Comedy fans can gear up for a night of fun and laughter on May 15th, as Jamaican comedians get set to strut their stuff on the South Florida stage at this year’s Comedy Fest 2016.This year’s headliners are the ever popular Ity & Fancy Cat – the hilarious duo from Jamaica’s variety comedy, the “Ity and Fancy Cat” show, which has been entertaining fans for eight seasons. The line up also features Christopher “Johnny” Daley – a well rounded entertainer celebrated for his roles in film, radio, television, and theater, particularly as the iconic Johnny on Jamaican sitcom, Lime Tree Lane. Owen “Blakka” Ellis, will be hitting the stage as well, most lauded as a seasoned entertainer from the hilarious duo Blakka & Bello, which started over 30 years ago.The list of comedians continues with Lemon, who has captured the love of audiences with his wit and theatrical performances through his tours in the Caribbean, U.S.A, Canada and the U.K. And Rohan Gunter will be showing all that South Florida has to offer, as the finalist from last year’s Lauderhill’s Got Talent competition. The only woman of the group, comedian and actress Audrey ‘Dancehall Queen’ Reid, (famed for her star turn in 1997 cult classic, “Dancehall Queen”) will also be entertaining fans with her famous impressions and insights.This year’s event will prove to be twice as nice, with two showings at 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm, held at Coral Spring High School. For more information about this event, call 954-817-3810.
IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 “I’m pleased that I ended under par and I won it,” Katayama said after becoming the seventh player to be honored with lifetime exemption status. Isao Aoki, Masashi Ozaki, Tsuneyuki Nakajima, Teruo Sugihara, Masahiro Kuramoto and Naomichi Ozaki have achieved the same feat with 25 or more wins since the tour was established in Japanese men’s golf in 1973. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES KOGA, Fukuoka Pref. (Kyodo) Shingo Katayama achieved a major milestone in his career with his overall golf game at its best on Sunday, shooting an even-par 71 in the final round to win his second Japan Open title and earn a lifetime exemption on the JGTO tour with his 25th career victory.Katayama negotiated one of the most treacherous courses used in Japan’s major tournament history by shooting 68-72-72-71 as he wrapped up the week with a 1-under 283 total, four stokes clear of 17-year-old Ryo Ishikawa, who fired a 69 en route to his career-high finish as a pro.
When John Kaye met with Matawan Regional High School’s football players as their new football coach after school on March 1, there wasn’t much of an introduction needed.Along with being the school’s varsity baseball coach for the past 15 years, Kaye was an assistant football coach for the past 18 years under Joe Martucci.Martucci resigned after his 28th season after the Huskies won their second NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II playoff championship in the last three seasons, all three seasons ending in trips to the championship game. Martucci, who had a 197- 81-1 record and five state titles, has agreed to coach the offensive backs at Kean University this fall.Not only did Martucci know Kaye well as colleagues on the sidelines, Martucci also has been the athletic director and will step down from that post in June.Will Kaye be able to remain as baseball coach for a program that has developed 13 players who went on to college and last year was a co-champion in the Shore Conference A Central Division?“That program is in a good position, and I’ll visit that decision at the end of the [baseball] season,” Kaye said.Two former players were the other finalists for the position of head football coach— Dave Monro, a former offensive coordinator at Raritan, and Charlie Marsh, who had worked as a defensive coordinator at Monmouth Regional before returning to Matawan’s staff last season.“I didn’t recommend anybody — that was the board’s decision — but I felt John Kaye was the best applicant because he has head coaching experience and has coached every position in this program except quarterback and receivers,” Martucci said.For now, Kaye is organizing a staff and maintaining an offseason program for the many returning players. He could not speculate at this time how much of a change will be made on the schemes on either side of the ball. “A lot of the staff will stay together, the same faces in different roles,” Kaye said. “What matters is the ones wearing the uniforms out there, the [jersey] numbers and colors.”Kaye was a head coach at Hillside from 1989 to 1995. He started his coaching career with two years as an assistant at Matawan and four years after that as a defensive coordinator at Scotch Plains before going to Hillside as head coach and then returning to Matawan.“I had other possibilities for head coaching jobs elsewhere since I came back, but felt it did not fit the right way, and I stayed here,” said Kaye. “When the position opened, I talked to my family about it and decided to apply.” Kaye chose to coach the freshman team this past season to allow him more time to follow the efforts in the same fall season of his daughter, Nicole, a defender on Matawan’s soccer team who is embarking after her graduation this spring on a college career at Ramapo.“I’mhonored to be mentioned in the same sentence as [former coaches] Joe Martucci and Barry Rizzo, legendary coaches not only in New Jersey but nationally,” Kaye said.Kaye is eager to take over a program that has further embedded itself in the community with the establishment of a Hall of Fame monument area at James C. Dwyer Sr. Memorial Alumni Park off the stadium entrance, a testament to the program’s tradition of success and development of players who went on to college and NFL careers, such as Jay Bellamy, who has served as special teams coach at Matawan and played in the NFL for the Seattle Seahawks and New Orleans Saints. BY WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent