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I’m ready for my close up Mr Demille

TLC now has the zombie cake episode of Cake Boss up on their site.

You can see us several times in the video including…

1:56 all of us can be seen shambling with the other zombies
20:24 briefly you see me
20:31 longer shot of me
20:57 andrew and my wife are directly behind the zombie king and queen
21:11 andrew can be seen with zombie benny
21:36 you can see my son and wife, and my wife taking the zombie hand (which now resides in my freezer)I’m ready for my close up Mr Demille

set your tivo’s cause my son’s gonna be on tv

When we went o the As-Buried Park zombie walk, a cake was presented at the afterparty by Buddy Valostro, start of the TLC series, Cake Boss. Afterwards they interviewed some of the zombies, including my son. No guarentee that his interview will make the episode, but at least you’ll be able to see the cake, and you’ll definitely see me.

The episode airs 6/22 at 10 pm on TLC.

Vacarro’s skeleton torn down

The Vacarro skeleton (a half constructed building built by a builder named vacarro) was long a sign of Asbury’s corruption and decline. In 2006, after nearly 20 years as an eyesore, the structure was torn down, ironically by Vacarro’s construction company.

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Asbury Park

Asbury Park was at one time a shining jewel of tourism for NJ. Along with Atlantic City, it was the place to go for fun at the shore during the early 1900’s. When the automobile gave families the access to remote places for fun & relaxation people flocked to the ocean shore because of it’s natural beauty and ability to provide safe and relatively inexpensive fun.

Asbury Park fell into a pool of economic woes due to greed and financial mismanagement. There have been several efforts by the town to redevelop itself in the past 20 years and all have failed, in some cases because of direct fraud, other times because of bribes and kickbacks.

In 2002 new plans emerged which would’ve included the demolition of the Stone Pony. Protests and involvement by Bruce Springstein led to design changes. The Palace was another story. They couldn’t sell it on Ebay for 2.5 million, and even though it was on the National Register of Historic places, it was torn down in 2004. Only Tillie remains, now sitting on top of the Stone pony.

The new focus is on the Casino where there used to be an ice skating rink. It was transformed into a flea market and later a skate park during the 90’s but has been rotting forever and the question is what to do with it? The current plan is to save the front half, where the roof is still viable, and demolish the back half where the roof is gone.

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Asbury Park Airport

Originally called Schlossbach Field, it was built in the 1940’s and closed around 1977. Tom Rutherford reported in 2005, β€œIt looks like they are going to build an upscale mall on that site some time in the next year or two. The shopping malls are popping up all over that area. So far they have build a huge WalMart & Home Depot in the area & there are talks of this new mall. The runway is still there.”

Asbury Park airfield is still there, though locals with ATV have carved numerous trails into the woods & the property is up for sale. There are 3 construction vehicles on site and certain sections (very small sections) appear to have been leveled like a lawnmower. Also something very strange was that some trees were being dug up & their roots wrapped, as if they were going to be sold or transplanted elsewhere.”

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More photos here