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Could I be the 4th Jonas Brother?

By Jerry Del Priore.

So, in addition to being a passionate writer, I play the drums every now and again.

Just in case the Jonas Brothers are looking for a 50-year-old drummer, I’m available, and I’m in Chatham, New Jersey, often. Therefore, it’s a good fit all around.

Here, I am rocking out with the talented indie singer/songwriter Elizabeth Sage.

Rock on, and enjoy life!!

Please check out my other blog at BrooklynSportsWorld.com.

 

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Shepard Kollock Dog Park: Chatham NJ’s Best-Kept Secret

By Jerry Del Priore

Shep Park

Come all dogs to Chatham’s Shepard Kollock Park Dog Off-Leash Area. Woof!!

On July 9th, 2018, council members Vicki Fife and Bob Weber had presented the idea of having an off-leash, 400-foot fenced-off dog area (back 40) at Shepard Kollock Recreational Park in the borough of Chatham, New Jersey. 

The ordinance was up for adoption on Sept. 11 of that year and has been vital to dogs and their owners in the area ever since its inception. 

But my girlfriend, Maggie and I are still surprised that many people in the area are unaware of Shepard’s Kollock Park’s dog area. It’s probably Chatham’s best-kept secret, that’s if you’re lucky enough to own one of man’s best friends. 

Every opportunity that we get, we take our dog, Maya, a beautiful mixed plot hound/lab breed to Shepard Kollock Park — named after an editor and printer, who was active in colonial New Jersey during the period of the American Revolutionary War — to frolic and play with a host of other cute pups. And she loves it, to say the least.

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Maya getting clean after another doggie romp at Shepard Kollock Dog Park.

If you plan on attending the park on the weekends, it’s best to get there approximately between 8:00-8:30 a.m. (when it isn’t as warm during the summer months) so your dog can run and roughhouse with other adorable, playful canines. 

Don’t forget to bring water for your dog and gauge how hot the ground is before you let him/her loose. 

The other benefit is the amazing hiking trail behind Shepard Kollock Park, where Maya runs amuck and jumps into the Passaic River, much to her unbridled delight. 

Sure, they’ll get wet and filthy, but they’ll burn off that excess playful energy that can be much at times, while sleeping much better, not to mention be much happier. 

And as a dog owner, what else could you ask for, for your dog? 

Keep in mind there are certain rules you must follow. Here are a few:

  1. Owners must be clean up immediately after their dogs and place all waste in the appropriate receptacle (there are poop bags for your convenience). 
  2. No dogs in heat are allowed in the off-leash area.
  3. No overly aggressive dogs are permitted in the off=leash region.
  4. Keep the number of dogs to two per handler.
  5. Make sure your dog is restricted to the off-leash area, as it is a public park. 

Like I mentioned, there are more rules. So I provided a photo with all of them. 

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Shepard Kollock Park Off-Leash Atea Rules.

Shepard Kollock Park, located off Parrott Mill Road, also offers a covered picnic shelter, an all-purpose field for baseball and softball, a boat launch, and a fun playground for kids and kids at heart.

 

 

 

 

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Outerfield Grooves with Pleasant Grove Hotel Debut Album

By Jerry Del Priore 

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Outer’s Pleasant Grove Hotel.

After several months of many songs sitting in limbo, Matt Hutson and Gary Schrader of indie/noise rockers Outerfield began to pick up the pieces of what almost became a wasted effort of a righteous piece of music. 

However, Outerfield was able to pull everything together and produce an 11-track album entitled Pleasant Grove Hotel, a record that is deeply personal, with topics ranging from loneliness to childhood traumas and family disputes. The band is now poised to bring their brand of roots/noise rock to the masses.

“The album is about the space it takes to put your life back together after everything has fallen apart,” the duo said in a press release. “Not unlike the experience of making the record, which was shelved for four months and expected to never come out.”

The lead single, Dust, is a testament to Outerfield’s hard driving rock and roll sound, liken it to bands such as Wilco and Big Star. But the Columbus, Indiana, duo has undeniably carved out a sound of its own in the rock space. 

Voices and I Don’t Why are tracks that blend Outerfield’s alternative rock sound with classic rock undertones, bringing the group Foster the People to mind. 

I love the steady pounding of the drums mixed in with cool, strong guitar riffs, which is best displayed in Stay the Same

In my opinion, Pleasant Grove Hotel is the type of album that you’ll enjoy even more after listening to it over and over again.

Outerfiled Band

Outerfield’s all fun and business, as the duo chills outdoors.

For more information on Outerfield, log onto its website at https://www.outerfield.net/ and like its Facebook page.

Plus, listen to more of Outerfield’s music at https://soundcloud.com/outerfield.

Additionally, watch the official music video for “Dust” via Youtube and Stream, review and share the “Pleasant Grove Hotel” full album playlist via Spotify.

Outerfield Musicians Include:

Matt Hutson: Guitar, Piano, Organ, Mellotron, Bass, Vocals
Gary Schrader: Guitar, Bass

 

 

 

 

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Flagship Brewing Company, SI Yankees Introduce Pizza Rats Pilsner in Can

By Jerry Del Priore 

Flagship Brewing Company

Staten Island’s Flagship Brewing Company.

What’s better than summertime baseball and great beer? Not much.

The Staten Island Yankees, the short-season Single-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, and Flagship Brewing Company have teamed up to make a brand new beer, Pizza Rats Pilsner.

Named after the Staten Island Yanks alternate identity, Pizza Rats Pilsner is a traditional pilsner dry hopped with Citra hops, making it the perfect beverage for a summer night at a ballgame. 

On Thursday, the Pizza Rats Pilsner brew was available for the first time in cans at Flagship Brewing Company located in the Tompkinsville neighborhood of Staten Island. 

“This is the stuff you dream about when opening a craft brewery. Being able to make awesome beer in collaboration with your friends in the community is truly great,” Flagship Brewing Company President and Co-Founder James Sykes said in a press release. PIzza Rats Pilsner

Pizza Rats Pilsner is now available in cans at Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St. George throughout the season. 

“We are excited to expand our partnership with Flagship Brewing Company,” Staten Island Yankees President and Operating Partner Will Smith said. “I thank Matt, Jay and Patrick for their continued partnership, brainstorming and collaboration. Our businesses are walking-distance apart, and I could not be more proud to co-brand and promote each other with this brew.”

 

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Get Your Italian Food Fix with These Fab NJ Eateries

By Jerry Del Priore

It’s time to eat Italian, New Jerseyans.

My girlfriend Maggie and I hit up two more spots in the Garden State: Gregorio’s and the newly opened Ossino’s Specialty Market

Just as I expected, everything was delizioso and bellissimo

Gregorio’s — 255A Main Street, Chatham, NJ 

Gregorio’s has been around for some time now and serves up some of the best Italian Mediterranean dishes in Morris County. 

Mushroom

Portobello Mushroom Ravioli.

We started out with the Portobello Mushroom Ravioli —  Tomatoes, Parmesan Cheese, Portobello Mushrooms and Balsamic Vinegar – Sage Butter, and the Italian Arugula Salad — Sundried Tomato, Olives, Provolone, drizzled in Classic Balsamic vinegar. 

The ravioli was absolutely mouthwatering and delectable, and the salad was the perfect complement to the ravioli. 

Salmon

Pistachio Crusted Salmon

For our main course, we ordered the Pistachio Crusted Salmon — a light and flaky piece of salmon, cooked in a way that kept the fish flaky on the outside and succulent and tasty on the inside. The dish was served with a splendid side order of butternut squash risotto and spinach. 

Ossino’s Specialty Market — 258 Main Street, Madison, NJ 

Cheeses

Ossion’s is a perfect fit for Madison, and nearby residents are sure to be thrilled that this splendid Italian establishment has finally hit the area.

With the Italian cheeses and cans of tomato sauce — not gravy — adorning the shelves, it reminds me of the Italian delis and salumerias in my hometown of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn (back in the day). 

On its opening day, the lovely Mrs. Ossion greeted us with a piece of fresh mozzarella in water, and it was awesome, to say the least. 

Ossiono’s has many types of Italian sandwich and fresh produce, along with all kinds of pasta, meats and Italian olives. 

Meatball Hero

We order a meatball hero and the Italian coleslaw, both of which were appetizing and bursting with flavor. 

This is the type of place that should be around for several years to come. We’ll be back, for sure. 

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Eddy Yang Provides Musical Ying with Debut Single On Our Way (Into The Night)

By Jerry Del Priore

Eddie Yang.pngAhead of his debut album, American Glory, indie rocker Eddy Yang has released, in May, his first single, On Our Way (Into The Night).

The Los Angeles-based, Asian-American artist’s On Our Way (Into The Night) is the first-ever surround sound single. 

Reminiscent of the sound of the band John Cafferty & The Beaver Beaver Brown Band (Eddie and the Cruisers), On Our Way (Into The Night) is about getting into your car and driving into the night to escape your hometown and your past. It’s also about one’s desire to find your own path in life.

The song explores classic American rock themes, such as fast cars, freedom, and escapism, but with a modern twist. With fast lines and slick guitar leads, On Our Way (Into The Night) captures the feeling of being young and alive, when one holds the world in the palm of your hands.

Yang’s musical influences range from classic rock artists like The Velvet Underground, Television, and Bruce Springsteen to modern artists including Beach House, and Chvrches.

For more information on Yang, like him on Facebook. and follow him on Instagram and Twitter.

To listen to Yang’s On Our Way (Into The Night), go to http://soundcloud.com/eddyyang 

And watch his videos at https://www.youtube.com/eddyyang.

American Glory will be the first-ever debut album in history to be released on surround sound upon initial offering. American Glory will be released in the summer of 2019.

 

 

 

 

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Aaron Beri Bares Soul in Debut Single, Video – Naked

By Jerry Del Priore

Aaron Beri

Aaron Beri’s Naked Single.

Teaming up with top, award-winning producer Audius, newcomer Aaron Beri is ready to captivate your mind, body, and soul with a blend of sensuous vocals, high energy performances, and an unjaded, soulful musical expression.

With that being said, Beri has released his hot, easy-flowing, danceable single in January and sexy video entitled Naked in March and is working on his debut album at the moment. 

Beri has lived in a variety of places – from the small English village he was born in, where he spent countless hours jamming out to his mother’s old record collection (Steve Winwood, Aerosmith, Michael Jackson, and Diane Warren), to where he now calls home in Australia. This was all sandwiched in between several successful years of working as a high fashion model in New York City, and a stint in a London law school.

Moreover, all his worldly life experiences have shaped the person and blossoming artist who’s now hitting his peak at a fever pitch.

 

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Aaron Beri in a candid shot.

“The inspiration behind Naked was to take the nostalgic sound from 90s R&B music and melt it with today’s current pop sound, to create something smooth, sensual and sexy,” Beri said.

Musicians:

Aaron Beri: Writer and vocals
Audius Mtawarwira: Producer, writer & backing vocals
Liv Harris: Backing vocals

For more information about Beri, log onto his website. Click the following link to like his Facebook page, as well as following him on Instagram and Twitter.

Plus, listen to Naked and Audis’ music on SoundCloud and on Spotify, and watch the Naked video on Youtube (which has amassed over 35,000 hits).