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Saint Vincent Academy Student Will Study Abroad in South Africa


Saint Vincent Acedemy is a four-year Catholic college preparatory school for women located in Newark, New Jersey. SVA was founded in 1869 by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth of New Jersey, who continue to sponsor the academy. SVA is Newark's only Catholic college-preparatory school for girls. Astoundingly, one of SVA's seniors, Yamile Arce...

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Interview with Rabbi Cantor Judy Greenfeld


Rabbi Cantor Judy Greenfeld approaches traditional Judaism with spirituality and a goal to build an inclusive community. She isn't your ordinary temple rabbi in that she incorporates various spiritual healing practices in her teachings which she uses as a way to understand and open up to the ancient Jewish scriptures. In 2005, she founded Nachshon ...

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Elizabeth C. Matto is Named Director of the Eagleton Institute of Politics


Elizabeth C. Matto will lead Rutgers University's Eagleton Institute of Politics, replacing former New Jersey Attorney General John Farmer Jr. who has stepped down from the position. Matto is the founding director of Eagleton Institute's Center for Youth Political Participation, an institution that supports political learning among young people and...

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Minoska Mateo Receives the 40 Under 40: Emerging Community Bank Award from the Independent Community Bankers of America


Vice President Community Development Officer of Columbia Bank has been selected as a recipient of the 40 Under 40: Emerging Community Bank Award from the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA). This award recognizes the nation's most promising young community banking professionals, who, based on character, leadership, community involvement...

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Interview With Miss New Jersey USA 2023, Derby Chukwudi


The 72nd Miss USA Pageant will be held this coming September at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada. First-generation Nigerian-American and financial literacy advocate, Derby Chukwudi, will be representing New Jersey in the Miss USA Pageant. Official dates are as follows: National costume - September 27, Preliminary competition - September 28, ...

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Take advantage of every opportunity (From Sylvia’s Children)


In other words, reach for the brass ring. "Reaching for the brass ring" is a phrase originating in the late 19th and early 20th century when carousels were extremely popular in U.S. amusement parks and on boardwalks. At one time, the carousel riders on the outer horses would hope the timing of the carousel rotation (and the rise-and-fall motion of ...

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Three-Day 'Celebration of Life' Planned for NJ Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver (Article from TAPintoMorristown)


NEW JERSEY -- Two days after Lieutenant Governor Sheila Y. Oliver passed away, Governor Phil Murphy announced a three-day "Celebration of Life" that will pay tribute to Lieutenant Governor Oliver's extraordinary life and legacy of public service. The Lt. Governor, who was 71 years old, is being remembered for her decades long career in public servi...

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Statement on the Passing of Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver From the Center of American Women and Politics (CAWP)


We were shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver. We are reckoning with the loss of a longtime friend, supporter, partner, and champion of our work. Our hearts are with Sheila's family in this devastating moment. The people of New Jersey have lost a pioneering, irreplaceable figure in the history of th...

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Interview with Fashion Reporter Ariana Rebello, Host of I Don’t Have Style Either


Ariana Rebello, fashion reporter, lifestyle host, and producer of the online show I Don't Have Style Either, is an expert in lifestyle and fashion. Rebello is passionate about fashion, however, as a first-generation American of Indian descent, she noticed the lack of representation and diversity of South Asian heritage in the industry. She aims to ...

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2023 FIFA Women's World Cup


This Friday night, July 21, 2023, FOX at 9 pm, will broadcast the first World Cup Soccer Match for the USA National Women's Team against Vietnam. The USA is the defending champion of the soccer world cup. New Jersey is represented on the team by Casey Murphy of Bridgewater who was the leading goalkeeper for Rutgers Women's soccer, and Alana Co...

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Gloria Vanderham is appointmented as chair of the Rutgers University Alumni Association’s Board of Directors (Rutgers University Alumni Association)


From the Rutgers University Alumni Association: A dynamic global community requires leadership driven by excellence, compassion, and the pursuit of the greater good. Please join the worldwide Rutgers University alumni community in congratulating Gloria Vanderham RC'00, SCILS'00 on her appointment as chair of the Rutgers University Alumni Associatio...

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Statement on Recent SCOTUS Decisions – NJ Coalition Against Sexual Assault


From NJ Coalition Against Sexual Assault. This past week, we have been reflecting on the recent major rulings made by the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS). We are disheartened and fearful of the harmful consequences that will arise as a result of these decisions. On Thursday (6/29/23), SCOTUS struck down affirmative action, ending race-con...

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Interview with Carmen Fields, Author of Going Back to T-Town: The Ernie Fields Territory Big Band


Ernie Fields, a highly influential jazz musician who made significant contributions to music during the earliest days of jazz and swing in a time of severe racial segregation, has achieved many noteworthy accomplishments in his lifetime. His Territory Big Band released hit recordings, such as "T-Town Blues" and "The Mood" in the 40s and 50s. And, h...

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The Supreme Court’s Decision on Race-Conscious Admissions Cements Racial Inequality in America


Source: Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce Dear Friends and Colleagues:Today's US Supreme Court decision to sharply curtail the consideration of applicants' race/ethnicity in the college admissions process shines a spotlight, once again, on an uncomfortable truth: racism is alive and well in America. The ugly interpersonal ...

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Interview with Anu Bhat, Founder of The Rural Painter


Art curator Anu Bhat is the Founder of The Rural Painter, a shop that brings Southeast Asian art to the West. The Rural Painter is based out of Princeton, NJ and offers a variety of original, authentic, carefully hand-selected paintings from talented artists in Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, and Nepal. The art uniquely evokes the cultural essence an...

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National Pollinator Week July 19-25 from the Turfmutt Foundation


June is National Pollinators Month and June 19-25 is designated as "National Pollinator Week." Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S Department of the Interior. Pollinator Week is a great opportunity to encourage people to do more in their backyards to support pollinators. For more information, go to www.turfmutt.com.

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Interview with Monica Eaton, CEO of Chargebacks911


Monica Eaton, entrepreneur, technology innovator, speaker, and author, was recently appointed to the role of CEO of Chargebacks911. Eaton launched the company in 2011 as a solution to the lack of resources in the market that help merchants with secure transactions. Now, Chargebacks911 is a leader in the financial technology industry and is the firs...

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Pride Month 2023 Letter From Terry McAuliffe CommonGood USA


Each June, we celebrate Pride Month. Pride is a celebration of diversity and a time to recommit to fighting for an individuals' fundamental right to be who they are and love they love. This year, Pride, and everything it stands for, is especially important. More than anytime that I can remember, LGBTQ+ rights are under attack. Did you know that mor...

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Bonnie Lautenberg Raises Awareness for Fighting Gun Violence with her Artwork “Guns Kill”


Gifford, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting Americans from gun violence has partnered with artist, photographer, and writer, Bonnie Lautenberg for its 10th anniversary. Lautenberg is recognized for effectively capturing the current climate in her art. Her works have been featured in gallery shows, museums, and art fairs throughout th...

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Congratulations to Recent Columbia Law School Graduate, Terresa Adams!


Congratulations to Terresa Adams, a recent Columbia Law School graduate of the Class of 2023! Adams has recently graduated as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Racial and Social Justice Fellow, a Public Service Honoree, and a recipient of The Parker School Certificate for Achievement in International and Comparative Law Certificate. Adams has achieved ...

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