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Star Wars Episode VIII to be titled “The Last Jedi”

From the folks over at Star Wars and Disney, news of the next movie in the third trilogy’s title has been revealed.

“We have the greatest fans in this or any other galaxy. In appreciation of the fans, we wanted them to be the first to know the title of the next chapter in the Skywalker saga: STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI,” a statement read. “THE LAST JEDI is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski.”

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI is scheduled for release December 15, 2017. 

Jackson Student to Perform at Carnegie Hall

JACKSON-Katrina Zangrillo, a student at Jackson Memorial High School has been selected for the 2017 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. She will perform as a Soprano one in February with the Concert Choir Honors Ensemble. Participation in one of the five Honors Ensembles is limited to the highest-rated high school performers from across the world.

Earlier this year, Katrina Zangrillo auditioned for the Honors Performance Series and was accepted after a review by the Honors Selection Board. Acceptance to the elite group is a direct result of the talent, dedication, and achievements demonstrated in her application and audition recording. Katrina will join other performers from all 49 United States, Guam, two Canadian provinces, and a number of foreign countries for a special performance at world-famous Carnegie Hall, a venue that marks the pinnacle of musical achievement.

According to Morgan Smith, Program Director, “Being selected to the Honors Performance Series is something each Finalist should be extremely proud of accomplishing. We processed more than 18,000 nominations this year and have selected nearly 750 of the most talented student performers from around the world. Working with these conductors and performing at Carnegie Hall is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that these musicians never forget”.

Katrina has studied music for six years and is a member of Concert Choir, A Capella, and Tri-M, at JMHS and is also part of the Saint Aloysius choir. She has participated in the spring musicals at JMHS for the past three years. She has decided to pursue musical theater as a career.  She also is active in the study of piano, acting and dance classes. She loves taking workshops at Sweet Music Academy and Count Basie Theater. In response to her selection as a Finalist, Katrina said, “Never in my wildest dreams would I have envisioned myself to be considered for a momentous and impacting honor such as this. Words cannot express how jubilated I feel. To all my fellow contenders, I cannot wait to be united with you to not only create beautiful music, but hopefully form great friendships”.

Finalists will come together in New York City for five days in February 2017. They will have the opportunity to learn from world-renowned conductors, work with other Finalists, and get a taste of New York City. Two performances, an Honors Choral Performance and an Honors Instrumental Performance, will take place Sunday, February 5, and are open to the public. Tickets can be purchased beginning 60 days prior to the performance through the Carnegie Hall box office.

The Honors Performance Series was created to showcase accomplished individual high school performers on an international level by allowing them to study under master conductors and perform in the celebrated venue, Carnegie Hall. The Honors Performance Series is proudly presented by WorldStrides, the nation’s leading educational travel organization. Learn more by visiting www.honorsperformance.org and www.worldstrides.com.

NBC’s Katie Rich Goes Dark After Saying Barron Trump Will Be America’s First Homeschool Shooter

NBC’s Katie Rich has protected her Twitter account and went dark after tweeting “Barron will be this country’s first homeschool shooter.” Saturday morning.\

A petition for NBC to fire the Saturday Night Live writer has also been started.

Twitter erupted.

 

 

 

 

Trending: What if Nintendo’s Mario visited GTA’s Liberty City

Mario discovers the real world but it isn’t as fun as he thought it’d be.

Lindsay Lohan: From drugs to Islam?

A social media firestorm has surrounded actress Lindsay Lohan of late. Some people are claiming she’s converted to Islam, although her own mother says she has not. After famously facing drugs and alcohol and recently stepping away from an abusive relationship, Lohan has reportedly been recovering and attempting to heal. “My very close friends in London…

Earth and Moon as seen from Mars

This composite image of Earth and its moon, as seen from Mars, combines the best Earth image with the best moon image from four sets of images acquired on Nov. 20, 2016, by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Each was separately processed prior to combining them so that the moon is bright enough to see. The moon is much darker than Earth and would barely be visible at the same brightness scale as Earth. The combined view retains the correct sizes and positions of the two bodies relative to each other.

HiRISE takes images in three wavelength bands: infrared, red, and blue-green. These are displayed here as red, green, and blue, respectively. This is similar to Landsat images in which vegetation appears red. The reddish feature in the middle of the Earth image is Australia. Southeast Asia appears as the reddish area (due to vegetation) near the top; Antarctica is the bright blob at bottom-left. Other bright areas are clouds.

These images were acquired for calibration of HiRISE data, since the spectral reflectance of the Moon’s near side is very well known. When the component images were taken, Mars was about 127 million miles (205 million kilometers) from Earth. A previous HiRISE image of Earth and the moon is online at PIA10244.

The University of Arizona, Tucson, operates HiRISE, which was built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Boulder, Colo. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of Caltech in Pasadena, California, manages the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Project for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Washington.

Meryl Streep Reminds America She Didn’t Die in 2016: Lashes out at Trump During Golden Globes

New Jersey native and Hollywood liberal elitist Meryl Streep took to the podium Sunday night at the Golden Globe Awards to reminds America of two things.   First, the 67 year old actress reminded America she was not a victim of 2016 with her presence on stage, then she used her celebrity status to criticize President-elect Donald Trump.

“I lost my mind sometime earlier this year,” Streep told the audience.

Streep continued the narrative that Donald Trump imitated a disabled reporter Serge F. Kovaleski and bashed him for what she thinks are his views on foreigners.   She rambled off a few names of foreign born actors and actresses and said, “If you kick them all out, all you’ll be left with are football and MMA, which are not the arts.”

Despite Trump never pledging to kick anyone out of America besides those who are here illegally, the elder actress continued her diatribe against him.

“Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose,” Streep said. “We need the principled press to hold power to account, to call him on the carpet for every outrage.”

“Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood, doesn’t know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes. She is a Hillary flunky who lost big,” Trump responded. “For the 100th time, I never mocked a disabled reporter (would never do that) but simply showed him groveling when he totally changed a 16 year old story that he had written in order to make me look bad. Just more very dishonest media!”

Shore Mourns Loss of Local Hardcore and Thrash Pioneer

Lethal Aggression. Photo by the Official Lethal Aggression Facebook page.

by Phil Stilton

TOMS RIVER-In the early half of the 1980’s when most high school kids were jamming to the likes of Motley Crue, Judas Priest and Ratt, a small group of them were laying the groundwork at the Jersey Shore that would redefine the local music scene for future generations.

Lethal Aggression. Photo by the Official Lethal Aggression Facebook page.

One of those early shore area hardcore punk pioneers was John “Saltz” Saltarelli, lead singer for the local hardcore band Lethal Aggression.    After graduating from Brick High School in 1984, Saltarelli and a few mates formed Lethal Aggression, an in-your-face thrash band that defied everything around it, including the burgeoning underground punk scene that was about to explode around the Jersey Shore.

The scene, which still lives on 30 years later, is without a local legend.

The band formed in 1985 and a year later had a small cult-like following.  Nobody else played as hard and as fast as Lethal Aggression did in 1985.  Influenced by bands such as DRI, The Bad Brains, Corrosion of Conformity, Slayer and Metallica, all mostly undiscovered bands at the time, they blended thrash metal with New York style hardcore.

Back then there were only a handful of hardcore bands playing the local scene in Ocean County, including Social Decay and Hogan’s Heroes.

“I can’t tell how upset I feel about this happening. I admired that guy. A true original. An instigator. An agitator,” said Tommy Southard longtime friend and lead guitarist of another shore hardcore pioneer band Social Decay. “A guy that many people loved and looked up to. He was at the ground floor of metal and hardcore and defined NJ crossover.”

In the mid 80’s, there wasn’t much opportunity for those bands to perform, so Southard and others would regularly invite them to play out of his Island Heights basement.  Bigger venues were City Gardens in Trenton and CBGB’s in New York City. But for Lethal Aggression and many of the new bands coming out, Southard’s basement was one step below, or maybe even above those two iconic clubs. At times, hundreds would come from around Ocean County to watch 4 or 5 bands play live and have fun watching, hanging with friends or skating the full sized skateboarding half-pipe in the backyard.   Other times, the police would show and shut the basement shows down because of complaints from neighbors.  Saltz rarely missed a basement show.

Southard and Saltz were the driving mechanism of a uniting force that for years brought many splinter factions of the Jersey Shore hardcore scene together.   It didn’t matter if you were a metalhead, punk, skin or straight-edge, everyone was welcome although not everything always went according to plan.

“Our history is filled with basements and bad decisions,” Saltz once said in an interview with Metalcore fanzine.

Lethal Aggression sometimes played out at local impromptu hardcore shows including infamous nights like the Howell VFW and playing once on the boardwalk in Seaside Park, ironically enough.  They also had a bad reputation that followed the band around around wherever they went.  Some real and some just stuff of local urban legend.  It was a group of disenfranchised and fed up kids who really didn’t care about anything in the world around them and bragged about their drug use, partying and wild lifestyle in the mid 80’s.  Saltz and the band were beyond the epitome of rock and roll.

In 1989, the band was horribly paired together like Felix and Oscar of the television show ‘The Odd Couple’ with New York City “nice guy” “straight-edgers” Youth of Today on European tour.   This twisted science experiment… a clash of cultures toured Europe…together.   Youth of Today guitarist John Porcelly, who later joined the Krishna movement wasn’t all happy about their tourmates after a few gigs.

Saltz, performing with longtime friend, guitarist Tommy Southard. Photo by Tommy Southard.

“I don’t know where they found that band, they were just like alcoholics and users,” Porcelly said of Lethal Aggression.  “You know, crazy friggin’ punks. They ended up getting drunk and beating up the tour manager, so they got kicked off the tour.”

There was also no love lost for Youth of Today from Saltz who called out the iconic New York hardcore do-gooders.

“As far as worst shows, as much as I have to say I loved mostly every show we did in Europe…and it was the best band experience of my life we had to share the stage with those f[expletive] c[male genitalia]  lovin’ hypocrites, Youth of Today, so the experience was bittersweet,” he said in that Metalcore interview. “You know it’s funny I really like YOT’s music, but after spending so much time with them, they were so far from their pseudo-posi message that I just felt like holding a pillow over their faces every night.”

That was how Lethal Aggression rolled until 1991 when the band broke up. Saltz later dabbled with other bands, teaming up with longtime friend Southard at one point.

Shore News Network editor, Phil Stilton with John Salarelli circa 1989 at Tommy Southard’s Island Heights basement. Photographer unknown.

To this day the band’s first demo tape, remains one of the most sought after New Jersey punk music collectibles.

On Friday December 23rd, Saltz died at his home.  A funeral was held for him on Monday.

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