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By Kristen Busch
CLARK, NJ – Arthur L. Johnson graduate Zack Sandler has always wanted to produce his own concert. And on Jan. 20, 2017 he will be doing just that.
“A Set for Vets,” a benefit concert for the Wounded Warrior Project, is taking place in Asbury Park at the brand-new Asbury Park Music Foundation stage in the Lakehouse Complex. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and is for ages 16+. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door with all going to the Wounded Warrior Project.
“I decided to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project because both of my grandfathers and some of my close friends joined the armed forces. I want to thank everybody who is actively enlisted or served in the past to defend our country,” said Sandler who is currently studying Music Industry at Monmouth University. “Music is the best way I knew how.”
Aside from producing and promoting the show, Sandler will also perform with “Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son.” “Wounded Warrior Project is a great organization that does amazing work to take care of our injured veterans,” band member Bobby Mahoney said. “We are very excited to be a part of this benefit concert! It is going to be a great night of music for a great cause.”
Other notable musicians set to perform at the show “Deal Casino,” “The Vansaders,” and “The Carousers” (Blue Hawk Records). More special guest musicians and speakers will be announced in 2017, Sandler said.
“During the course of my music career, I've met certain people who have set me in the right direction to be successful. Some of the legendary local music producers and promoters of the Asbury Park scene - Kyle Brendle, Sammy Boyd, Rich Russo, and Alexa Maz - have really inspired me to follow my passion for music,” Sandler said.
“Getting to work with Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes and experiencing the music business first-hand during my internship at the legendary Stone Pony in Asbury Park really gave me that last push to get things going,” he said.
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CLARK, NJ - By Dan Collins
Arthur L. Johnson High School junior George Visconti drained a three-pointer with 46 seconds left in overtime to lift the Crusaders boys varsity basketball team to a 68-64 victory over the New Providence High School Pioneers Thursday night in Clark.
“We just had to stick together and play hard throughout the overtime,” Visconti said. “We’re really a defensive-first team and Coach [Kennedy] and I try to emphasize that to the boys. We know our offense is good enough where we’re going to score, so we just want to focus on getting those key stops.”
Although the Crusaders led in scoring through much of the night, ending the half with a double-digit advantage, the Pioneers battled hard in a furious fourth-quarter comeback.
The Crusaders controlled the first quarter, taking a 19-9 lead through the first eight minutes of action on the court.
The second quarter showed a New Providence push to cut into the deficit. NP junior Jackson Barletta Jr. drained a layup while sophomore Greg Meyers drilled a three-pointer to pull the Pioneers back into the game. They trailed Johnson 27-24 with just over a minute left in the first half.
In that last 60 seconds, the Crusaders would score eight straight points to take back a comfortable 35-24 halftime lead and build momentum that would carry over into the third quarter.
Johnson sophomore Brandon Hund led the Crusaders behind the arc with key baskets, scoring eight points (2 three-point baskets) in the third quarter to contribute to a 45-32 lead. Junior Joe DiProfio added a basket in the quarter.
New Providence freshman Sean Dillon and Meyers drained back-to-back three-point baskets to cut the Johnson lead to eight points. The Crusaders held a 52-42 lead heading into the fourth quarter. The Pioneers would not go away quietly and battled back to give themselves a chance.
The Pioneers scored seven straight points, with junior Patrick Trezza connecting on one of two free throws and draining a basket. Meyers scored back-to-back baskets to cut the lead to 52-49 with 4:50 left in the fourth quarter. DiProfio and Hund drained shots to make the lead 57-51 Johnson with 2:30 left to play.
The Crusaders held a 60-55 lead with 1:26 left, but Meyers was fouled while trying to shot a three-point basket. He drained all three of them and Barletta tied the game at 60 with two free throws with 1:16 left. The teams headed to overtime following a missed chance by the Crusaders.
Hund drained his fifth 3-point basket of the night to put Johnson ahead 63-60, the first basket of the overtime period, 1:48 left. New Providence held a 64-63 lead with two baskets from both Barletta Jr. and Dillon with 59 seconds left.
With his team trailing, Visconti would not allow the game to get away from the Crusaders. He scored a three-point basket with 46 seconds left, causing the Johnson fans to erupt. His team led 66-64 and locked down on defense to stop the Pioneers.
DiProfio cashed in on an insurance basket to seal the deal. He finished the night with nine points for the Crusaders and provided his thoughts on the key victory in a rivalry game.
“We really just fought their [scoring] run and keeping in mind that we win our games on defense,” DiProfio said. “In the fourth quarter, we didn’t come out with good defense, but we stepped it up in overtime to get the win.”
Hund finished the night with 20 points, with 5 three-point baskets to help his team come through with a hard-fought victory.
“We know that we have another level that can elevate us to the next level to get by as a team,” Hund said. “It was also important to stay together and work off of each other to finish the game right. We worked very hard tonight and we got by with a win.”
For the Pioneers, Barletta Jr. led his team with 20 points, while Meyers added 15 points on the night in the loss. Sophomore Dylan Bedder had nine points for New Providence.
“I was very proud of our effort and the way we fought back,” New Providence head coach Art Cattano said. “I think we were down by 13 at one point. Our kids did a great job, they hit big shots and made some big stops. I told them that sometimes you lose games and don’t play hard, but we have a good feeling after this one, we have nothing to be ashamed of.”
The Johnson Crusaders (11-1) are back in action when they play Roselle Park HS on Tuesday, January 24 at 7:00 p.m.
The New Providence Pioneers (5-6) are back in action in a home game when they play Metuchen HS Saturday, January 21 at 1:00 p.m.
Arthur L Johnson’s DECA organization; there were 34 students who participated in the January 6th event at Kean University.
Arthur L Johnson High School’s DECA program competed at the Regional conference on Friday, January 6, 2017. ALJ brought 34 students to Kean University to compete against students across Central New Jersey. This is the most ALJ has sent go to the regional conference since Mr. Kenyon took over the program 5 years ago in 2012. Along with being the most students Mr. Kenyon has ever had go to the regional competition, another first for ALJ’s DECA program is that this is the most they have ever had qualify for the state competition, nine; 7 individuals and 1 team. Mr. Kenyon said, “I was really excited and nervous at the same time to bring this many students, we put a lot of time and effort in, so of course I wanted them all to do well.” This year, states will be held at Harrah’s Waterfront Conference Center In Atlantic City, NJ, from February 21-23.
The following students from Arthur L Johnson High School have qualified for states: Micahel Adamowitz, Brenner Gull, Lindsey Hofschneider, Gennaro Nigro, Amanda Nunes, Brandon Rapp, Gina Telesco, George Visconti and Amy Wysocki. All of the students are Juniors at Johnson. Lindsey Hofschneider said, “I’m really excited to compete at the State competition, my partner (Amy Wysocki) and I really worked hard to prepare for regionals, we’re going to study even more for SCDC (State Career Development Conference).”
DECA is a competitive Marketing organization, where students from around the world compete in different areas of Marketing at Regional, State and International Competitions. It is also where students get real world business experience, along with networking among students from other schools and professionals in business.
Advance sales of the yearbook has begun at ALJ. Students interested in purchasing a yearbook can order their yearbook online through the school website or at jostensyearbooks.com. The advance price for the yearbook is $110. Ordering in advance also allows students to customize their yearbook with their name and favorite icons. The video below explains further.