Thursday, May 29, 2008

Check out the Asbury Rock Stars Charity Softball Tournament!

ASBURY PARK, N.J. – June 14, 2008 – Following up to a successful first game in the summer of 2007, the Asbury Rock Stars Charity Softball Tournament will make a showing for it’s second annual game on Saturday, June 14, 2008.
The tournament is played by local bands, solo artists, and support staff & volunteers from Asbury Park and surrounding areas, split into eight teams in an effort to raise money for various charities of their choosing. The winning team's charity will get 35% of all proceeds raised (20% to 2nd place and 10% to 3rd place and all runners up will receive 7%). Last year’s roster of 40 musicians has expanded to almost 100 players from local bands, singers/songwriters and behind the scenes people.

This year’s teams are: The Problem, Status Green, No Wine for Kittens playing for Brookdale Public Radio, 90.5 The Night ; Maybe Pete, Divine Sign, Mable playing for National Multiple Sclerosis Society; Arlan Feiles and his Lone Orchestra playing for Habitat for Humanity; The Backbeat, Cool Days End, Eric Ginsberg & The New Originals playing for Asbury Park Fire Department; Turtle Soup, Outside the Box, Last Perfect Thing playing for Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Foundation; Hey Cole Team playing for American Cancer Society (The Chilling Details, The Milwaukees, Anthony Fiumano and the Medicine Chest, Joanna Burns, Alex Brumel, The Misery Loves, Uniform); Singer/Songwriter Team-Captain playing for Monmouth County SPCA (Sheli Aarden, Bobby Strange, Aster Pheonyx, Ken Shane, Geena, Joe Harvard, Bob Denson); Behind-the-Scenes Team playing for Food Bank of Monmouth County (Aaron Zimmer, Mary O'Connor, Phil Schlenger, Johnny Bud, Jared Migden, Kate Hofmeister, Steve Dundas, Danielle Montesano, Chris Montesano, Bill O’Brien,
Race Thomas, Mike Merelle, Stone Pony staff, The Saint Staff)
Seven games will be played on Saturday, June 14, 2008 at Burt Willis Field located on Old Corlies Road in Neptune, NJ. Games will start at 10:00 am and 12:00 noon with the play-off game at 2:00 pm and the Championship Game at 4:00 pm.

Prize auctions will also be held throughout the day to raise additional funds. Local merchants have generously donated gift cards, products, and more from their shops and restaurants for the raffles. Merchandise from the bands will also be raffled.

There are a number of ways to make a donation to the Asbury Rock Stars Charity:
Come to one of the bands shows and simply make a donation (cash or check).
Make a secure PayPal online donation on the Asbury Rock Stars Charity MySpace (
Mail a check to Ali Fisk c/o Asbury Rock Stars Charity at 2155 Parkwood Dr. Wall, NJ 07719.

*Make checks payable to Asbury Rock Stars Charity
*Tax ID Number: 26-2355141
*Make sure to note with your donation if you are donating on behalf of a particular band/charity.

The Asbury Rock Stars Charity is currently seeking sponsors for the 2008 Tournament.
Sponsorships can be in the form of monetary donations, donated services, and/or in-kind support (i.e. water for players, promotional materials, etc.). In addition to the marketing benefits, your business will also enjoy the prestige and goodwill associated in supporting and creating awareness for local charitable causes.

For an updated list of sponsors and continually updated news, please visit us at or more information, please contact us at

Friday, May 9, 2008

Jersey Shore Roller Girls!

Local league defends the shore against “Bennys”?

ASBURY PARK –Is it Locals versus the “Bennys”? The Jersey Shore Roller Girls will battle Essex County-based Garden State Roller Girls in a bout to take the Asbury Park Convention Hall by storm on Saturday, May 17. The ladies of the Jersey Shore Roller Girls All-Star Travel Team will defend their home turf, as the Convention Hall is transformed into a roller derby rink.

The event marks the second inter-league bout for the Jersey Shore Roller Girls, who have prepared a night of derby mayhem in their bid to continue an undefeated season.

"We have our tongue in cheek when we say it’s the Locals versus the Bennys, as every year the Jersey Shore is greeted with tourists from North Jersey, the area the Garden State Roller Girls are from," said derby girl Linda Scillia. One of the Jersey Shore Derby Girls' league organizers, Mrs. Scillia skates with the JSRG All-Stars as Sleaze Side Sally. All the women have derby personas that will be in full force that night.

"This event is going to be a really high energy, intense, nail-biting event," Mrs. Scillia said. "Both teams have been training hard and no one wants to loose. There is bound to be tons of action and of course the roller girls! Come expecting to have a great time!"

Also as part of the can't-miss activities that night is a performance by local surf rock greats The Coppertones.

Four women with a love of roller derby decided to start a league for Ocean and Monmouth counties last year, and the Jersey Shore Roller Girls league is now more than 70-women strong. With the All-Star team’s second bout at Asbury Park Convention Hall May 17, the culmination of months of grueling practices will come to fruition, as the team hopes to remain undefeated this season. Last month, the JSRG All-Stars defeated the Lehigh Valley Special Vixens Unit, 202-58. Discounted tickets are available now at for the May 17 bout. Tickets are $20 at the door. Children under 12 are admitted free. Doors open at 7 p.m., the whistle blows at 8 p.m.

The Jersey Shore Roller Girls league consists of three intra-league teams -- The Murder Beach Militia, the Right Coast Rollers and The Anchor Assassins -- and one all-star travel team. Its members -- women of all ages and backgrounds -- fill the Jackson Skating Center for grueling practices several times weekly, training and scrimmaging with their coaching and referee staff. On June 7, the Jersey Shore Roller Girls will host an intra-league match-up between the Right Coast Rollers and The Anchor Assassins.

Roller derby is the newest, extreme sport for women rapidly sweeping the nation. Roller derby has been re-vamped into a flat-track version of the old-school style of a bank track. Jersey Shore Roller Girls skates under the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association rules and regulations.

The league women receive top-notch training from an ex-ice-hockey coach who leads the players in endurance drills and practice bouts, demanding that each woman take the proper time to train to be prepared to play such a rough and intense sport. The players weave, dodge and block each other in order to get their team to score, and although the women wear protective gear at all times the risk of injury is quite high. For these women though it is a chance they are willing to take!

To find out more information about the Jersey Shore Roller Girls league please go to The league is always accepting new recruits, and no previous skating experience is necessary. Anyone interested in being a referee, a sponsor, or just wants to help out please email us at Tickets for the bout can be purchased through the Web site directly.