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Alyssa Milano to Sign Hope Project Middle School in Brooklyn in October

By Jerry Del Priore 

Project Hope

Alyssa Milano’s Hope Project Middle School.

Alyssa Milano is coming home to Brooklyn to sign copies of her book, Hope Project Middle School, on Wednesday, October 16th at 4:00 p.m. The BookMark Shoppe is located at 8415 3rd Avenue in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. 

Hope is eleven years old, and she wants to be an astrophysicist. She loves swimming, Galaxy Girl comic books, her best friend Sam, and her two rescue dogs. 

Hope encounters all the trials and tribulations of being a preteen girl while finding her place in this crazy, mixed-up world. 

Born in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, Milano first gained fame at age 11 on the hit TV show “Who’s the Boss?” with Tony Danza.

The pretty Italian-American has starred in movies such as 1985’s Commando with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Embrace of a Vampire. But who can forget her role as Phoebe Halliwell in the TV drama Charmed, which aired from 1998 to 2006? 

Nowadays, Milano spends her time as an activist while acting and writing books. She has also authored Safe at Home, as she is known to be a huge baseball fan. 

Debbie Rigaud coauthored Hope Project Middle School while Eric S. Keyes illustrated it. 

Milano will only sign books purchased at The BookMark Shoppe. Ticket includes one copy of Hope Project Middle School.

To preorder Hope Project Middle School, click on the link to the left. 

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show at St. George Theatre, with the Flesh Junkies, in October

By Jerry Del Priore 

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

You know Halloween is around the corner when you see billing for the movie cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show. 

On Friday, October 25, at the St. George Theatre in St. George in Staten Island, there will a viewing of the unforgettable movie, which is celebrating its 44th-year anniversary.

Sure, you probably can watch it online somewhere, but attending a movie screening in person is an unbelievable experience. 

The Flesh Junkies

The Flesh Junkies

As an added trick or treat, The Flesh Junkies, which describes itself as a zombie punk cabaret band, will be playing a pre-show concert at 9:00 p.m. for its loyal ghouls and goblins, using classic punk, glam, and rock tunes to demonstrate its offbeat persona while spooking new fans into loving the brain-eating group. 

Participate in a costume contest and dance “The Time Warp” before the movie at 10:15 p.m.   

Prop bag included with admission while supplies last. The show is $25.00 bucks via Ticketmaster

The St. George Theater is located at 35 Hyatt St, just a stone’s throw away from the Staten Island Ferry. 

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Millburn Deli Puts the Deli in Deliciousness

By Jerry Del Priore 

Ever since I started dating my girlfriend, Maggie, in Chatham, New Jersey, 15 months ago, we’ve hit so many tasty eateries in and around the area. But I haven’t gotten the opportunity to frequent a place that almost everyone in Morris County raves about: Millburn Deli in Millburn (of course). 

That all changed over the Labor Day weekend when we sauntered over to the wildly popular sandwich-making paradise. 

In business since 1946, I’ve been told that Millburn Deli is always packed to the gills, and it was, even on a weekend when most Jersyans hit “The Shore.” 

Salad

Mediterranean Salad

The vast selections of sandwiches overwhelmed me a bit, so I ordered a delicious Mediterranean Salad — Field Green Mix • Feta Cheese • Chick Peas • Tomato • Bell Pepper • Artichoke Hearts • Lemon Dijon • Vinaigrette Dressing. 

Yes, I know what you’re thinking: A salad at Millburn Deli? But I am doing my best to eat healthier, and it was pretty hardy anyway, so don’t judge me.

Maggie ordered the Un-Brie-Lievable Sandwich —  Smoked Turkey • Brie Cheese • Tomato • Lettuce • Honey Mustard • Multigrain Baguette. It was pretty good, I must say, even though brie cheese it a little highbrow for me.  Give me the Mootz anytime., but I digress. 

On my next visit, I’ll show my Italian nature a little more by munching on a SOPRANO –Grilled Chicken Breast • Pepperoni • Provolone • Mozzarella • Fresh Basil • Roasted Red Peppers • Garlic Mayo • French Bread pressed.

Godfadda

The GodFadda, Capo!!

Or I might go for one of Millburn Deli’s biggest crowdpleasers in The GODFADDA — Chicken Cutlet • Bacon • Sliced Fresh Mozzarella • Russian Sub Roll pressed. Hey, that’s why the masses take fish oils and Lipitor, for sandwiches like this. Take the gun, but leave the GodFadda. 

THE GOBBLER — Roast Turkey • Homemade Stuffing • Cranberry • Lettuce • Mayo • Black Pepper • Rye Bread — is another must-try on my list, especially with Thanksgiving not too far away. 

Millburn Deli even makes an awesome iced tea, sweeten or not. It’s up to you. 

Just be aware that the staff is pretty busy tending to all those customers, but they get to you pretty quickly, considering how hectic Millburn Deli can get. Therefore, take a number and chill. 

If you rather not wait, you can either call ahead (973.379.5800) or order online, then pick it up.

Too lazy to leave your home? No worries, mate, you can order through DoorDash (free delivery on your first order, with a $15 minimum order to be eligible. 

On a beautiful, sunkissed day, you can dine alfresco, as Millburn Deli has an outdoor seating area. Just be aware that its parking lot can get a little nutty at times.

Days and hours are Monday – Sunday from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

For more information on Millburn Deli, and to check out a full list of mouthwatering menu items, go to MillburnDeli.com

Please check out my other blog @BrooklynSportsWorld.com. 

 

 

 

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Chatham, NJ, Resident Maggie Grady Brings Free Pilot Concert to the Area

By Jerry Del Priore 

On Friday, August 30th, at 6:30 p.m., the Madison-based band Kings Road will be playing its brand of alternative/light/acoustic rock with harmony vocals and melodic instrumentations at the Chatham Gazebo. 

Maggie Grady

Maggie Grady of Chatham, NJ.

The free, outdoor concert event is the brainchild of longtime Chatham resident Maggie Grady, who, after seeing several live acts around the area this summer, decided that the borough should host one as well. 

After speaking with the director of Chatham Community Services, Janice Piccolo, and council members Thadeus Kolbarz and Carolyn Dempsey, Grady wrote a proposal, which the council approved, and her idea will come to fruition.

Grady — the High School Youth Minister at St. Patrick’s Church in Chatham — said that “this is a pilot concert with plans in the works for a full free Chatham concert series next summer.”

Kings Road

Madison, NJ’s, Kings Road Rock Band

It’s recommended that you bring a lawn chair or picnic blanket to the concert for your comfort. Plus, local eateries are ready to provide prompt delivery to the concert so you can enjoy dinner while listening to Kings Road’s music. 

Mary Weichert and John Tunny of Weichert Realtors are sponsoring the pilot concert. 

 

 

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Twin Elephant Brewing Company Doubles the Beer Fun in Chatham, NJ

By Jerry Del Priore 

Twin E.

Twin Elephant Brewing Company.

I’ve been to a number of breweries in my time, all in the New York City area, however. Twin Elephant Brewing Company, located in Chatham, New Jersey, was the first one I visited in the Garden State.

Fortunately for our group, girlfriend Maggie included, Twin Elephant didn’t disappoint, with its great variety of microbrews, especially its awesome selection of IPAs.

There were a total of 11 suds on tap that particular day, with beers on constant rotation.

Are you not sure what you want to order? Don’t fret, as flights are just $10.50 for five four-ounce pours.

I tried a large glass of the Demon Barber (English Pale Ale; 4.7% ABV), with the name alone enough to entice me into ordering it.

However, the smooth, clean caramel taste, with earthy hop notes, made it a pleasant experience, sans getting my throat sliced from ear to ear, but I digress. 

I sampled the Worker Drone — a medium light-bodied, delicious cream ale with honey (5.4 % ABV) to give it a measure of sweetness. 

Needing a brew with a little more of a kick, I ventured over to the Old Raritan, a Milk Porter with a 7.8 % ABV.

Dark Beer

Old Raritan.

What an interesting tasting beer, I must say. The freshly-brewed coffee gives the Old Raritan its mahogany amber and splendid flavor, with the Pumpkin Habanero adding a nice touch of heat to the mix. 

I wanted to order another one, but I felt I needed to leave with my insides intact, bar none. 

Charming and sleek wood decor throughout, Twin Elephant sports a friendly atmosphere good for chilling and chugging with your dearest chums, and is family-friendly as well, so bring the kids.

It can get crowded, though, so make sure to get there early if you like to grab a side table and play cards, or a few board games on its huge, wooden center table while chowing down on your own fare, as Twin Elephant doesn’t sell food on the premises, per Jersey law. 

Special note: it gets hot inside as the outside temperature rises. Therefore, dress accordingly. But there’s a nice, little outdoor spot for you to enjoy your suds without overheating much. 

Hours: Closed Monday-Wednesday; Thursday-Friday: 4 p.m to 10 p.m.; Saturday: 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday: Noon to 6 p.m. 

Hack: Twin Elephant (13 Watchung Ave) is located behind H&R Block, which is tough to find when it gets dark. 

 

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Country Singer/Songwriter Hannah Ellis Croons her Way into Jerseyans’ Hearts at MPAC

By Jerry Del Priore 

H, Ellis

Hannah Ellis signing autographs for fans at her MPAC show in August.

There’s something special about up-and-coming musical artists that has me pulling for them to succeed. For me, it’s their unyielding hunger, drive, and determination to climb that hill of stardom, no matter what, that makes me want to root for them.

One such performer is country singer/songwriter Hannah Ellis, who opened up for multi-platinum singer, performer, and songwriter Gavin DeGraw at Mayo Performance Arts Center (MPAC) in Morristown, New Jersey, Sunday night. 

Accompanied by just an acoustic guitarist, the Campbellsville, Kentucky, native delivered a sweet, memorable performance, singing tunes from her latest five-track EP, including Never In Love and ILYSoWhat, a tune she wrote after telling her boyfriend she loved him for the first time. 

Additionally, Ellis grooved the classic 1991 R&B hit song from BLACKstreet, No Diggity

Afterward, the smooth-sounded country diva held a meet-and-greet in MPAC’s lobby, where she graciously signed photos and CDs for her fans, and snap photos with them as well. 

Ellis is no stranger to notoriety, being named one of CMT’s Next Women of Country as well as one of Rolling Stone’s “Artist’s to Watch”. Plus, the Nashville, Tennesse, resident has competed on Season 8 of The Voice

To follow Ellis on social media, and for her touring schedule, go to http://www.facebook.com/HannahEllisMusic, http://instagram.com/HannahGreyEllis, and http://twitter.com/hannahgreyellis. 

Listen to Your Woman by clicking the link. For more of Ellis’ music, log onto http://www.youtube.com/user/hannahgreyellis and Spotify.

 

 

 

 

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Jazz Singer Brynn Stanley Wows in Madison, NJ

By Jerry Del Priore

Brynn Stanley

Brynn Stanley chats it up with her New Jersey faithful fans Friday night.

I must admit: I haven’t always been the biggest fan of jazz music. But Brynn Stanley changed that Friday night in front of the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts as part of Madison, New Jersey’s Downtown Concert Series. 

Using her sweet, velvety voice and natural charisma, Stanley dazzled onlookers with an array of classic jazz hits from musical greats such as New Jersey’s native son, Frank Sinatra, and Bobby Troup. Plus, her own tunes, including Be My Summertime

To me, Stanley displays musical stylings the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Norah Jones, with a little bit of Bonnie Ryatt mixed in for good measure. Vocal talent aside, the way the New Jersey native told her personal stories added something special to the outdoor show, as she displayed a unique charm only matched by her glowing smile and wonderful stage presence. 

Don’t miss your chance to witness Stanley and her gifted jazz trio play live, as they will be playing around the New Jersey and New York region, as well as Los Angeles, among other areas, in the near future. 

For Stanley’s touring schedule information, go to her website at https://www.brynnstanley.com.

To follow her on social media, click on https://www.instagram.com/brynnstanley/, https://twitter.com/BrynnStanley, and https://www.facebook.com/brynnstanleyvocalist/.