The Cape May Film Society will host a summer film series on Friday nights at 7:30 p.m. at the Chalfonte

Hotel (301 Howard Street, Cape May), screening the following films:

July 20: “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” an animated classic nominated for two Oscars starring George Clooney,
Meryl Streep, and Bill Murray (from the creator of this summer’s hit film, “Moonrise Kingdom”)

July 27: “The Gold Rush” the 1942 Charlie Chaplin classic (and one of his personal favorites!)

August 3: “Roxie Hart” starring Ginger Rogers as the woman who inspired the hit movie
musical “Chicago”!

“These are forgotten films,” says Jeff Giordano, award-winning independent filmmaker who is hosting
the series. “Yet these three works are examples of great storytelling and filmmaking that are fun to
watch and discuss.” Giordano will present short independent films preceding these features films. His
films have appeared in film festivals around the world (and at the Cape May Film Festival).

ALSO: On Sunday, August 5, the Film Society will screen the classic silent film “The Mark of Zorro” with
live organ accompanist Wayne Zimmerman, an event presented with the East Lynne Theater Company
at First Presbyterian Church at 500 Hughes Street in Cape May.

Call or text 609-326-FEST (3378) or write with questions (or visit


(Atlantic City, NJ) July 10, 2012 – It’s Girls Night for a cause!  Atlantic City’s newest revue show, Girls Night: The Musical with ONEHOPE Wines will host a special benefit show for Tom Palermo, local resident and active community member, on Thursday, July 26.

Recently Tom Palermo was diagnosed with advanced colorectal cancer requiring surgery and several rounds of radiation and chemotherapy.  Additionally, Tom has an unknown neurological disorder that’s kept him confined to a wheel chair for over a decade, further complicating his illness.  Tom Palermo is a Vietnam War veteran who has three grown children and four grandchildren, who resides in Somers Point, New Jersey and sells realty in Ocean City.  He has been an active member of the community for more than 40 years.

 “We were shocked with the diagnosis, but my dad is a fighter,” said Holly Palermo, daughter.  “My dad has been an active member in the community for as long as I can remember, and it is both humbling and amazing to see the support we are receiving.  Our family is extremely grateful to Resorts Casino Hotel and Girls Night: The Musical for their support and we look forward to a great event.”

“Girls Night is all about having fun and letting loose, it’s about friends and friends help each other out,” said Sonya Carter, director.  “We realized the show can be a great platform to giving back to the community and that is what we want to do to help Tom and his family through this.”

Tickets for the Girls Night: The Musical show benefiting Tom Palermo on Thursday, July 26 at 7:30 p.m. are $45 each and can be purchased through Resorts Box Office or at   All proceeds from the ticket sales will go to Tom Palermo, and each guest will receive a gift card for ONEHOPE Wines at the event.

Girls Night: The Musical opens on Thursday, July 12 in the Screening Room at Resorts Casino Hotel and run through September 1 with shows on Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.

GIRLS NIGHT: THE MUSICAL has been thrilling audiences and earning rave reviews since its sensational Off-Broadway debut. Audience members can’t help but laugh, cry and sing and dance in the aisles! Described as “Desperate Housewives meets Mamma Mia” (Applause Magazine), and “As funny and outrageous as Sex and the City!” (The Advocate).GIRLS NIGHT is bursting with energy and packed with hits “Lady Marmalade,” “It’s Raining Men,” “Man I Feel Like A Woman,” “I Will Survive” and more!

For more information on Girls Night: The Musical, visit their official Web site

Since its inception in 2007, ONEHOPE Wine has become one of the most recognizable cause brands in theUnited States. Donating an astounding 50% of its profits to partner charities benefitting a variety of causes,ONEHOPE has raised over $750,000 for a wide range of charity organizations to date. Partnering with Robert Mondavi Jr. to ensure quality and consistency, each wine benefits a different charity including Breast Cancer, Autism, Aids, the Planet and our Troops. The unique label is offered in hundreds of reputable hotels, restaurants, bars and retail stores in select markets across the nation and can be purchased online atwww.ONEHOPEWine.comONEHOPE effortlessly seeks to turn ‘giving back’ into a lifestyle of hope and change thus enabling wine lovers to enjoy the product and be a part of ONEHOPE’s vision.

The all new Resorts Casino Hotel was named the “2011 Casino of the Year” by the Philadelphia Daily News and for their groundbreaking and unique initiatives throughout their inaugural year.   For more information on Resorts Casino Hotel visit or follow us on Twitter or on Facebook at

Summer-long Campaign to Engage the Power of the People

Mayor of Belmar, Matt Dougherty signing on in support of the Clean Ocean Zone

Belmar, NJ—– Today, New Jersey residents and environmental advocates gathered at Taylor Pavilion in Belmar to announce the start of Clean Ocean Action’s summer 2012 campaign to raise awareness of current ocean pollution issues. The C.O.A.S.T. (Clean Ocean Action Shore Tips) campaign promotes citizen-to-citizen communication, building a grassroots movement of concerned and informed citizens.

Today also marks the one month countdown to the Tour for the Shore – an unprecedented public awareness campaign to support the nation’s first Clean Ocean Zone (COZ), an initiative which will permanently protect and celebrate the waters off our coast. Through the 2012 C.O.A.S.T. program, Clean Ocean Action and COA volunteers will be working to rally 30 elected officials to sign-on in support of the COZ in the next 30 days leading up to the Tour.

“If there’s one thing that the C.O.A.S.T. campaign must do this summer, it’s to get beachgoers out of their beach chairs and show their support for the Clean Ocean Zone,” said Joanna Simon, 2012 C.O.A.S.T. Intern. “We, the citizens, have to mobilize others to get in motion for the ocean, to influence our elected officials and protect our beaches for ourselves and future generations.”

Belmar Mayor Matt Dougherty was in attendance and the first of the 30 officials to sign-on in support of the Clean Ocean Zone, stating “I am proud to be the first elected official to sign the Clean Ocean Zone resolution during this C.O.A.S.T. campaign,” he also added that “all New Jersey residents should be thankful for the hard work and success that COA has had with the waters off the New Jersey coast.”

“Citizens have worked hard for over 25 years to turn our ocean from a national joke to a premier tourism destination and it is now time for us to lock in that success and become the nation’s first Clean Ocean Zone. Our elected officials must now step up and endorse the Clean Ocean Zone initiative” said Cindy Zipf, Executive Director of Clean Ocean Action.

“The Clean Ocean Zone has been 10 years in the making. The time is now to act on this important initiative,” said Richard Lee, Executive Director of Surfers Environmental Alliance. “Tell your friends, tell your family. Please support the Clean Ocean Zone,” he added.

Also in attendance was paddling enthusiast, Margo Pellegrino. No stranger to raising awareness for the ocean, Pellegrino paddled from Miami to Maine in 2007 over the course of just-under 11 weeks, bringing attention to Atlantic Ocean issues from pollution to over-development. In 2008, she paddled from Long Beach Island (New Jersey) to Washington, D.C., delivering “messages in a bottle” to legislators. In 2009, Pellegrino paddled the Gulf Coast, then a year later, paddled from Seattle to San Diego – all in the name of the ocean. Margo is gearing up for the 2012 Tour for the Shore as she plans to lead the way for Clean Ocean Action, paddling the entire distance from Cape May to Montauk.

Margo will travel by outrigger canoe along the shoreline while Clean Ocean Action’s Coastal Policy Attorney Sean Dixon hits the pavement on a road bicycle. Rallies, action-tables, and beach teams will be held along the way in every coastal district and elected leaders will be urged to participate and support the initiative. The tour is scheduled to take place during the peak of the shore’s tourist season providing the coalition the opportunity to reach tens of thousands of people with one message: “The time is now for the Clean Ocean Zone.”

“We hope cyclists, surfers, families, kayakers, and beachgoers will grab a bike or a board and join us as we make our way up the coast,” said Sean Dixon, COA Coastal Policy Attorney excited to be making his first cycling adventure for-a-cause. “We will have maps and timetables online – as well as difficulty estimates – to help anyone who wants to participate decide the best way to take action for the ocean,” Dixon added.

To find out more about this summer’s tour and to find out how to participate, please visit or call Clean Ocean Action at 732-872-0111.

SOMA NewArt Gallery invites you

Sean Taylor,
SEAN TAYLOR “All New View From the Boardwalk” Acrylic on Panel 36″ X 80″


  Opening Artist Reception


6 to 9pm
SEAN TAYLOR   “The Boxer and The Beauty Queen”
New Paintings – Gallery 1HARRIETT SOSSON “On the Way to Cape May”
New Collages – Gallery 2JOHN BORRERO

“Mythology, Fables and Fairy Tales”

Mixed Media Sculpture and Paintings – Gallery 3
Food, Beverages, Music, Conversation 



Carpenters Square Mall, 31 Perry Street, Cape May

Exhibition Dates – June 23rd to July 29th
Gallery open daily 10am to 10pm
Sean TAylor
Sean Taylor “On Top of the World”
Acrylic and Latex on Canvas 16″ x 16″
“The Boxer and the Beauty Queen”
New PaintingsTaylor’s work is passionately constructed paintings with luscious color and scratchy textures. Taylor’s imagery is aninvestigation into the causes and effects of desire, illusion and the mystery of Beauty.
Harriett Sosson
Harriett Sosson “Waiting for the Train” Collage 11′ x 14″
“On the Way to Cape May”
New CollagesEach piece of Harriett Sosson’s new work is mixture of reproduced photographs from old Cape May, layered over with known classical images creating unique  juxtapositions.
John Borrero
John Borrero “Yemaya” Mixed Media Sculpture, 22″
Gallery 3

“Mythology, Fables and Fairy Tales”  Mixed Media Paintings and Sculptures

John Borrero is a story teller, his sculptures are made with found objects and antique items, shaped together until “they take form and gain a sense of personality.”

John’s paintings are made on wood panel with layers of mixed media elements. The process is intuitive. “I follow where the painting leads me.”


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Carpenters Square Mall, 31 Perry Street, Cape May


ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (June 13, 2012) — The word “ballet” conjures images of  conventional steps, leaps, and spins as well as graceful glides, and poses.  Alla Duhova’s Todes Contemporary Russian Ballet, however, is so much more.  It is an extravaganza of sounds, colors, emotions, and a fiery mixture of dance trends and technical tricks.  This exhilarating blend of theatre, ballet, break dancing and athletic choreography will evoke excitement and awe at the Tropicana Showroom Friday, July 27th and Saturday, July 28th.
Named after the most dangerous element in figure skating, the TODES ballet company is led by esteemed Russian director and choreographer Alla Duhova.  For over 20 years, the dance company has toured through France, Italy, Germany, England, Israel, Bulgaria, China, Australia and South Korea in some of the largest and most prestigious concert halls in the world.

Alla Duhova has created and produced nine shows for TODES ballet.  Starting as a small group of back-up dancers with small individual performances, TODES quickly became a dance empire that can be described as passionate, detailed, and theatrical.

Audiences continue to be dazzled by the collective choreography of modern trends in contemporary dance as well as the amazing costumes, lighting effects and dramatic performances.  They have won numerous international awards and worked with some of the most prestigious celebrities in show business including Mariah Carey and the late Michael Jackson.

Let Alla Duhova’s Todes Contemporary Russian Ballet amaze you Friday and Saturday, July 27th and 28th 9pm in the Tropicana Showroom.  Tickets are available through Ticketmaster or via phone at 1.800.736.1420, or at the Tropicana Box Office.  They are $55, $65, $75, $85, $95, and $105.

CAPE MAY, N.J. – A local Coast Guardsman has been selected as the Coast Guard’s Firefighter of the Year for his service aboard Training Center Cape May and in the surrounding community.Petty Officer Michael Filippone, 23, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was selected from the service’s more than 800 damage controlmen. Filippone responded to more than 400 calls for emergency services in 2011 aboard Training Center Cape May, Coast Guard family housing and in nearby municipalities.

“I wouldn’t have been selected if it weren’t for our awesome crew,” said Filippone. “It looks like all of our hard work has paid off.”

Filippone responded to two major emergency calls in the nearby community involving a dryer fire at a local laundry mat and a brush fire involving two acres near local residences. His actions during the firefighting efforts were instrumental resulting in minimal property loss and no significant injuries. Filippone also volunteers for the Stone Harbor Volunteer Fire Department and was instrumental in the safe evacuation of Training Center Cape May and Coast Guard family housing prior to Hurricane Irene.

“Petty Officer Filippone is a great firefighter who is making an impact in the Coast Guard and in the community,” said Mr. Chris Walters, Chief of the Coast Guard Training Center Cape May Fire Department. “He exhibited superior knowledge and leadership capabilities above his pay grade directing his engine crew during hundreds of emergency responses.”

During National Fire Prevention Week 2011, Filippone organized and implemented a fire-safety outreach program, which educated over 100 military children on the dangers of fire and the importance of home evacuation drills. Filippone also volunteered to teach kindergarteners fire safety and emergency preparedness during National Fire Prevention Week at Middle Township Elementary School.

The Training Center Cape May Fire Department was also selected from five other Coast Guard fire departments as the service’s fire department of the year.

Cape May Film Festival Preview

The 11th Annual Cape May Film Festival will take place at the Chalfonte Hotel October 21-23. The
festival has won the JerseyArts People’s Choice Award for favorite film festival in New Jersey three
years in a row, but it is not by any means resting on its laurels. This year the Festival is hosting executive
producers, best-selling authors, celebrated actors, writers, directors, and (of course) the region’s most
discerning film lovers.

The Friday night opening features best-selling author George Anastasia. A Philadelphia Inquirer reporter
on organized crime, Anastasia has a new book, The Ultimate Book of Gangster Movies. He will lead
a panel discussion with Soprano’s star Vincent Pastore, director/producer/actor Danny Provenzano,
and film enthusiast and Film Festival President Dottie Knapp. It’s an eclectic mix of producers, actors,
writers, and film lovers that has lots to talk about—and “What’s your favorite gangster film” is only
the start! What is your favorite “whack” scene, favorite fatal romance, favorite cat-and-mouse game—
you name it. The Friday night reception and program starts at 7:00 p.m., tickets go on sale at 6:00 p.m.
exclusively at the Chalfonte Hotel lobby.

Saturday daytime at the Film Festival has always been reserved for short films, and this year is no
exception. Reviewers accepted 30% of all films submitted, which they’ve weeded through many
submissions to showcase the best. In addition, there are two guest curated programs. Returning this
year is the Black Maria Film Festival, now celebrating its 30th year, and Curator John Columbus will
be present to show a select number of short films from his program. Truly a “best of the fest” for
Columbus, these films represent the choice selections from one of New Jersey’s most renowned film

Dance on Film will return again this year, curated by independent filmmaker and dance professional
Susannah Newman. These films have been hand-selected by Newman from among an elite few featured
at the Lincoln Center in New York City. The international scope and choreography in these films is only
matched by the outstanding direction and cinematography that make these films “world class.” Also
on Saturday, there will be a screening of films featuring the “Artisans of Cape May” and will include
favorites like Stan Sperlak, Victor Grasso, Richard Samuelson, and a host of other artists and musicians in
Cape May that will provide the true local flavor for the arts right here in Cape May.

The festival’s Saturday night feature is a New Jersey premiere—but more importantly a Sundance to
Cape May exclusive! One of Cape May's favorite filmmakers Greg Henry was honored at Sundance with
an award for Best Cinematography, and his first stop in New Jersey is the Cape May Film Festival! The
film, "The Redemption of General Butt Naked," has been receiving honors all over the world, but this
will be your first chance to see it here in the garden state. Henry is Executive Producer for the film,
and says, "We've received our Sundance award because of the incredible work of Eric Strauss, Peter
Hutchens, and Ryan Hill. We are especially glad because of the importance we all place on the craft of
filmmaking as well as the stories." The documentary follows the life of a warlord-turned-preacher.

The Economics of Happiness is also a New Jersey premiere, and it will be screened on Saturday night.
The film features beautiful scenes from around the world, and a discussion of globalization versus
localization. The movie will resonate with Cape May county residents who are champions of local trade

and farming. The film is presented under a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, and
it will be moderated by Marguerite Chandler, local activist and scholar with a focus on a variety of
environmental concerns. Saturday night continues with a presentation of edgy, quirky, and sometimes
controversial short films in our Late Night screenings. This year’s collection represents what New Jersey
filmmakers are creating with visions of suspense and action in tales that can only be described as
strange and unpredictable.

And where would the Cape May Film Festival be without Sunday Brunch? This year, we’ll have locally
created brunch-time delicacies to go right along with locally-produced short films. You will marvel at the
talent that resides right here in the county as we view several projects that feature your neighbors and
colleagues—the ones you didn’t know could act so well! After that, we will feature a historic look at the
gangster movies in a retrospective hosted by Dottie Knapp in keeping with our “gangster film” theme
from the beginning of the weekend.

For details or to buy weekend passes online, visit, call 609-884-6700, or email Weekend passes start at just $35!


FOR 2012 EVENT MARCH 22-March 25, 2012

A worldwide “Call for Entries” has been issued to independent filmmakers by The Garden State Film Festival.  The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2011.  Filmmakers will find submission instructions on the festival’s web site at

The Garden State Film Festival, celebrating its tenth anniversary, is New Jersey’s largest and most respected film festival, having attracted records crowds of over 30,000 for the past four years. The 2012 Festival returns to the Paramount Theater On-the-Boardwalk in Asbury Park, New Jersey, March 22-March 25th, 2012 and will feature film competition for independent filmmakers, open talent casting call, panel discussions, free school field trip opportunity, and opening and closing ceremonies. A panel of professional judges will select winning entries in a number of categories, including best Feature Length, Short , Documentary (short and feature length), Animation (short and feature length),  Music Video, PSA, Commercial and Trailers.

In addition The Garden State Film Festival (GSFF) was the first festival to create a category to recognize the musical compositions and the role music plays in the cinematic arts.   To date, it remains the only independent film festival to recognize composers, artists and producers of scores, soundtracks and theme songs judged solely on their own merit. Producers may submit their works, regardless of whether the film has been submitted or accepted.

“We created the Movie Music category in recognition of the role movie music plays in the cinematic arts. NJ has a rich musical history and represents a crossroads of the film and music industries,” making the largest and most respected film festival in NJ the most appropriate forum for the people behind the music.” states Executive Director Diane Raver.

The GSFF invites all music makers who have written and produced tracks for independent films to be recognized for the part they play in the production of fine films. Filmmakers are invited to submit (on CD format) any movie music from an independent film in any category that will be judged by music industry professionals in the new category, dubbed the GSFF Movie Music Track Competition.Information about the Movie Music Track Competition is also on the web site at

The winners of all competitions will be recognized at The GSFF Black Tie Awards Dinner held on March 25th, 2012 at The Crystal Point in Pt. Pleasant Beach, NJ.

About the 10th Annual Garden State Film Festival

The Garden State Film Festival was born in 2002 after a chance encounter in a Sea Girt, NJ Grocery store by 25-year film industry veteran Diane Raver and the well-known Hollywood actor Robert Pastorelli. Through his deep ties to Hollywood Mr. Pastorelli and Ms. Raver were able to bring the Garden State Film Festival to life at its successful premiere in 2003. Since that time, such industry notables such as Glenn Close, Frank Vincent, Batman producer Michael Uslan, Austin Pendleton, Kurtwood Smith, James Gandolfini, Budd Schulberg,Clarence Clemons, Bruce Stringsteen and others have lent their support. GSFF is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization held in the spring of each year at the Paramount Theater/Convention Hall complex as well as other venues in Asbury Park, New Jersey and surrounding area. For more information about the Garden State Film Festival please visit   or call 1-877-908-7050.


About the Sponsors of the 10th Annual Garden State Film Festival

The 10h Annual Garden State Film Festival could not be possible with out the generous support of the following sponsors. Platinum sponsors, who present the festival, are The Asbury Park Press, In Jersey Magazine, Metromix Jersey Shore and the Islander. The gold sponsor is Madison Marquette. Silver Sponsors include NJ Transit, Video Corporation of America,, Monmouth County Arts Council. Bronze sponsors include, Saker Shop Rites, Inc., Currents Magazine,  njscreenwriter.organd Media Services. Contributors include the Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce, , The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel, , Tim McLoone’s Supper Club, King Limousine and Car Service.

For more information about our sponsors please visit

Saturday, October 1, 2011 The Ronald McDonald House (RMH) of Long Branch and New Brunswick in conjunction with The Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center will launch an exciting new fundraising event, the Ride for the Ronald McDonald House,  presented by IOA Insurance Office of America. This is a family-friendly bicycle event.

 Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park  Ocean Avenue 

Long Branch, NJ    *Children 12 and under – Free! 

7:30am – Registration begins (rain or shine)

*Riders  12 and older pay an entry fee of $35

*There is a ride for everyone:

The Family Ride              – 15 miles (Seven Presidents Park to Bradley Beach & back to the park).

Touring Ride                    – 30 miles  (Seven Presidents Park to Sea Girt & back to the park)

The  Metric Century-  –  62.5 miles… (see attached map)For those who are willing to go the distance!


SPECIAL GUESTSMayor of Long Branch Adam Schneider, Deputy Chief of Detectives Karen Odom/ Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Investigation Division,

     Chief of Police Asbury Park, Mark Kinmon and  Ronald McDonald! 

*It’s going to be a great day of fun, bring your kids, grandma, grandpa, and friends.

You will be “spinning your wheels” for one of the world’s most beloved charities while helping the families that stay at RMH.



ABOUT RMH:     The Ronald McDonald Houses around the world were created to provide a “home away from home” for families of children who are ill and undergoing medical treatment. The House is operated through funds generated by events and contributions from the community.





(LONG BRANCH, NJ) – The Ronald McDonald House (RMH) of Long Branch & New Brunswick is hosting their 18th annual golf tournament on July 11th at the Jumping Brook Country Club, Neptune NJ.

RMH guests will be treated to lunch, open bar, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, silent auction, and an awards presentation.

· There will be not one but two Hole in One contests to win cars from Tom’s Ford (Keyport) and Lester Glen (Toms River)

· 50/50

· Closest to the Pin & Putting Contest

· Prize Raffle – – one week stay at Westin Mission Hills Resort and Spa in Rancho Mirage Hills, CA. (Includes two bedrooms, 2 baths accommodates up to eight people – plus 2 round trip tickets on United Airlines.


“There is still time to register to play and sponsorships for tees and greens are available. We hope everyone will come out to spend a wonderful day of friendly competition – to help support the families who stay at RMH,” stated Robert Becker/Chair Golf Committee.

The Ronald McDonald House provides a true “home away from home” for families of seriously ill children who receive care at medical facilities near our locations in Long Branch and New Brunswick, NJ. RMH also offers Family Rooms and a Hospitality Suite in the pediatric units of three hospitals in Monmouth County. In this way, families can stay together in comfortable surroundings, helping them to remain strong throughout the course of their child’s treatment. Thanks to the ongoing help and support RMH receives, they can offer a welcoming, supportive environment for families during a time of uncertainty and stress.
Registration starts at 11:30am with a shotgun start at 1:00pm. To register your foursome, or become a sponsor, please visit (events link) or call us (732) 222-8755 (ext 31).

Your generosity and support for “The House That Love Built,” is a permanent source of strength for families. It’s going to be a fantastic day and we hope you will join us!

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