When I was a wee lad growing up in the '60s in Union City, every summer my mother and father would rent a house in Ortley Beach with the Provenzano family and we would spend most of our time in Seaside Heights.

My friends and I would later rent that same house when I graduated from Marlboro High School in the '70s.

The Seaside Heights of my youth has been captured in a YouTube video put together by GreenRose Media that starts with the drive on Route 37, which is where my adrenaline would start to pump as we would get there.

It starts out at the beach and a look at those bathing suits your parents or maybe grandparents wore.

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You can almost hear WABC on every beach blanket playing The Beatles, Motown and all that great 60s music. I can still hear ABC disc jockey Dan Ingram telling those laying on the blankets trying to get a tan to "roll your bod."

There you see kids riding the same waves we still do now.

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It then takes you to the boardwalk, which is a totally different experience when you're a kid as opposed to when you're a teenager, possibly old enough to drink, not that it would stop you from drinking ;)

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But for us, the stands were where it was at. Truth be told, my mother would win most of the Christmas gifts by constantly hitting the "choice of stand" at "Sonny and Ricky's" or Lucky Leo's. I, on the other hand usually ended up with the bottom shelf where I could get a 45 of a band that I never heard of and after listening to the song would know why.

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Let's not forget the great Seaside Heights nightlife back in the day. My father met my mother for the first time at the old Chatterbox on the boardwalk. Years later, I would see some great bands including Salty Dog, Bystander, Sam the Band, and even Jay and the Americas.  There were also Baby-o's and so many others.

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When I was both a kid and a teenager vacationing in Seaside Heights, I had so much fun that when I saw "Jersey Shore" on MTV my reaction, like most people my age, was "Been there, done that."

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Now I live it through my 15-year-old sons who will soon be doing that thinking their parents have no idea.

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Best coffee shops & cafes near NJ beaches

When it comes to food, New Jersey is known for many things such as pizza and pork roll. Don't count us out when it comes to coffee.

With all the hustle and bustle involved in the average New Jersey resident's day, coffee is essential. It doesn't matter whether you're living in the cities of North Jersey or the vacation spots at the shore.

In fact, as the former owner of two Jersey shore coffee houses, Coffee Dot Comedy in Sea Isle City and the Daily Grind in Ocean Grove, I know firsthand how much people at the Jersey shore love their coffee.

With respect to that, I asked my social media following where the best coffee houses at the Jersey Shore were, especially since my two places no longer exist.

Below is what they came up with. (And see this other article for their coffee shop and cafe recommendations for Central Jersey.)

The Ultimate Guide to New Jersey Brewpubs

From the website that gave you the "Friendliest bars" and places to watch the game, comes the ultimate guide to New Jersey brewpubs.

So what's a "brew pub"?

According to Thompson Island's Article on the differences between a craft brewery, microbrewery, brewpub & gastropub, it says:
 
"A brewpub is a hybrid between a restaurant and a brewery. It sells at least 25% of its beer on-site in combination with significant food services. At a brewpub, the beer is primarily brewed for sale inside the restaurant or bar. Where it's legally allowed, brewpubs may sell beer to go or distribute it to some offsite destinations."

New Jersey has tons of Brewpubs, some of which have been around for years and some that have just opened in the past year.

Here is a full list of the 21 brewpubs in New Jersey according to New Jersey Craft Beer: