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Old 04-19-2009, 09:30 PM
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My grandfather passed away tonight. He was truly a great American hero and a true patriot. My grandfather beat the odds came here with nothing, didn't even know english, and made a good life for him and his family. He taught me a lot of things about life that I will never forget. There are not many people in this world left that are as tough as he was, as proud as he was, and as happy as he was. He had a couple of quotes that he always liked to say, "Never give up, you can be what ever you desire to be." " What your eyes can see your hands can do." The following is an article about him. RIP Leon Juffe.
Empty spaces / Parking lot operator tends nearly empty lot on once-bustling Kentucky Avenue
By DONALD WITTKOWSKI Staff Writer, 609-272-7258
Published: December 13, 2007
Page in newspaper: C1
Business disappears along with the old Sands Casino Hotel. Leon Juffe sits in a tiny booth waiting for cars that seldom come.
Even at 86 years old, the white-haired grandfather spurns retirement to dutifully tend to his parking business on what has become a ghostly street of abandoned buildings.
"Look at this," he says, nodding toward an empty expanse of blacktop. "I'm lucky if I get three cars for the whole day."
Few people, it seems, know what a great deal Juffe is offering -- up to 12 hours of parking for just $3 in a prime location steps from the Boardwalk.
But this part of Kentucky Avenue is eerily quiet. From the glass-enclosed perch of his parking booth, Juffe simply has to look across the street to see why.
The hulking parking garage of the old Sands Casino Hotel is empty. Next to it are the stark remains of the former Jefferson Hotel, which served as a corporate office for the Sands in its last incarnation.
Now gutted, the nine-story Jefferson will be razed this week by demolition crews. The parking garage will come tumbling down in March in an implosion similar to the one that reduced the Sands to rubble in October.
When the Sands closed last year, the casino workers who had parked in Juffe's lot stopped coming to Kentucky Avenue. Although most of his customers have disappeared, Juffe still works a full day -- at least he does when the weather isn't unbearably cold. He has only a small portable heater in his booth to keep him warm.
"I need something to do. If I don't come down here, I'll die," he sighed.
Years ago, Juffe, and his wife, Nella, were busy running another Kentucky Avenue business. Their 139-room Kentucky Hotel was among a string of family-owned hotels lining the street.
Nella Juffe, 75, said her hotel often was crammed with guests who bedded down for the night after partying at the storied Club Harlem, another Kentucky Avenue landmark that has since faded into history.
"People would dance on the street outside the Club Harlem," she recalled of the bustling scene. "Then they would take rooms at my hotel before going home the next day on the bus."
That was Kentucky Avenue prior to the advent of Atlantic City casinos in 1978. A block over, on Illinois Avenue, now renamed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, the Brighton Hotel & Casino opened in 1980. It was renamed the Sands the following year under new ownership.
Needing room for expansion, the Sands bought the Kentucky Hotel from the Juffes on Feb. 14, 1986, for $2 million and redeveloped the site for a parking garage. As part of the Kentucky Hotel deal, the Sands gave the Juffes two parking lots.
The Kentucky Hotel is long gone. Soon, the Sands parking garage that replaced the hotel will disappear, too. Even sooner, the old Jefferson Hotel will be demolished.
Once again, a casino will transform the face of Kentucky Avenue. Pinnacle Entertainment Inc., the Las Vegas-based gaming company that imploded the Sands, is clearing out the neighboring blocks to make room for its proposed $1.5 billion megaresort, scheduled to open in late 2011 or early 2012.
Nella Juffe wonders whether she and her husband will be in the parking business much longer. The city is discussing plans to designate the blocks surrounding the Pinnacle site as a redevelopment zone, a move that could lead to the condemnation of small businesses if buyout talks fail.
"That's what I'm afraid of," Nella said. "If they're going to condemn us, they will give us a price that they want to instead of what it's worth. That's why I'm worried."
Buildings already under Pinnacle's control are destined for the wrecking ball, including the Jefferson Hotel. The Juffes could have owned the Jefferson. Nella said the owner offered to sell the Juffes the hotel for only $200,000 in the 1970s.
"The Jefferson was a beautiful hotel," she said. "It wasn't five stars or four, but it certainly was a three. But I couldn't handle it. I had my own hotel."
Besides being the owner, Nella also served as the Kentucky Hotel's desk clerk and chambermaid. For her, hard work wasn't a bother. Before the Juffes bought the hotel in the 1970s, she toiled in a Vineland clothing factory and also helped out on her husband's chicken farm.
The Juffes' lives have been both long and remarkable. Polish Jews, they survived the Holocaust. Nella and her family fled to Russia during the war and lived under the control of German occupation troops. Leon hid in a Polish ghetto to avoid capture by the Nazis, his wife said.
They met after the war and married in 1948, coming to the United States two years later in search of a new life. At that time, they were poor and had a 6-week-old son, Sam.
"We came to the United States with only $200 in our pocket and without knowing the language," Nella said. "We worked 16 hours a day. But when you're willing to work hard and save your money, you can make it."
Now the Juffes are well off and live in tony Margate. Despite the couple's wealth, Leon still goes to work at his parking lots, even in his old age. He's survived two stickups, including one that involved a violent struggle with a gunman, his wife noted.
"All of our lives, we are used to working very hard," Nella said. "If he stayed in the house, he would become a couch potato. When the weather is nice, he's there at the parking lot every day, 11 to 4, until it gets dark."
He sits in his tiny booth, waiting for cars that seldom come.

To e-mail Andrew Johnson at The Press: AJohnson@pressofac.com

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Old 04-19-2009, 09:41 PM
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My sincere condolences on the loss of your grandfather. Sounds like he was a great man.
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Sorry about that.

I think you were very lucky to have that man for your grandfather.

Best wishes for you and your family.

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Sorry to hear that. 87 is a good innings, especially with a full life such as his!

"All times are good when old."
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sounds as if he was a great man,I'm sure he will be missed.RIP Grandpa
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ALL Grandpa's are AWESOME...especially when they were like yours...Sorry for you loss as well, a special prayer for you and ALL Grandpa's.....
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Sincere condolences to you and your family. My Grandfather too was a great man and after 15 years I still miss him. Wish I could get some of his great advice now. Cherish the memories
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Grandpa sounds like he lived a life. Here's to a good man, RIP.
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Sorry for your loss, now go give your Mom or Dad an extra hug.
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Very sorry.He sounded like an extraordinary man that dealt with hardships that we could never know.I'm sure you are very proud of him and you should be,keep your chin up.
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Sounds like a very special Grandpa.... Prayers for you and your family
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My thoughts and prayers for you and your family ... fair winds.
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He is only gone if you forget about him.
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my thoughts and prayers go to you and your family. " What your eyes can see your hands can do." <--- i love it
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Now that's a grandpa we can all try to live up to. Celebrate his life rather than mourn his passing.
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