Benefit Concert For 3-year-old Daughter Of Murder Victim John Niko Raises $6,200

Community Board rejects Marty Markowitz’s plan to convert old Childs Restaurant into Coney Island Concert Hall


Call 297-6049 for more information. Classical music lovers are in for a treat. Christ the King Episcopal Church, 2800 W. Ina Road, will play host beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday to Classical Meets Ecclesiastical: Famous Favorites featuring works by Schubert, Corelli, Bach, Albinoni, Haydn and Groom. The concert is free, but donations will be accepted for Interfaith Community Services, a local nonprofit agency, to help seniors, people with disabilities and families in financial crisis. The event will include movable music, which features parts of the concert being played at various locations in the church. The Tucson Symphony Orchestra String Quartet will open the show, with David Rife and Wynne Wong-Rife on violin, Ilona Vukovic-Gay on viola and Mary Beth Tyndall on cello. The concert also will feature the Powe family trio playing a composition they created with the TSO Young Composers Project earlier this summer. The youth attended the program with financial assistance from Interfaith Community Services Youth Enrichment Activities program. In addition to the original composition, the kids will perform a string trio by Haydn. Capping off the concert, organist David Gay will perform musical masterpieces on the churchs pipe organ, which was built in 1949 by noted American organ-building firm Aeolian-Skinner. The organs original home was at First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Tucson.

“Even though John couldn’t be there on Sunday, he was still the life of the party, Garden State Line lead singer Tam Garcia said afterwards. “We can hold our heads high, and, as John would say, ‘Recognize!’ We all came together, and we’re able to turn the light on in the dark.” Hailey Rose was 2-years-old when her father was killed in his Raritan Township home. Niko’s longtime friend Gary Passarelli, 39, of North Plainfield has been charged in the murder . Niko’s family and friends don’t want his daughter to forget her dad, and on Sept. 8 held an all-day, all-volunteer benefit filled with bands and comedy acts at the Dunellen Theater. Organizers reported the outcome. It’s was just the kind of event her dad would have loved to organize and attend, said decades-long family friend Anthony Delacruz. Niko, 35, was a managing partner at eSOZO Computer and Network Services in Flemington and a Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce award winner. Concerned co-workers called police when Niko didn’t arrive at work on May 31. The benefit concert was presented by Garden State Line and JackedCat Productions. JackedCat manager and producer Dave Pirrocco said, “We could not have asked for a better day. All the performers were amazing. The volunteers gave it their all and were a great bunch of people to work with. The sense of community displayed at this event was truly inspiring to everyone.” Garcia was thankful for “everyone’s love and support” at the fundraiser.

Concert of classical favorites will benefit local nonprofit

Community Board 13 rejected the boisterous beeps dream for a new amphitheater at the historic Childs Restaurant building at W. 21st St. following a heated meeting. Board members cited concerns over clogged streets, noise from events and the estimated $53 million price tag. The board voted 14-7 against the plan, which calls for knocking a hole in the landmarks restaurantas wall to open it up for the amphitheater. The surprising denial came after the boardas own Zoning and Land Use Committee overwhelmingly voted 10-1 to approve the plan earlier this month. It’s hard to understand what happened, admitted Community Board 13 district manager Chuck Reichenthal, referring to the Monday night vote. Markowitz said he was disappointed by the vote. This project… will generate jobs, economic development and joy for Coney Island and all of Brooklyn for generations to come. In April, Markowitz unveiled the sweeping proposal as one of the major capstones of his legacy in the borough. Community Board 13 rejected Marty Markowitz’s plan to convert the former Childs Restaurant site in Coney into a new amphitheater. Under a complicated agreement, the city plans to purchase the building by the boardwalk, along with an adjoining lot between W. 21st and 22nd St., from Star Financial, a real estate investment company. Howard Weiss, the lawyer for star Financial, defended the plan.