Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons there was far more substance to the group’s music than some would assume.

By Bill Forman

n a culture that still clings to the Horatio Alger myth, rags-to-riches stories are pretty much a dime a dozen. After all, with enough grit and determination, any child in America can grow up to be the President of the United States, a self-made millionaire, or a successful reality-show star. 

            One such success story is The Four Seasons, four working class kids who started out singing doo-wop on street corners, spent a few months behind bars for attempted burglary, and went on to become the chart-topping vocal group whose music and lives are celebrated in the mega-hit musical “Jersey Boys.” 

            During its decade-long run on Broadway, “Jersey Boys” racked up more than two billion dollars in box-office receipts, won a handful of Tony Awards, and inspired the Clint Eastwood-directed feature film of the same name. It also ensured that Frankie Valli’s piercing falsetto on signature songs like “Rag Doll,” “Walk Like a Man” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry” – all of which reached Number 1 on the ‘60s pop charts – will be ringing in our ears for decades to come.

            Subsequent forays into disco like “December 1963 (Oh, What a Night)” – as well as Frankie Valli solo singles like “These Eyes Adored You” and the work of Bob Gaudio (keyboardist/backing vocalist in the Four Seasons) with Neil Diamond and Barba Streisand – have made it easy to characterize the Four Seasons’ music as a throwback to some bygone era that has little or no relevance to the here and now. 

            But that would be a mistake. Ultimately, the Four Seasons’ mainstream success is less revealing than the musical risks they took along the way, many of which didn’t pay off. 

With that in mind, here are four reasons to respect the Four Seasons:

1. The Genuine Imitation Life Gazette: This 1969 album looked and sounded nothing like what the world had come to expect from The Four Seasons. The original cover was a mock newspaper front page with the banner headline “American Crucifixion And Resurrection,” accompanied by below-the-fold stories like “Human Torch Has Misgivings” and “Tomorrow’s New In Brief,” with an eight-page “newspaper” insert inside. Apart from an easily overlooked “the 4 seasons edition” in the upper-right corner of the masthead, the cover gives no indication who the actual recording artist is.

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Super Soccer Saturday Set for Bayonne on Saturday, August 20

          The Bayonne High School Soccer Program announced that the first annual Super Soccer Saturday will take place on Saturday, August 20, 2022, from 12:00 noon until 6:00 p.m., at Ahern Veterans Memorial Stadium.  The stadium is located by Newark Bay near the foot of West 25th Street. 

The event will include several soccer games that will feature current Bayonne High School soccer players, BHS alumni players, and veterans of Bayonne Youth Soccer Association (BYSA) Travel Teams.  The games will include BYSA Youth Travel Teams: Boys under 9; Boys under 12; Girls under 9; Girls under 10; Girls under 12; and Girls under 19.  There will also be a Bayonne High School Boys Varsity game and a Bayonne High School Girls Varsity game.  The Bayonne High School Alumni game will feature Team Arszulowicz vs. Team Breyan, which are named after two pioneering Bayonne High School Soccer Coaches. Ray Arszulowicz initiated the Girls Soccer Program and served as Girls Soccer Coach for many years.  He also served as Boys Soccer Assistant Coach. Jim Breyan was an early Bayonne High School Boys Soccer Coach.  Under his leadership, the Boys Soccer Program gained notoriety on both the county and state levels.

Super Soccer Saturday will also feature prizes, a concession stand, contests, food trucks, raffles, and more.  All proceeds will benefit the Bayonne High School Soccer Program.  

The event is being hosted by the Bayonne High School Girls Soccer Parents Booster Club, which is called SPORT-BHS. Club President Jim Mock said, “I would like to encourage the entire Bayonne community to join us for a great day of soccer and fun on Saturday, August 20.  We look forward to bringing together current and former players from Bayonne High School and the BYSA, along with soccer fans from the community.  Come join us to support our great high school soccer players.”

This event was originally planned prior to the COVID pandemic and was shelved after the virus outbreak. Mr. Mock said, “The time now seems perfect with the entire BHS Soccer Program evolving with the addition of new coaches at all levels.  The Boys Head Coach is Jim McCaffery.  The Girls Head Coach is Victor Pesantez. We are hopeful that this event will become an annual celebration.”  He continued, “Our mission for this event is evident in our slogan, Bringing Bayonne Together.  Having a day of soccer showcasing the many teams that represent Bayonne will hopefully increase the support for our high school program.”

          Follow the BHS Soccer Program on Facebook at S.P.O.R.T.-B.H.S.  You can show your Bayonne pride by wearing maroon and white, Bayonne High School’s colors.

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DINE, DANCE & DELIGHT IN THE FUN AT LA FESTA ITALIANA 2022

Holy Rosary Church in Jersey City plans to cool down the August heat with a five-day splash of summer fun known as La Festa Italiana 2022. Starting Wednesday, Aug. 10, and running through Sunday, Aug. 14, from 5 pm-to-1l pm each night, the neighborhood surrounding Holy Rosary Church on 6th & Brunswick Streets will be a fun-filled block party of vendors selling a diversity of delicious dishes and dynamic dance bands playing Top-40 hits that promise families and friends fabulous memories to last a lifetime.

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Long Live the Beatles Will Perform in Bayonne’s Summer Sounds by the Bay Concert Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Mayor Jimmy Davis announced that Long Live the Beatles will play in Bayonne’s Summer Sounds By the Bay concert series on Wednesday, July 27, at 7:00 p.m., weather permitting.  Long Live the Beatles, the longest-running Beatles show in the country, is an all-live musical event with an incredible, show-stopping impersonation of one of the greatest musical groups of all time.  The show recreates the sights and sounds of the Beatles from 1962 to 1970.

The concert will take place at the amphitheater on the lower level of DiDomenico-16th Street Park.  The concert site is located below the foot of West 16th Street, between Avenue A and Newark Bay.

On music days during the summer concert season, in the event of inclement weather, please call 201-471-7590, or visit www.leaguelineup.com/bayonnerec, or view the City of Bayonne’s Facebook page to check on the status of that night’s performance.

For more information about the concerts, please contact Pete Amadeo at 201-858-6129, or email BAYONNEREC@AOL.COM

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Hudson County Community College New Jersey LicensingCannabis Workshop
This 4-week New Jersey Cannabis Licensing Workshop will provide those looking to enter the NJ cannabis industry with an overview of what it takes to apply for and operate a state-licensed cannabis establishment. This virtual workshop will discuss the history of cannabis federally; the history of cannabis legalization in NJ and the 2022 state and municipal application process for various cannabis licenses. Students can expect to receive an understanding of the do’s and don’ts of application preparedness and what we can expect to see moving forward. Students can also expect to hear from guest speakers who provide support for the cannabis industry and those who successfully operate cannabis businesses.
Week 1) History of Cannabis + History of NJ legalizationWeek 2) Overview of NJ Laws & Regulations + NJ State Cannabis Application with Guest Speaker (successful applicant)Week 3) Do’s and Don’ts of a Successful Cannabis Application + Guest Speaker (successful operator)Week 4) Business Plans & Compliance + Guest Speaker (Cannabis Consultant)
VirtualDates: July 12 – August 4Days: Tuesdays and ThursdaysTime: 6:00pm – 7:30pmTuition: $500
For class details please visit: https://www.hccc.edu/programs-courses/continuing-education/programs/business/cannabis-workshop.html
Register Here
*Space is limited. Please register early
This live class is going to be held online via the Webex or Zoom platform. Participants will receive an email with details on how to access the live course 24 to 48 hours before the start of class.
For more information, contact:Chastity Farrell, Director of Continuing Educationand Workforce Development at cfarrell@hccc.edu
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Bayonne Holds Inauguration, Festivites, and Fireworks Set for July 1, 2022

Mayor Davis Inaugural July 1, 2022

          Inaugural Chair Jamie Davis, Bayonne’s First Lady, announced plans for the municipal inauguration, related events, and Independence Day fireworks that will take place on Friday, July 1.  Mrs. Davis said, “The 2022 Inaugural Committee and several municipal departments are working together on a day of ceremonies and entertainment that will celebrate the City of Bayonne and American Independence.  We invite the people of Bayonne to come together on this special day.”

          The day’s public events will begin with an Inaugural Mass at St. Henry’s Roman Catholic Church at 1:30 p.m.  St. Henry’s is located across the street from City Hall at 28th Street and Avenue C. 

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NJ Human Services Announces College Scholarships to Four Blind, DeafBlind & Visually Impaired Students

NJ Human Services Announces College Scholarships to Four Blind, DeafBlind & Visually Impaired Student, Two from Hudson County

Students from Bayonne, Blackwood, Weehawken and Scotch Plains Recognized for Achievements During Helen Keller DeafBlind Awareness Week

 Spotlighting the achievements of individuals who are blind, deafblind and visually impaired, the Department of Human Services’ Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CBVI) announced college scholarships to four blind, deafblind and visually impaired students during a virtual event commemorating Helen Keller DeafBlind Awareness Week in New Jersey.

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