FIREFIGHTER CALENDAR: ‘TWAS THE NIGHT OF THE LAUNCH PARTY

For the past six weeks, “TheBPlot” and “The Coaster” have been your exclusive source for the most info, most photos, most of anything and everything related to the first-ever Asbury Park Firefighter Calendar.  This, our last article in the series, focuses on the successful launch of the calendar Saturday.

Fourteen Asbury Park Firefighters can now add “model” to their impressive resume – which already includes “hero” and “role-model” – after the launch of the 2010 Asbury Park Firefighter Calendar Saturday evening.

More than 600 fans attended the three-hour premier party sponsored by ArtsCAP, many holding the multiple calendars they purchased and a pen to retrieve autographs from the ladder men.

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“We were standing ten-deep to get an autograph from any one of the guys,” said Dawn Brindle, who came to Asbury Park from her home in North Plainfield for the evening to watch the tree lighting, shop, dine and, of course, meet the firefighters she read about in The Coaster.  “They were running out of ink they were signing so many calendars.”

The evening was filled with holiday joy and Asbury Park pride.  Many of the firefighter’s family members – kids, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents – were also in attendance.

“That calendar party was a great Asbury event,” said City Manager Terry Reidy.  “People really got to bond with the firefighters and the calendar itself is incredible.  Really great quality.  Each of the firefighter’s personalities comes through on their respective pages.”   

Ten-year firefighting veteran Gavino Siciliano was revealed as the cover guy Saturday.  Mike Mautner, 24 year firefighter, is featured on the back cover photo.  Inside the calendar the firefighters for each month are:  Carney Conklin, January; Andre Spann, February; Rick Dawson, March; Jamar Stephens, April; Christian Stevens, May, Ronald Slinger, June; Courtland Heyniger, July; Marcus Blackmon, August; Jon Hart, September; Rich Dreyer, October; Patrick Castellano; November; Jason Fazio, December.  The calendar was dedicated to the memory of Robert J. Busch, Sr.

“I am so proud of our hometown heroes,” said resident Carolyn Curtin.

Asbury Park resident Alan Barnett served as photographer and designer.  “The Coaster’s” TheBPlot’s Richard Virgilio served as copywriter.  Madison Marquette donated the space for the launch exhibit.

“I do think that the fire department should be skeptical when receiving emergency calls requesting Mr. December,” said Pasqualina Delucia, Madison Marquette, laughing.  “Seriously, we were honored to help such a great cause.” 

The $15 calendars – proceeds benefit the Firefighter Building Fund and ArtsCAP – are available at Flying Saucers, Shelter Home, Mike’s Beach House and Bodega Shoppe and at ArtsCAP.com.

(Photography by Alan Barnett)

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