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S.A.V.E.TM Birdseed Available Dec.4

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Photo By Bill Dalton
On Saturday, December 4, New Jersey Audubon (NJA) will deliver additional inventory of its green, sustainable, Jersey Grown S.A.V.E.TM Birdseed to retailers, farmer's markets and NJA stores throughout the state of New Jersey.

(This is a follow-up article to the one posted earlier this month - the original posting is available here.)

NJA Nature Stores will also offer a number of new holiday gift specials and unique ideas – perfect for the beginner naturalist, bird-lover or hard-to-gift person on your list.

The S.A.V.E.TM Birdseed has been available for purchase since October 2, which was the NJA's first "Sale Day" for the seed. The time period surrounding these Sale Days is optimal for purchasing the birdseed, however, for best availability and freshness; as the seed being delivered for the December 4 Sale Day was harvested as recently as the end of October. December 4 will be the second of three seed delivery dates during the 2010-2011 growing season. The seed will be available while supplies last; however, due to the anticipated high demand for the product, especially during the holiday gift giving season, the NJA encourages consumers to purchase their birdseed as close to the December 4 date as possible. Online pre-orders, placed through www.njaudubon.org by November 20, will also be available for pick-up at designated NJA centers throughout the state on this Sale Day.

S.A.V.E.TM Birdseed is available for onsite purchase at NJA centers in Franklin Lakes (Bergen County), Ringwood (Passaic County), Bernardsville (Somerset County), Mount Holly (Burlington County), Cape May/Cape May Courthouse (Cape May County) and Plainsboro (Middlesex County).

The birdseed is also available for purchase at these participating retailers throughout New Jersey: Wild Birds Unlimited stores in Red Bank (Monmouth County), Sewell (Gloucester County), Cherry Hill (Camden County) and Toms River (Ocean County); Wild Bird Center in West Caldwell (Essex County); Agway in Raritan/Hillsborough (Somerset County); Greenland Landscape Company in Paramus (Bergen County); Sergeantsville Grain and Feed in Sergeantsville (Hunterdon County); and Pet Agree Pets in Manahawkin (Ocean County).

Brodhecker Farms in Newton, NJ (Sussex County), Raj Sinha of Liberty Farms in Sandyston, NJ (Sussex County), and Laine Farm in Hillsborough, NJ (Somerset County) are participating farmers who will also sell it from their farm stands.

The third and final "Sale Day" for the 2010-2011 S.A.V.E.TM Birdseed program is Saturday, February 12, 2011.

The sunflowers, from which this birdseed was harvested, were planted by New Jersey farmers who are cooperating with New Jersey Audubon to produce certified Jersey Grown birdseed – the first product marketed under the NJ Audubon's S.A.V.E.TM brand (Support Agricultural Viability and the Environment). The S.A.V.E.TM initiative promotes the production of agricultural products that are economically and ecologically sustainable. Revenue from the birdseed benefits New Jersey farmers and directly supports NJA's conservation mission. For every 5 acres planted for birdseed, NJA manages and maintains one acre of grassland habitat for threatened and endangered birds.

And, because it is grown locally, S.A.V.E.TM Birdseed eliminates the need for extensive use of fossil fuels in transit, thus reducing its carbon footprint. In addition, the project partners are using an experimental cultivation technique that may capture atmospheric carbon and lock it into the soil.

For all these reasons, this birdseed makes a great gift idea; while you're buying a gift to give, you're also giving back the birds, the local economy and the environment.

Other new and unique gift ideas are now being offered at NJA Nature Stores throughout the state including:

GET INTO BIRD WATCHING KIT– $89 ($70 savings-supplies limited-member discount does not apply; offer valid December 1-31, 2010)
Nikon Action 7x35 Binoculars
Kaufman's Field Guide to Birds
New Jersey Audubon Membership

BIRD FEEDING PACKAGE – $59 ($40 savings-supplies limited; member discount does not apply; offer valid December 1-31, 2010)
Droll Yankee Sunflower or Mixed Seed Feeder
Bill Thompson's 'Identifying & Feeding Birds'
25 lb. Jersey Grown S.A.V.E.TM Sunflower Birdseed
New Jersey Audubon Membership
(not available at Sandy Hook Nature Store)

THE NEW NJA GIFT CARD
New to the Nature Stores' offerings this year is the NJA Gift Card. Available in any value up to $250, the card can be redeemed for merchandise or programs at any NJA Nature Store. Additional money can be added to the card at any time. This is truly a gift of nature that will give all year round.

BUY 3 BOOKS AND SAVE 15% (December 1-31, 2010)

Nature books are in great supply at all the NJA Centers. This special offer will allow you to gift a great read to one or more people on your list and save.

For more information about the S.A.V.E.TM sunflower seed project, to see a full list of NJA centers, retailers and farmers or for a printable form for preorders of S.A.V.E.TM Birdseed, please visit www.njaudubon.org.

Aldonna Ambler - Helping Woman Owned Businesses

.web_AldonnaAmbler_300dpi_4inchAMBLER's Approach Has Generated $1 Billion of New Revenue for Woman Owned Businesses

Is it realistic to ask a small business to help other companies grow and to play a role in economic recovery when it sometimes can be an uphill battle to attract customers and keep paying your own employees? Apparently Aldonna Ambler thinks so. AMBLER Growth Strategy Consultants, Inc. (AMBLER) just passed the impressive milestone of generating over $1 Billion for other woman owned businesses.

$100 Million has come from a mixture of their own purchases from vendors, referrals, subcontracts, licensees, joint ventures, and strategic alliances. The firm has also played a key role in attracting over $100 Million in growth financing, grants, and corporate sponsorships for woman owned businesses. And even if they only count five years/client, the growth strategies AMBLER has provided for woman owned business clients has generated over $800 Million of new revenue for WBOs.

In 1985, when Ambler was the Statewide President for the New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners (NJAWBO), Aldonna Ambler made the decision to "walk the talk" and committed to maintaining a vendor base that reflects the demographics of the business community. 40% of their vendors are woman owned companies. That vendor policy has generated $12 Million for woman owned accounting firms, attorneys, bookkeepers, computer programmers, call centers, equipment lessors, graphic artists, insurance agents, photographers, printers, public relations firms, website designers, writers, etc. AMBLER's commitment to diversity has brought $34 Million in subcontracts and licenses for women facilitators, interviewers, researchers, secret shoppers, speakers and trainers. They have referred over $15 Million of business to woman owned companies, and that number does not include the revenue those companies gained from any repeat business.

Aldonna Ambler's commitment has gone well beyond their approach to hiring, subcontracts, vendors and acquisitions. "The owner of a small company can generate jobs and make a difference in the economy when he/she participates in joint ventures and strategic alliances," says Ambler. "We have initiated over a dozen strategic alliances/joint ventures and participated in another ten." Alliances and ventures help companies share the risk, create new products, expand into new markets, and attract larger customers they could not have served on their own. For example, dozens of other companies have benefited from multi-city speaking tours featuring Ambler.

Known as The Growth Strategist™, Ambler's alliance and venture partners have included companies that provide complementary products and services to help midsized companies keep growing. AMBLER Growth Strategy Consultants, Inc. does opportunity/ resource analysis and growth strategy planning for midsized companies, generating $39 Million for market research companies, merger and acquisition (M&A) firms, family business attorneys, industry experts, etc.

To be better prepared to make referrals, Aldonna Ambler's firm has been a long term active member in a variety of business associations, including national, state, regional and local chambers of commerce. Plus, she has been hosting a weekly online peer-to-peer-to-peer talk show for executives of midsized companies for six years.

AMBLER Growth Strategy Consultants' mission is to help midsized companies continue to grow. The President of a $20 million company may not need outside guidance with strategic planning at the moment, but he (yes, the overwhelming majority of their midsized company clients have male executives at the helm) may need updated personnel policies, an upgraded computer contact management system, or more effective transportation for their products. The CEO of a $200 million company may not need AMBLER's assistance at that moment to attract growth financing, facilitate a joint venture process, or help locating just the right CFO for their team.

Ambler knows that there are so many great companies out there run by hard working, bright, talented women (and men). That knowledge frees her up to relax and to hear what the leaders of midsized companies need to keep growing ... at that moment. The follow up for their meetings with past, current, and future AMBLER clients typically includes 3 or 4 referrals. They aren't in those meetings to just take orders for services they provide. Keeping midsized companies growing beyond stubborn plateaus is a calling for Ambler.

"It may sound corny to some people, but we see ourselves as a positive force of economic development. We want to listen to the midsized company executives' concerns and hear what they need to keep growing...whatever that is. So we are constantly updating our resource database and probably can refer any midsized company to a few great resources...no matter what they need," says Ambler, "and 40% of those resources have been woman owned companies."

Mary Sue Sweeney Receives Katherine Coffey Award

Mary_Sue_Sweeney_PriceMary Sue Sweeney Price, Director of the Newark (NJ) Museum received the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museum's (MAAM) highest honor at its Annual Meeting on Tuesday, October 26, in a ceremony at the African American Museum of Philadelphia.

The award is named for Katherine Coffey (1900-1972), one of the past outstanding museum leaders and administrators in the nation and herself a former Director of the Newark Museum. A 1922 graduate of Barnard College, Miss Coffey joined the Newark institution in 1923 and was named the museum's fourth director in 1949. She retired in 1968 after 43 years of service.

Price has served the Newark Museum since 1975 and was named its sixth Director in 1993. During her 35-year tenure, she has distinguished herself and the museum in myriad responsibilities including exhibition and educational programming functions, strategic planning and coordinating an, award-winning facility renovation that contributed to re-establishing Newark as a key destination city along the cultural corridor from Washington to Boston.

Price is a Commissioner for Accreditation of the American Association of Museums (AAM), and former president of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), representing the leading art museums in North America. She also served as the first national president of ArtTable, the organization of women leaders in the visual arts and has served as a longtime trustee and previous vice president of NJ ArtPride, as well as a trustee of the Newark Arts Council and a member of the lay advisory board of Newark's St. Vincent Academy.

Born in 1951, Mary Sue grew up in Pittsburgh, the daughter of parents who instilled in her a love of art and global culture. She graduated from Allegheny College where she majored in English and minored in art history and biology. She is married to Dr. Clement Alexander Price, distinguished Board of Governors Professor at Rutgers University, Newark, Director of the Rutgers Institute on Ethnicity, Culture and the Modern Experience, and a leading voice for the City. The couple, residents of Newark, has been honored for their contributions and dedication to the City.

The Newark Museum is located at 49 Washington Street in the Downtown/Arts District of Newark, New Jersey, just 3 blocks from NJPAC and 10 miles west of New York City. The Museum is open all year round: Wednesdays through Fridays, from Noon - 5:00 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., October 1 – June 30; and Saturdays and Sundays, from Noon – 5:00 p.m., July 1 – September 30. Suggested Museum admission: Adults, $10.00; Children, Seniors and Students with valid I.D., $6.00. Members are admitted free. The Museum Café is open for lunches Wednesday through Sunday. Convenient parking is available for a fee. The Newark Museum campus is wheelchair accessible. For general information, call 973-596-6550 or visit our web site, http://www.NewarkMuseum.org.

The Newark Museum, a not-for-profit museum of art, science and education, receives operating support from the City of Newark; the State of New Jersey; the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; the New Jersey Cultural Trust; and corporate, foundation and individual donors. Funds for acquisitions and activities other than operations are provided by members and other contributors.

The Dames of Mary Help

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The Dames of Mary Help ensure Education is the Passport for At-Risk Youth of Paterson and Beyond.
Seventh annual event celebrates His Excellency, Bishop Frank J. Rodimer; Jimmy and Ellen Greenbaum, and Susan Greenbaum Gross of Greenbaum Interiors

On Wednesday, October 27th, 2010 The Dames of Mary Help of Christians Academy, a women's auxiliary fundraising committee for the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco and their school, Mary Help of Christians Academy (MHCA), will host their 7th annual event entitled "An Exciting Evening in the Roaring 20's" at The Venetian in Garfield, New Jersey.

Hundreds of guests from the tri-state area will come together to salute the Salesian Sisters, their surge in vocations, and their mission - - to educate youth at MHCA. The evening will include a silent auction, a live auction, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, dinner, dancing, and roaring fun that will culminate with the highlight of the night -- a presentation to honor His Excellency, Bishop Frank J. Rodimer; Jimmy and Ellen Greenbaum, and Susan Greenbaum Gross of Greenbaum Interiors.

The Salesian Sisters' love, dedication and commitment to education allows deserving children of every race and creed a terrific Catholic middle school and high school experience in a family-spirited environment, that at one time was out of their reach. A true testament to the value and importance of the Salesian Sisters education system is that 100% of the graduating class goes on to some form of higher education. Additionally, MHCA now provides their students in need a safe, caring place to stay while their family deals with difficulties at home.

Success breeds success and our young women are equipped with the knowledge, self-confidence, and determination to attend college and pursue their dreams. A student at MHCA, recently said, "A Mary Help education has been a wonderful experience for me. It has given me the opportunity to learn more about other cultures and expand my horizons. It has given me the motivation to reach for the stars and not to give up no matter how impossible a task may seem." At this event, we are "Partners" united in building up the youth of America! Come join us.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Mary Help of Christians Academy Financial Aid Fund. The Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco founded in 1872 in Italy are a Roman Catholic order of religious women dedicated to educating youth in schools, camps, and youth centers. The first mission of Salesian Sisters came to the United States through New York Harbor in 1908. They marked their centennial anniversary in the U.S. in 2008 and are currently located in NY, NJ, FL, IL, LA, TX, CA, AZ, and CO.

For more information about the Salesian Sisters, please visit salesiansisters.org or call Sr. Mary Rinaldi at the Development Office (973) 904.0102.

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