Jersey Magazine with Jim Monaghan

Jersey Magazine with Jim Monaghan

Jersey Magazine with Jim Monaghan

Samantha Giustiniani is the Vice President of Education and Outreach at the Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank.

The Smithereens formed in Carteret,in 1980. The band consisted of Pat DiNizio (vocals, guitar), Jim Babjak (guitar, vocals), Dennis Diken (drums, vocal), and Mike Mesaros (bass).

Influenced by the Beatles and other British Invasion bands like the Who, Kinks, and Rolling Stones, they combined great hooks and melodies with Pat’s memorable lyrics.

After the release of two EPs in the early 80’s, the band followed with their debut album, Especially For You, in 1986. The album yielded two hit singles – “Blood and Roses” and “Behind the Wall of Sleep”. The Smithereens issued a string of successful albums in the late 1980s and early 1990s, including Green Thoughts (1988), 11 (1989), and Blow Up (1991). These albums contained hit singles such as “Girl Like You,” “Only a Memory,” and “House We Used to Live In.”

Following the untimely death of founding member Pat DiNizio in 2017, a scholarship was set up to provide an opportunity for promising music students with full or partial scholarships to the Count Basie Center Academy of the Arts, including programs in its School Of Music or Performing Arts, the Monmouth Conservatory of Music, the Jazz Arts Project, or any other future program that creates a formal partnership with the Basie Center.

Samantha joined Jim Monaghan to discuss the details of this year’s program.

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  • Ron Kennedy - Far Hills Race Meeting

    This year is the 102nd running of the Far Hills Race Meeting, better known as The Hunt, which since its founding has raised money to support local healthcare charities. To date, they’ve raised over $20 million. The race takes place on Saturday Oct 21st and Ron Kennedy, the chairman of the event, joined Jim Monaghan to talk about what you need to know about this year’s festivities.

  • Aster Pheonyx - Walk For Suicide Prevention Awareness

    September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and there are a number of events going on in our area from September into early November.

    Jim Monaghan spoke with NJ-based singer/songwriter/musician Aster Pheonyx, who’s involved in one of the events, which is taking place today.

  • Rock N Ruff

    Howdy Animal Lovers,

    Terrie Carr here and this week’s Rock N’ Ruff pup looking for a new home is just that – a pup! Best news – not too young, housebroken,  really smart, knows basic commands. Missy is awesome! Missy is a Dutch Shepherd/Husky mix (just look at those eyes) between 7 and 9 months old, and is both active and loyal.  Missy was found roaming the streets with her siblings and after being picked up and brought to another shelter found herself in the company of the awesome Sunny Nowell from Randolph Regional Animal Shelter and eventually made her way to WDHA for Rock N’ Ruff!

    One of Missy’s siblings has been adopted but she does have a brother that looks just like her and has a similar personality named Dante who is also at the shelter.  Missy was great with our staff and so attentive with Sunny who has taught her basic commands. It’s obvious this young dog is super smart and really eager to please.  Missy is a lovely girl with so much personality, she would make a great companion for just about anyone. She would make a great walking or running partner and could be an awesome family dog. If you are looking for a young dog (but not a puppy) that is a medium size, has a lovely disposition, is smart and obedient, Missy could be the dog for you. And of course she is absolutely stunning.

    For info on adopting Missy you can reach the Randolph Regional Animal Shelter at Randolph Regional Animal Shelter or stop by for a visit at 97 Ironia Road in Mendham or you can call them at 973-543-9333- the shelter is open to the public- Monday-Friday from 11a-1p and Saturday from 11a-2p.

    Adoption fees
    Dogs and cats – $50 – all spayed, neutered, vaccinated
    Looking for 2?  Adopt one get one free!
    Kittens are $150 each and $250 for two (includes spay/neuter).
    * Approved application required for all adoptions.

    Opt To Adopt!

  • Coach Sheets' Ride In

    Jeremy Sheetinger is the head baseball coach at Georgia Gwinnett College where he led the Grizz Gang to the 2021 NAIA National Championship.

    These quick hits may, on the surface, be geared toward his fellow baseball coaches, but his motivational message can easily be applied to the classroom, workplace, and your personal relationships.

    This week, Coach Sheets offers this up – where we are right now is exactly where we’re meant to be.

  • Local Look

    Looking for something fun to do in the area? Chris Swendeman has you covered with this week’s Local Look.

    There are always so many fun events happening in our local communities.  Check out what’s in store for this week in New Jersey.

    • Show your seasonal spirit and head over to Springfield for their annual fall festival today from 11 AM to 5 PM.  There will be food trucks, vendors, live music, and a beer garden.  The rain date will be October 22.
    • Then show off your selfie skills at the 11th annual Hackettstown Stroll and Selfie Scarecrow Contest.  This year’s theme is movie characters.  Scarecrows are on display now through November 10 from 8 AM to 8 PM outside participating stores.  Visit for further details.
    • And snap your fingers a few times and travel over to Westfield for a great Halloween event.  It’s AddamsFest.  From Wednesday to Grandmama, there’s something for everyone at Addams Family Fun Day on Quimby Street in downtown Westfield.  That’s later today from 10 AM to 5 PM.


    And that’s your Local Look for this week on The Jersey Magazine.  If you’d like your event to be featured on The Local Look, you can email us at [email protected].  See you next week on 105.5 WDHA.

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