Andrew Gonzales's Blog Posts

Theres No Such Thing As A Seagull

I grew up on Long Beach Island, and if you saw a whitish bird on the beach or in the air, you called it a seagull. Recently I learned there is no such thing as a seagull.Most of the ”

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On Being A Beast

I ran a race yesterday called the Spartan Beast. It was 13.8 miles in the mountains with 31 obstacles, and the culmination of three years of training. There were hills, as in climb-up-and-down-on

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TEN WAYS TO GET MORE MONEY FOR YOUR HOUSE

Everyone looking to sell a home thinks of it as a presentation, but that presentation can be a reflection of one’s own tastes, personal preferences, and accumulation of life experiences. That is

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WHO THE HECK WAS DOC CRAMER OF MANAHAWKIN

One of the first cross streets on Route 72 east coming off the Garden State Parkway is  Doc Cramer Boulevard. If one takes the right hand turn it yields eventually to a Little League baseball

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MONITORING YOUR VACATION HOME DURING WINTER

One of the newer products to come to market is the Roost Smart Water and Freeze Detector. It enables the distant homeowner to receive an early warning notification of a water leak situation or

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COOL HOME TECHNOLOGY WITH ICE AND SNOW MELTERS

It’s the New Year, and there’s still plenty of winter ahead, and well, plenty of winters ahead too! I wanted to share some cool technology that’s become a lot more affordable the past few

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Buried In A Paupers Grave In Manahawkin

There are graves in the cemetery at the Baptist Church in Manahawkin that hold an unknown number of dead, without names, buried in a pauper’s fashion. They washed ashore near Beach Haven on

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Salt Hay In The Marshes Once Like Money In Your Pocket

The New Jersey shore was a primary source of salt hay in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. The harvesting of such brought money into the local economy with minimal expense

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Closing

I went to a closing the other day in which I represented the buyer. It was a fairly simple one, and afterwards I reflected on the terminology “closing.” It’s the final step in executing a

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Those Darn Greenhead Flies

If you’ve been to coastal south Jersey, you know what I’m talking about here. They have huge iridescent green eyes, land soft, and bite hard. If the wind is out of the west for more than-

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WHERE HAVE ALL THE MOVIE THEATERS GONE

Colonial TheatreThe first movie theater on Long Beach Island was at 215 Third Street in Beach Haven. The structure was originally a wooden schoolhouse dedicated on May 1, 1885. It also served as a

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The Railroad Comes To Long Beach Island

Long before there were cars coming across the causeway to Long Beach Island, there were trains. They came from Philadelphia and New York with stops throughout New Jersey and across a trestle to

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The Death Of Captain John Bacon Part III Retribution In Tuckerton

By Spring 1783, most of what is now Ocean County was on the hunt for Captain John Bacon whose band of Pine Robbers had plundered much of southern New Jersey under the premise of remaining loyal to

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Long Beach Island Massacre Of 1783 Part II Of The Story Of Captain John Bacon

Last week, my blog entry concluded with Captain John Bacon and his band of Pine Robbers loyal to England heading south towards West Creek after killing one patriot colonist and wounding another,

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The Manahawkin Militia

Having gone to school in Manahawkin and shopped there most of my life, I tend to forget the historical aspects as I pick up weekend project supplies at Lowe’s, groceries at ShopRite, and the

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When It Counts Most

This past spring I lost my grandfather, Robert Mattner, of Ship Bottom. For a time, he was a realtor which inspired me to take this path, but he was also a son, a brother, a father of six, and

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World War I Comes To LBI

I’ve walked the beaches of my island home all my life and often wondered the origin of an errant block of coal, the occasional piece of weathered wood rounded by the waves, and the fragments of

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Pushing The Spartan In All Of Us

This past weekend I attacked Blue Mountain in Pennsylvania and ran the Spartan Super. It was 8+ miles up and down the mountain with 30+ obstacles. The heat index was above 100 degrees for most of

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Guarding LBI The Early Life Saving Stations

The U.S. Life-Saving service in New Jersey began in August 1848 when Congress appropriated $10,000 for “providing surfboats, rockets, carronades and other necessary apparatus for better

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Bridge To LBI Who Was Dorland J Henderson

As I drive across the new bridge span from Manahawkin to LBI each day from my mainland office to my home in Ship Bottom, I take note of the blue and white sign that reads “Dorland J. Henderson

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The Greatest Generation

Having grown up on LBI, I know what the July 4th holiday means to those of us who live here – more cars, more crowds, longer lines, and of course, random fireworks at all hours. Yet, it’s funny

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Run For Hope Saturday June 18 At 7am

Singer and songwriter Melissa Etheridge wrote a song, “I Run for Life” that carries more depth and meaning than my occasional obstacle courses and 5k’s. Her song is about the horrors of breast

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Hop Sauce Festival 2016

Hop Sauce 2016 is set for June 4 in Beach Haven, from 11am to 7pm, rain or shine with over 20 craft beers, great music, amazing food and fiery hot sauces to try! The focus is to bring a

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