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Who’s the Girl on Springsteen Single Cover?

  By JOSEPH SAPIA In 1979, hired by Bruce Springsteen, Joel Bernstein spent days with the rock and roller, shooting photographs of him. One is an iconic black-and-white shot – Springsteen dressed in light-colored long pants and a dark-colored T-shirt standing on the Asbury Park Boardwalk. The Boardwalk’s herringbone pattern is covered with rain. The Empress hotel is in the near background, the Palace arcade in the far background. “To Joel,” Springsteen wrote on a copy of the photo he gave to Bernstein, “Who was that girl?” and signed it. Springsteen is referring to the woman in the photo’s background,…

Working in a Man’s World

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Joanne Letson and Roberta Walker give Bradley Beach a lot of exposure around town. They are seasonal public works department workers planting flowers, maintaining fountains, sprucing up garden beds on Main Street and at the beachfront. “Incredible work to detail,” said Mayor Gary Engelstad. “They’re extremely friendly. They have a great attitude, they’re always smiling. “They just represent the town in incredible fashion,” Engelstad said. Oh, but those public works muscle-type shirts gave Letson and Walker more bosomy exposure than they or their ages wanted. “The arm hole was really big,” said Walker, 63. “If you’re…

Tamara Seidle

  By JOSEPH SAPIA and ELLEN CARROLL Tamara Seidle was remembered this week as a wonderful and loving mother, who was very involved with her children and their activities but was never too busy to show her appreciation to others; to thank the choir at Holy Spirit Church in Asbury Park for singing at her child’s confirmation she brought them a cake. As a member of the Red and Black Booster Club in Neptune she helped out at football games. On Tues., June 16 her ex-husband, Neptune Police Sgt. Phillip Seidel, 51, was arrested and charged with shooting and killing…

Time for Parades and Picnics

  By JOSEPH SAPIA It was a busy Memorial Day weekend for Ocean Grove’s Caroll DeRocco. Participation in events honoring fallen military veterans, the Atlantic Wind Ensemble concert at the Great Auditorium, Sunday morning religious services on the Boardwalk, her children participating in the parade, Bradley Beach’s annual festival and, in Asbury Park, Yappy Hour for dogs at the Wonder Bar and fireworks. The traditional beginning of the summer season at the Jersey Shore rocketed in with sunny skies and bustling activity. “I love the beginning of summer,” said DeRocco, 51. “I love we begin (by) honoring those that have…

City Deputy Mayor Expecting Baby

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Around mid-April, Asbury Park Deputy Mayor Amy Quinn and her wife, Heather Jensen, began announcing they would be parents for the first time. Quinn, 38, is expected to give birth about Oct. 1. “The response in Asbury Park has been fantastic,” she said. Those who follow the council say they believe this is the first time in memory a councilwoman has been pregnant while in office. “I have every intention of staying on council through and after this pregnancy,” Quinn said. Quinn said she did not want to reveal the baby’s gender at this time.

Fire Displaces 12 in Bradley Beach

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Twelve people were displaced when their McCabe Avenue rooming house was seriously damaged in a fire Sunday, March 29 in Bradley Beach. The fire at 217 McCabe Ave. began in the attic of the three-story wooden building, said Police Chief Len Guida. He said the afternoon-evening fire is considered non-suspicious and is believed to have been electrical in nature. There were no injuries, but two people were transported to the hospital, apparently for existing needs, Guida said. Guida said the building is at least temporarily uninhabitable. He said the American Red Cross provided temporary housing. Responding…

Ready, Set, Package 20,000 Meals!

  By JOSEPH SAPIA As part of its mission work, St. Paul United Methodist Church in Ocean Grove will package 20,000 meals on March 22 to be shipped to a third-world country or countries. On the afternoon of Sunday, March 22, about 100 church members and other volunteers are to meet to package the meals at the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association Youth Temple. The church is working with the Stop Hunger Now organization, with the congregation supplying the funds and volunteers to package meals with dehydrated rice and soy brought in by Stop Hunger Now. The Rev. John DiGiamberardino…

The Winter of Our Discontent?

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Remember the generally snowless, mild weather of December and early January — the Winter That Was Not. Then came the onslaught of sub-freezing, sometime near zero, temperatures and seemingly almost every other day snow or ice — not large accumulations, but enough in which they had to be dealt with. What would you title this winter — so far, because we could have snow for another month, for example, no matter what the calendar says? “Unending Torment or Unending Torrent, one of the two,” said Jewels Reigns of Ocean Grove. It felt as though it was…

Neptune Flight Nurse Returns from Deployment in Afghanistan

  By JOSEPH SAPIA While a student at Monmouth Regional High School in Tinton Falls, Gretchen Hayes had to figure a way to pay for a college education. “So, I went into the military because they had tuition assistance,” said Hayes, 30, now living in Neptune. “The Air Force, (because) my dad’s prior Air Force.” She chose the healthcare field – first getting a bachelor’s degree in biology from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, then an associate’s degree in nursing from Brookdale Community College and, finally, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from St. Peter’s University. “I always liked to…

Some Like It Cold, But Most Do Not

  By JOSEPH SAPIA For 21 years, Juan Rivera has worked in a refrigerated room. “Forty-five, forty-three degrees, all day,” said Rivera, 58, who works at Gourmet Kitchen, a food-preparer in Neptune. Sure, the Asbury Park resident is used to the cold, but it does not mean he is used to the constant threat of snow and sub-freezing, sometime near-zero temperatures the recent weeks of winter have brought us. “It’s terrible,” said Rivera, who finds himself spending more time indoors. “It just won’t let up.” But Rivera, as with others, is grinning and bearing the winter. “I’m hanging in there,”…

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