“Wake Up! Wake Up! Ness the Twin Towers are on fire!” Those were the exact words I heard on Tuesday morning September 11, 2001. I jumped out of bed and ran into my college roommate Stephanie’s room and witnessed with my very own eyes all the black smoke coming from the largest buildings in New York City. “Oh, I...
September 11
That fateful September 11 day twenty years ago instilled an immediate fear that was followed by compassion reaching across political, religious, and racial borders. Just about everyone worked together to fight the enemy that hit the U.S. shores. “United We Stand” is what this country was built on and proved to be true as most collected harmoniously to help...
FLEMINGTON, N.J. – May 18, 2021 – Did you know you can experience goat yoga, learn about cheese making, and sample award-winning local wine all in the same region of Central New Jersey? The “579 Trail,” a historic agricultural corridor running through Hunterdon County, N.J., begins its peak season for visitors this month as Jersey harvests begin to yield...
New Jersey’s leading arts organizations have united to support New Jersey Arts and Culture Administrators of Color (NJACAC), a network of professional arts administrators of color dedicated to advancing efforts related to equity, diversity and inclusion within the state’s arts community. Founded in 2019 as a partnership between New Jersey Theatre Alliance (NJTA), the state’s service organization for professional...
Newark Symphony Hall (NSH), New Jersey’s largest Black-led arts and entertainment venue, today unveiled designs for its exterior renovation – part of a five-year, three-phase $50 million project set to wrap on the venue’s 100th birthday in 2025. The design, from Trenton, N.J.-based architectural firm Clarke Caton Hintz (CCH), includes a new marquee and streetscape. Design upgrades make Broad...
Marketsmith Inc., the largest independent full-service marketing agency in New Jersey, in collaboration with the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety (“LPS”), has launched a statewide “Take Control of Your Destiny” advertising campaign. The goal is to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving, a contributing factor in more than half of moderate to severe crashes...
This past year of the pandemic has brought new home and garden trends for those seeking to renovate the abode in search of serenity.  During a year that has been freaking nuts, now more than ever folks are looking to spruce up their home turf and relax among their outdoor landscape. The inability to hop on a plane, or even...
NEWARK, NJ – March 30, 2021 – Newark Symphony Hall (NSH), New Jersey’s largest Black-led arts and entertainment venue, today announced Yendor Theatre Company (YTC) as its first company-in-residence. YTC’s first production with the venue will be Richard Wesley’s “Black Terror,” co-produced by WACO Theater Center, which is based out of Los Angeles’ North Hollywood neighborhood. The production will...
I always try to maintain positive vibes, so when the pandemic began and continued, I will admit it was not easy. As a digital creator and visual mind, the museums and interactive events I would normally attend were closed. I realized I had to uncover new ways to support the arts and stay inspired for my well-being, and physical...
It certainly was a Wonferful day at the People to People Food Pantry in Rockland County for Wonder Girls’ monthly Volunteer Day!  A group of volunteers from Wonder Girls, an after-school program for high school girls with a mission to build confidence, leadership, community and business skills, packed bags filled with Goya products to feed thousands of Rockland County...
The Confidence Project Journal, a book written by Mount Arlington, New Jersey resident Kaity (pronounced Kite-ee) Rodriguez, will be launched online Monday, March 8, to coincide with International Women’s Day. Her mission is to support high-achieving millenial women who struggle with their confidence. The book will be available on Rodriguez’s website in a special VIP hardback edition and all...
February is Black History Month, so of course at NYNJ we have to pay homage and recognize the critical contributions of Black Americans to American History. And we aren’t alone. After the insanity of 2020 and the Black Lives Matter protests, there is undoubtedly more of a collective consciousness around diversity, inclusion, and valuing the lives and contributions of...
Schools That Can (STC), a nonprofit organization that aims to close the opportunity and skills gap in urban areas, named the winners of its fifth annual “Design Challenge” on Thursday, Feb. 25. The virtual event allowed six schools representing Newark, NJ, Pittsburgh, PA, and New York City to go head-to-head on innovative design concepts – creating efficient, sustainable layouts...
MONTCLAIR, NJ – How will New Jersey’s largest city rebound post-COVID-19? Four prominent female leaders in Newark, NJ, will share their 2021 priorities during Violet PR’s free webinar on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. EST. Executives, investors, developers and business owners with an interest in Newark’s success are invited to attend to learn more about urban innovation, economic...
Despite economic challenges presented by COVID-19, the historic Borough of Flemington, N.J., announced that 16 retail businesses have opened in the 1-square-mile borough in the past 12 months, 13 of which are exclusively local. The community, the seat of Hunterdon County and home to more than 400 businesses, led a unified effort to support its business community during the...
With the world going through so much, I want to highlight an incredible and uplifting community art project in the town of Sleepy Hollow, NY on the Hudson Riverwalk. A temporary/pop-up art installation which asks the question “What are your hopes and dreams for the future? For yourself, loved ones, our community, the world ...”  The Riverwalk Community Mural affectionately...