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MIDDLETOWN: A SONG FOR KIDS WITH CANCER

The video for “Fighter,” a new song by singer-songwriter Taylor Tote of Tinton Falls, features young cancer survivors, including six-year-old Natalie Grace Gorsegner of Middletown, who with her nine-year-old sister, Hannah, helped Tote write the song.

Recorded primarily at the Middletown Fire Department Company’s Station 8 on Route 35, the video pays tribute to kids who have survived or are battling cancer, 20 of whom appear in it. 

All proceeds from sales of the song, available on iTunes, will benefit pediatric cancer research.

 

M’TOWN: NUT SWAMP GOES GOLD VS. CANCER

go_gold_nut_swamp_1As part of their annual “Go Gold” week during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, the generous families, teachers, and staff of Nut Swamp Elementary School PTA in Middletown collectively donated $4,635 to TheTruth365 (via Infinite Love For Kids Fighting Cancer). The money they collected will be put to use by a network of researchers and oncologists in their ongoing quest to develop new treatments for kids fighting cancer. The students — who purchased themed bracelets, emojis and pencils, and wore gold or yellow to support the cause — were left feeling empowered, knowing that they can make a difference. 

M’TOWN: A TAYLOR-MADE TUNE FOR A FIGHTER

Taylortaylor-girls-1aThis weekend, rising-star singer and songwriter Taylor Tote of Tinton Falls will be performing at an unusual venue: the “Headdens Corner” headquarters of Middletown Fire Department Company 1/ Station 8 on Route 35. It’s there that she’ll be shooting a video for her new song “Fighter,” an anthem dedicated to cancer survivors of all ages — and created with 9 year old Hannah Gorsegner, whose 6 year old sister Natalie Grace (pictured below left with Taylor and Hannah) is herself a survivor. Backing Taylor for the occasion will be a chorus of 20 kids (all of whom have waged their own battles with cancer) and an all-star assembly of local firefighters. Take it here for more background on the song and video, slated for release in September (with all profits dedicated to childhood cancer research) — and here for details on a Natalie Grace’s Wish Event fundraiser, scheduled for October 6 at Tim McLoone’s Pier House in Long Branch. 

GIRLS’ SOCCER: THIS ONE’S FOR MYA

The girls’ soccer teams of Red Bank Catholic and Ocean Township faced off Thursday in a game with meaning beyond the score. This was the third annual Mya’s Cup, in memory of the 10-year-old cousin of an Ocean player who died of childhood cancer last year. Rich Chrampanis of Shore Sports Zone hast the story in video.

LOCAL NILSON OFFICE HOSTS ALEX’S EVENT

Alex'spic2012_026While an unidentified photobomber looks on at left, kids enjoy snow cones at last year’s Alex’s Lemonade Stand event in Shrewsbury. The ninth annual edition comes to the office of Gloria Nilson and Co. this Saturday.

The Shrewsbury office of Gloria Nilson & Co. Real Estate offers up a refreshing roadside treat this Saturday, May 31, when the firm’s sales associates host their ninth annual Alex’s Lemonade Grand Stand Event, to raise money for childhood cancer causes.

Scheduled for the hours between 11 am and 3 pm, the event will benefit the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which was created to honor the spirit and fundraising efforts of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). To date, the foundation has raised more than $50 million, funding more than 150 research projects nationally.

Along with lemonade, hot dogs and potato chips, the Shrewsbury office’s Grand Stand will feature family friendly activities for children of all ages, including music, face painting, Cowboy Larry’s Wild Wild West Show and Covered Wagon, and more.

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BETTER MAKE MINE A TRIPLE

alexs-lemonadeThe 10-year-old Lizzote triplets of Rumson — Michael, Thomas & John, behind the table – set up a lemonade stand Sunday not to add to their piggy banks but for Alex’s Lemonade Stand, a charity that supports childhood cancer research. Joined by neighbors, the trio raised close to $200 through lemonade, candy and cookie sales at their Forrest Avenue home. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

RED BANK: OYSTERFEST IS A PEARL OF A PARTY

rb oysterfest 092715 10The Guinness Oyster Festival returns Sunday for a “shuck and awe” day of food, beverage and entertainment that includes Tinton Falls pop singer Taylor Tote and band, below. (Top photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

taylor_tote_band_-_social_media_low_res_dsc_7778c-2As open-air diversions go in Red Bank, it’s the undisputed pearl of the season. And making its seventh annual stand, the Red Bank Guinness Oyster Festival returns to the White Street municipal parking lot Sunday for an event that, as the name suggests, pairs the fabled allure of the briny bivalve and dozens of other culinary seductions with the “Irish aphrodisiac” known as —Guinness.

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SORRY MAN RETURNS, HAT AND BOOK IN HAND

Dave Bry, below, makes an appearance on the Green to read from his new collection of essays, ‘Public Apology,’ at River Road Books in Fair Haven on Thursday. (Photos by Dan Natale. Click to enlarge)

By DAN NATALE

Have you ever wanted to say “sorry” for all of the dumb, mean, embarrassing, or negligent things you’ve done that keep you up at night, cringing with regret?

Well, a Little Silver native has done just that, and he wants everyone to know about it.

Dave Bry recently released a book titled Public Apology: In Which a Man Grapples With a Lifetime of Regret, One Incident at a Time, in which he says sorry to his friends and family for as many mistakes as he can muster. Nothing is off limits: he apologizes for everything from selling a classmate fake drugs to throwing beer cans onto Bon Jovi’s lawn to renting the wrong DVD for his cancer-ridden father.

Bry, 42, often posts at The AWL, a pop culture website. Some of the essays from his book are posted on the website, along with his thoughts on Tyler the Creator, Lana Del Rey, Leonard Cohen, and a plethora of other entertainers. Tonight, Bry will be read excerpts from his book at River Road Books in Fair Haven.

redbankgreen spoke to Bry by phone earlier this week.

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RUMSON WOMAN DONS NEW ROLE: AUTHOR

The author with her first, self-published children’s book, which she’ll sign at an event in Fair Haven on Thursday.  (Click to enlarge)

By REBECCA DESFOSSE

It all started with mom and dad.

Dorothy Whitehouse, daughter of Elaine Sourlis and the late Ted Sourlis, owners of the Galleria at Red Bank, remembers her mom taking her to fashion shows as a kid and her dad encouraging her to publish one of the stories she would often write. Now, on the tenth anniversary of his passing, she has done just that.

Whitehouse, of Rumson, recently self-published her first book, Monique’s Boutique, a whimsical touch-and-feel children’s book that takes readers on a journey through a chic Madison Avenue style boutique, complete with samples of silk, taffeta, satin and other fabrics. River Road Books in Fair Haven will be hosting a book signing launch on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.

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HOSPITAL TO OPEN KIDS-ONLY E.R.

Rubenstein, howardDr. Howard Rubinstein at the nursing station of the new ground-floor facility, which opens its doors March 17.

Howard Rubinstein remembers a childhood trip to a hospital emergency room in Rahway in the 1960s. He’d broken his arm and sat in pain while waiting for long delayed attention. But layered on top of the physical trauma was confusion at what was going on around him in that urban crucible of illness and injury.

“It really scared me,” he says.

A Tinton Falls resident and physician, Rubinstein now heads up emergency care at Red Bank’s Riverview Medical Center, where next week he’ll help unveil the latest in care for kids: a dedicated emergency room, complete with Gameboy setups near every gurney.

The new pediatric care center is, to be sure, the product of many forces, including a precipitous drop in childhood hospital admissions in recent decades and the need for hospitals to compete as never before. But it’s also about a desire to make emergency care as pleasant an experience as possible for kids, Rubinstein says.

“We don’t want them in the ER with a code going on in one room and a drunk screaming in the next room,” he says.

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