Saturday, April 27, 2013
Play around with our searchable database of New Jersey baby names from 1910 to 2011, with data courtesy of the Social Security Administration
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Zak Koeske
Saturday, April 27
"The Boss" was born during the heyday of New Jersey's infatuation with the name Bruce, according to Social Security Administration Data on baby names. Springsteen — born in Long Branch on Sept. 23, 1949 — entered this world in the early stages of New Jersey's Bruce craze, which lasted from about 1947 to 1956. Between 500 and 650 boys were given the name Bruce annually during that period, more than at any other point in the state's history. The name remained relatively popular into the early 1960s, but has gradually fallen from popularity in spite of Springsteen's lasting legacy. Whitney Houston, on the other hand, was born at a time when her name was nearly unheard of in New Jersey. When Houston was born in Newark in 1963, she was one of …
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Seven Bridges Road winery seeks agricultural board approval; Owner says there will only be two or three visitors a day.
After two informal meetings with the town to get feedback on plans to add features to his property, the owner of a 15-acre vineyard along Seven Bridges Road, Little Silver, has turned to the county for an okay instead. Richard DeBlasi, who has owned the property at 647 Seven Bridges Road for more than 30 years, is attempting to qualify the site as a commercial farm under the Right to Farm Act and needs approval from the county agricultural board, according to Little Silver Mayor Robert C. Neff, Jr. Famland assessed properties do not pay standard taxes, but a farmland assessment, which is substantially lower than municipal taxes. In order to qualify for farmland assessment, a property owner must own a minimum of five acres and show proof of…
Monday, February 25, 2013
The governor gives kudos to the two rock stars for helping with Hurricane Sandy recovery, politics aside.
The Rumson-Fair Haven shore area is known as the land of Springsteen and Bon Jovi. Springsteen has a home in Rumson and Bon Jovi lives in the Navesink section of Middletown. Both are known to show up to support many a cause in the area, including Democratic political campaigns. Neither one has supported Republican Gov. Chris Christie. And Christie is an openly avid Boss fan. But, the two rockers have set politics aside to pool resources to save the Jersey Shore and have been appointed by Christie's wife, Mary Pat, to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund Advisory Board. Bon Jovi came to Sea Bright to see the progress with Sea Bright Rising's tent/food city in the wake of Sandy. The governor has made several stops to Sea Bright as …
Sunday, December 2, 2012
A revealing new biography about the Boss.
Getting at what drives Bruce Springsteen has never been easy. But, a new biography by author Peter Ames Carlin digs as deep into the psyche of the Boss, who has a home in Rumson and has been known to stay anchored in the area. Bruce, published Oct. 30 by Simon & Schuster, is already on the New York Times bestseller list. The 494-page book, written with Springsteen’s cooperation, has a South Jersey connection. Palmyra resident Frank Stefanko shot three of the photos used in the book. Two of the pictures were shot at the former Shellow’s Luncheonette in East Camden in 1978. One shows Springsteen playing pinball as members of the E Street Band watch. The other is a group shot, with the entire band jammed around a booth. The third photo, …
Sunday, November 25, 2012
From Bruce Springsteen to the Episcopal Church, who decides how to use the tens of millions of dollars being collected to help Sandy's victims?
First there was New Jersey legend Bruce Springsteen headlining a star-studded telethon to benefit the American Red Cross. Then there was Oscar de la Hoya and his Los Angeles-based Golden Boy Productions donating the proceeds from a night of boxing to the decimated Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City. Now, National Hockey League all-stars Brad Richards and Scott Hartnell have announced Operation Hat Trick, a charitable professional hockey game to be played Saturday night at A.C.’s Boardwalk Hall to raise money for the Red Cross, the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund (HSNJRF), and the Empire State Relief Fund. Next in the lineup, a Dave Matthews Band benefit concert November 30 at the Izod Center in East Rutherford for a relief fund set …
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
The Wrecking Ball Tour’s last Jersey dates are this weekend. Share your favorite memories of the Boss.
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will make their last Wrecking Ball Tour stop in New Jersey this weekend with performances at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Monmouth County knows Bruce better than most. In fact, as most know, he has a home in Rumson. So, we bet you’ve got some great stories to share. Let us know about your favorite Springsteen concert. What was happening in your life at the time? What made it so special? And if you have any photos of you and your family and friends at the Wrecking Ball Tour, upload them to this article.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
The Boss frequents the fairgrounds during the Fair Haven Firemen's Fair, just like any other townie
It's pretty common knowledge in the Rumson-Fair Haven area that The Boss, Bruce Springsteen, has a home in Rumson. It's also a given that, like any other resident of the area, the Fair Haven Firemen's Fair is likely a staple in his summer's end routine. Yes, just like any other Rumsonite, Springsteen has been known to frequent the fair. And, just like any other townie, he roams the grounds, barely noticeable, casually clad and entourage-free. People, accustomed to routine Bruce sightings around town, usually just smile, say "Hi" and let him go about his fair business, which has mirrored that of the typical fairgoer — hanging with family and friends, getting kids on rides, grabbing a bite to eat, winning a prize or two and just plain …
Sunday, March 4, 2012
The Boss and his E Street band rehearsed under wraps at Fort Monmouth
Local Bruce Springsteen fans know that when they attend a show in Asbury Park, no matter who is headlining the event, there's a chance Bruce will pop in for a song. What they probably don't know is that this winter Springsteen and his crew spent their days practicing at the Expo Theater inside Fort Monmouth in a quiet section of Oceanport. Closed as a military installation since September, the place is a bit of a ghost town. On most days, security personnel outnumber the investors who have been looking over the U.S. Army property, now up for sale and development. That made it an especially private and secure place for the band to practice. In fact, it has done so there for years, as part of a long-standing agreement with the Army, Patch …
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Photos of Bruce Springsteen taken by Frank Stefanko are part of a new exhibit about the singer at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.
Bruce Springsteen, a resident, is a rock legend and has a fan base across the country. Many of those fans will flock to Philly over the next couple months to see a photo exibit about the life of The Boss. The photos are a major new exhibit opening Friday, Feb. 17 at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. The exhibit, From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen, was previously on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland. The exhibit, which runs through Sept. 3 at the Constitution Center, contains more than 150 pieces from Springsteen's career. The items on display include the Fender guitar pictured on the cover of Springsteen's 1975 breakthrough album, Born to Run, the …
Friday, July 1, 2011
The Boss pays tribute to the Big Man.
On June 21, Bruce Springsteen spoke at the funeral of his friend, confidant and E Street Band comrade Clarence Clemons in Palm Beach, Fla. On June 29, Springsteen released the following on his website: This is a slightly revised version of the eulogy I delivered for Clarence at his memorial. I'd like to thank all our fans and friends who have comforted us over the past difficult weeks. FOR THE BIG MAN I've been sitting here listening to everyone talk about Clarence and staring at that photo of the two of us right there. It's a picture of Scooter and The Big Man, people who we were sometimes. As you can see in this particular photo, Clarence is admiring his muscles and I'm pretending to be nonchalant while leaning upon him. I leaned on …