Lew London of Egg Harbor, foreground and Scott Kirby of Key West, Fla., work on a CD at Charter Tech High School for Performing Arts in Somers Point.

Edward Lea

Lew London, of Egg Harbor Township, will be spending the next several weeks producing a CD for singer/songwriter Scott Kirby, of Key West, Fla., in the studio at Charter Tech High School for the Performing Arts in Somers Point.

London teaches audio and music technology there, and several of his students are involved.

“I’m Mr. London’s apprentice,” said senior Johnny Zappas, 17, of Brigantine. He’s a guitarist studying music technology and is assisting with the production of Kirby’s seventh disc called “Sol Searching.”

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Kirby  was at the studio Tuesday night, listening as Charlottesville, Va.-based harmonica player Gary Green laid down his track on a blues song called “Whiskey’s Turned My Life Around.”

Cellist Heain Kim, 19, of Somers Point, a junior, is one of the students who will play on the CD. She moved here last year from Korea.

Kirby is staying with longtime friends Sue and Kerry Monahan, of the Marmora section of Upper Township, who met him 25 years ago in Key West, where they have a second home.

London, 61, is a guitarist and singer who was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2009  for his production of a Saul Broudy song on a CD tribute to singer songwriter Utah Phillips. Kirby’s last CD, “Row Me Home,” was produced in Los Angeles by famed drummer Russ Kunkel, who played for such stars as Bob Dylan, Carole King, Jackson Browne and Linda Ronstadt.

London has written, recorded and toured with Grammy Award-winner Steve Goodman (“City of New Orleans”), toured with Jimmy Buffet and was nominated for Guitar Player of the Year in 1977 by Guitar Magazine.

Eagle Award

Teacher and former health care administrator Cynthia Basolis-Koons, of Vineland, will receive The Ellison School’s Eagle Award on Feb. 9 at the Scotland Run Golf Club in Williamstown for service to the Vineland school and community.

Basolis-Koons helps create service activities for nonprofits in her work with the Ellison Interact Club. She and her husband, Velton, have three children. Call 856-691-1734 or visit

Humanitarian Awards

The American Conference on Diversity Atlantic County chapter honored Virginia A. Gormley, of Atlantic City, Rabbi Aaron Krauss, spiritual leader at Beth El Synagogue in Margate, and a husband-and-wife team of community volunteers, Patrick and Diane McKoy, of Mays Landing, at its recent Humanitarian Awards Dinner at the Atlantic City Country Club in Northfield.


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