Swingin’ Seaside Interview Event Spotlights Sinatra Scholar Chuck Granata

Chuck Granata

Chuck Granata

AVON BY THE SEA, N.J.July 9, 2024PRLog — A swingin’ insightful musical event featuring an interview with distinguished Sinatra Scholar Charles L. (Chuck) Granata, is being presented by producer Karen Morris of Sand Castle Communications and founder of The Rat Pack Music Alliance.

The entertaining program will take place indoors at the Avon Municipal Marina Building, 2 Main Street, Avon-By-The-Sea, New Jersey, on Sunday, September 29th, 2024, beginning promptly at Noon.

Mr. Granata, a leading authority on Frank Sinatra and an esteemed Sinatra Scholar, has graciously accepted the invitation to be interviewed and will share about his eclectic career as a producer, music historian, archivist, and author of 4 books including the award-winning Sessions with Sinatra: Frank Sinatra and the Art of Recording, which has been identified as one of the most important studies of Sinatra the recording artist. He is well-known as the producer of Nancy Sinatra’s Nancy For Frank program on Siriusly Sinatra/SiriusXM, and most recently became the creative on-air anchor of a new broadcast program, Sinatra Standard Time, airing every Sunday, on KSDS-FM Jazz 88.3 Radio.

In anticipation of the September event, Chuck Granata expresses his long-cherished ideals and inspiring intentions: “One of my life’s missions is to share music with others. This philosophy extends to the stories about how the music was written, recorded and produced. I’m delighted to have this opportunity to share stories about the creative process and the classic recordings we love so much – and look forward to this wonderful event with my dear friend, Professor Dana Polan!”

Hosting the enlightening interview will be another prominent Sinatra Scholar, Dana Polan, the Martin Scorsese Professor of Cinema Studies, at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. Mr. Polan and Mr. Granata have been guest speakers at a variety of programs presented by Ms. Morris. Professor Polan has taught about Frank Sinatra at NYU and lectured about him at Ohio State University and Notre Dame. He is the author of 10 books in film and media, including, among others, Dreams of Flight, The Great Escape in American Film and Culture, and The Lego Movie.

Dana Polan adds his thoughts on Chuck Granata’s professional contributions:Through his radio shows, his remastering and restoration work on older albums, and his sharp and smart books, Chuck Granata has done so much to heighten our awareness of popular song — increasing thereby both our pleasure in it and our critical understanding of it. I am pleased and proud to be in dialogue with him about his consequential efforts to make the history of pop music resonate for today’s audiences.”

Ms. Morris, a contributing writer for The Dean Martin Association (DMA), will pen a special article about the event for the DMA’s Just Dino Magazine. She recently has written articles spotlighting a variety of artists including Marilyn Michaels, Tom Dreesen, Mel Brooks, Petula Clark and Nelson Riddle. Now in its seventh decade, the DMA is Dean Martin’s only independent flagship organization. It was founded in 1960 with his full authorization, and he was their chairperson until his death in 1995.

Live Music will also be on tap at the event, starring sensational crooner, Jazz Vocalist Zack Alexander. Zack will perform an upbeat medley of popular Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin songs, adding a delightful autumn melodic touch as the Fall season approaches.

Tickets for the September 29th event are on sale now. For ticket website and special code to purchase, email Karen, at sand3737@gmail.com. For more info, visit https://www.rat-pack-music-alliance.com/

Seaside Living Group at Re/Max Platinum Realty Announces the Closing of The Picture Frame House

 Colleen Waldoch and Crystal Saly, distinguished agents from The Seaside Living Group at RE/MAX Platinum Realty, facilitated this exceptional transaction, representing the buyers with expertise and dedication. Scott Armstrong, Esq. of Consumer Title in St. Petersburg, FL, managed the title closing of this exemplary property.

Sold for $12,500,000, and located at 1325 Westway Dr, Sarasota within Lido Shores, referred to as “The Picture Frame House,” is made up of a series of frames that highlight the architecture and the floor-to-ceiling glass throughout, creating an international style and modern residence taking full advantage of the 360-degree views. The home was designed by Architect Mark Sultana and constructed by Voigt Construction in 2011. The 6590 square foot residence is designed around a central courtyard that connects the garage and guest house to the main house via an elevated bridge and ground sequencing of a fire bowl and palm orchard flanked by a lap pool. In 2012, SRQ Magazine awarded the Picture Frame House their Platinum Home of the Year. Congratulations to the new owners of this exceptional home.

Colleen Waldoch, Broker Associate, has been a Realtor® for over 10 years and is the Team Lead of the Seaside Living Group, a group of 9 Realtors®. Colleen and her husband Tom, also a Realtor® with the Seaside Living Group at RE/MAX Platinum, moved to Florida from Chicago 11 years ago. Colleen’s business experience is diverse and ultimately has given her the advantage of a range of skills that she utilizes in her real estate career. Working in a Fortune 500 Company, she managed the regional pricing of 30,000 products over 120 locations. Communication, database management, and problem-solving were key components of this position. With a Bachelor of Arts in Commercial Photography from Columbia College Chicago, she worked as an aerial photographer, shooting commercial real estate and architectural interiors. She also has a postgraduate education in graphic design. GRI®,PSA®, CLHMS™

Telephone: 941-468-5555
Website: https://seasidelivingfl.com/about-us/colleen-waldoch

Crystal Saly, Realtor®, is an Air Force Veteran and a well-known real estate and portrait photographer. She has over 25+ years in design & photography running her business Crystal Pixel LLC. Crystal has a Master’s Degree in Information Technology and a Bachelor of Arts in Digital Design. Originally from Hawaii, Crystal and her family moved from Washington State to beautiful Venice, Florida. Crystal and her husband of 23 years are raising a family of 5 children alongside 2 dogs and 2 birds. In her spare time, she enjoys the circus aerial arts, practicing Lyra & Flying Trapeze at the Sarasota Circus Arts Conservatory. SFR®

Telephone: 253-495-1730
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RE/MAX Platinum Realty offers full-service real estate solutions, specializing in luxury and waterfront properties. The brokerage has achieved remarkable success, boasting an average annual unit sales volume of 714 transactions, resulting in a total sales of over $2 billion. With offices located in downtown Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch, Siesta Key, Osprey, downtown Venice, and Wellen Park, the company leverages RE/MAX corporate resources and technology to market homes to 110 countries in 32 languages.

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HOPE fills the Seaside Heights boardwalk for the tenth straight year

HOPE Sheds Light’s annual Celebration of HOPE walk provides hope and support to families at the Jersey Shore that are impacted by substance use disorder.

Founders Arvo Prima, Stephen Willis, Ron Rosetto

Founders Arvo Prima, Stephen Willis, Ron Rosetto

SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J.Sept. 20, 2023PRLog — A decade later and hope is stronger than ever. The 10th Annual Celebration of HOPE Walk, hosted by HOPE Sheds Light (HSL), brought nearly 2,000 individuals and families to the Seaside Heights Boardwalk on September 9th to learn about substance use disorder, celebrate recovery and provide hope to those affected.

The day was filled with balloon art, face painting, vendor displays, musical interludes, inspirational stories and lots of love for those who were lost from substance use disorder and those in recovery. The day’s top fundraising teams were Grateful Dan in first place and Team FWH/Trident in second.

The walk was organized by Pamela Capaci, CEO of HSL, Nancy Moore, Family Services Coordinator of HSL, and Emily Hendricks, Program Director of HSL.

“Those impacted by substance use disorder typically don’t know where to turn for help,” said Moore. “HOPE Sheds light offers these individuals a community to lean on. We are stronger together than we could ever be walking this journey alone.”

After a few opening words from HSL Co-founder Steve Willis, a host of dignitaries and guest speakers who have been impacted by addiction took the stage. Dignitaries included: Sgt. Melissa Rose of the Ocean County Prosecutors Office and Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Lindsay Ashwal.

Hendricks had the honor of cutting the start ribbon to kick of the walk. “This was such a special moment that I will treasure forever,” she said. “I walked to show that anyone can stop using, lose the desire to use, and find a new way to live with the help of each other. Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate this special day with us.”

HSL was started after Ron Rosetto lost his son, Marc to a hard-fought battle against substance abuse disorder. When the Rosetto family was going through this very difficult time, they struggled to find the help they so desperately needed. Since the family and friends of those with addiction problems often feel isolated, ashamed, overwhelmed and hopeless, Ron, alongside friends Stephen Willis and Arvo Prima, whose sons also were battling addiction at the time, founded HSL. Shortly after, Stephen’s son, Mark lost his battle with the disease of addiction. A few years later, Arvo’s son, Paavo lost his fight with the disease.

Ron, Stephen and Arvo have since dedicated their lives to keeping their sons’ legacy alive by helping others find the courage to face addiction and find recovery.

During the event, the three co-founder shared their personal stories. “Addiction is a disease that consumes everyone close to the person suffering. We all need help, and we all need each other for support to recover. God speaks through people,” noted Prima. “This organization has changed my life in many wonderful ways because it continues to teach and keep me connected to my recovery and my family’s well-being,” stated Willis. “We are here to not only honor the people we lost, but to honor the people standing here today in recovery. Today we celebrate life,” proclaimed Rosetto.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, HSL continues to grow and evolve, raising awareness and educating individuals, families and the community about the impact of substance use disorder in Ocean and Monmouth Counties and beyond. Through peer-to-peer coaching and support groups, wellness programs and educational programs for the whole family, HSL strives to reduce stigma in order to make way for new outcomes.

Capaci offered her appreciation to the entire community, as well as the HSL team for their unwavering support through the years. “We started out as a grassroots effort, and today, ten years later, we stand firm on our mission driven decision to serve the community,” she said. “HOPE’s growth means that more and more people each day are being served with love and coached toward recovery. We can’t wait to see what the future holds.”

About HOPE Sheds Light, Inc.
HOPE Sheds Light, Inc. is an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (Tax ID: 46-3910504) that is supported by friends and families directly affected by substance use disorder and found recovery through continuous love, support and understanding. The mission of HSL is to raise awareness and educate individuals, families and the community about the impact of substance use disorder by having the courage to share personal experiences and offer strength, wisdom, hope and resources that lead to positive community change and long-term recovery. To learn more or to donate, please visit http://www.HOPEShedsLight.org.

Musical Seaside Chat with Frank Sinatra Scholars in Avon-By-The-Sea

Chuck, Dana, Zack, Karen, Brian

Chuck, Dana, Zack, Karen, Brian

NEPTUNE, N.J.Feb. 23, 2023PRLog — Producer Karen Morris, of Sand Castle Communications and The Rat Pack Music Alliance, presents another swingin’ seaside event featuring musical icon, Frank Sinatra, on Sunday, May 7th, 2023, beginning promptly at 2:30pm until 4:30pm, at the Avon Marina Building, 2 Main Street, Avon-By-The-Sea, New Jersey.

This cool event will serve up a mix of delicious dessert snacks, live entertainment and an enlightening chat by three notable Frank Sinatra authorities, Brian Mark, Charles “Chuck” Granata and Dana Polan. All happening indoors alongside a delightful picturesque view of the marina.

The event will also spotlight the exceptional talent of world-renowned arranger, composer and bandleader, Nelson Riddle.

Nelson Riddle arranged and recorded over 100+ albums, masterfully conducting The Nelson Riddle Orchestra, often referred to as the “World’s Most Recorded Orchestra,” accompanying the top iconic vocalists of the 20th century, including Frank Sinatra, Nat “King” Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Rosemary Clooney, Peggy Lee, Doris Day, Dean Martin, Barbra Streisand, Linda Ronstadt and many more.

But it is his remarkable collaboration with Frank Sinatra which was exceptionally noteworthy, as he was credited for reviving Sinatra’s career with the Capitol recording of  I’ve Got the World on a String. Quoting Frank Sinatra, “In the 1950’s, Nelson Riddle and I wanted to record groups of songs that set a mood. We recorded wonderful, soulful, tender albums; as well as hot swinging ones.”

This is the fourth event in a special series celebrating Frank Sinatra, with both Chuck Granata and Dana Polan as guest speakers, and the second time Brian Mark will share cherished memories about his father, broadcast legend Sid Mark (who sadly passed away on April 18, 2022) and his iconic radio program, The Sounds of Sinatra with Sid Mark.

Brian Mark, Executive Producer of Orange Productions’ nationally syndicated radio program The Sounds of Sinatra with Sid Mark, has spent over 30 years producing the ever popular program alongside his father, Sid Mark. They shared an extraordinary number of experiences with both radio personalities and entertainment luminaries such as Frank Sinatra, Jr., Nancy Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Vic Damone and more. “Working with my father has been the best years of my life and I look forward to continuing the tradition of Sid Mark & Frank Sinatra.” said Mr. Mark.

Charles L. “Chuck” Granata is a leading expert on Frank Sinatra, a writer, record producer, music historian and archivist. Mr. Granata is the author of 4 books, including the award-winning book Sessions with Sinatra: Frank Sinatra and the Art of Recording, as well as producer of Nancy Sinatra’s program “Nancy for Frank” on Sirius-XM radio.

Dana Polan is Professor of Cinema Studies at New York University. He has taught about Frank Sinatra at NYU and has lectured about him at Ohio State University and Notre Dame. He is the author of 10 books in film and media, including Dreams of Flight: The Great Escape in American Film and Culture, Julia Child’s The French Chef, among others. He is the former President of the Society for Cinema Studies, and in 2003 was selected as one of that year’s Academy Foundation Scholars by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Rounding out the afternoon will be a lively performance of Sinatra songs by the talented jazz vocalist and sensational crooner, Zack Alexander. As the winner of the 2016 ‘Sinatra Idol’ competition in Hoboken, Zack is dedicated to bringing the Great American Songbook to life for current and future generations.

Free event parking is available at 2 Main Street, Avon-By-The-Sea, NJ or if lot is filled, free parking also at 43 Main Street, Avon-By-The-Sea, NJ.

Advance tickets are required to attend. Tickets are on sale now.  A code number is required to enter the ticket site to purchase. For code number and ticket info, contact Karen Morris at  sand3737@gmail.com

HOPE fills the Seaside Heights boardwalk for the ninth straight year

HOPE Sheds Light’s annual Celebration of HOPE walk provides hope and support to families at the Jersey Shore that are impacted by substance use disorder.

Arvo Prima, Steve Willis & Ron Rosetto

Arvo Prima, Steve Willis & Ron Rosetto

SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J.Sept. 13, 2022PRLog — Nine years later and hope is stronger than ever. The 9th Annual Celebration of HOPE Walk, hosted by HOPE Sheds Light (HSL), brought nearly 2,000 individuals and families to the Seaside Heights Boardwalk on September 10th to learn about substance use disorder, celebrate recovery and provide hope to those affected.

The day was filled with balloon art, face painting, vendor displays, musical interludes, inspirational stories and lots of love for those who were lost from substance use disorder and those in recovery. The day’s top fundraising teams were Team FWH/Trident in first place and Stepping up for Sabrina in second.

The walk was organized by Pamela Capaci, CEO of HSL, Nancy Moore, Director of Recovery Centers at HSL Ocean County, and Emily Esposito, Recovery Center Director at HSL Monmouth County.

“Those impacted by substance use disorder typically don’t know where to turn for help,” said Moore. “HOPE Sheds light offers these individuals a community to lean on. We are stronger together than we could ever be walking this journey alone.”

After a few opening words from HSL Co-founder Steve Willis, a host of dignitaries and guest speakers who have been impacted by addiction took the stage. Dignitaries included: Ocean County Commissioner Barbara Jo Crea; Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer, and Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Lindsay Ashwal.

Esposito had the honor of cutting the start ribbon to kick of the walk. “This was such a special moment that I will treasure forever,” she said. “I walked to show that anyone can stop using, lose the desire to use, and find a new way to live with the help of each other. Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate this special day with us.”

During the event, Nicole Federici, shared her personal story about her son’s struggle with substance use disorder and how her relationship with him evolved over time. Federici’s passion for helping those impacted by substance use and related disorders eventually led her to start Recovery Advocates of the Jersey Shore, Inc. (RAFTS) in 2017. The nonprofit recently merged with HSL.

“The need was great, so we partnered with HSL, and through that merger, we were able to expand our services and acquire our new freestanding building located at 2510 Apache Road in Manasquan,” she said.

The merger between HSL and RAFTS became a pivotal part of HSL’s story. “We will never stop speaking out loud against stigma at every turn,” said Willis. “We now have the wonderful opportunity to tell that story in Ocean County, Monmouth County and anywhere else we are privileged to go.”

Capaci offered her appreciation to the entire community, as well as the HSL team for their unwavering support through the years. “We started out as a grassroots effort, and today, nine years later, we stand firm on our mission driven decision to serve the community,” she said. “HOPE’s growth means that more and more people each day are being served with love and encouraged and coached toward recovery. We can’t wait to see what the future holds as we return to Seaside Heights next year for our 10th Annual Celebration of HOPE Walk.”

About HOPE Sheds Light, Inc.

HOPE Sheds Light, Inc. is an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (Tax ID: 46-3910504) that is supported by friends and families directly affected by substance use disorder and found recovery through continuous love, support and understanding. The mission of HSL is to raise awareness and educate individuals, families and the community about the impact of substance use disorder by having the courage to share personal experiences and offer strength, wisdom, hope and resources that lead to positive community change and long-term recovery. To learn more or to donate, please visit http://www.HOPEShedsLight.org.