Pilot for major upcoming TV Series to be Shot On location in Long Branch and Asbury Park

Dinner Talk, A pilot episode for a brand-new upcoming drama network series will be filmed at iconic locations throughout the cities of Long Branch and Asbury Park. The filming will begin Monday, May 10th and conclude on Friday May 14th.

Producers of Dinner Talk: Louis Gerard Politan, Paul Perrina (Asbury Films LLC), April Centrone (10PRL), with crew members in a production meeting for the upcoming pilot, Dinner Talk.

The project is a collaboration between Asbury Films, LLC, and 10PRL ( https://www.10prl.com/) a film studio and production company, which is located in a 6,500 sq ft. state-of-the-art film, art and event space in Long Branch.

Dinner Talk, written and directed by Louis Gerard Politan, is a unique story about a restaurant that serves as an epicenter for a circle of people who become intertwined and lost souls seeking redemption. The story illustrates that human and life issues don’t discriminate against class, status or success and it is here where the characters and stories unfold. The pilot will be shot on location at Pagono’s Uva Ristorante, in Bradley Beach, (https://www.uvaonmain.com/), 10PRL in Long Branch and other locations along the Jersey Shore.

Dinner Talk stars Ronnie Marmo, actor and producer, known for Adults Only (2011), For the Love of Money (2012) and Pizza with Bullets (2010), Ariel D. King, American Crime Story (2016, playing O.J. Simpson’s daughter) and Dollface (2019) and Iliana Guibert, Law & Order, SVU (2018) Quantico (2018) and many more feature film and TV series appearances.

“All of us at 10PRL Productions are very excited to see major filmmaking happening on the Jersey Shore,” said April Centrone, Founder and CEO of 10PRL Productions and Studios. “We are New Jersey based, New Jersey proud, and you can be sure, there is much more to come.”

Asbury Films LLC, and proudly women and LGBTQ-owned production house, 10PRL, located at 515 Bath Ave. in Long Branch, are committed to building a film scene on the Jersey Shore that is inclusive, diverse, poignant and local. “I want to bring internationally recognized, world-renowned quality to the shore while remaining a family of largely NJ-bread musicians, actors and crew, and create every aspect of a film with the abundant talent we have around us on the shore,” said Paul Perrina, Founder and CEO of Asbury Films LLC. Both career drummers and musicians, Paul Perrina and April Centrone will additionally be supervising the music of Dinner Talk, along with other local musicians from the Asbury Park area.


Notice from the City of Long Branch on fish kill

We would like to update you regarding the fish kill that has affected the state and our local  waterways.

While we are continuing our conversations with the NJ Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP), the City of Long Branch has decided to move forward with an environmental contractor, who will address the most problematic areas of our waterways and banks, beginning Monday, May 10. The company will be collecting the fish using specialized boats and vacuum equipment and will access fish on the riverbanks from both the ground and the water. We are looking forward to the relief this operation will provide our residents.

Free food distribution at Jerry Morgan Park, Friday

ASTEP’s 2nd LB Community Food Drive, tomorrow. (Fri. 5/7), 12-2pm, Jerry Morgan Parking lot.
Drive up or Walk up! No ID. No questions. No registration.
Thanks to the Farmer’s Against Hunger & Fulfill Food Bank.

Long Branch City Wide Yard Sale – Free listings in The LINK News

Long Branch Yard Sale is May 15 & 16. If you would like to list your yard sale for free in The Link News, send your Address, Days and Time of your sale to Locallinknews@aol.com

Regenerating native forests to fight climate change

The State We’re In by Michele S. Byers, Executive Director, New Jersey Conservation Foundation

In the effort to slow climate change, forests are a powerful ally. Trees naturally remove harmful carbon dioxide from the air and store, or “sequester,” it in their roots, branches and wood.

But future generations of giant canopy trees must be able to reproduce. As individual trees are lost to storms, drought, or disease, new generations of saplings and seedlings must be waiting in the understory to fill in gaps that open in the canopy. Recent studies show that resilient, mature forests will continue to sequester more carbon than newly planted or recently logged forests well into the future.

In New Jersey and many other states, deciduous forests are being ravaged by an over-abundant white-tailed deer population, and one consequence is a severe lack of regeneration and new saplings.

Over a century ago, deer had virtually disappeared from New Jersey as a result of over hunting. A state program to restore deer succeeded, but by about 1980 the deer population exploded and this state were in’s native trees, shrubs, and wildflowers began to decline.

Dr. Jay Kelly, a biology and environmental science professor at Raritan Valley Community College, has been researching deer impacts on forests since 2014. He found that about 50 years ago, in the 1970s, central and northern New Jersey averaged about 10 deer per square mile. Today, there are 10 times that number, an estimated 112 deer per square mile.

Hungry deer have gobbled up the forest understory – the layer made up of native herbaceous plants, shrubs and young trees – leaving only the large canopy trees.

“If these trends hold out, we’re concerned that there won’t be enough new young trees to replace the older trees that are dying,” explained Dr. Kelly.

Outside the Pine Barrens, most New Jersey forests now lack native tree seedlings and saplings, so when sunny forest openings occur, these openings are rapidly taken over by invasive weeds and vines. These invasive, non-native plants do not support native insects, birds and wildlife.

You don’t need to be a researcher or scientist to see the impacts of deer. Drive past any deciduous forest in central or northern New Jersey and you will see large trees with masses of invasive plants in the understory.  The deer are taking a severe toll on our forests.

The encouraging news is that recent research shows that the problem can be reversed. By aggressively reducing deer populations, it’s possible for forests to regenerate and increase their ability to sequester carbon.

“Managing Deer to Restore Forests and Sequester Carbon” was the topic of a recent webinar sponsored by Duke Farms and New Jersey Conservation Foundation. The webinar drew over 100 participants, including landowners, conservation groups, ecologists and forest restoration experts.

Tom Gilbert, New Jersey Conservation Foundation’s campaign manager for energy, climate and natural resources, noted that New Jersey’s target under the Global Warming Response Act is to reduce carbon emissions 80 percent (from 2006 levels) by 2050.

He added that New Jersey’s forests currently sequester about 8 percent of annual state greenhouse gas emissions, “so there’s a lot at stake here in terms of forest health.” One of the state’s strategies for reaching its goal is relying on natural solutions like preserving and restoring ecologically resilient, mature forests.

Can New Jersey’s forests regain their resilience? Research conducted at Duke Farms indicates that they can. Located in Somerset County, the 2,700-acre Duke Farms property is now a model of environmental restoration.

About 20 years ago, explained Thomas Almendinger, Duke Farms’ director of natural resources and agro-ecology, there were so few native understory plants that the land couldn’t even support breeding populations of rabbits and chipmunks. In 2004, the deer population was estimated at an unsustainable 75-100 deer per square mile.

Duke Farms launched its effort to improve habitat by fencing in about a square mile of forest and farmland. The deer population both inside and outside the fenced area was reduced through hunting. There are now almost no deer within the fenced area.

As the deer population dropped inside the fenced area, native plants and shrubs as well as the seedling and sapling layers of forest understory rebounded.

“The long and short of it is: it worked,” said Dr. Michael Van Clef of Ecological Solutions LLC and head of the New Jersey Invasive Species Strike Team.

Young trees survived long enough to reach a size where they’re out of reach of hungry deer and can grow into the forests of tomorrow. Invasive plants like Japanese stiltgrass and Japanese barberry diminished. “Invasive plants are not supernatural; they can be outcompeted,” Van Clef said.

Duke Farms’ successful experiment shows that it’s possible, by significantly reducing deer populations, to regenerate forests that will sequester carbon and provide habitat for diverse wildlife. When deer are at tolerable levels, native plants can compete successfully against invasives.

It will take an enormous effort to replicate the same results in forests throughout New Jersey, but there’s now solid science to guide agencies as they work to meet the state’s climate goals and ensure the future of our forests and the many benefits they provide.

To view the full webinar on YouTube, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvhL40rmfPA.

To learn more about New Jersey’s Global Warming Response Act, go to https://www.nj.gov/dep/climatechange/docs/nj-gwra-80×50-report-2020.pdf.

And for information about preserving New Jersey’s land and natural resources, visit the New Jersey Conservation Foundation website at www.njconservation.org or contact me at info@njconservation.org.

Monmouth Park moving to 12:15 post time Saturdays & Sundays

Parking and admission remain free when meet begins May 28

OCEANPORT – Monmouth Park will switch to a 12:15 p.m. post time during live racing on Saturdays and Sundays while continuing to offer free parking and admission when the track’s 76th season gets underway on Friday, May 28.

Post time on Fridays throughout the 53-day meet will be 5 p.m.

The lone exception to the new 12:15 post time, as well as to the free parking and admission policy, will be July 17, when the $1 million TVG.com Haskell Stakes will be contested for the 54th time.

Monmouth Park’s live racing schedule runs through Sept. 26.

“With the overwhelming response from horsemen for stall space and fans able to return in greater numbers there’s a renewed sense of optimism and excitement for this meet, especially after the challenges we faced a year ago due to COVID-19,” said Dennis Drazin, Chairman and CEO of Darby Development LLC, operators of Monmouth Park. “I think everyone is looking forward to what should be a very special year of racing at Monmouth Park. All of the indicators are that it will be.”

Opening weekend will feature four straight days of live racing from Friday through Monday over the Memorial Day weekend that starts on May 28. Starting in June, and running through the end of August, live racing will operate on a Friday through Sunday schedule.

In a continuation of the policy from a year ago, no outside food or drink will be permitted.

Monmouth Park will offer 46 stakes races worth $6.15 million this year, including 10 graded stakes. There are 10 stakes races restricted to New Jersey-bred horses, with the highlight for state-breds being the 19th annual New Jersey Thoroughbred Festival on Aug. 29.

Haskell Day will again feature six stakes races, including the Grade 1 United Nations, which will see a purse boost from $300,000 to $500,000. Horse of the Year Authentic won the Haskell last summer, eventually going on to win the Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup Classic.

Big indoor/outdoor Church Wide Yard Sale this Sat & Sun

Wayside United Methodist Church, 1229 West Park Ave Ocean, NJ 07712. 

Friday, May 7 (9-4) and Saturday, May 8 (9-2).  Costume jewelry; antiques; new items; baby items; home decor; holiday decor; housewares; clothing/accessories; electronics; school supplies; crafts; toys; books; luggage; furniture and more.

Officials looking into removing dead fish from river banks

Senator Vin Gopal Joined Mayor Pallone and Congressman Pallone for a tour of Long Branch to see the alarming number of dead fish.

They are pushing DEP to have direct involvement and will regardless work to put a plan together locally to collect the dead fish ASAP. We have also been in touch with the county for assistance.

They are are pushing to get the fish removed ASAP.

Senator Vin Gopal and Long Mayor John Pallone along with other officials discuss what the options are to deal with all the dead fish washing up on river banks.