschool children and those attending public schools to battle disease... Toms River Boy Scout Troops 101, Toms River, and 123, Silverton, were among the 91 scouts of nine troops present for a Court of Honor in Lakewood on Saturday, April 16th... new amusements being installed at the barrier island beachfronts included a new carousel at the Freeman amusement center, as the old merrygo-round was completely ripped out, and at Webster Avenue and the oceanfront a miniature golf course was replaced by a scooter palace built by Fred Reeger for William C. Rolle of Newark... Mrs. Anna D. Kirk, wife of John P., died of pneumonia on Monday, April 18th at their home on Horner Street, leaving behing her husband and two daughters, Mrs. Natalie Lamont of Long Branch and Miss Clara Kirk of Toms River... Toms River Boy Scout Troop 101 on Tuesday evening, April 19th, went on a hike in South Toms River where they built a campfire and conducted their meeting, with Bob Milne reporting on a bird study and nature hike taken the previous Saturday that involved the observation of 18 species of birds. More stories were passed back and forth among the 36 present, songs were sung and the meeting ended with the singing of taps... William Yando of Scranton, Pennsylvania rented the garage property of William R. Leary in Pleasant Plains for purposes of operating a repair shop and gas station, with he and his family moving into the bungalow of Clinton Clayton, on Clayton Avenue... Alonzo Applegate, Harvey McKelvey and Vernon Applegate were employed to repair the bandstand in Huddy Park that was damaged by fire over the winter... Charles K. Champlin of Red Bank, a well known stage actor, was to address the Toms River Kiwanis on Monday evening, May 2nd as well as perform on the stage of the Traco Theatre... a mysterious bungalow fire ignited in a bungalow near the corner of Vaughn and Bay avenues in the Cedar Grove section of the township on Tuesday night, April 26th, near the same spot where fire in the woods began the Friday and Saturday before. The home, known as the Schlagel bungalow, burned to the ground despite the best efforts of Toms River Fire Company No. 2 and the Island Heights Volunteer Fire Company... Sadie Applegate of Cedar Grove was charged by her husband with failure to properly care for her children, was reprimanded by
Recorder William Leary, and released... Al Cahill, proprietor of Al’s Spaghetti House on Main and Walton streets that opened mid-April, found himself behind bars at the county jail with a sentence of ten days due to a drunken brawl that occurred in his establishment (during Prohibition, remember?)... Gilbert G. Wood of Hadley Avenue, one of the last remaining veterans of the Civil War living in the Toms River area by 1932 and adjutant and one of the last three members of the General Ambrose E. Burnside Post 59 GAR, himself wrote the planned ceremonies of Decoration Day for the end of May, including assembly to “pay tribute to the memory of the comrades who have passed on to the eternal camp” with a parade involving the GAR post, Sons of Veterans, American Legion, local clergy and anyone further wishing to take part in the ceremonies to march to Bayville, then Lanoka Harbor, back to Toms River and to travel to Silverton and Cedar Grove via Hooper Avenue then back to downtown Toms River to rest and partake in refreshments. That same afternoon a second parade would begin downtown and involve the same groups plus schoolchildren, civic societies and the fire companies headed north to Riverside Cemetery, then back downtown to decorate graves in the cemetery at Washington Street and Hooper Avenue, continuing to the river to cast flowers into the water for Navy veterans, at which points taps would be sounded. Finally, the group would march north on Main Street to Legion Court to lower the flag and break ranks for the day... a lawsuit brought by William L. Liming, keeper of the Ocean County Jail, against the county sheriff and board of freeholders charging they did not provide for enough protection for staff against prisoners dating back to injuries received at the hands of a prisoner on September 1st, 1929 when he was “rushed” and beaten into unconsciousness, was dismissed in Trenton by Circuit Court Judge Ruliff V. Lawrence, who stated the complaint did not set forth any legal cause for action... on Monday evening, April 25th, a meeting of the Ocean County Relief Directors met and the majority agreed that there was a greater need now than even over the 1931-32 winter as residents out of work had by April exhausted their savings. In comparing numbers, Lakewood had reported spending approximately $25 per person registered for relief, while Dover Township only $10 per person, and Point Pleasant Borough a surprising $70, all based on the amount of money collected and thus able to be distributed. Also learned was that the largest number of residents in need of help were those who had most recently moved into the area, as opposed to the more established residents present since before
Riverside Signal | 1 June 2012 | Toms River 1932 continued from page 40 the world war. It was stated that “the addition of ten thousand more people in the ten years after the war means that full half of the residents of the county have no knowledge of conditions that existed here before the world war. In those days workless winters for the mechanics or laboring man were the usual and expected, and when some job came along such as clearing up Beachwood or Pine Beach for lot sales, that was a stroke of luck. Men in those days raised most of their own food, unless they had steady jobs. A shoat [young hog or piglet], chicken, perhaps a cow; their own potatoes, cabbage, beans for winter, and garden stuff through the summer, with corn for the horse, chicken and pig; fish, clams or oysters from bay or ocean, wildfowl; gunning and fishing parties—all these helped to make a living for the families in the shore towns. For ready money, men were mostly able to work at some trade, or several trades, carpentering, boatbuilding, painting, mason work, anything to make a dollar. Huckleberries and cranberries brought in ready money. Today we have a population that cannot be self-supporting in the old way. They have not the initiative (we used to call it “shiftiness,” that allows a man to turn his hand to whatever comes along), and they went hungry, some of them last summer, with the woods full of huckleberries, because they had not the energy to go out and pick and sell them.” Mrs. Philp Allen of Berkeley Township stated that seeds would allow local residents to plant gardens in the smaller towns by returning “to the methods of 15 or 20 years ago,” plowing or spading their backlots to grow vegetables and can, dry and store the produce attained to live through the summer and into the following winter with “little outside help.” Applications had been sent to the government for seeds, but under the law they were not able to provide. Lakewood resident William H. Savage stated that $1,800 was raised in that township and approximately 400 gardens would be planted for the benefit of its needy residents... forest fires struck the township on Saturday, April 23rd, with a big fire staring at Bay Avenue in Cedar Grove, east of Vaughn Avenue, and swept down to Gilford Park and Washington Street, where it was halted by backfires to keep it from the section between that roadway and the river where approximately 100 houses stood. East of those homes, however, the fire did cross across Washington Street and burn through the Brackenridge tract to the river... on Tuesday, April 26th, the state Assembly passed the Senate bill by Ocean County Senator Wilfred H. Jayne, Jr. requiring all pupils of
public schools to salute the flag and recite the pledge of allegiance... Costa’s Locksmith Shop advertised that “now is the time to have your lawnmower sharpened and overhauled. We do sharpening of all kinds; locks repaired; keys duplicated; saws filed” at their establishment at 44 Snyder Avenue... the Toms River Cleaners of Washington Street offered to “clean and block your old hat to look like new. This saves the price of a new one.”... the Dover Township Committee approved new tax assessments on Hyers Street properties that received sidewalks months earlier... various rumors flew around town and were recorded in the April 29th edition of the New Jersey Courier that Charles Lindbergh traveled through Toms River in the last week of April on his way to either go to Atlantic City in search of his kidnapped child or to answer a tip that he could meet a rumrunner at Long Beach who could put him in touch with the kidnappers. In may, a truck driver discovered the remains of the Lindbergh baby in the woods along a road near the Lindbergh home outside of Princeton... Rev. S. Monroe VanSant of Northfield and Mr. and Mrs. James Leslie VanSant of New York visited Toms River on Friday, April 22nd, recalling their time spent living in the township in the 1870s with their father, Rev. Samuel M. VanSant, in the Beatty house on Washington Street, which in 1932 was the office of the County Superintendent of Schools and the county agent. Their father was one of the founders of Island Heights, moving there from Toms River, and Leslie, by 1932 a real estate agent, was formerly a newspaper employee with the New Jersey Courier... Mr. and Mrs. Rix Yard and their family prepared to leave their Cranmoor Manor home for one of their homes on the beach in South Mantoloking... Virginia Wood, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William C. Wood of Toms River and Havana, Cuba, married Edward H. Beresford Monck of Havana and Liverpool, England. Miss Wood was the granddaughter of Mrs. Flora Wainwright of Lexington Avenue, Toms River, and John Wainwright, and great-granddaughter of Capt. And Mrs. Joseph Wainwright. Miss Wood spent most of her summers in the township with her mother as the family came north to avoid the hottest summer heat... gardens across the township were seen bursting with daffodils, golden forsythia, hyacinths, blooms of peach, plum, cherry and pears, early tulips and white spirea bushes, and apple blossoms... every Saturday and after school, backlots and streets were seen filled with boys playing baseball throughout the Toms River area while along the shores boatbuilders up and down the river were busy setting to work overhauling vessels for the new season ... Frank Willard was
busy cleaning up the Riverside Cemetery of overgrowth and trash... John Hagaman was busy building a new home on Seward Avenue next to his own for his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Eckert... the body of former Silverton man David Bigley, who died at the age of 31 on March 17th when he drowned in New York Harbor after falling overboard while working on a Long Island Railroad tugboat, was found washed ashore and badly decomposed on the Staten Island shoreline on Wednesday, April 27th. He was survived by his wife, Miss Gladys Clayton, daughter of former Dover Township Committeeman Bartine Clayton and his wife, and four-year-old daughter Catherine... it was announced that Fred J. Cook, of Point Pleasant, would be among 20 graduates from the Rutgers University school of journalism in June. Mr. Cook would go on to work for the Toms River-based New Jersey Courier, the Asbury Park Press, the New York World-Telegram, the New York Times and become an internationally renown investigative journalist who wrote exposes on the F.B.I., C.I.A. and various American corporations and was involved in a watershed Supreme Court case affirming the regulation that broadcasters must serve the public interest. Among his various books can be found his 1984 autobiography, Maverick: Fifty Years of Investigative Reporting, which included sections about working as a reporter on the shore and while out of print can be found on various book reseller websites. Mr. Cook died in 2003 at the age of 92 in his home in Interlaken and was survived by a son, Frederik P. Cook of Blairstown, a daughter, Barbara Shibla of Ortley Beach and six grandchildren... Dover Township Relief Director C.W. Herflicker reported that no contributions were received in the last week of April, and there was no money left, but that groceries and provisions were provided to 27 families, milk to 13 families, clothing to seven people, medicine and doctor care to four people, temporary work given to 12 people, and eight new people registered for employment... on Monday night, April 25th, an attempted robbery took place at the poultry houses of Forrest E. Raynor on Old Freehold Road. The same farm was robbed the previous fall... the Matthew Turrell property in Pleasant Plains, which was recently taken over by John Pace, began operating as the Pace Rabbit Farm, considered a new use not previously seen in the area, with a long line of rabbit hutches and open fronts in plain view of the highway... a gas station was reported to be built on the corner of Church and Lakewood roads opposite the Alice Fielder bungalow... Miss Henrietta Trenery of Pleasant Plains began working for Priest’s drugstore on the corner of Robbins and Wash-
ington streets downtown... Courtney Reinhold of Paterson, who had years before purchased the portion of the A.A. Dunham farm fronting on Whitty Road, began building a house of German design there... firemen Nelson Hazen and Herman Katohsky, while traveling to a fire in Laurelton on Saturday evening, April 23rd, witnessed a chimney fire in the home of Eugene Hecht, who was away at the time. The fire was extinguished...
Ocean Gate 1932 continued from page 33 through the summer season... the borough fire company responded to numerous fires in Ocean Gate and across the region at the end of April, including one near the home of James Lewis, outside of borough limits; one in the area of Barnegat and Red Bank avenues, near the home of Mrs. Ada Hill (both were put out early on before damage could be done to homes); and the Gilford Park fire in Toms River late Saturday night, April 22nd to 23rd. Residents were asked to get a permit from Otto Page, fire warden, before burning anything at their homes... Howard Bancroft remodeled the Charles Coxe home on Angelsea Avenue... tax bills were sent out the last week of April, at a rate lower than the previous year... the Keeney real estate office opened on Sunday, April 24th... at the borough governing body meeting of Saturday evening, April 23rd, material for building the approaches to the boardwalk for fire company access was ordered...
Up Ship! continued from page 33 Lakehurst hangar. The Navy will not disclose when or for how long the aircraft will be based in Lakehurst. The Air Station at Lakehurst has a long and storied history with blimps. Aside from housing the Navy’s blimp program from 1921 to 1961, the base was also the site of the Hindenburg crash on May 6th, 1937. The German airship, which departed from Frankfurt, Germany on May 3rd, became engulfed in fire and was destroyed as it attempted to connect to its mooring mast at Lakehurst, killing 36 people. ~ Matt Genovese
Beachwood 1932 cont’d that allows a man to turn his hand to whatever comes along), and they went hungry, some of them last summer, with the woods full of huckleberries, because they had not the energy to go out and pick and sell them.” Mrs. Philp Allen of Berkeley Township stated that seeds would allow local residents to plant gardens in the smaller towns by returning “to the methods of 15 or 20 years ago,” plowing or spading their backlots to grow vegetables and can, dry and store the produce attained to live through the summer and into the following winter with “little outside help.” Applications had been sent to the government for seeds, but under the law they were not able to provide. Lakewood resident William H. Savage stated that $1,800 was raised in that township and approximately 400 gardens would be planted for the benefit of its needy residents... Frederick Harjes and his mother, William Harjes and family and others spent the weekend of April 23rd at the Harjes home on Compass Avenue and Lookout Street. The Harjes family was responsible for the ownership, location and construction of the new Woolworth building in downtown Toms River, which was set to open before long... Albert Neilson began building a bungalow on Tiller Avenue net to the Barton J. Forsythe home... Mr. Wolfhart opened his confectionery store on Saturday, April 23rd, giving balloons out to children, and did good business through the weekend... Munn Craig, one of 30 members of field hockey teams, tried out for the Olympics to be held that summer in California... Barbara Clark Meyers continued from page 17 “It was very sudden when she went but you know that we all have to carry on for her,” Sue continued. “This is one way she would love to be here for us.” Mr. Murray and Mayor Joseph Champagne then escorted them to the backstop where they unveiled a banner emblazoned with Ms. Clark-Meyers’ name. Among those present could be heard stories recounted of the “league mom” and her accomplishments even as the league opening ceremony continued through the first pitch and into the first games.
Riverside Signal | 1 June 2012 | Ocean Gate April Rundown continued from page 20 which time no comments were made by the public, but Mr. McGrath asked whether it was reviewed by the state, which Chief Financial Officer Paulette Konopka confirmed. Governing Body & Department Reports - Mr. Gluck stated that his office continued to represent the borough and the Ocean Gate Board of Education in two lawsuits concerning the Central Regional School District, each concerned with the attendance of students from Seaside Park to the district; the codification process continued, with Code Enforcer Paul Butow and Councilman Brian Distefano recently meeting to review “good chunks of sections” the former had comments on; his office continued to fight on appeal of a 2007 penalty assessed against the borough for “failure to file a timely stormwater management report” with the state and he recommended the borough settle the Ameripay payroll lawsuit, in which that company failed to pay the Internal Revenue Service millions of dollars in withheld employee taxes from public and private entities statewide, with a bankruptcy council. - Ms. Konopka reported that the borough successfully sold a surplus patrol car on a municipal auction website for $1,282.05, and a recycling truck for $3,769.37, but that the garbage truck also offered did not meet the reserve price and would be relisted. A Ford Bronco sold for $750 but the highest bidder did not make payment and it was due to go back out for bid. Regarding municipal projects, she stated that the quotes were obtained for the ongoing boardwalk reconstruction project near Angelsea Avenue, with pilings due to arrive that week, and that Adrian Hall was due to receive a general restoration and cleaning of its exterior following the boardwalk project. - Mr. Kendrick stated that the public safety committee met on April 5th, and that the fire company reported new hose for their apparatus was recived and would be loaded that month, replacing the older worn and sometimes torn stock. They also stated then that the firehouse was in need of new energyefficient windows and bay doors to reduce the amount of heating and air conditioning escaping, which the council president said he would forward on to Mayor Kennedy for review. A police unity bicycle riding tour was scheduled to pass through Ocean Gate on May 9th, honoring the memory of fallen police officers throughout the state, and specifically paying tribute to the memory of Jason C. “Jay” Marles, whose life was cut short by a drunken driver on the eve of Thanksgiving 2010 on the Garden State Parkway in Toms River. Mr. Marles was
headed home following a special drunken driving detail shift in Ocean Gate. “It should be a pretty impressive event with hundreds and hundreds, if not thousands, of bicycles riding through here to Washington, D.C.,” said Mr. Kendrick, noting that they were to leave the site of the World Trade Center attacks in lower Manhattan earlier that morning to kick off the tour. He further reported that the Ocean Gate First Aid Squad was beginning the planning of their annual October vintage car and motorcycle show, adding that the volunteer organization was also seeking to replace its first responder vehicle and would accept donations and that they would begin utilizing their long-silent air horn to aid in the notification of responders when calls for service are received. For the first quarter of 2012, the squad reported receiving 45 calls for service, five fire-related calls, 21 mutual aid calls and two miscellaneous calls. The Ocean Gate Office of Emergency Management informed Mr. Kendrick that on Tuesday, June 5th at 10 am and 2 pm the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station in Lacey would be sounding off its alarm sirens across the region as a test. The council president closed his report with an update on police activity for the month of March, which included three motor vehicle crashes, 12 assists to the first aid squad, two reports of vandalism, eight larceny and theft incidents, six burglaries or attempted entries, 11 domestic violence reports, a total of 219 calls for service, 60 motor vehicle stops with 49 violations issued and 32 warnings, and four arrests—three of which were drug related, plus seven ordinance violations and a total of 14 adults arrested, zero juveniles. - Mr. Distefano reported that the finance committee was waiting on approval of the 2012 budget but noted there was no increase on municipal taxes to resident of the borough. “Everybody should be happy about that,” he said. The councilman added that he was working on ordinances to curtail ongoing landlord/tenant issues in town. - Ms. Nicastro thanked the Ocean Gate Civic Club for their annual roast pork dinner plus “all the wonderful the civic club does for Ocean Gate—it really helps the town.” On the Ocean Gate Historical Society’s annual Easter Bunny breakfast, she said it was “the busiest breakfast [in] years and everyone had a great time” and added that the egg hunt held outside Adrian Hall had hundreds of kids searching for eggs with treats and prizes, which were filled by volunteers. In municipal projects, the councilwoman stated that paving was completed at the borough public works garage, curbing installed at Veterans Park on Ocean Gate Drive, and approximately 225 feet
of boardwalk was due to be replaced in the Stone Harbor Avenue area, plus an additional 269 feet at the second pier, or Angelsea Avenue area. “Last but not least I want to say a lot of people came in to ask about the former Ocean Gate House,” continued Ms. Nicastro, referring to the restaurant on East Bayview Avenue that was recently renovated and renamed Yolanda’s River House. “They’re doing a really fantastic job and the man who purchased the property is not sparing any expense—it looks beautiful.” - Councilman Charles Mailot reported finding a half dozen streetlights out in the borough during the previous month that he reported for repairs to Jersey Central Power & Light. - Mr. McGrath listed a series of youth and adult recreation programs upcoming for borough residents through the summer, including art classes at the Angelsea Avenue pier, basketball clinics, and beginner sailing programs for youths. - Mr. Santarpia stated that the borough rabies clinic “went well but it wasn’t as active as it had been in the past” and thanked Ms. Nicastro and Mr. and Mrs. Paul Butow for working the event as well. Correspondence - The governing body received a request from the Ocean Gate Historical Society to use Adrian Hall on Monday, June 4th for coffee prior to leaving on a trip to Philadelphia that day, and a request by the Ocean Gate Veterans Association for permission to sell hot dogs and
hamburgers at the Wildwood Avenue beachfront during the 4th of July activities. Both were unanimously approved. - Former councilwoman and West Arverne Avenue resident Pat Barger wrote the council thanking Borough Clerk Ileana Vasquez-Gallipoli for her work in locating the 80-year-old birth certificate of her aunt, which was stored in the borough archive and saved her aunt a trip to Trenton to retrieve a copy. - Mrs. Barger and her husband, Fritz, also sent a letter concerning ongoing poor water pressure at their residence that bordered on nonexistent water pressure “at times.” Mr. Kendrick said he would forward their concern to Mayor Kennedy, who is also the borough administrator. Agenda Items The consent agenda for the borough council, of which all members of the governing body voted in favor of, with Ms. Nicastro abstaining only on the certified bill for the construction department, included resolutions awarding the contract for alternate municipal prosecutor until the end of the year to Nicholas Maschella; approving raffle licenses for the first aid squad and Ocean County Police Chiefs Association for 50/50 raffles on September 8th and June 13th, respectively; approving a vendor’s license to Charles Watson for “Chuck’s Ice Cream” for the year; approving the transfer of the liquor license formerly owned by the Ocean Gate House to its new owner, who renamed it Yolanda’s
River House; proclaiming May 13th through 19th as National Police Week and May 15th as Peace Officers’ Memorial Day; authorizing the execution of a schedule “C” agreement with Ocean County for the year, including an amendment to increase to cost of the road department contract to $25,000, up from $1,000, with engineering and vehicle services remaining at $1,000; and payment of certified bills in the amount of $1,004,265.22. An addendum was added to the meeting agenda that included a resolution appointing Mayor Kennedy as the acting municipal administrator with a flat salary of $15,000 with no benefits retroactive to January 1st and continuing to December 31st. The resolution stated that the mayor voluntarily agreed to waive benefits, pension contributions and other entitlements. The majority of the borough council voted in favor of the motion, with Mr. Santarpia and Mr. McGrath opposed. A second resolution, which was passed unanimously, authorized the borough attorney to prepare bid specifications and advertise a contract for the lease of the Comfort Station concession stand at the Wildwood Avenue beachfront. The council rundown for the full month of May will be published in the next regular edition of the Riverside Signal. The next meeting of the borough mayor and council will take place on Wednesday, June 27th at 7 pm in borough hall on Ocean Gate Avenue.
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