“Penny candy, pizza, papers, and IOUs at Virgil’s where neighbors and friends became family.”

The Bradley Beach Historical Society and Museum (BBHS) hosted its first online Story Hour on Sunday, May 17 at 3 PM.

The live program via Zoom featured local author and summer resident Bette Blum, who read “Virgil’s from her book entitled Bradley Beach Treasures: Reflections of the Jersey Shore. In the late 50s, Virgil and Rose Galassetti opened The Maryann Shoppe on the corner of Newark and Central Avenues which quickly became a gathering place fondly known as Virgil’s.

Maryann Galassetti, who lived in Bradley Beach for 46 years and served as Principal of Bradley Beach Elementary School, joined Bette to share personal stories and answered questions from viewers. Watch the Zoom video to travel down memory lane with Bette and BBHS.