ProudLiving Companies, a New Jersey-based real estate company with a mission of long-term neighborhood revitalization, is partnering with the East Orange Housing Authority (EOHA) and Sierra House for its third annual Toy Drive on Monday, Dec. 21 and Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020. Given the COVID-19 climate, ProudLiving’s team of volunteers will make contactless deliveries to almost 1,000 pre-registered children and families.  According to ProudLiving President and Founder TJ Caleca,...
The historic Borough of Flemington, NJ, the seat of Hunterdon County, announced it has hired global downtown development experts, Stantec, to reinvent its downtown core. Stantec is gathering extensive community input for its plan to revitalize the borough’s business districts and improve overall walkability and livability. The initiative is led by the borough’s mayor and council, the Flemington Community...
Newark Symphony Hall, one of New Jersey’s largest arts and entertainment venues, today announced that Newark Mayor Ras Baraka has appointed Grammy-winning record producer, Jerry “Wonda” Duplessis, to the venue’s Board of Directors. Wonda, also a composer and touring musician, will assist with the Symphony Hall’s various diversity and inclusion initiatives, while also chairing a new Artist Advisory Board...
Newark Symphony Hall (NSH), one of New Jersey’s oldest and largest arts and entertainment venues, announced the appointment of Taneshia Nash Laird, its president and CEO, to the newly formed, eight-member board for the National Independent Venue Foundation (NIVF). She is the only New Jersey board member for the advocacy organization, which is tasked with saving independent venues across...
So, by now you have probably seen that according to a poll by BestLife Magazine, New Jersey was voted “the most hated state” in the US. As a New Jersey native with roots in Brooklyn, and understanding everybody has the right to their views, I feel the need to share my perspective on the Garden State. Let us start with...
Newark Symphony Hall, one of New Jersey’s oldest and largest arts and entertainment venues, has announced the creation of a volunteer-based, seven-member Investment Committee to shape oversight policy and provide fund-management guidance. Committee members come from companies such as Goldman Sachs and AllianceBernstein, among other financial entities, and will help the venue achieve fundraising milestones while supporting its various...
Isaiah House, a 100-bed transitional shelter in East Orange, N.J., is hosting an online auction from noon on Tuesday, Oct. 13 to Saturday, Oct. 17 at 9 p.m. The auction features more than 60 items, services and experiences donated by individuals and businesses throughout the surrounding community. It is the first auction in the organization’s history to assist with...
As the battle against COVID-19 rages on, the number of food-insecure people in Essex County, NJ, may rise to a staggering 17.4% by year’s end, with the greatest concentration found in New Jersey’s most populated city, Newark. Families are facing other troubles, as well, including employment loss and staying current on rent payments, plus the “digital divide” emerging with...
La Casa de Don Pedro, a community-based, social services nonprofit organization, will host “Burgers and Brew Week,” a digital and interactive celebration promoting northern New Jersey restaurants and breweries, from Sept. 21 – 27, 2020. The organization now seeks sponsors to support the event, as well as local and black-owned restaurants and breweries to be showcased throughout the week. A...
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The ArtPride New Jersey Foundation has partnered with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts on “Keep Jersey Arts Alive,” a digital campaign to build support for keeping the state’s arts institutions afloat. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, theaters, museums, galleries, performing arts centers, dance studios and other groups have already lost over $30 million in revenue. New Jersey...
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Dresdner Robin, a leading land-use consultancy based in Jersey City, NJ, announced it has completed design and site work on a 20-acre property surrounding Ramsey, NJ’s municipal pool, which includes a new, 2,300-square-foot senior center. Construction and site work began in late 2019 and is nearing completion. The redesigned complex, located at 75 East Oak St., features a new pool...
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Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, ProudLiving Companies, a New Jersey-based real estate company with a mission of long-term neighborhood revitalization, is donating 200 meals per week to essential workers in Essex County, NJ. The program is running on a weekly basis from June to mid-July. In partnership with Papa Pat’s Pizza in Newark, NJ., senior leaders at ProudLiving, including President...
When we think of Hollywood, the infamous sign, fame, and bright lights of California are usually what come to mind. This article is dedicated to the other city with the same name, located in South Florida, not far from artistic and sunny Miami. Florida's Hollywood is an emerging community with a beautiful beach front and resorts including Margaritaville Hollywood Beach...
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Essex County, NJ-based social services nonprofit, Family Service League (FSL), has announced a move to a new office space in Bloomfield, NJ. The new location will allow the organization, which conducted nearly 4,000 counseling sessions in 2019, to better serve its community – including growing its staff, developing new programs and expanding offerings. FSL, which supports families in need and...
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As New Jersey automotive dealerships reopen this week, one premier auto group is betting that people may still prefer to purchase vehicles online. New Jersey- and New York-based Benzel-Busch, a seller of Mercedes, Audi, and Smart vehicles, became the first dealer in New Jersey to pivot fully to online sales during COVID-19, with the help of Montclair, NJ-based ad...
The Community Chest announces the awarding of over $50,000 in grants from its Coronavirus Emergency Fund to 13 agencies.  Founded in 1933, ‘The Chest’ is a nonprofit organization serving eastern Bergen County and headquartered in Englewood, New Jersey working with area agencies supplying support to people in need. With a mission to strengthen the community through partnership, leadership and philanthropy,...