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Episode 85: Singer-songwriter Lisa Bouchelle

This past week, Asbury Park was once again hosting the Light of Day Foundation’s series of concerts, which raise money to fund research into possible cures, improved treatments and support for patients with Parkinson’s Disease and its related illnesses, ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) and PSP (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy). We were lucky enough to talk to one of this year’s performers.  Joining Amy & Joe, with the help of Ming Chen of A Shared Universe, is New Jersey singer-songwriter, Lisa Bouchelle, who opened and closed the Light of Day series.  We talk to Lisa about her music, touring and what it’s like to cook with the great Chubby Checker.  Hint, keep the fire extinguisher handy.

Episode 84: Tom Chesek

Recording at the historic Stephen Crane House here in Asbury Park, this week Amy & Joe talk to Tom Chesek, writer in residence and docent of the Stephen Crane House. We learn a little bit about the time young Stephen Crane spent here with his family,  as well as what Tom was doing before he came to Asbury Park and what does Clifford the Big Red Dog have to do with it.

Episode 83: Michelle Grezner & Celia Cattani talk about the Asbury Park Holiday Toy Drive

This week Amy & Joe, with the help of Ming Chen of A Shared Universe, talk all things Christmas and the Asbury Park Holiday Toy Drive with repeat guest Michelle Grezner of the Asbury Park Kiwanis Club and new guest Celia Cattani from Community Karma. They discuss what’s been happening with the Asbury Park Toy Drive since Connie Breech retired to its current incarnation, plus their plans for the future. Welcome, Michelle and Celia!

Episode 82: TAPInto Asbury Park’s Matt Doherty & Alissa Deleo

This week Amy & Joe recorded in the comfort of Asbury Park Roastery‘s Second Ave shop thanks to an assist from the extremely community-minded Alli Kennedy. We welcomed the team behind Asbury Park’s newest media outlet, TAPInto Asbury Park—owner and former mayor of Belmar Matt Doherty and reporter Alissa Deleo. We talked to Matt and Alissa about the state of local journalism and news reporting. and what they hope TapInto Asbury can bring to the table.

Episode 81: Henry Vaccaro

This week Amy & Joe welcome Henry Vaccaro, a fixture here in Asbury Park. We talk to Henry about growing up in and around Asbury Park and the many careers he has had in life, first as a builder, then the unlikely owner of the world-famous Kramer guitar company and then how he became close friends with Bob Wootton and Johnny Cash and restored the Berkeley Carteret Hotel.
A new guitar that Vaccaro just got a patent on. His plan is to restart his guitar company in Asbury Park.