One year ago: Area memorials bring 9/11 home with WTC steel

Avalon plans to officially dedicate its new memorial to those who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the anniversary Tuesday, according to the borough’s public information officer.

The September 11th Memorial Plaza will feature a 1,800-pound section of I-beam from the site of the World Trade Center, Scott Wahl said in a release. The Port Authority of New York/New Jersey gave the beam to Avalon.

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The memorial is structured so that every Sept. 11 the bronze inlays that depict the events of 9/11 will be shadowed by the beam. The sculpture is 9 feet, 11 inches tall. It leans nine degrees, 11 minutes toward Manhattan.

Mayor Martin Pagliughi will host Tuesday’s ceremony. Elementary school students and local singers also will participate.

Two of Avalon’s public safety members who responded on Sept. 11, 2001 — police Sgt. Frank Hood and Avalon Rescue Squad Chief Kevin Scarpa — will ring bells to start and end the ceremony. Other members of the Avalon public safety community will be in attendance and in full dress.

The plaza is located on the north side of Veterans Plaza, at 21st Street and Dune Drive. The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. and will last about 30 minutes.

Three months ago: In Sea Isle City, jitneys draw riders, praise

The addition of jitneys to Sea Isle City this summer has been a huge success, Sea Isle City Chamber of Commerce President Christopher Glancey said.

Service will continue through late September, Glancey said. The city plans to bring them back next year.

Glancey said that the jitney drivers were happy to be in Sea Isle City.

“They said that it was smooth. The people were nice. There were lots of riders,” Glancey said.

Jitneys were immediately much more popular than the city’s old trolley, he said. Glancey said it was because there was only one trolley, but now there are many jitneys.

“It’s been very convenient, that seems to be big the thing,” he said. “Once we had that, that was what made it so popular. People were like, ‘That was so easy. I just walk up to Landis Avenue and get a jitney.’”

Three months ago: Ventnor International Farmers Market open every Wednesday through Sept. 12

Ventnor International Farmers Market, which was held for the last time of the summer Wednesday — one week earlier than previously reported, had a great first year, Michelle Ummarino said.

“Everybody was really happy. The vendors did well,” said Ummarino, chairwoman of the Ventnor City Beautification Committee. “It was a really good experience. I think it was really nice for the city to have another nice event going on in the town. We tried to provide for people who have to go to work to come after, because most of the farmers markets in the area are in the mornings.”

They hope to organize another market series next year.

“The location was nice,” she said. “It was a little tough with the weather, because it was hot. Better than rain, we lucked out in that way. Most of it passed us by. We did have one rainout, but people actually came out to purchase. It was rain and lightning, but they were dedicated to coming out there.”

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