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Steve Lawrence, Crooner Who Helped Open NJ's First Casino, Dies At 88 Steve Lawrence, Crooner Who Helped Open NJ's First Casino, Dies At 88
Steve Lawrence, Crooner Who Helped Open NJ's First Casino, Dies At 88 Steve Lawrence, an iconic crooner who helped open New Jersey's first casino, has died, according to reports. Lawrence died on Thursday, Mar. 7 at 88 years old. A family spokesperson said the singer's cause of death was complications from Alzheimer's disease, according to Variety. Lawrence and his wife Eydie Gormé sang in the pop vocal duo called "Steve and Eydie". The couple toured together from 1954 to 2009, and Gormé died in 2013. Lawrence was known for hits like "Go Away Little Girl",  "Pretty Blue Eyes", and "Footsteps". He was also an actor, a comedian, and a Broadway p…
Major Music, Comedy Stars Performing Across NJ At 2024 North To Shore Festival Major Music, Comedy Stars Performing Across NJ At 2024 North To Shore Festival
Major Music, Comedy Stars Performing Across NJ At 2024 North To Shore Festival Major musicians and comedians will perform across New Jersey in an arts festival unique to the Garden State, officials said. The North to Shore Festival will return in 2024 for its second year in Asbury Park, Atlantic City, and Newark, the state announced in a news release on Thursday, Mar. 7. Hundreds of thousands of people attended the three-city, three-week event in June 2023. Despite many events being free, the first edition of North to Shore generated $7.6 million in ticket sales. "Our inaugural North to Shore Festival was the beginning of a proud, new annual tradition that bring…
Is Hailey Mia Going To Hollywood? Watch Clifton Teen's 'American Idol' Audition Is Hailey Mia Going To Hollywood? Watch Clifton Teen's 'American Idol' Audition
Is Hailey Mia Going To Hollywood? Watch Clifton Teen's 'American Idol' Audition A New Jersey teen who finished fourth on NBC's "The Voice" in 2021 will have a second shot at fame Sunday, Feb. 25. ** WARNING: The following news story contains spoilers ** Hailey Mia, 16, of Clifton, serenaded "American Idol" judge Katy Perry with her own song, "Rise" — as well as Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie — for her audition. Anyways, Hailey's going to Hollywood. View this post on Instagram A post shared by hailey mia 🧚‍♀️ (@officialhaileymia) Katy called the performance inspiring, saying she has full body chills "even in places I've b…
Grammy Winning Violinist Performs At East Rutherford Restaurant Grammy Winning Violinist Performs At East Rutherford Restaurant
Grammy Winning Violinist Performs At East Rutherford Restaurant Want to see one of the newest Grammy winners? All you have to do is head right to a restaurant in Bergen County. Lorenza Ponce is the in-house violinist at Elia Mediterranean Restaurant in East Rutherford, performing there regularly. Congratulations to our in-house violinist @lorenzaponce for her win at the 2024 Grammys! We are so happy that the @... Posted by Elia Mediterranean Restaurant on Monday, February 19, 2024 Ponce won a Grammy for Best New Age, Ambient or Chant Album, for her work on the LP "So She Howls." View this post on Instagram …
The Stone Pony Turns 50: Iconic NJ Music Club Prepares For Anniversary Celebration The Stone Pony Turns 50: Iconic NJ Music Club Prepares For Anniversary Celebration
The Stone Pony Turns 50: Iconic NJ Music Club Prepares For Anniversary Celebration A historic concert venue on the oceanfront of Asbury Park known for launching the careers of Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi is celebrating its golden anniversary. The Stone Pony said it will kick off its 50th anniversary celebration on Thursday, Feb. 8, a half-century to the day the music club opened on North Ocean Avenue. The kickoff event starts at 7 p.m. and will include a special set by Lee Mrowicki, an original DJ at the venue. The anniversary celebration will also include a concert by Asbury Park rock band The Parlor Mob on Friday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. The kickoff weekend wr…
Bruce Springsteen Mourns Mother's Death With Heartfelt Tribute Bruce Springsteen Mourns Mother's Death With Heartfelt Tribute
Bruce Springsteen Mourns Mother's Death With Heartfelt Tribute Adele Springsteen, the mother of New Jersey rock and roll icon Bruce Springsteen, has died, according to the musician. Bruce Springsteen said his mother died at 98 years old on Wednesday, Jan. 31. The Freehold native's cause of death was not mentioned. "The Boss" announced Adele Springsteen's death with lyrics to his song "The Wish", a ballad about his love for his mother from his 1998 album 'Tracks'. "I remember in the morning mom hearing your alarm clock ring," Bruce Springsteen said. "I’d lie in bed and listen to you getting ready for work, the sound of your makeup case on the sink…
'Visionary Force:' Atlantic City IT Tech Named To '40 Under 40' List 'Visionary Force:' Atlantic City IT Tech Named To '40 Under 40' List
'Visionary Force:' Atlantic City IT Tech Named To '40 Under 40' List An IT technician for Atlantic City's government is getting recognized for his other passions: Music and being an entrepreneur. Kyshawn Wyman, 31, was named to the 2024 list of "40 Under 40" for The NYC Journal. Atlantic City's government praised Wyman and shared the news on its social media accounts. Very proud of Kyshawn Wyman - an IT technician here at City of Atlantic City - Government - for being named to The NYC Journal's 40 Under 40 2024 list 👏👏 Posted by City of Atlantic City - Government on Thursday, January 18, 2024 Wyman is the CEO and executive director of Hit Nation E…
NJ's Blake McGuire Dies At 27: 'Free Spirit' NJ's Blake McGuire Dies At 27: 'Free Spirit'
NJ's Blake McGuire Dies At 27: 'Free Spirit' Blake Kyle McGuire, of Bethlehem Township, died at his home on Friday, Nov. 17, his obituary says. He was 27 years old. Born in Edison, Blake graduated from North Hunterdon High School in 2014 before attending Raritan Valley Community College. He is being remembered as a “free spirit” with a passion for art and music, who loved to make others laugh with his one-of-a-kind sense of humor, his obit reads. "I had Blake as a student and always enjoyed him," a former teacher wrote on Facebook. "He always made me smile." Blake is survived by his parents, William and Susan McGuire; sisters, Kelly…
Hall Versus Oates: What Went Wrong? Hall Versus Oates: What Went Wrong?
Hall Versus Oates: What Went Wrong? No one thought much of it when Daryl Hall and John Oates set out on separate tours this year. They'd done it before only to reunite for arena shows. So maybe some but not others were surprised by the news that the pair is embroiled in a legal battle, one that led Hall to obtain a temporary restraining order against his now-former music partner. A judge has sealed a lawsuit that Hall filed last week in Nashville, where Oates lives, according to multiple news outlets. So little is known about the dispute -- other than maybe that it's gone too far (but you know it don't matter anyway). Penn…
Viral Video Captures Bergen County's Nick Jonas Falling Mid-Performance Viral Video Captures Bergen County's Nick Jonas Falling Mid-Performance
Viral Video Captures Bergen County's Nick Jonas Falling Mid-Performance He's "Only Human." Nick Jonas, a Wyckoff native, fell into a hole while singing "Sail Away" during a Jonas Brothers concert this week in Boston.  Of course, there's video footage. And yes, it's gone viral. CALL TMZ!!!!! NICK FELL!!!!! pic.twitter.com/RY6Drl5dwU — h 🍒🪩 (@x0heathyyy) August 16, 2023 Not to worry, as Jonas appeared to be okay and continued singing the song like a champ as a horrified security guard and photographers looked on and his two brothers and bandmates, Kevin and Joe, cracked up. OMG, the guard was so stressed trying to stop him 😭 but why opened the hole with…
CardiGate? NJ Rapper Asked To Be Splashed Moments Before Concertgoer Hurled Drink CardiGate? NJ Rapper Asked To Be Splashed Moments Before Concertgoer Hurled Drink
CardiGate? NJ Rapper Asked To Be Splashed Moments Before Concertgoer Hurled Drink She did ask for it. Sort of. After going viral for throwing a microphone at an audience member who threw a drink at her during a Las Vegas concert, new footage shows Tenafly's Cardi B had asked to get wet. I’m pretty sure she asked too get splashed 😂🤣 pic.twitter.com/ZKDKdIiILk — Ney 🎙️ (@Neycuon) July 30, 2023 Someone on stage encouraged Cardi B to get splashed with water, and so the rapper asked fans to cool her off with water from a nearby pool during her Saturday, July 29 performance (though in more X-rated terms). According to Daily Voice sources at the event, the audience member…
Jonas Brother Stops By North Jersey Ice Cream Shop Jonas Brother Stops By North Jersey Ice Cream Shop
Jonas Brother Stops By North Jersey Ice Cream Shop New Jersey native and oldest of the three Jonas Brothers, Kevin, was spotted grabbing a sweet scoop of ice cream at a Morris County creamery. The Stirling Fountain on Main Avenue in Stirling commemorated his visit with several selfies and a social media post on Sunday, July 2: View this post on Instagram A post shared by The Stirling Fountain (@stirling_fountain_ice_cream) “Look who stopped by the shop,” reads the post. “The Stirling Fountain is Jonas Brother approved! Come back soon @kevinjonas!” A native of Wyckoff, Kevin now lives in De…
'What More Can A Grandson Wish For?': Don't Miss News Producer From NJ On 'Jeopardy!' 'What More Can A Grandson Wish For?': Don't Miss News Producer From NJ On 'Jeopardy!'
'What More Can A Grandson Wish For?': Don't Miss News Producer From NJ On 'Jeopardy!' It was Ittai Sopher's grandmother who was probably the most excited to hear the news. After years of hoping and trying, the Englewood native will compete on the Wednesday, July 12 episode of "Jeopardy!" An avid "Jeopardy!" fan himself, Sopher said getting the news was one of the happiest moments of his grandmother's life. "What more can a grandson wish for?" Sopher said. For Sopher, appearing on the popular game show is a culmination of a long journey that began when he started watching it as a kid in 2010. "I immediately tried out the first opportunity I got," said Sopher, who works for…
'Incredible Talent:' Spirited NJ Performer Eric Ubl Dies, 34 'Incredible Talent:' Spirited NJ Performer Eric Ubl Dies, 34
'Incredible Talent:' Spirited NJ Performer Eric Ubl Dies, 34 Tributes are pouring in for Kean University graduate and passionate New Jersey musician Eric James Ubl, who died at Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton on Tuesday, June 13 at the age of 34. A lifelong performer at heart, Eric grew up in Edison, his obituary says. He learned to play several instruments — piano, cello, acoustic and bass guitar, drums, and various brass — but could just as easily captivate audiences with the unique quality of his voice. He  performed with groups including Pandora’s Promise, Midnight Mosaic, and Exit 10. Eric started taking music lessons when he …
Niall Horan Stops By Jersey City Target Store (VIDEO) Niall Horan Stops By Jersey City Target Store (VIDEO)
Niall Horan Stops By Jersey City Target Store (Video) When in Rome? Former One Direction star Niall Horan momentarily swapped his Irish brogue for a New Jersey accent — well, sort of — while visiting a Target store in Jersey City last weekend. "We're here at Target in Joizy City," the 29-year-old pop star said in a TikTok video while promoting his new album, "The Show." Donning a Canadian tuxedo, the "Slow Hands" singer signed vinyl copies of his new album and snapped photos with fans. @niallhoran Popped into Target to purchase some Vinyls. You can find the link in my bio ♬ Save My Life - Niall Horan The album dropped Friday, Jun…
NJ's Wé Ani, 'American Idol' Finalist Releasing New Single NJ's Wé Ani, 'American Idol' Finalist Releasing New Single
NJ's Wé Ani, 'American Idol' Finalist Releasing New Single Wé Ani, a Paterson native, isn't letting her elimination from "American Idol" stop her from chasing her dreams. Ani announced on Instagram on Monday, May 15, she is releasing a new single "175 Lbs." on Friday, May 19 and even offered fans a sneak peak. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Wé Ani (@we_ani) On Sunday, May 15, Ani was controversially eliminated from "American Idol", failing to enter the top three, despite acclaimed performances of "The Climb," and "The Unknown." Many fans took to social media and claimed her elimination…
Rapper Lil Tjay Busted On Gun Charges From Night He Was Shot At Edgewater Restaurant Rapper Lil Tjay Busted On Gun Charges From Night He Was Shot At Edgewater Restaurant
Rapper Lil Tjay Busted On Gun Charges From Night He Was Shot At Edgewater Restaurant Rapper Lil Tjay, who was shot and critically wounded outside an Edgewater restaurant last summer, was arrested on gun charges stemming from that incident after returning this week from a world tour. The 22-year-old Bronx rapper, born Tione Jayden Merritt, had three handguns hidden in his car when he and a companion were shot during what authorities said was a botched robbery on June 22, 2023. The weapons were stashed in a secret compartment that detectives uncovered during a court-approved search of the vehicle, according to an affidavit filed in Superior Court in Hackensack. An arrest wa…
Springsteen Retraces His Heritage, Leads Irish Pub Patrons In Song Springsteen Retraces His Heritage, Leads Irish Pub Patrons In Song
Springsteen Retraces His Heritage, Leads Irish Pub Patrons In Song Bruce Springsteen wasn't about to play three sold-out nights in Dublin without retracing his heritage. He played tourist this week, visiting the church in Ireland where great-great-great-relatives were married, christened and more, while conjuring their ancestral spirits. He also dropped in on a fellow living musical legend. Bruce also had a mighty craic at a local pub, leading an impromptu singalong of (what else?) "My Hometown." "You guys are all fired in the E Street Band, I'm hiring these people!" he told his new friends to raucous laughs at The Burrow in Rathangan. The Boss then tri…
Stephanie DeNardo Of Oakland Dies, 38 Stephanie DeNardo Of Oakland Dies, 38
Stephanie DeNardo Of Oakland Dies, 38 Stephanie DeNardo is being remembered as someone who had a big heart and was full of love. DeNardo, who grew up in Oakland, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, April 20, according to her obituary. She had many passions, including  fishing, music, crafting, gardening and she always went all out for Halloween, her obituary reads. I go to bed crying and I wake up crying. I am broken and lost. What do you do when the person you talked to every day is... Posted by Colleen Pope on Sunday, April 23, 2023 DeNardo is survived by her parents, Liesa and Soave, and her siblings, Michael, Philip …
'Everyone Needs A Billy Hansen In Their Lives': Loved Ones Mourn Bergen Man's Accidental Death 'Everyone Needs A Billy Hansen In Their Lives': Loved Ones Mourn Bergen Man's Accidental Death
'Everyone Needs A Billy Hansen In Their Lives': Loved Ones Mourn Bergen Man's Accidental Death He loved music, especially Motley Crüe and Kiss, as well as his motorcycles, the Knicks and Yankees and his many friends -- including the best of all: his wife, Cindy. A funeral service is scheduled this Monday for William "Billy" Hansen, 61, a popular and beloved Fair Lawn native who succumbed this week to severe injuries he suffered in an accident at Tanis Concrete last week. Hansen, of Elmwood Park, drove a mixer for Tanis for 17 years. He was at the company yard on River Road on April 11 when police said a truck went into gear and rolled over him. Hansen was hospitalized with a broken…
'Bruce Springsteen Day' Declared Official In NJ 'Bruce Springsteen Day' Declared Official In NJ
'Bruce Springsteen Day' Declared Official In NJ Sept. 23 has long been a day of celebration for Bruce Springsteen fans in The Garden State. On Saturday, April 15, Governor Phil Murphy made it official. Murphy announced Sept. 23, Bruce Springsteen's birthday, will officially be known as "Bruce Springsteen Day" in New Jersey.  Bruce Springsteen is one of the most iconic and influential musicians – and New Jerseyans – of all time, period.And so, I am both honored and proud to announce @springsteen's birthday, Sept. 23, will officially be known as Bruce Springsteen Day in the Garden State. pic.twitter.com/Ux5B54jdlB — Governor Phil Murph…
Modern Jazz Giant Wayne Shorter, The 'Newark Flash,' Dies At 89 Modern Jazz Giant Wayne Shorter, The 'Newark Flash,' Dies At 89
Modern Jazz Giant Wayne Shorter, The 'Newark Flash,' Dies At 89 Wayne Shorter had "courage in his heart, love and compassion for all, and a seeking spirit for the eternal future," fellow jazz giant Herbie Hancock said of his best friend following his death. Shorter, who influenced modern jazz as much if not more than most famed composers, passed away Thursday in Los Angeles. "The Newark Flash" was 89. Shorter was smooth before aficionados began calling jazz that. He was quite playful, too. The 12-time Grammy Award winner may be most widely known as the leader of Weather Report, pioneering a sound that became known as fusion. Shorter also collaborated…
Montvale's Justin Wilson Dies: 'He Was So Filled With Joy' Montvale's Justin Wilson Dies: 'He Was So Filled With Joy'
Montvale's Justin Wilson Dies: 'He Was So Filled With Joy' Much of Justin Wilson's life was filled with tragedy — but you'd never know it. The 39-year-old Montvale native lost his dad, Michael Murphy, in 2010, when he was shot in the back of his head by his business partner. Eight years later, Justin was diagnosed with cancer. Still, Justin Wilson was rarely without a smile, loved ones say. He died peacefully on Valentine's Day 2023, surrounded by family. "Justin truly had a love for life, he was so filled with joy," reads his obituary. "Justin was best known for his infectious laughter, excellent head of hair and his love of music." A …
Paul McCartney Stops Into NJ Cafe Paul McCartney Stops Into NJ Cafe
Paul McCartney Stops Into NJ Cafe A longtime Paul McCartney fan and New Jersey cafe owner got to meet his musical idol when he stopped in with his wife Nancy Shevell last week. Chris Chutnik, owner of Blue Cafe in Basking Ridge, said "Sir Paul McCartney" stopped in on Friday, Dec. 16. "I grew up on his music," Chutnik said. "It was an amazing experience to shake his hand and talk to the legend. Super nice man." Shevell is a New Jersey native, having grown up in Edison.
'Human Jukebox' Pilot Killed In Massachusetts Crash Was NJ Native 'Human Jukebox' Pilot Killed In Massachusetts Crash Was NJ Native
'Human Jukebox' Pilot Killed In Massachusetts Crash Was NJ Native A New Jersey native has been identified as the pilot who crashed his gyrocopter and died north of Boston. The Somerville native died while attempting to take off in his gyrocopter at an airport on the North Shore, Daily Voice reported. The Dec. 4 incident led to 66-year-old Muller's hospitalization and death. He was being remembered for his gentle nature and ability to juggle many passions.  Muller moved to Boston from New Jersey, where he met and married his wife Sari. While working as an independent application developer for small businesses, Muller was able to find time …
Bergen County Musical Mansion Where Celebs Partied Hits Market At $4.995 Million (PHOTOS) Bergen County Musical Mansion Where Celebs Partied Hits Market At $4.995 Million (PHOTOS)
Bergen County Musical Mansion Where Celebs Partied Hits Market At $4.995 Million (Photos) A Bergen County musical mansion that held parties attended by various celebrities is on the market for $4.995 million. The Motown Mansion in Saddle River was built and occupied by Motown Records president William “Kedar” Massenburg, NJ Advance Media reports. Celebs who attended his big bashes include Mariah Carey and Stevie Wonder, according to NJ.com. The Denison Drive home features five bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a grand two-story entrance foyer, billiards room, a music room, the piano played by Stevie Wonder, an oversized pool, fully outfitted cabana and more. The home also has a co…
Jersey Shore Drummer Found Dead In PA Dumpster Had Crawled In After Party: DA Jersey Shore Drummer Found Dead In PA Dumpster Had Crawled In After Party: DA
Jersey Shore Drummer Found Dead In PA Dumpster Had Crawled In After Party: DA A New Jersey drummer found dead at a Berks County dump on Saturday, Nov. 12 had crawled into a dumpster the night before, according to officials and those who knew him.  Kellen J. Bischoff, 19, of Manahawkin, NJ, was found dead at the Total Recycling Facility on Lincoln Road in Birdsboro just after 8:30 a.m., said District Attorney John T. Adams in a release Monday, Nov. 14.  Investigators were able to identify Bischoff by his "unique" tattoos, and eventually learned that he was visiting a family member in Kutztown, the DA said.  Loved ones had last seen the teen i…
Hunterdon County Native, Beloved New Dad Jack Duffy Jr. Dies Suddenly At 35 Hunterdon County Native, Beloved New Dad Jack Duffy Jr. Dies Suddenly At 35
Hunterdon County Native, Beloved New Dad Jack Duffy Jr. Dies Suddenly At 35 Hunterdon County native and beloved new father John Thomas “Jack” Duffy, Jr. died unexpectedly on Friday, Sept. 30 at the age of 35. Born in Denver, Colorado, Jack grew up in Whitehouse Station and currently lived in Hampton, his obituary says. Jack was a member of the Hunterdon Central Regional High School Class of 2005 and Temple University 2012. He spent over a decade building a career in the insurance industry and worked as a senior underwriter, according to his memorial. Jack was described as having “the biggest heart” and was enthusiastic about anything and everything that he did. H…
Hunterdon County High School Track Star, Impassioned Artist Jax Carey Dies At 16 Hunterdon County High School Track Star, Impassioned Artist Jax Carey Dies At 16
Hunterdon County High School Track Star, Impassioned Artist Jax Carey Dies At 16 Hunterdon County high school track star, impassioned artist, and self-taught musician Jax Carey died on Monday, Sept. 26 at the age of 16. Born in Morristown, Jax lived in Califon and attended Voorhees High School as a Junior. Jax was a skilled member of the high school’s track team and enjoyed participating in the hurdle events. A volunteer with the Valley View Chapel in Long Valley as well as several nursing homes, Jax was known for having an incredibly giving heart and soul. A self-taught musician, Jax was endlessly creative and loved singing, playing piano, and drums. Jax also kept …
AGT Finalist Has Bones Of 80-Year-Old Due To Anorexia: People Mag AGT Finalist Has Bones Of 80-Year-Old Due To Anorexia: People Mag
AGT Finalist Has Bones Of 80-Year-Old Due To Anorexia: People Mag Jackie Evancho lefts audiences breathless with her singing as a 10-year-old child performing on America's Got Talent. Just over a decade later, her bones have aged 70 years, she tells People. The native Pennsylvanian placed second on the show in 2010, fame got to her, but spent her teens struggling with anorexia, she said.  A car crash that left her seriously hurt with broken bones in January 2021 was her wake-up call, she tells the magazine.  "They were abnormal breaks, breaks that you see in 80-year-olds," she told the outlet. Evancho ended up going to in an inpatient facility but her …
James Gelcius Of Kearny Dies, 26 James Gelcius Of Kearny Dies, 26
James Gelcius Of Kearny Dies, 26 James Gelcius of Kearny died on Sunday, June 19. He was 26 years old. James grew up and lived in Kearny, and was passionate about fishing, riding his ATV, video games and listening to music, his obituary says. Services were held June 26 with interment at oly Cross Cemetery in North Arlington. James was predeceased by his father, Richard A. Gelcius, Jr. He is survived by his mother, Kathleen Lynch, and, one sister, Jennifer Lynch (Angel Rodriguez). Click here for James Gelcius' complete obituary.