Great Atlantic Storm of 1962 Feature Stories

Demonstration reenacts Sea Isle evacuations during Storm of ’62

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, March 13, 2012 01:50 pm

Hundreds of spectators filled the decks of the Sea Isle City Library while a Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter performed a rescue demonstration over the nearby wetlands. The demonstration commemorated the military evacuations that carried residents to safety during the Storm of 1962. Hundreds of spectators filled the decks of the Sea Isle City Library while a Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter performed a rescue demonstration over the nearby wetlands. The demonstration commemorated the military evacuations that carried residents to safety during the Storm of 1962.

SEA ISLE CITY – To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the infamous Storm of 1962, the Sea Isle City Historical Society, in partnership with the Sea Isle City branch of the Cape May County Library, offered a series of special events that included panel discussions, the dedication of original artwork, temporary museum exhibits and a rescue demonstration by the United States Coast Guard.

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50 years later: Looking back at a devastating storm

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Written by Mary Linehan Friday, March 09, 2012 10:22 am

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CAPE MAY – The good bones of this centuries old resort were rattled by the Great Atlantic Storm of 1962, but left intact.

"It was the only nor'easter that the weather bureau has named," said Harry Bellangy of the Greater Cape May Historical Society. "The storm sat here for three days and beat on the city through five high tides, one after another, with the winds from the northeast keeping the water in the bays. The water just kept coming up and up and up.

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Brigantine reminisces about Great Atlantic Storm of 1962

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Written by MICHAEL FEELY Thursday, March 08, 2012 03:41 pm

While it has been 50 years since Brigantine suffered the March 1962 storm, residents who were on the island at the time have clear and distinct memories of the devastation.

Former Councilwoman Sue Schilling was in the eighth grade at Central School, where the library is now, and lived at 200 13th Street South.

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The Great Atlantic Storm of 1962

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Written by Michael Feely Thursday, March 08, 2012 03:00 pm

Fifty years later there are a few on the island who remember the March 1962 storm that ravaged the East Coast and in particular – Brigantine. At that time, the island had a population of approximately of 1,200 residents. An unusual storm – it was not one of our nor' easters or a hurricane – but a convergence of factors that resulted in one of the most fierce ocean storms of historical record. It struck with unbelievable fury as it destroyed residences along the beachfront.

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Storm of ’62 was a valuable lesson in shore protection

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Written by JAMES FITZPATRICK Thursday, March 08, 2012 11:44 am

PORT REPUBLIC – If the Great Atlantic Storm of 1962 were to put in a repeat performance in 2012, experts say the resulting damage would likely be far less severe because of the work being done on the frontlines of shore protection.

Daniel Barone, left, chief of geospacial analysis at the Coastal Research Center, and B. Steven Howard, geospatial analyst, are two scientists working on the frontlines of shore protection. Daniel Barone, left, chief of geospacial analysis at the Coastal Research Center, and B. Steven Howard, geospatial analyst, are two scientists working on the frontlines of shore protection.

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Absecon man saw his family livelihood washed away

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Written by STEVE PRISAMENT Thursday, March 08, 2012 11:29 am

ABSECON – At one time Paxsonville was a mainstay of this city – a tourist court with 62 cabins and a restaurant on the White Horse Pike west of the Delilah Road overpass.

Stormwater rises in front of the restaurant at Paxsonville; it was to get a foot or so higher. Stormwater rises in front of the restaurant at Paxsonville; it was to get a foot or so higher.

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Mainland areas suffered high wind, flooding damage

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Written by R.J. LIBERATORE Jr. Thursday, March 08, 2012 11:20 am

EGG HARBOR CITY – Local historian Majorie Garwood remembers how her father, George Gries, rode her around as he looked for news in the communities surrounding Egg Harbor City in the early 1960s.

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’62 storm was harrowing for Brigantine bride-to-be

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Written by MARJORIE PRESTON Thursday, March 08, 2012 11:16 am

BRIGANTINE – Thirteenth Street is the last street on the northernmost tip of the island, only a block long between beach and bayfront. When the storm of ’62 hit, the bay and the ocean met on the narrow thoroughfare, according to Brigantine native Verna Cherry, who now lives in Galloway.

Verna Cherry of Galloway shares photos of the 1962 nor’easter with her grandchildren, Juliet Cherry, 5, and Joey Hawn, 16, a student at Absegami High School Verna Cherry of Galloway shares photos of the 1962 nor’easter with her grandchildren, Juliet Cherry, 5, and Joey Hawn, 16, a student at Absegami High School

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Tales from Ocean City: Dick Keyser

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Written by Ann Richardson Thursday, March 08, 2012 12:00 am

Dick Keyser was happy-go-lucky guy in 1962 with a motorcycle, a girlfriend and an apartment at 10th Street and Wesley Avenue.

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Tales from Ocean City: Carla Migliaccio

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Written by Ann Richardson Thursday, March 08, 2012 12:00 am

The Migliaccio family lived in harm’s way when the water started rising on March 6, 1962 on Pleasure Avenue. They were across the street from the bay and what was then Chris’ and Hogate’s restaurants, at the foot of the Ninth Street bridge.

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