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

“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. Memorial contributions can be made in Niko’s memory to the Hailey Rose Fund, c/o Niko’s mother, Pamela Peters, 183 Little York Mt.

Benefit concert for Claudia Hoca is Friday in the Burchfield Penney

Musicians are gathering together for a benefit concert to help pianist Claudia Hoca, above.

Making this movie in 3-D. Things like that. That’s what makes Metallica special for me. Q: I walked out of the movie not sure about what I had just seen. Do you guys know what the plot is about? Ulrich: I don’t know. I stopped asking a long time ago. … I think that ultimately what we’ve always tried, with James’ lyrics and stuff like that, the thoughts that come from Metallica are pretty ambiguous. We don’t sit there and carve out what it is we’re doing or what we’re trying to do. Half the time we don’t know, either. I think this film is right in line with that. At the end of the day, it’s sort of what you want it to be. Q: Did you watch the Justin Bieber and Katy Perry Imax movies for reference?

Metallica Blends Concert With Story in IMAX Film

She is reportedly making a good recovery, but is not yet back on her feet. The benefit will help defray her medical expenses. Hoca was well known as a staff pianist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, but her position was not full-time and she had no health insurance. The benefit concert is at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Burchfield Penney Art Center. Musicians contributing their talents include pianists Ana Vafai, Michael McNeill and Alison DAmato; cellist Jonathan Golove; violinists Amy Glidden, Charles Castleman and Antoine Lefebvre; violist Valerie Heywood; oboist Pierre Roy; and clarinetist John Fullam. They will be performing music by Mozart, Debussy and Bartok, among other composers. The concert ends with music by Argentinian tango master Astor Piazzolla performed by the Camerata di SantAntonio, the chamber orchestra of St. Anthonys Church, conducted by Christopher Weber. Tickets are $35, or $50 for Angel Seating, or prime seating. A $20 ticket allows the patron to view the concert on simulcast from the reception area. Call 878-6011. Mary Kunz Goldman