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A Christmas Song for the Shore by 2 Jersey Guys

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Weeks ago, the seasonal bombardment of Christmas music started. But here is a song arguably worth listening to. It has Asbury Park-area flavor, “Christmas on the Jersey Shore,” written in 2011 by Neptune’s Ray Dahrouge and performed by Dahrouge and his group, the Darchaes. The Darchaes on the song are originals Sam Siciliano of Neptune, Dennis Testa of Jackson and Louie Scalpati of Neptune City, along with Siciliano’s brother, Patsy of Spring Lake, who has filled in with the group over the years. The years? As the name of the compact disc bearing “Christmas on the…

Beware the Snow? Not This Week

  By JOSEPH SAPIA With only a coating at best, Tuesday’s snow event in the Asbury Park area was kind of a bust. “I was all excited this morning,” said Sam Vaccaro Sr. Tuesday afternoon. “Now, I’m disappointed.” Vaccaro owns The Hardware in Asbury Park and was ready to sell snow shovels, snowblowers, de-icing salt, those kinds of things. But, while he was talking, the city looked just like another so-so day that was clearing up. “If it doesn’t snow, business is way off,” said Vaccaro, noting people are not buying lawn-and-garden and other outside items this time of year.…

Old School Auditorium Steps Into the Future

  By JOSEPH SAPIA For Betty Ann White Slocum, the refurbishing of the Bradley Beach Elementary School auditorium is a step back in time. “I love it,” said Slocum, who attended the school from kindergarten to eighth grade. “They made it look like the era it’s supposed to be from. “This just makes it a special place,” she said. “It’s elegant-looking.” For Slocum, the school’s secretary who has worked for the local kindergarten-to-eighth grade district for all but two years since 1981, and the rest of the town, the remodeling of the auditorium will also be a step into the…

Neptune Man Dies on Train Tracks

  By JOSEPH SAPIA A Neptune man died when struck by an NJ Transit train Tues., Dec. 3 in Asbury Park. The dead man is Abdul Clackley, 51, of Neptune, said Asbury Park Police Capt. Marshawn Love. The train struck the man in the area of the 6th Avenue train crossing and the Deal Lake railroad bridge, according to city police and NJ Transit. Police received a report of the incident at 4:11 p.m., apparently from the train crew, Love said. An initial investigation shows the man appeared to come from behind the bridge’s structure onto the tracks, Love said. The…

Recalling the Day the President Was Shot

  By JOSEPH SAPIA (Above – President John F. Kennedy with daughter Caroline. John F. Kennedy Library photo.) Noel Kirchner was in his office at a children’s wear manufacturer in New York’s Fashion District when a co-worker got a telephone call. “She broke into tears, I remember that,” Kirchner said. “She kept saying, ‘The president’s been shot, the president’s been shot.’” Eventually, the word came on that Friday, November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated in Dallas. At Seabrook Village in Tinton Falls this week, members of the community of 1,400 residents 62-years-old and older recalled that…

Dredging Begins in Sylvan Lake

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Working with a federal grant of more than $300,000, Avon and Bradley Beach officials have been dredging Sylvan Lake, along with removing debris from it. An estimated 10,000 cubic yards of spoils would be removed, opening water drainage to east end outflow gates that are clogged, along with adding lake depth to retain more water, said Steve Kegelman, Avon’s deputy emergency management coordinator. Workers also cleared stormwater drains entering the lake, which runs between Ocean Avenue and Main Street/Route 71, Kegleman said. The lake has needed to be dredged for years, said Kegelman, adding the lake’s…

The Summer of 2013 – A Season to Remember

By JOE SAPIA For the Shore, it was a summer season to remember. The Summer of 2013 – post-Superstorm Sandy which flooded houses and businesses, ripped up boardwalks and set off a massive recovery effort. An effort that extended into the traditional summer season of Memorial Day to Labor Day. “I think we did all right, considering,” said Thomas A. Arnone, director of the Monmouth County Board of Freeholders and a Neptune City resident. “A lot of things came into play.” Of course, there was the recovery from October’s Supertorm Sandy. But Arnone also mentioned the longer school year, because…

A Gnome Now Gone from Home

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Gerome is a gnome, Now, he is gone from his home, From a trove, In Ocean Grove, At 116 Avenue Cookman, At the home of the family Mileham, Taken from his wicker chair, No clues left behind, nary a hair, He liked to hang out there, With his friend, Cate, a rainbow-colored caterpillar, “Please,” Cate said, “bring back my gnome: purple hat, yellow pants, long white beard, “Put him back ‘neath the tree and no scolding there’ll be, shouts of joy on the street will be heard,” Bring him back soon, So, poems such this no…

Ocean High Graduate is an Ironman, First-Timer

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Joe Villapiano liked the idea of being called an iron man. So, the 1999 graduate of Ocean Township High School, where he lettered in football, basketball and baseball, entered the Ironman Lake Placid. Held July 28 in New York’s Adirondacks region, it involved a 2.4-mile swim, 112 miles bicycling and a marathon run of 26.2 miles, held July 28. “If I was going to do one, I would do the big one,” said Villapiano, 32, who now lives in Boston and is an assistant football coach at Harvard University. “I just love the title, Iron Man.…

Former City Resident Known as Dr. Angel in Foreign Countries

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Since leaving Asbury Park years ago, Dr. Joseph Agris has led an accomplished life: successful domestic plastic surgeon and “Dr. Angel” to many in foreign countries as a humanitarian. Agris, 72, has been a plastic surgeon for 40 years. About 30 years ago, Agris, who has lived in the Houston area since the mid-1970s, began doing humanitarian work. A “combination of things” led to this, including getting connected to Houston television personality Marvin Zindler. Zindler, who promoted charity work, and Agris, “over the years, we kind of hit it off,” the doctor said. About 30 years…

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