Kelly-Jane Cotter (right) has written on a wide range of topics for the Asbury Park Press, including arts and entertainment, food and wine, and children’s programming. She makes a dual contribution to this isuue with A Love Supreme (p 52) and Voice Recognition (p 63). “As a features reporter who’s covered popular music for some twenty years, I was thrilled to meet the charismatic new director of the Institute of Jazz Studies, and was inspired by the young voices of the Newark Boys Choir School,” she says. Her own musical taste favors Frank Sinatra and The Smiths. She also loves to sing.
Ironbound aficionados will want to check out Iberian eatery Catas, one of the neighborhood’s longtime go-to restaurants. We suggest you go armed with Andy Clurfeld’s review (p 20), which navigates the tapas menu in spectacular style. Andy is the former editor of Zagat New Jersey and had her own column in Gourmet magazine. There’s no fluff in her reviews. That being said, if “fluff” were a menu item at Tops Diner across the river in East Newark, it would be dolloped out in an extra large portion. You know how they say Don’t go grocery shopping when you’re hungry? Well, some version of that rule should apply to Andy’s story (p 73). Read it and you’ll see what we mean.
Daryl Stone (left) pulled triple-duty this summer shooting for Radius. She handled the photography for Andy Clurfeld’s restaurant reviews on Catas and Tops Diner and accompanied Kelly-Jane Cotter on her visit to the jazz archives at Rutgers-Newark. She was given rare access to some of the Institute’s most treasured artifacts, including Ella Fitzgerald’s jeweled “cat-eye” specs. You can revisit Daryl’s work in the magazine anytime by logging on to radius-newark.com.
Finally, we tip our collective cap to the 2016 class of enshrinees in the Newark Athletic Hall of Fame, who will be inducted during a gala dinner at the Robert Treat Hotel in October. In Fame (p 47) Ty Boatman takes a look at the organization, which has been celebrating the athletic achievements and contributions of Newarkers—and generating crucial scholarship dollars to college-bound athletes—since the 1980s. There’s also a run-down of some of the Hall’s most remarkable members.