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pring Lake, long revered as the prettiest town on the Jersey Shore’s Irish Riviera, is home to the Irish Centre, one of the most beautiful Irish boutiques and import stores in the USA. Stop in for your engagement ring, bridal registry, and wedding bands. As life progresses, christening outfits, baby blankets and children’s clothing await. The Irish Centre also sells Irish knit sweaters, Waterford crystal, Simon Pearce home decor, fashionable Irish jewelry, Nicholas Mosse pottery, and much more, even food. Irish soda bread mix, Irish sausages, bacon, black and white puddings, a selection of jams, marmalade and Cadbury chocolate are available, whether weekending in Spring Lake or to take home. Join owners Moya and Aidan Rush in celebrating the store’s 40th anniversary this year, and bring home a little bit of Ireland. Information about vacations to Ireland can also be obtained at the Irish Centre.

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e INGREDIENTS 1-1/2 parts bourbon 10 leaves of fresh mint 2 tablespoons simple syrup* muddled with above mint Splash of distilled water Crushed ice Sprig of mint

SIMPLE SYRUP INGREDIENTS 1 cup granulated sugar 1 cup distilled water

INSTRUCTIONS *For simple syrup, add 1 cup granulated sugar to 1 cup distilled water in a saucepan. Heat to dissolve sugar, stirring constantly so the sugar does not burn. Set aside to cool. In a frozen pewter mug or glass, mix together simple syrup muddled with fresh mint, add bourbon and a splash of distilled water over crushed ice. Garnish with mint sprig.



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Donna Ayers Vorbach "Design is king, and painting is a thinking person's game."

Nationally recognized portrait artist Donna Ayers Vorbach, Manasquan, earned her art degree and early training at Rhode Island School of Design and as a young student in New York City. Painting family compositions has been her mainstay specialty for over two decades now, but it’s her newly sparked interest in design and her new found knowledge of it, that has her inspired and motivated like never before. “Design is king,” Vorbach asserts, “and painting is a thinking person’s game. Unfortunately, design is hardly ever taught in art schools today. It was disregarded in the 20th century with modern abstract art.” Vorbach relates that she “always knew I needed to know more about design as I approached my work, but I didn’t know where to find it.” One evening however, on Facebook, she came across something that made her jaw drop. She discovered Aladine Victor Vargas Castro (Don Victor) and thought, “This guy knows something special.” She wondered if he would become her Facebook friend, but had her doubts. “I almost didn’t press ‘friend request,’” she recounts. “Imagine, the one person I almost didn’t send a ‘friend request’ to, was the person I was looking for all my life,” Vorbach exclaims. The kindred artistic spirits eventually connected and Don Victor asked Vorbach if she would like to sit in on his design class and bring in a project that she was working on for them to discuss. “Don Victor helped me analyze ‘the reference photographs’ in my family portrait, that went so far beyond what I was given, that the end product, the finished painting, was a very serious and thoughtful composite of the personalities of the children, specifically expressed through intelligent expressive and resonating design,” she explains. Vorbach is continuing to study art and design, and is developing more images that are increasingly more powerful through her work with The Academy of Composition – Don Victor’s art school. “To study compositional design under Don Victor is like studying music composition under Prince. He has a master’s understanding of the most fundamental components of design and communicates them in an easy comprehensible fun style,” she describes. The classics are far from dead and buried. Donna Ayers Vorbach and Don Victor are together bringing them back to life.

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Spring Eggs Spring’s rebirth brings a whole new crop of eggs. For years, cultures have adorned these ovals with natural tints, paints and jewels. Today, pastimes of coloring and decorating them, not only at Easter, are becoming more popular for artisans, retailers and the local dabbler. A rejuvenated look at eggs as a healthy snack is also growing, and for many, eggs are an important component to a healthy life. After all, eggs are life itself. Deviled eggs are delicious, and make a great grab-and-go snack, appetizer, or with extra greens, a perfect meal.

INGREDIENTS 12 large eggs, hard boiled and peeled 1 ripe avocado, seeded and peeled ¼ cup mayonnaise 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard 1 lime or 1 lemon, juiced (to individual taste) ½ tsp salt ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper 1 Tbsp freshly chopped flat leaf parsley Garnish – fresh mint, dill, basil, cilantro, capers or jalapeno peppers (to individual taste)

INSTRUCTIONS • Cut the eggs lengthwise into halves. Spoon out yolks into a bowl. • Add the avocado to the egg yolks and mash with a fork. • Mix mayonnaise, mustard, lime or lemon juice, salt, pepper and parsley into the egg yolks. • Spoon mixture evenly into egg halves. • Garnish with your favorite herb and capers or jalapeno peppers.




ohn Ayers, MD, 84, was born in Elizabeth and raised in Sea Girt. As one of the Jersey Shore’s most prolific OBGYNs, Dr. Ayers delivered over 10,000 babies in his career, which ended on the last day of 1999 when he officially retired. Earning his medical degree at New York Medical College in 1959, Dr. Ayers began his internship at Raleigh Fitkin – Paul Morgan Memorial Hospital, Neptune. In 1966, the facility was officially re-named Jersey Shore Medical Center – Fitkin Hospital. At Jersey Shore Medical Center, Dr. Ayers was known for his professional judgment and skill. “I would read everything I could get my hands on,” he shares. During his off time, he enjoyed (and still does) flamboyant shoreline rides in one of his prized Rolls Royces – making him a stand-out on the coast’s sometimes affluent

but primarily casual beach communities. But it wasn’t only his steadfast manner and popularity that carved out Dr. Ayers’ legacy. About halfway through his career, “Doc,” as he’s still referred to today, saw laparoscopy and IVF become widespread procedures. “IVF is wonderful for people who want children and can’t conceive naturally. Laparoscopy was a way to see the ovaries, which significantly elevated surgical standards. In general, you don’t know how lucky I was to operate on the mother and deliver babies,” Dr. Ayers relates. “I loved my career.” Living in Spring Lake and on a farm in Wall, Ayers raised six children of his own, all of whom are thriving in different industries. The happiest thing about his life today – “That I still have one.” Thank you, Dr. Ayers for bringing so many lives into the world.




Birth Mother & Doula Ah’Malah (Vanessa B. Bey), BSW, MSW, Certified School Social Worker and PhD Human Service Candidate. Ah’Malah is a native of Asbury Park and was raised by her mother and a circle of kin folks. She is a full-time homeschooling mother, Mooress, and humble humanity missionary. Ah’Malah currently lives in Asbury Park while finishing her doctoral studies in Intimate Partner Violence Amongst African American Women Survivors, and plans to return to her Southern loved ones in Florida when she completes her degree in 2019. Ah’Malah is also a doula who travels nationally to naturally assist in home births. A doula, also known as a birth companion, birth coach or post-birth supporter, is a non-medical person who stays with and assists a woman before, during, or after childbirth, to provide emotional support and physical help if needed. They also may provide support to the mother's partner and family. Unlike a midwife, doulas are not classified as medical professionals and therefore cannot administer medication. Doulas are typically certified with some courses taking over a year to complete. Practical training is involved to become certified. Continuous support during birth from a person outside the mother's family or social circle, such as a doula, is associated with reduced mortality rates, improved overall health of the mother and the baby, shorter labor time, reduced risk of a C-Section and a lower need for medical intervention or pain relief.



With the use of a doula and midwife, and a low-risk pregnant mama, all should be divine. glNJ: How did you get your training? Ah’Malah: I am a FULL CIRCLE PROVISIONAL DOULA trained by SMC Full Circle Doula Birth Companion Training, formerly known as ICTC Full Circle Doula. My personal birthing method is at home via water birth/lotus birth. I trained as a doula student in an intensive 30-hour training program in Portland, Oregon. Our classes prepared us to provide full circle doula services including pregnancy support, labor, birth, and after care. I’m trained to include the father/partner, and create community around celebrating birth using traditional and contemporary models from the 20th African American midwife. I am also trained to understand the causes and solutions in reducing infant mortality in the African American community. glNJ: Where do you practice? Ah’Malah: I am a mobile aboriginal indigenous doula and travel to the homes and birth centers of pregnant women nationally. My most recent homebirths were in New York, St. Louis, Florida and here in New Jersey. My clients seek me out, secure my accommodations, and provide what many feel are my unmatched doula services. glNJ: What are the risks? Ah’Malah: There are no major risks to home water birth unless the mother is already in a high-risk pregnancy and has pre-existing medical conditions. With the use of a doula and midwife, and a low-risk pregnant mama, all should be divine. However, it is important for the mother and family to know that there can always be unknown risks whether delivering at home, in a hospital, at a birth center, or in a private space.

glNJ: What are the benefits? Ah’Malah: The benefits are abundantly rich. Having me as a doula increases positive emotional support, confidence and love within the family, and decreases fear about birth. The benefits of a home water birth are intimacy and peace in your own space, and the ability to birth and deliver your child in your own environment. glNJ: Who should/shouldn't use this method? Ah’Malah: Every woman who is capable, able and in the best of health can birth at home. It’s a woman’s right to bring her offspring into the world how she sees fit, as long as the baby and mother are well and safe. Some mothers who are at high risk and have documented medical conditions should consider delivering their baby where the best medical services can be provided. In summary, it’s her choice, her right and her decision. glNJ: Why do you recommend this method? Ah’Malah: Having a water birth is so holy, pure, and sacred. For me it was a spiritual decision and made sense after receiving some harsh conditions and services by medical doctors. I wanted something different that would allow me to be in control, have privacy, feel freedom, and exercise my right to birth how I desired, without the harsh interventions of traditional pharmaceuticals and hospital birthing equipment including Pitocin (Oxytocin), epidural, forceps, etc. I wanted something natural and sacred.

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The 4 Stages of a Wet Basement glNJ: When is the right time to fix a water problem in a basement or crawlspace? RL: As soon as you’ve been made aware of the water problem, it’s time to take action. Water problems are progressive and aggressive, so they never fix themselves, and will only get worse. It’s always less expensive to fix them in their earlier stages than it is in their later stages – so look for signs. glNJ: If you are seeing any standing water in your home, how far along is the problem? RL: There are 4 stages of a wet basement. Stage 3 is when you see standing water. Most people think Stage 3 is an early stage problem, but they are misperceiving the issue, as it’s not. The other common mistake is to evaluate the urgency of the problem by how much standing water there is, and how often this problem occurs. Whether you see a tablespoon or 5,000 gallons, whether it happens once or 20 times per year, a foundation was not built to leak. glNJ: What are the other stages? RL: Stages 1 and 2 include dampness, spots on the walls and the floor, musty odors, mold growth and hairline cracks. A white powdery substance, efflorescence, a result of lime salts that come out of concrete when concrete is wet and then dries, can also appear. These are all indications that damage has already set in. Stage 4 is when there is structural damage. When the foundation is in Stage 4, it’s far more expensive to repair.







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Rethinking Plastics, the Ocean and the Environment By Steve Sears


arilyn Schlossbach, Jersey Shore owner of Asbury Park’s Langosta Lounge and Pop’s Garage, as well as Labrador Lounge in Normandy Beach (marilynschlossbach.com), is the Garden State’s best-known female chef and restaurateur, an avid world traveler and surfer, and a happy wife and mom. She is also esteemed for her ecoconsciousness, especially at the shoreline. “We are beach people who take the condition of our coasts very seriously. Our livelihood and recreation depend on it,” she states. Schlossbach explains why plastics are harmful. “Plastics, which are not biodegradable, erode our beaches, pollute the sea and environment, and ‘feed’ our seafood, eventually making their way to the human population and our bodies.” Schlossbach has been actively involved with Clean Ocean Action and Surfrider for more than 25 years, and her eateries foster a noplastics policy. Even the production of plastics is a huge problem. “The waste and byproduct before it even gets into a consumer’s hands is of great concern,” she asserts, admonishing, “A society conditioned to overuse plastic in



“We need to reduce our impact on the environment not only from the finished product but from the production end.” –Marilyn Schlossbach so many ways, from the Happy Meal toys at McDonald’s to the unnecessary use of plastic non-reusable bags, must change its habits! We need to reduce our impact on the environment not only from the finished product but from the production end.”


“Plastic gathers into many big clumps in the ocean and only degrades into micro plastics, which hurts the marine life that ingests it.” –Stephen Myer

ocal teens are also impassioned about fostering a healthy environment. For example, 15-year-old environmentalist Stephen Myer, Allenhurst, a first-year student at the Marine Academy of Science and Technology (MAST), Sandy Hook, has been interested in marine life and concerned about ocean health since attending grammar school in Deal. Myer, whose parents own Shore Antique Center, also in Allenhurst, recently worked with Trentonbased Terracycle to help recycle plastic. “Harmful plastics are becoming more of a threat due to the sheer amount we use and because it does not break down,” he says. “Plastic gathers into many big clumps in the ocean and only degrades into micro plastics, which hurts the marine life that ingests it. The best we can do to fix this problem is to educate consumers and manufacturers about steering away from using plastic and to continue removing it from our oceans and recycling it. I look forward to a future when people become more conscientious and the oceans benefit from responsible change!”

“Plastic manufacturers promote recycle ads to help create a more positive public conception of plastic.” –Carolyn DeSena


he equally passionate eco-mission of Carolyn DeSena, Rumson, founder of WEforum (Women’s Education Forum, weforumgroup.org), a Rumson-based nonprofit partnered with Monmouth Medical Center and RWJBarnabas Health, is to help strengthen the health, wellness and longevity of everyone in all communities. She began a no-plastics campaign that sells eco-friendly water bottles designed for environmental sensitivity and safety. “There are several misconceptions about recycling and plastics,” says DeSena. “The one that bothers me the most is that ‘plastic recyclers pay to promote plastic’s recyclability.’ It’s just not the case. In fact, plastic manufacturers promote recycle ads to help create a more positive public conception of plastic. The more they claim that plastic can be reused and recycled, the more consumers will buy plastic products. This leads to another misconception that recycling plastic doesn’t make it to a landfill. That’s not necessarily the case and it’s a very difficult process determining which plastic gets to

be converted into other products and which doesn’t. Many plastics get contaminated and can’t be reused for anything and therefore end up in a landfill anyway.” DeSena, a staunch promoter and producer of ‘green’ awareness events and advocacy, states the consumer has the power to fight back. “The best way to fight against the use of plastic is understanding the power of our dollar. As consumers, we have more power in our dollar then we do in our votes. If we start to spend more money on non-plastics, we can reduce the amount of plastics that get bought and thrown into a landfill that is disastrous for our environment, and we can reduce waste which will eventually start to heal the planet.”





Has celebrity Chef David Burke




Or is he just undergoing a renaissance?




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By Steve Sears

“I never died,” Burke declares. “My career only grows as I create new dishes and reinvent what I have already created.” David Burke has gone nowhere nor has he disappeared from the scene. In fact, some good things are in store for his loyalists. “I plan to bring back fine dining that everyone can experience – the classics with a new twist, and my famous creations, revised, updated and better.” Born and raised in Hazlet, mention Burke’s name, and his 30-plus-year career and many TV appearances come immediately to mind. Then, there are the cookbooks with his signature, and most recently, a stable of new eateries opened or planned in NYC; Washington, DC; Sea Bright, NJ; Garden City, NY; and even in Missouri. No matter where his culinary travels take him, his devoted foodies fondly recall Rumson’s David Burke Fromagerie. The chef certainly does. “I made it special with my passion, and my creativity. I not only created all of the original dishes, I decorated the restaurant with my soul and personal belongings. Every part of that location was a piece of me in every corner.” Burke (and his fans) celebrated his return to Monmouth County in March. His new red, white and blue sign at the Driftwood Cabana Club at 1485 Ocean Avenue, Sea Bright, reads “Drifthouse by David Burke Bar and Grill.” Burke’s new go-to eatery overlooks the Atlantic and is decorated with bold celebrityinspired Americana art. More than a few renowned chefs have honed their skills under Burke’s tutelage, and Burke himself just might be the hardest

working chef around. “My work ethic was ingrained in me early and is still embedded,” he relates.“ My parents instilled the ethic. Nothing was handed to me. I have worked for everything I have. Fortunately, I found my passion at an early age, which drives me to get better every day.” A critical component of that “get better” is that he’s always studying the field with the goal of constant improvement, not only in his cuisine but with food art and technology. “It’s important to me to stay ahead of the trends,” he emphasizes. “I set higher standards and more creativity with every new dish I create and every location I open. It’s important to pay attention to details, from the ‘front of house’ to the back.” Whatever new locations are coming from Chef Burke, more in Middlesex and Monmouth County could be on his slate. He explains why. “If patrons really want fine dining, most go into New York City. However, there are other pockets of wealthy neighborhoods that want fine dining in their area. There seems to be a demand for the surf ‘n’ turf style food, and obtaining a liquor license in these areas is cheaper than up north (Jersey).” David Burke also has a deeply charitable and philanthropic side. One New Jersey nonprofit very close to his heart is Table to Table, a community-based food rescue program that collects prepared and perishable food that would otherwise be wasted, and delivers it to organizations that feed the hungry. He has been on its board for over 15 years. Chef David Burke is clearly enjoying a renaissance, and we simply can’t wait for more!





“This year we celebrate the rebirth of The Jersey Girl,”

declares Marisa Caruso, owner of Dani Risi: Fashionable Accessories, Allenhurst. “As an accessories specialist, stylist and Jersey Girl myself, I sell products from all over the world that accentuate our love for what’s in fashion, and what’s in demand here at the beach.” Caruso notes that whether you’re shopping for casual daywear or evening chic, the Jersey Girl of today is more sophisticated. Jersey Shore jewelry designers, craftspeople, knitters, printers and other national and international artisans have recently introduced new merchandise to Dani Risi that she describes as “must-have pieces and gifts” this season. “We can take you from your backyard, pool, beach cabana or club right into evening by pairing your afternoon daywear with a beautiful pair of handmade earrings, a new necklace, bracelet and sandals. We have them all,” Caruso states. “We also have wraps, shawls, sarongs, bags and sunglasses that will accessorize your wardrobe with the latest styles. Our new handmade candle selections, also make the perfect Mom/Dad and host/hostess gifts as Spring and Summer holidays and invites approach.” Dani Risi: Fashionable Accessories has great price points and knows what their clientele likes. They’re waiting to style and serve you the next time you drop in! 732.660.1164 24


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Bringing his commitment and excellence in the orthopaedic treatment of sports injuries, tendon disorders, trauma, the care of the rheumatoid foot, diabetic conditions, fractures, neuromas, hammer toes and bunions, plantar fasciitis, and toenail disorders, Dr. Sobel is careful to work with every possible treatment without surgery. Mark is also a respected author of over 60 published reports, orthopaedic textbook chapters and journals reviewed by his peers. He is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and passed recertification in 2013. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society.


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hat I do is teach design and composition,” states Don Victor (Aladine Victor Vargas Castro), who also claims, “It’s been nearly 100 years since artists have been seriously trained how to design and compose.” Art students today learn how to paint and draw. Design and composition are another ballgame. Don Victor shares his history, which includes meeting the most influential man in his life and career when he was just 17. “I was lucky to find an old drawing master with a studio – The Barnstone Studios in Coplay, Pennsylvania,” relates Don Victor. “At the time I was living in Salisbury, near Allentown. This special artist who became my mentor spent 30 years researching and traveling around the globe studying art and classic composition in Japan, Spain, Italy and France. In England, he studied at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, an art school at the University of Oxford,” continues Don Victor. “Three years ago I began to start teaching myself. I wanted to specifically teach artists how to read and author a pictorial composition. In one month, we study 200 images and design strategies that the Masters used to construct their art. These strategies also reveal the mindset and intention of the artist. It’s a life changing experience for the student because



it’s so intimate. They become so connected with these masterpieces; they say they feel like they’re in the Master’s mind. They will never look at art the same way again,” he emphasizes. It’s a study and exercise in how to go inside the canvas. How to pull out stories. “Few artists have the tools to articulate their greatness,” he pinpoints. “We find out if an artist wants the viewer to be happy, sad, or what emotion you are triggering in the viewer. It’s truly an amazing experience.” “I’ve always wanted to empower artists to design and communicate effective ideas. I feel it’s my responsibility to find pure artists and enable them to flood the world with beauty,” he describes. After winning over 100 awards for art and communication, including those in his college Illustration training at Savannah College of Art and Design, Don Victor explains, “I didn’t want to just be an artist alone in a study.” Today Don Victor is an author, teacher, podcast host and fine art editor. He is also the Founder/Director/Master Coach at The Academy of Composition, Exeter, Pennsylvania. He leads artists from around the world to win more awards, get more commissions and make art that is more than personally fulfilling.

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East Coast native Frank Stallone literally was born with the music in him. Performing professionally for more than 50 years, it’s still there. Along the way, from Maryland to Trenton, New Jersey to New York City, back to Jersey and now in Los Angeles, the singer/songwriter/guitarist/actor watched his older brother shoot to superstardom, while he made his mark in music and also on the big screen. No sibling rivalry here. The Stallone brothers have inspired one another. Soon to be seen is his anticipated bio-documentary, Stallone: Frank, That Is. At age 67, Frank is still going strong.

is Far From Over By Lisa Schofield

glNJ: Every artist has “that moment” in childhood when talent introduces itself. When did music make its debut in your life? FS: I started singing ‘out of the blue’ at age six. It was such a natural thing. I just opened my mouth to sing and I was in key. Growing up in an Italian family in Silver Spring, Maryland, we would all sit around the living room console that combined the TV and record player. We would listen to Julius LaRosa sing “Eh Cumpari” and I just started singing along. Everyone stopped talking. The first time I saw Elvis Presley on TV, we were all at my Aunt Nancy’s watching The Ed Sullivan Show. Older relatives were there; my cousin Eddie, who is a year older, and I were sitting right in front of the TV. Elvis came on and I started imitating him using a broom as the microphone stand. The relatives looked baffled and I’m thinking, “Yup,

I’m in!” Then in 1964, at age 14, I went away to military school, still feeling the music, the joy. gLNJ: How did you develop your own style? FS: I put my first rock band together in 1965 at age 15. My first professional gig was playing my drummer’s neighbor’s lawn party. They loved us. We first called ourselves The Chosen Few, then American Tragedy. Our home base had moved to Philly and we won rock ‘n’ roll contests there put on by the parks department. I still have a trophy. It was one of the best times of my life. After American Tragedy broke up, I started another band, a group called Wind, with a female singer. It felt weird doing the Jefferson Airplane thing as I was always the lead singer. She quit, the keyboard player, who was her boyfriend at the time, quit, and eventually everyone quit, except myself and a guitarist. We then formed



Valentine in 1968, and wrote all of our own songs. In those early days, Bonnie Raitt opened for us. The second installation of Valentine had John Oates. Darryl Hall once came to see us rehearse when we were looking for a piano player. After the second version broke up, I became a folk artist, a nomad, a homeless troubadour, writing my own music and doing a few covers here and there. My mom had moved to Miami and I stayed with her before I got my own place in Coconut Grove, playing local coffee shops. Then I moved to New York and lived with my brother – in a dump. We were both struggling. I was doing open mic things, and selling custom shirts at Bloomingdale’s. Valentine (three) was formed when I was back in Trenton. By 1973, we became one of the most popular bands in the region – playing 134 nights in Hogan’s in Lawrenceville, and also played in Bordentown, Mount Holly, Princeton and New Hope. In 1975, it looked like we were getting a deal with Polygram records, and needed to leave for California. We cancelled all of our gigs. The next morning, we’re waiting for the van to take us to the airport and I get a call at 7:30am that the deal fell through. Our manager had to eat crow to get us our gigs back. gLNJ: How did you get involved in Sylvester’s pet project, Rocky? FS: Around 1975/76, it appeared that my band 32


and I may be getting a record deal with RCA. My brother calls me to tell me he’s writing a movie about a boxer named Rocky and asked if I wanted to write some music? He was an out of work actor and I figured, sure why not, when or if this even happens. Suddenly, he came to Philly to shoot the movie and asked me if I had the songs ready! I was like, ‘Wow, this is real,’ and wrote ‘Take Me Back,’ the street corner song. We were playing the White Horse Bowling Academy in Trenton, and Sly also asked if my band wanted to also be in the movie. We were getting $140 a night between five guys. With the manager taking 20%, we ended up with $27 each. Sly said he’d pay us $140 each – a month’s pay. We did it. After that I went back to my regular life playing music. One day in 1976 I’m walking in New York City and I see the front page of the Village Voice – a picture of my brother with the headline, “Is this the next Brando, Dean or Newman?” Rocky was only supposed to be a little movie, in two or so theatres, but it exploded into this monster film. We (the band) went from being local yokels to being on all of the top talk shows: Dinah Shore, Merv Griffin, Jim Nabors, Midnight Special, Mike Douglas. gLNJ: How did you wind up in Los Angeles? FS: My mother (who is still alive, taking Pilates and enjoying her life at age 97), and of course my brother were both there. So I got into my Datsun 240 Z and drove out to California. I didn’t have a gig, and just tried to hook up with bands, and did some stand-in work for my brother in Rocky 3. So, here I am, 32; I didn’t go to college, and all I ever did was play guitar, sing and write songs. What was I going to do? I heard from the grapevine that my brother was directing Staying Alive - the sequel to Saturday Night Fever. I figured I had nothing to lose, so I went to Paramount Studios to try to see him and found him in an office. I asked him if there

was any way he could get me to do some music for the movie, even like 15 seconds worth. He said no, that the Bee Gees were going to do it. I took a script home anyway and just started writing. I got into a little studio in Silver Lake, CA, for about 15 bucks an hour, and just kept writing. I kept going back to the office and playing the stuff for Sly, getting nowhere. Then there was a problem. The Bee Gees were going to quit. They started looking at Hall and Oates and Billy Joel, but John Travolta liked my work. In the end, my perseverance paid off and I have nine songs in the movie and was nominated for a Grammy and a Golden Globe. The songwriting for Staying Alive was truly a stream of consciousness and all so fresh. Maybe because I somehow knew this was do or die, that I had to get something happening. gLNJ: We heard you have guitars in every room in your home. Is this true? FS: (Laughs): Yes, I have a lot of guitars, acoustics, electric and a few mandolins strewn all throughout the house. Often, I’ll walk by and just pick one up. I also have a drum set downstairs. I’m not proficient on the drums, but it feels good to just use them sometimes. I’m dedicated to my music. Music to me is what takes precedence.

gLNJ: A documentary is being made about you. Please tell us how that came about. FS: It’s called Stallone: Frank, That Is. I was approached by filmmaker Derek Wayne Johnson, who made a film about director John Avildsen, King of the Underdogs (2017), who was in fact known as king of the underdogs. Avildsen directed Rocky, Joe, Karate Kid, and won the Academy Award for ‘Rocky.’ Then his career just stopped. In the midst of creating the documentary about Avildsen, Derek and I got to know each other. About a year or so ago, he said to me that he’d like to do a documentary about me. He said, ‘You’ve had this 800-pound gorilla in your life since 1976 when your identity went from Frank Stallone, musician, to Rocky’s brother or Rambo’s brother – when I became the brother of fictitious characters. So, they interviewed Sly, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Frankie Avalon, Danny Aiello, John Oates, Richie Sambora and more, and they all talked about knowing me. At this point, we’re all wrapped up with the interviews and are about to begin the editing process. I told everyone to say whatever they want, just keep it real. It’s nice, the directors told me what amazing high regard people have for me. After all this time, I’ve stayed in the game.

Publisher’s Note: We look forward to welcoming Frank to the Jersey Shore when his documentary is finished and he performs for the first time in Asbury Park.



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Belmar Native and Global Leader in Sustainability Belmar native Kevin Parker, Founder and Managing Partner of Sustainable Insight Capital Management, New York City, Sydney and London, is an outspoken advocate for a global shift toward sustainability; identifying climate change as a megatrend in 2004.

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Parker is also the owner of Chateau Maris, La Livinere, France, named “One of the five most environmentally friendly wineries in the world.” - Wine Spectator Singularly unique among wineries throughout the globe, Chateau Maris’ 9,000-square-foot building – representing eight years of passion, five of which were devoted solely to planning and research – is built almost entirely with bricks of organic hemp straw. The hemp straw allows for significant reduction of carbon emissions and also captures and stores carbon dioxide. Converting the venerable Domaine to biodynamic farming in 1997, Chateau Maris, located in the South of France’s Languedoc region, today proudly declares that it runs environmentally efficient year round with ‘zero’ carbon emissions.



"Today we are surrounded by organic vineyards as far as the eye can see." glNJ: Congratulations on Chateau Maris having a zero-carbon footprint. What are the issues with carbon? Kevin Parker: Carbon is a greenhouse gas. Higher concentrations of greenhouse gases, not seen on the planet for over 800,000 years, is arguably the main culprit in global warming. We have no choice but to arrest the growth in greenhouse gases or we will most certainly face a tipping point in our lifetime. At stake is nothing less than our children's well-being and that of the planet. glNJ: You are the inventor of the Carbon Counter. What is this? KP: My Carbon Counter is believed to be the world’s first and only scientifically valid, real-time display of the estimated running total amount of long-lived greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. The Counter displays the estimated current atmospheric quantities of greenhouse gases and shows how quickly parts per million are increasing. glNJ: How did you choose hemp as your building substance? KP: We researched bio-architects and building materials for several years, as our goal was to achieve carbon neutrality. Hemp bricks (made from the fiber of the hemp plant) had been used in a couple of buildings, but for nothing as large as our winery. We decided to take the risk on a small manufacturer whose product was rated by the French government to be carbon negative. Fortunately we finished the project, seven years in the making, before the inventor passed away. I am not sure there will ever be another winery of its kind like ours. glNJ: When you first started converting Chateau Maris to an organic/biodynamic winery, a sheep’s head was nailed to the front door of your winery. Tell us about that. KP: Twenty years ago, the idea of converting to organic and biodynamic farming in the middle of conservative grape farming territory raised on



synthetic and man-made fertilizers and pesticides was heretical. We were a threat. Pests would invade, take over our vineyards, and destroy the vines. Then it was only a matter of time before our neighbors were overrun as well. The sheep's head and bullet holes in our front door were clear messages being sent. Needless to say, after a few years, our vineyard’s vigor was so impressive, and our quality improvements so dramatic, that all of our neighbors began coming around, and asking our advice on how they could follow our lead. Today we are surrounded by organic vineyards as far as the eye can see. glNJ: What distinguishes Chateau Maris from other organic/biodynamic wineries/wines? KP: Maris is the only organic/biodynamic Domaine, that I know of, that is owned by a native of Belmar and the Jersey Shore.


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glNJ: What is next for Chateau Maris? KP: We have become one of the most respected Chateaus in the Languedoc in terms of quality, and now we have dreams of becoming the world’s leading French organic wine brand. The interest in organic and biodynamic wine is exploding all around the world, and we feel privileged to be a leader in this movement.



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