Storm of 1962

Scenes from Brigantine, Atlantic City, Storm of 1962

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, March 06, 2012 11:51 am

These scenes are from 8mm movie film shot by my father, Raymond Smith, during and after the March 1962 storm. The pictures are mostly of Brigantine, where we lived on 27th Street. There are some parts that show Maine Avenue and Gardner's Basin in Atlantic City. My father wouldn't leave the island, so we were in Brigantine throughout the storm. The water from the ocean and bay met right in front of our house on 27th Street at its peak. We had some water in the house, but were lucky that 27th Street is one of the higher parts of the island.  Bill Smith, Egg Harbor Township

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Could it happen again? Most aspects of ’62 storm unlikely to be repeated

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Written by Cindy Nevitt Tuesday, March 06, 2012 11:40 am

OCEAN CITY — Fifty years ago, the storm of ’62 roared into Ocean City and overstayed its welcome by three days. Many survivors and even more people who have flocked to the Jersey Shore since then want to know: Could it happen again?

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After the storm: The clean up and the boom

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, March 06, 2012 01:00 am

OCEAN CITY — When the storm ended and the water subsided, residents and city officials began the arduous task of cleaning up, but many property owners wanted nothing to do with it.

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Tales from Ocean City: Tom Ang

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, March 06, 2012 01:00 am

Tom and Teresa Ang awoke to the sound of a car horn blaring early on the morning of March 6, 1962.

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Tales from Ocean City: Charlie Bowman Sr.

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, March 06, 2012 01:00 am

A college student in 1962, Charlie Bowman Sr. said the storm “was wild.”

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Tales from Ocean City: Diane Smith Reese

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, March 06, 2012 01:00 am

She was 9 years old, and a tomboy when the storm hit. Where others saw devastation, Diane Smith Reese saw opportunity.

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Tales from Ocean City: Frank Carlin

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, March 06, 2012 01:00 am

A 50-year emergency management veteran, Frank Carlin was recently honored with a plaque and a congratulatory handshake from Gov. Chris Christie for his service.

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Tales from Ocean City: John Kemenosh

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, March 06, 2012 01:00 am

John Kemenosh, the octogenarian 1st Ward councilman, had a big family to take care of: seven children in March 1962. He depended on a good spring season in the family’s appliance store, Voss Plumbing and Heating on Fifth Street and Asbury Avenue.

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Tales from Ocean City: Margaret Minichino

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, March 06, 2012 01:00 am

Weathering the 1962 nor’easter are Rick Minichino, Margaret Minichino, Mario Minichino and Susan Minichino. Children not pictured are Robert Minichino, who was sick with the measles and Missy Minichino, who was not born yet, but alive in her mother’s belly. Also not in photo is dad, Sam, who was working for the city and busy trying to get people evacuated to safety. Weathering the 1962 nor’easter are Rick Minichino, Margaret Minichino, Mario Minichino and Susan Minichino. Children not pictured are Robert Minichino, who was sick with the measles and Missy Minichino, who was not born yet, but alive in her mother’s belly. Also not in photo is dad, Sam, who was working for the city and busy trying to get people evacuated to safety.

Sam and Margaret Minichino and their four children: Susan, Robert, Richard and Mario, lived at 936 Pleasure Ave., a stone’s throw from the Ninth Street bridge. Margaret Minichino was expecting the family’s fifth child when the water started rising on March 6, 1962.

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Tales from Ocean City: Bob Adams

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, March 06, 2012 01:00 am

Bob and Deane Adams lived at 352 Simpson Avenue with their two boys, Rob and Mark, and brand new baby girl, Sandra, who was born on Valentine’s Day.

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