Jersey Celebrities

Lead tiger trainer at the Temple of the Tiger at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, which opens full-time this month....
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He’s a throwback to the days of the state’s Democratic machine. On the eve of his 80th birthday, John Gregorio shows no signs of easing the grip he’s held on Union County politics for 40 years....
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Rackstraw Downes has built a considerable reputation on his panoramic paintings of rural Maine, the Texas prairie, and the Manhattan cityscape, yet the industrial vistas on this side of the Hudson remain some of his favorite subjects....
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Red Hot

February 4, 2008

Few figures in basketball history have done more to promote the game than Red Klotz of Margate. So how come he’s not in the Hall of Fame?...
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Singer Joshua Nelson blends his Jewish and Christian traditions....
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With a new book and DVD series, Point Pleasant native and world wrestling champ Diamond Dallas Page is out to change the way America views yoga—one Regular Guy at a time....
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Bob Gaudio didn’t think life could get any better. In the summer of 1969, he was living the life of a pop superstar, backing Frankie Valli as a member of the Four Seasons and writing the band’s smash hits. Then one day he got a call from the biggest star of all. Frank Sinatra needed some new songs....
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For many New Jerseyans, the return of warm weather evokes sweet childhood memories of the ice-cream truck coming down the street. But for Colts Neck resident Richard Emanuele, president of Mr. Green Tea Ice Cream, ice cream is more than a summertime sweet; it’s a twelve-month obsession....
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Some cook at home, some dine out, but even on days off, chefs and restaurateurs gotta eat....
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Three years after Moses Septytor was born in 1925, his parents, fleeing anti-Semitism and seeking opportunity, left their native Poland. The family settled in Newark, where Moses, a good student, graduated from a yeshiva....
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Chances are you haven’t heard the song “On the Dark Side” for years. But it’s one of those tunes that you’d recall instantly if it popped up on the car radio....
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Legendary Shore deejay Jerry Blavat was a skinny teenager whose ability to jump, jive, and wail made him a staple of American Bandstand. Fifty years and a million record spins later, he’s still rockin’ and rollin’....
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Music at the Shore is as much a part of summer as sand, surf, sunburn, and saltwater taffy. But unlike those perennial ingredients, the music changes with each generation. ...
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Every summer for the past eighteen years, Chuck Guidotti, a retired Camden cop and grandfather from Haddon Heights, has vacationed for two weeks in Ocean City....
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Arturo Gatti, New Jersey’s favorite fighter, keeps firing. ...
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Ellis Island Muse

February 1, 2008

Tewksbury poet Sondra Gash, whose collection Silk Elegy (CavanKerry Press, 2002) honors her immigrant relatives and their connection to Paterson’s silk industry, will lead a creative writing workshop on the 13th for 30 middle- and high-school language arts teachers during the second annual Ellis Island Institute Summer Teachers’ Seminar. ...
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For Matthew Bogdanos, returning to Don Bosco Preparatory High School in Ramsey was something of a homecoming. ...
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For one Irvington family, the real beauty of a home is found in the community that surrounds it....
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More than 40 years after playing his last Major League game, Yogi Berra, the pride of Montclair, remains fixed in the American imagination. Who’d-a thunk it?...
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In this era of Reality TV, let’s give credit to those New Jerseyans committed to the quaint pursuit of getting into the Guinness Book of World Records....
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