Dean Friedman to play at The Record Collector

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Dean Friedman and The South Street Fusion Project are set to perform at the Record Collector in Bordentown.

The performance is scheduled for 8 p.m. May 3 at the Record Collector, 358 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown.

Admission is $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

Chart topping recording artist, Dean Friedman, best known for his top-40 hit Ariel, is embarking on a 40-city world tour, performing with his jazz/rock/pop/fusion band, The South Street Fusion Project.

The lineup includes Friedman on guitar and keyboards, Sam Friedman (Dean’s son) on keyboards and harmonica, Kiril Orenstein on drums and Chris Talio on bass

The group is set to play a mix of original jazz, rock, pop and world music, combined in an intoxicating, and always swinging, musical stew.

Friedman, studied music at the City University of New York with legendary jazz greats John Lewis of the Modern Jazz Quartet and guitarist Barry Galbraith.

The 2014 tour coincides with the release of a compilation album, Dean Friedman – Words & Music, a double-CD collection of 28 tracks, including several of Friedman’s classic recordings and many fan favorites.

Though Friedman’s single, ‘McDonald’s Girl’, was officially banned by the BBC for mentioning the name of the well known fast food restaurant in its chorus, the song has been covered by a number of contemporary bands including Canadian group Barenaked Ladies and The Blenders.

With the advent of YouTube, video versions have gone viral and last year, 30 years after the song was banned, the McDonald’s corporation officially licensed the song for a national television/radio campaign.

More information is online at deanfriedman.com and the-record-collector.com.

Trenton Thunder prepare for the year of Rookie

2014 04 RookieBy Samantha Sciarrotta

There’s a new pup in town at Arm & Hammer Bark—er, Park—and the Trenton Thunder staff and fans might as well be wagging their tails with excitement.

Rookie, son of current bat dog Derby and grandson of the original Chase, was born on Dec. 15 of last year and is already a social media hit. Derby and Rookie live with Eric Lipsman, the Thunder’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Sales and Partnerships, who says the fan reaction has been “incredible.” Rookie met some season ticket holders for the first time at a recent event, and it was a treat for all parties involved.

“It went really well,” Lipsman said. “He had a great time. Derby was there with him. They interacted with each other as well as with the fans, so it was pretty good.”

It’s been even more of a treat for the staff. Both dogs spend their days at the ballpark, even on non-game days. Many newcomers weren’t with the organization when Derby was a puppy six years ago, but longtime staff members are used to having a pint-sized pooch roaming around the front office.

“I think everybody’s pretty much gotten a really good kick out of it,” Lipsman said. “We have the core people who were here, and it’s like déjà vu because it’s basically a complete repeat performance of what Derby did. The way he and Derby play in the office is the exact same way Derby and Chase did. It’s total déjà vu. All the new people who weren’t here before get to have a puppy here. It’s kind of fun. It’s kind of exciting. He adds a lot of life to the place.”

It’s been just as exciting for Lipsman at home, though it does come with a price.
Sleep.

“He’s now finally getting to the point where he’s sleeping a lot longer, but the first two weeks, I was putting him to bed at midnight, then he’d wake up at 2, he’d wake up at 4,” he said. “He’s still a puppy. You still have to keep an eye on him all the time.”

Lipsman said Rookie is a mirror image of Derby at his age. They both love the snow, and when Derby crawls into his bed, Rookie cuddles up right next to him, something that Derby and Chase did frequently.

Derby even waits for Rookie every morning, tail wagging, in front of the puppy’s crate so the two can play. And when Lipsman brings Rookie to pick up Derby from his trainer, Rookie waits in the hallway and lights up as soon as his dad shows up.

“He’s Chase’s grandson,” Lipsman said. “He reminds me so much of his grandfather, and he definitely reminds me so much of his father.”

There are some differences, though. Lipsman said the dogs like to play tug-of-war with toys, something Chase was never very interested in.

Rookie will start training in April at Shelly’s School for Dogs at The Green Leaf Pet Resort in Millstone. His regimen will start off with basic obedience skills like learning commands and walking with and without a leash. This is especially important, as Derby and Chase before him had complete run of the stadium.

“Derby knows every inch and every door and every place,” Lipsman said. “To be able to walk him around without a leash makes life a lot easier. That’s a key thing.”

After he nails down the basics, Rookie will get into retrieving, though he recently picked up his first mini bat while playing in the office. Training will last through next winter, and the goal is to have him on the field with Derby by spring of 2015.

This year, though, Rookie’s role will be similar to Derby’s when he was a puppy. He’ll be around during games and will spend some time on the field while attending training sessions on weekdays.

“It’s very nice having a third generation here,” Lipsman said.

Annual Iris Growers Competition to return Mother’s Day weekend

The 18th Annual Franklin Carr Iris Growers Competition is set to return Mother’s Day weekend to Bordentown City.

The competition honors Bordentown native Franklin Carr, a renowned hybridizer of Iris’s and a master judge for the American Iris Society. The event features speakers, carriage riders and floral design displays.

Carr won 28 international awards for his flowers, some of which are in the Vatican Gardens in Rome, the Buckingham Royal Gardens in London, the Palengraden in Frankford, Germany and the personal gardens of the late Princess Grace of Monaco.

Jackie Reed, Iris Competition coordinator for eighteen years has worked with the Downtown Bordentown Association to continue the legacy of Franklin Carr and his hybrid Iris’s which reside today in the Franklin Carr garden built by volunteers under direction of George Karousatos a neighbor of Carr and has since been maintained by Bordentown residents Ellen Kosar and Diane Burroughs.

The annual Iris Growers competition is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 10.

The day’s festivities include carriage rides to see the beautiful blossoms of Bordentown City, speakers on gardening, fresh flower and garden décor vendors and local artists showcasing floral designs from paintings to jewelry.

Third generation orchid grower Beth Davis is set to present Orchids Are Different But Not Difficult 1 p.m. at Jesters Café.

Davis will be presenting basic culture information as well as doing a hands-on potting demonstration. She will have plants for sale.

Burlington County Master Gardener Frank Victor is set to present Native Plants and Wildlife Habitats – Perfect Together 2 p.m. at Old City Hall, 11 Crosswicks St., Bordentown City.

Victor and his wife Marie have their property at their Hainesport home into a wildlife haven with an emphasis on butterflies. His garden in has achieved the Certified Wildlife Habitat, Monarch Waystation, and Certified Butterfly Garden awards.

Artists Arlene Marcoe, Susan Winter and Joe Rademan are set create plein aire paintings of the garden and Iris Festival scenes. After they are finished, they will be display their paintings at Farnsworth Gallery located in the Bonaparte Antiques building, 375 Farnsworth Avenue.

A limited amount of Tall Bearded Iris plants, nurtured by the Garden State Iris Society, are set to be on sale after 11 a.m. at the Friends Meeting House, 302 Farnsworth Avenue for $10 per plant.

Dinner to support Wheels for Dawud

Women With a Purpose is set to host a fundraising dinner for Bordentown Regional High School student Dawud Hamdan.

Hamdan was diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis, an inflammation of the spinal cord, in 2010. He is bound to a wheel chair and is unable to stand.

A wheel chair with a standing function would relieve some of the pain associated with Transverse Myelitis. Hamdan’s insurance will not pay for a new wheel chair.

His friends and family started Wheels for Dawud to raise $53,000 for a standing wheel chair. They have raised more than $36,000 through an online campaign, giveforward.com/fundraiser/4nz3/dawudswheels.

Funds raised at WWAP’s dinner will helps ease some of the family’s financial burden.

The dinner is scheduled for 6 p.m. April 29 at Villa Mannino Ristorante, 73 Route 130, Hamilton.

Admission is $25 and includes a family-style dinner, dessert, soft drinks, iced tea, coffee and tea.

Participants should also bring $10 cash or check to be donated to Wheels for Dawud. Outside contributions for this event can be mailed to: Women With A Purpose, PO Box 74, Titusville, NJ 08560. Checks can be made payable to Women With A Purpose with “April 29th Dinner” in the memo section.

To register for dinner, email wwap.njpa@gmail.com with the number of guests.

Former Bordentown softball star returns to her roots

Anna Price eyes a throw during a scrimmage against Notre Dame on March 18, 2014. (Photo by Albert Rende.)

Anna Price eyes a throw during a scrimmage against Notre Dame on March 18, 2014. (Photo by Albert Rende.)

Bordentown Regional High School grad returns to coach softball team

By Ken Weingartner

Hillary Allen enjoyed plenty of success as a softball player, both at Bordentown High School and Drexel University.

Now she wants to help other players fulfill their own potential.
And she is back where it all began.

When the Scotties took the field in March to get ready for this season, Allen was with them, ready to begin her first year as head coach of Bordentown’s softball team.

“It’s incredible to be back,” said Allen, who in January was named to replace Melissa Hodge at the helm of the program. “I love coaching; it’s a way to stay in the game without playing. I’ve always thought about it, but it’s a dream come true to be back in Bordentown. I’m really excited to be here.”

Allen was a standout pitcher for the Scotties during her playing days. As a senior, she was 20-2 with a microscopic 0.22 earned-run average and nine no-hitters. More importantly to Allen, Bordentown went 24-3 and reached the Central Jersey Group II championship game.

After finishing her scholastic career with 57 wins and 36 shutouts, Allen headed to Drexel, where she made an impact immediately. She was named to the Colonial Athletic Association’s All-Rookie Team in 2009 and two years later was first-team All-CAA as a pitcher/designated player.

Allen ended her collegiate career with 43 wins, good for fifth place on Drexel’s all-time list, and 332 strikeouts, which rank No. 4 for the Dragons.

“All my successes are from the coaches I’ve had, and the players that played around me,” Allen said. “They’ve helped make me the person that I am today. I loved the teamwork part of it, I loved working with the other players; it’s something that’s always been a part of me. Hopefully I can help take [these players] to the next level.”

Her philosophy is simple.

“I think if you put hard work into everything, if you’re determined and put your heart into it, then you can be successful both on and off the field,” Allen said. “That’s kind of the philosophy I live by. It’s also the philosophy we have here, both on and off the field.

“These girls have a positive attitude, they hustle, and they have a love for the game. They absolutely love the game and they want to be here. They’re all really great friends, which is a big part of playing softball. It’s such a team sport and it makes it so nice when the girls like to play with each other. You can tell they really enjoy coming out here each day to be with each other.”

Bordentown finished last season with a 14-7 record, shared the Burlington County Scholastic League Patriot Division title, advanced to the semifinals of the BCSL tournament and the quarterfinals of the Central Jersey Group II tourney.

“This is my first year, so I want us to do better than we did last year and keep improving for years to come,” Allen said. “I want us to win the division again and then win more games than last year. I want to keep on improving and make the program better. I want the girls to get better and better every day.”

Among the players returning from last season is Katie Schroeder, who was a Patriot Division all-star at first base last year. The remainder of the roster includes Anastasia Salera, Christiana Dalton, Anna Price, Debra Jones, Amelia Ditolvo, Hannah Gavin, Jamye Kagel, Kaitlin Lupinacci, Carli Shaw, Julia Nelson, Samantha Ryan and Justinna Hacker.

“We’re all really excited,” Dalton said. “I think we’re going to make it really far this year. We have a really good team and a really great coaching staff and a lot of talent. We won our division last year, so we definitely want to win it again, and to make it as far as we can in states.

“I think we have a lot of talent. We’re all working hard together and doing really well. I just want us to continue to stay positive and come to every game wanting to give a hundred percent.”

Bordentown’s roster is unusual in that it is without a single senior. Dalton, Gavin, Kagel, Lupinacci, Shaw and Ryan are juniors while Price, Schroeder, Nelson and Hacker are sophomores. Salera, Jones and Ditolvo are freshmen.

“We’re all really close and we’re a young team,” Kagel said. “I think we’re going to grow together and we’ll be really good. We’ve played together before and we’ve all hung out together. I think we’re all very positive and everyone picks each other up when we’re down. We never give up.”

Kagel thinks the squad’s attitude will help bring success.

“I want to win. Like, every game,” Kagel said. “That’s the focus, get to states and win. Our goal is to win the division again; we want to keep it going.”

Kagel added that the team is making a smooth transition under its new coach.
“She’s very good,” Kagel said. “She knows a lot. We love her.”

And there is no doubt Allen is excited to be back on the field again at Bordentown, even if this time it is as a coach rather than player.

“It’s a great group of girls and they’re all on board with what we’re trying to do,” Allen said. “I’m excited to be back on this side of it and help those girls get to their next step in their lives as well.”

Nursery school to hold open house

Play and Learn Nursery School is set to host an open house.

The open house is scheduled for 1 to 3 p.m. April 27 at the school, 420 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown

Play and Learn Nursery School has been providing an academic and social program for three and four-year-old children for over 35 years.

Applications are now being accepted for school year 2014-2015.

For more information, call director Jennifer Cicero at (609) 298-1678.

Bordentown resident named Rowan Scholar-Athletes

Rowan University named a Bordentown resident a Scholar Athletes.

The university honored 225 student-athletes at its annual Student-Athlete Day April 11.

Rowan recognized individuals who achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. This year, 109 student-athletes accumulated a GPA of 3.4 or higher and 116 had a GPA between 3.0 and 3.39.

Scholar Athletes include freshman lacrosse player Dana Pennock of Bordentown.  She is studying psychology.

More information is online at rowanathletics.com