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Volume 17, No. 6

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Frank Sinatra Sing-a-likes Swing Over to Hoboken for Sinatra Idol 2013

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oboken’s favorite son Frank Sinatra passed away in the late 1990s but his spirit lives on in the way Hobokenites revere his memory. The road that runs along the Hoboken waterfront is called Frank Sinatra Drive; Sinatra Park was named for him and every June, singers from all over the globe swing over to Hoboken to vie for the chance to win Sinatra Idol. On Thurs, June 13 at 6:30 pm in Hoboken’s Sinatra Park against the backdrop of the New York City Skyline, 15 finalists who share a passion for Ol’ Blue Eyes’ music will perform renditions of Sinatra’s greatest hits. Songs like “My Way”, “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” “Cheek to Cheek” “Night and Day,” and “Fly Me to the Moon” will ring out through the trees and up past the hilltop of Steven’s Institute of Technology and bring Sinatra’s jaunty, finger-snappin’ style to life. con’t pg. 2


on the cover . The event is sponsored by the City of Hoboken and the Cultural Affairs division led by director Geri Fallo and this year’s finalists seem are warming up their voices for a chance to take home the Sinatra Idol trophy and title. Along with several New Jerseyians, two contestants are coming down from Canada, another is traveling north from Mexico and for the first time this year, a woman will be competing for that Sinatra brass ring-a-dingding. Peggy Alee of Yorktown, Virginia started her singing career in the 1990s performing in nursing homes and senior centers during her lunch hour. A self-proclaimed “Sinatra addict” Alee says she’s just got to win the title. “I’m crazy about Sinatra’s style, I love the optimism, the beat, the rhythm and tempo,” Alee says. “I paid attention to how he sang the songs (on his recordings) as if he was singing them just to me. I’m crazy for

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Sinatra. I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, and I don’t go with guys who do. He’s the only addiction I have.”

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Along with Alee, 14 other Sinatra-sing-alikes will be competing and they include: George Chartofillis of West Caldwell, a NJ State government worker who sings Sinatra songs in restaurants and clubs throughout New Jersey. He says: “I love singing and intend to pursue my dream until I die. I know it takes hard work, going from place to place, having ups and downs, but I’m ready, and I’ve always wanted the challenge and opportunity to let the world know who I am.” Mario Cruz of Guttenberg is an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher. After a student asked Cruz for the lyrics to “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” Cruz started buying Sinatra music and performing

Sinatra songs at restaurants, outdoor festivals and weddings. Joseph De Sarle of Staten Island sings Sinatra songs from every decade of his recording career. De Sarle’s passion for Sinatra comes from his mother who was a “bobby-soxer” (the footwear of choice for girls in the 1940s who were screaming “Frankie” fans). De Sarle recently sang at the 6th Annual Sinatra Birthday Bash at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank. Singing Sinatra tunes at karaoke bars, Larry Dubin of Port Washington, New York, auditioned for TV’s “The Voice” and sings a few times a year with the cover band Mystic. Donnie Farraro of Hasbrouck Heights is a retired truck driver and cancer survivor who sang Sinatra songs as part of his recovery. Bill Gagliardi of Lakewood is a retired sales executive and has been performing a Frank Sinatra Tribute Act since 2006. Norman Roy of Rossland, British Columbia is a building contractor who sings in pubs, wine festivals, charity functions

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listening to the Beatles I was singing Sinatra.” Nanni says. For 35 years, Joseph Settineri aka Danny Satin of Staten Island has worked in finance and accounting. About seven years ago he started writing a novel about a down-on-his-luck singer and decided to experience what that felt like and hit the stage. Now Settineri has his own show and just made a CD. New Jerseybased Dennis Teza has been singing Sinatra tunes for over 40 years, at parties, weddings, local restaurants and clubs. James Young of Columbia, Pennsylvania is a retired police detective and has been performing a Sinatra tribute show since 2004. Rick Valiant of Vancouver is a sales consultant who recently attended the Tribute Artist and Impersonator Convention, performing in the Golden Nugget Casino in Las Vegas. Miguel Angel Vallejo Vizcarra of Veracruz,

Mexico is a Professor at the University of Veracruz and a translator. Vizcarra loves singing and is a lifelong Sinatra fan who performs in a small band called Blue Station whose first performance was a Sinatra tribute. “I’ve been a Sinatra fan forever, “Vizcarra says. “The first time I heard Sinatra it was probably ‘My Way’. There’s a Spanish version and I always loved it, so when I started speaking English, I discovered the song in the English language and I learned the lyrics and I sang them.” Joe Harkins of Jersey City is a community activist and ward leader. Harkins was 10 years old when he first saw Sinatra perform live. The year was 1943 and it was during a War Bond tour. ‘My voice has the essence of Sinatra’s which is all about timing and phrasing,”

Harkins says. “That’s what I learned from Sinatra – a love for the words.”

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Most of us weren’t around back when Francis Albert “Frank” Sinatra was born in Hoboken in 1915, but his music is still played today. The Yankees play Sinatra singing “New York, New York” at every game and his other hits are broadcast on radio stations like WBGO in Newark and WNYC in Manhattan. He is one of the world’s best-selling singers and his records have sold more than 150 million copies.

AND THE WINNER IS… For James Anthony, the winner of Sinatra Idol 2012, it’s been a very good year. He recently performed at Walt Disney World in Orlando and just received a call from one of the biggest

resorts in Las Vegas to do a walk-on in a major show. A resident of Bristow, Virginia, Anthony grew up in Las Vegas in the 1970s and remembers watching Sinatra perform with the legendary Rat Pack. “Frank Sinatra’s way of singing brings joy to me and I do my best to share that love of singing with others,” Anthony says. “Things have been wonderful since winning Sinatra Idol. Geri Fallo has asked that I come back to open the show with two songs. I told her that it would be my pleasure and my duty to do so.” If you go: Thurs., June 13, 6:30 to 9 pm Sinatra Idol Sinatra Park Sinatra Drive (between 4th & 5th Sts.) Hoboken Free Admission (Rain date: June 14) www.hobokennj.org

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Art Venue Nouveau

Bayonne Spotlights Artist Community with First-Ever Art & Music Festival

By Sally Deering Hoboken’s been doing it for years; Jersey City does it, too; and now, Bayonne has joined the ranks of local towns holding their very own arts & music festivals. Where artists go, others follow, Joe Waks, a professional artist and member of the Art Circle of Bayonne says. More and more artists are planting roots in Bayonne. To celebrate that trend, Mayor Mark Smith and his administration are sponsoring Bayonne’s first-ever Arts & Music Festival on Fri, June 14, from 6 pm to 11 pm. Sixty artists from the Art Circle of Bayonne, a collective of painters, photographers, sculptors and other artists will exhibit

their works inside the Bayonne Community Museum on Broadway between 9th and 10th Streets. Artists will also give free painting and drawing demonstrations outside the museum. “The Art Circle of Bayonne is an organization that came about organically,” Waks says. “Our first exhibit was at the Bayonne Community Museum in March 2012. The city sponsored the exhibit and everyone found out that there are a lot of people who do art in Bayonne. There’s a lot of enthusiasm, too, a hunger by artists who want to show. An amazing number of people came to that show in March and we’ve had several more shows since then.

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Raymond Greaves A Better Life Artists participating

include Patty Mulligan, Bill Zblyut, Dina Six, Raymond Greaves, Ellen Greaves, Caryn La Greca, Fernando Fernandez, Kevin Delaney, Gerald Glover, Joan Rosen, Tom Hart and George Weir. The festival will feature music by the Bayonne High School Jazz Band and the Ziggy Christie Band and several vendors will be selling refreshments including the 8th Street Broadway Diner and Bistro, R&B’s, Sarelli’s, and Tony’s Pizzeria. “We have a captive audience here,” Waks says of the festival’s 9th Street location. “There are great places to eat and drink here on 9th and 10th Streets on Broadway.”

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Bayonne Community Museum 229 Broadway (between 9th & 10th Streets) Bayonne (One block from the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail’s 8th Street Station; Raindate, Sat, June 15, 6-11 pm) Art Exhibit will also be open to the public: Sat, June 15, 6-10 pm; Mon, June 17Fri, June 21, 5-7 pm; for more info: (201) 858-6033

Art Venue Nouveau

Bayonne Spotlights Artist Community with First-Ever Art & Music Festival

The new Bayonne Music & Art Festival seems to be a great way to spend a Friday evening and a great new reason for the city to show off their artist community and use of a grand building. The Bayonne Community Museum was designed in the Beaux Arts style and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Used for special eventslike this, it’s a great place for the artists to exhibit, thanks to some forward-thinking by Mayor Smith. Waks says: “Mayor Smith had the vision: ‘We have this beautiful building let’s use it’.”

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“The Boss” Gets Inducted Into Tachair Bookshoppes Hall of Fame

The Boss Always Sits in the Back author Jon D’Amore with Paul Valleau of Tachair Bookshoppe in Jersey City.

On May 22nd, former Secaucus resident Jon D’Amore was inducted into Tachair Bookshoppe’s Hall of Fame for being the first author to sell over a hundred books at the popular downtown Jersey City book shoppe. The Boss book is a suspenseful, exciting and entertaining account of one of the greatest scams to hit Las Vegas, pulled off by Hudson

County wiseguys in the 1970s Over sixty people attended the Hall of Fame ceremony. D’Amore told the River View Observer the Boss book could soon be seen on the big screen, with three Hollywood producers looking to option the rights to the story. Jon D’Amore will be at the Hoboken Library Book Festival on Saturday, June 8, from 1PM to 3PM.

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The Fermin Mendoza Project

“Artists/Models/Others” – A Year of Paining Portraits By Sally Deering A year ago, artist Fermin Mendoza of West New York decided he would paint a portrait every day of people he reached out to in person and on the Internet. Taking their pictures or having them email their pics, Mendoza used the photos as the basis for a series of portraits – 183 to be exact – in the project he calls “artists/ models/others” opening this week at LITM Bar, Restaurant, Art & Video

Gallery on Newark Avenue in Jersey City. “I started the ‘artists/ models/others’ project in January of 2012 and I originally planned on meeting one person and then painting their portrait for each day of the year,” Mendoza says. “It turned out 2012 was a leap year so that meant the magic number was 366. Well, somehow life got in the way and I was only able to complete 183, exactly

half.” Mendoza completed one painting every 48 hours and many artists he knows personally are represented in the show like Peter. S. Bill of Jersey City and Greg Stone of Ridgefield Park. There’s even a portrait of me, Sally Deering – yes, that’s me – painted from a photograph he took after we shared coffee and conversation at Dunkin’ Donuts. People he met on Linkedin.com and other

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social media websites were also invited to participate. “Some of those people that will be at the opening, I’ll be meeting in person for the first time,” Mendoza says. IF YOU GO: Through June 30th

Fermin Mendoza’s Solo Show: “Artists/Models/Others” LITM – Bar, Restaurant, Art & Video Gallery 140 Newark Ave Jersey City (201) 536-5557 www.litm.com

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Enjoying Home Entertainment-Without The Techno Clutter (NAPSI)—The marriage of technology and entertainment has been a match made in heaven. The many things you can see, do and interact with through your home entertainment devices and flat-panel TV couldn’t even have been imagined a few years ago. Cable and satellite programming, gaming consoles, Bluray DVD players and other Internet-enabled devices are just some of the ways we all enjoy our magnificent, widescreen TVs. It’s a beautiful thing.

But in many homes, there’s something that’s not quite so beautiful: the unsightly and often unsafe tangle of wires, cables and cords that can accumulate below and around your TV. Breaking open and running cables inside your walls can be a huge, cost-prohibitive mess. Plus, if you live in an apartment—you’re pretty much out of luck.

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Happenings The Reader Circle book group presents June 20, Jeanette Winterson’s

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of a young girl triumphantly coming into her own. IF YOU GO: Readers’Circle book group meets the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm in All Saints 701 Washington Street, Hoboken to discuss classic and contemporary novels. Everyone is welocome! Free Coffee and cake readerscircle123@aol.com

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The Historic Downtown Special Improvement District presents the CON VIVO MUSIC SERIES at Mercado Park! Tuesday, July 9, 2013 6:00pm until 8:00pm This free event features chamber music under the artistic direction of Amelia Ames and Zach Herchen. Weather permitting, the event will take place at Mercado Park located at the Southeast corner of Newark Avenue and Jersey Avenue: July 9 / German Gonzalez Trio (German Gonzales, guitar; Jon di Fiore, drums; Daniel Duke, upright bass) Like us on Facebook @ www.facebook.com/ riverviewobserver

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1 5 Fox Place Puts the Home in Home Cookin’ Kathryn Budinich Transforms her Jersey City One-Family into Supper Club

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ike many other houses in the Marion Section of Jersey City (west of Journal Square) Kathryn Budinich’s humble little home has a screen door, cozy rooms and a backyard – and that’s about all it has in common with the other houses on the block. In 1999, Budinich, her husband Richie and son Mark transformed the family’s modest one-family into an exclusive dining club where Budinich and her staff, including her longtime friend Mary Lou Roche serve guests in two floors of rooms decorated in Victoriana frills, figurines and frou-frou and formal tablesettings in crystal and porcelain. The lighting is low, intimate and perfect for the six-course dinner Budinich serves over the course of three luxurious hours. A self-taught chef, Budinich learned to make Italian dishes and desserts listening to her mother, aunts and neighbors who brought in suppers when Budinich and her family worked the feasts sponsored by Our Lady of Mt. Carmel church and school their children attended. Years later, Budinich opened Word of Mouth caterers and in 1999 she turned her 15 Fox Place home into a supper club. Fourteen years later, business is so good customers

have to make reservations two months in advance and Budinich only opens Friday, Saturday and one other night during the week. She also had to move out of her home to accommodate the demand for reservations. “One Valentine’s Day I needed the seating, so. I took everything out of my office and put a table and tchotchkes in there. We now called it the Library,” Budinich says. “I live in Nutley now.”

Reservations are necessary because Budinich only opens for dinner on Friday and Saturday nights and then either Thursday or Sunday nights – depending on her schedule. She also doesn’t give her guests a menu with lists of dishes to choose from. Instead, Budinich and her son, Chef Mark Budinich design a seasonal menu and everyone is served the same dishes. (If you’re allergic to something, Budinich will accommodate your dietary needs if you contact her in advance.) And what a menu it is. Six courses of homemade Italian dishes that make

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you feel you’re vacationing in Naples. Yes, that good! On a recent visit, I tasted a few dishes like Pizza Frittes, little pizzas made with lightly fried dough stuffed with cheese and topped with Cont’d on page 17


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her sweet, delicious tomato sauce. I ate four of them and could have eaten four more. I also tried Budinich’s Eggplant Rollatine and it was out of his world. The eggplant was thinly sliced and light as a feather. I also tried her Meatballs with Peas. Budinich’s meatballs are light and tasty in her signature red sauce with plump peas a yummy addition. She stuffed Cubanelle Peppers with her own tasty bread crumb mixture and her Baked Manicotti overflowed with cheese smothered in her sweet red sauce. Everything was really delicious. Other classic Budinich dishes include Polenta Arrabiatta, polenta served with a hot and spicy sausage sauce; Shrimp in White Wine Sauce; Baked Mussels; Chicken Saltimbocca; Baked Homemade Manicotti with Budinich’s “Sunday” Gravy and Asparagus and Cream Pasta. Budinich serves guests who travel from all over the world including Australia, Italy and Hawaii to eat her

Pictured (R) Kathryn Budinich and her friend Mary Lou Roche who works with her at 15 Fox Place cuisine; 15 Fox Place has a mailing list of 9,000. It’s also a terrific venue for weddings and private parties and there’s an outdoor patio for guests who prefer dining under the stars in summer. 15 Fox Place has been favorably reviewed by Zagat and Yelp customers who have given the dining club a five-star rating. The New York Times also favorably reviewed 15 Fox Place and Budinich and her restaurant were just featured in a segment on TV’s Pix 11. All this attention is great for business, Budinich says, but she doesn’t do it for the reviews, she cooks because

she loves what she does. “Every day is a party and every day I’m making people happy,” Budinich says. “When people come here, they have a different attitude than when they go to a restaurant. They’re coming for the experience. It’s a happy place.” If you go: 15 Fox Place Jersey City Fri, Sat nights; and, either Thurs. or Sun. nights Reservations Required (201) 333-1476 www.womcatering.com For info, email: staff@ womcatering.com

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STARGAZINE Aries March 21 - April 19 The energy of June is scattered with many a quick turn of events. The planet Uranus in its true Wheel of Fortune mode is the culprit. The astral advice suggests that a calm head and patient attitude will protect you from the whirling changes to come. Remember that Aries rules the head and at this time nothing is as it seems. Hold on its going to be a bumpy ride! Taurus -April 20 - May 20

You may feel that you have lost an important person in your life but under further objective examination you will realize that the break is better for everyone. Taurus, at times may hold on to people like the jaws of a pit-bull and not unlike the dog breed you have gotten a sullied reputation. Embrace the future and allow new and positive relationships to develop.

Gemini

May 21 - June 20 An abundance of activity in the 10th house governing status and honor indicate great opportunities. Venus, Jupiter, Mars and the Sun together harmonizing their power and combined intention enable you to achieve your heart’s desire. Accept the fact that all your dreams may come true. Add to the astrological force a constructive mental attitude and you are a winner!

Leo-July 23 - August 22

Your ego is your best defense but at times may be your worst enemy. You have needed some help yet you have been treating everyone as commoners while you play the part of the king or queen. Step down from your throne! Saying thank you and being grateful makes you stronger and insures that help and support will continue to flow in your direction. The bad obnoxious king is dead; long live the kind and sincere king!

Many a Cancer native will be feeling a little out of sorts with friend and family relationships in the month of June. Astrologically Saturn in your sister water sign Scorpio may be showering a little woe in your direction. Anyway Cancer does tend to be an emotionally overdone sign in general. Looking at the sunny side of any situation is a discipline like exercising, so get emotionally fit in June.

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November 22 - December 21 It is well known that although the Sag native requires relationships like the other signs they do not define their existence by their partnerships. And yes, many can live unattached and happy with their own company. In the month of June however the arrow of love may hit and change the life direction of many. Walk carefully and enjoy this uncharactistic feeling.

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tember 22 In relationships there is a tendency for the Virgo native to jump and demand clarification as to where everything is headed. In business or romance this is not advised. It is far better to observe and allow the energy to unfold in its own time. Pushing for answers may be like putting ice water on the potentially hot flames of love or loyalty.

If you are not happy in your chosen profession it is time for a constructive leap of faith. Education online in the evenings and direct meetings with those in your new chosen field will lessen the anxiety and lack of direction experienced now. Go forth with confidence. When you are in a happy work environment the rest of the puzzle fills in nicely!

Libra – September 23 - October 22

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There is a happy center point in relationships as the symbol for Libra is a rising Sun in the center of a horizon and secondly the scales. This month however your scales have tipped to the dark side. You are telling everyone what comes to mind without using a filter. The astral advice suggests that you stand firm in your decisions but don’t oft the heads of those with whom you disagree! Remember dear, that balance is the key!

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October 23rd -November 21st If everyone immediately got exactly what they thought they wanted the world would be in chaos, especially when we are in a constant flux of change. The Scorpio desire nature is a force to be reckoned with but Saturn in your sign you must wait in order to get your heart’s desire. The good news is that the wait is worth it and you will be exceedingly rewarded for your patience.

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December 22 - January 19

January 20 - February 18 Happiness has returned and it seems you are on a safe and steady course, with children and those you love. You have trusted in the universe and have been delivered your heart’s desire. Although the future is bright there will always be little problems to overcome. The astral advice suggests all challenges are easily surmountable.

Pisces-

February 19 - March 20 The symbol of Pisces is the fish swimming both ways indicating a mutable personality. You are many times not unlike an emotional roller coast going strongly in one direction only to change midstream and go in the opposite. The astral advice suggests that you stay the course in all decisions recently made. Stay on track and things will improve. Going back may be a disaster. Go forth with confidence!

Hypnosis

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N.J, Isshin-Ryu Karate Multi Discipline Master Austin Wright Sr. Is Awarded Ju-Jutsu Hanshi Rank One of the Martial Arts World leading industry leaders Grand Master Austin Wright Sr. recently received and earned his 9th Dan Hanshi master’s rank in American Judo Ju-Jutsu Combative Arts Self Defense system at the USA Hall of Fame. From Ancient Japan to modern American Traditional Ju-Jitsu has been passed down from master to sensei and from sensei to disciple, where if needed you can actually trace back to the roots of Austin Wright Sr. through his father (Dennis Wright) and Dr. James Lavender (Judo Ju-Jitsu Hanshi). Also, Okinawa Isshin Ryu Karate form brought over by the late Grand Master Don Nagle, to American soldiers/veterans, Dennis Wright and Austin Wright Sr. Mr. Austin Wright became a living Martial Arts, Karate, and Ju Jutsu Legend due to his courage, dedication, determination, hard work ethnics and proven results in the Arena. Now retired from the Arena, Wright is writing books, traveling, educating, and performing at Seminars. From the Apple to the Orange, California to Las Vegas, Wright has been in various Hall Of Fames and competitions. Also, Austin is an International World Martial Arts Grand Champion for the “Freedom Games”. And is recognized as a “Disciple of Disciples” says, head coach Dr. Thomas who titled Wright as a multi-disciplined Grand Master of the decade in 2010. Hanshi Dennis Wright was one of the people who inspired Austin. His father and Sensei Dennis was a Bayonne Bee Superstar in the football, track, and also Martial Arts Champion, during the 1960’s, 1970’s, and 1980’s. Austin’s dad

planted the seed by pushing him and his brothers physically and mentally, at age 5. Hanshi Dennis would have Austin and his brothers’ jog

back and forth to Hudson County Park then back to their home in the projects on 2nd street of Bayonne in the early 70’s. After that their father would have them initiate their Karate, Judo Ju-Jitsu, Boxing and Kick Boxing training. Austin, to this day still runs in Hudson County Park every chance he gets. Austin had great mentors that he enjoyed watching as a young child, which included his father and Hanshi Ralph Passero who would train intensely in Kumite Karate and Kick Boxing. Passero even became a Kick Boxing Legend beating the Harlem Kick Boxer of N.Y. Austin fought in the arena with “empty hands” from the late 1970’s till 2005. During early 2000, Wright was the Quarter Master for the V.F.W. Post 226. The Commander Glen Flora labeled Wright “The Pit Bull”, and the Armed Forces of North Carolina (Black Belts & Competitors) of Camp LeJune, Pope, Fort Brag, and Seymour Johnson labeled Austin “The technician” because he was known as a Superb Fighting Warrior. Presently, Austin Wright is a Kick Boxing Coach and karate tournament promoter. For more information on Austin Wright Sr. or the Academies visit uwamartialarts.com, bayonnemma. com, or jerseycitymma.com. The Academies are located at 250 Broadway, Bayonne, New Jersey, and 1683 Kennedy Boulevard, Jersey City, New Jersey, and Wright holds After School Karate Programs at Waterfront Montessori.

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