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John Hall (Jack) Killion 1937 - 2021

Jack Killion, Founder of Street-Smart Entrepreneurs, was passionate about education and life-long learning. Holding a degree in mechanical engineering from Yale University and a Master of Science degree in Industrial Management from MIT, for more than twenty years he interviewed candidates applying to MIT, hoping to find an opportunity to...

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Peace on Earth...Good Will to All

Peace on Earth...Good Will to All

Merry Christmas, Seasons Greetings - Health and Happiness to you.

Our New Year's Resolution: Be Kind. Be Thoughtful. Be Helpful to Others. Thank you for being our friend. 

Judy Chapman, Founder/Garden State Woman Education Foundation

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Gender Equality...what does that mean?

Gender Equality...what does that mean?

Gender Equality means equal access to all opportunities without bias because of gender.

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Grandparents Day is September 12, 2021 – this is a great read!

Grandparents Day is September 12, 2021 – this is a great read!

Recollections – by Judy

It is quite possible that you have a memory of a grandparent that made an impression on you. I recently received a copy of A Grandparents Love by Jackie Corley. Since I am a newly-minted grandmother, I consumed this collection of quotes in one sitting.  I found myself smiling, laughing and agreeing with the content.  Jackie Corley is a prolific communicator and her research, collection and presentation is insightful.  She brought back memories of my paternal grandmother, Bertha Odessa Chapman (we share the same middle name). My father never got an argument when he took us to visit her. After welcoming hugs, the cookie jar and glasses of milk appeared on the kitchen table. When I think of her, I think of cookies – real, homemade ones. My grandfather was around but do not remember much contact with him.  I have few thoughts about my maternal grandmother because she abandoned her 3 girls (my mom was the oldest).  That grandfather did not create any fond memories. However, with my marriage, I acquired Gramma Suzy, a widowed invalid who had remarried.  She was amazing. From her wheelchair, she was in charge.  We would drive 3 hours to visit her in Scotia, NY and she would always say we were late. “The food is getting cold.”  When my parents sold everything in Roseland and moved to Florida “to be near the grandchildren” I did not get it. Now I understand the gravitational pull that grandchildren have, and I realize what a smart move that was.  A cover quote by Margaret  Mead has stayed with me:

“In the presence of grandparent and grandchild, past and future merge in the present.”

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Expert Explores Cultural Factors Affecting Children’s Classroom Learning

Expert Explores Cultural Factors Affecting Children’s Classroom Learning

Since 1970, students from East Asia have outscored their U.S. counterparts on every international student comparative test. Every test over 50 years; no exceptions. “Why is this always true?” asked Dr. Cornelius Grove. Now he has answers.

“I approached this as an interculturalist and an educator. I wanted to uncover the historical and cultural factors behind East Asian students’ repeated successes,” Dr. Grove explains.

Immersing himself in hundreds of research reports concerning East Asian children’s learning advantages, Dr. Grove resurfaced with two principal reasons for their academic prowess. The first is that they are raised at home in such a way that they arrive at school with a drive to learn academically. The second is that during their most impressionable years (preschool–grade 5), they are taught by means of lessons that are knowledge-centered, not teacher-centered.

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The Community Chest to Honor Teen Philanthropist, Lakeland Bank and Bergen Family Promise at Gala

The Community Chest to Honor Teen Philanthropist, Lakeland Bank and Bergen Family Promise at Gala

The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County will toast our community and its volunteers coming together during the COVID-19 pandemic at its virtual gala, “We are in This Together".  The Chest, a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization serving eastern Bergen County, New Jersey, presents the gala on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

While drinking The Chest's signature cocktail, Feathertinis, from the comforts of their homes, patios, and other sites, guests will support the organization's work throughout the pandemic.  The gala's net proceeds will provide grants to nonprofit agencies responding to an increased demand for services to help neighbors in eastern Bergen County. This year, The Chest presents the Corporate Philanthropy Award, the Community Leadership Award and a new award, the Young Philanthropist Award.   The Chest will recognize these three leaders for their extensive involvement and contributions to the community:   

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Leslie Howard, Esq. Founder and Managing Partner Cohen Howard, LLP

Leslie Howard, Esq. Founder and Managing Partner Cohen Howard, LLP

More than 20 years ago, I co-founded The Law Offices of Cohen Howard, LLP with the goal to provide our clients with outstanding service and successful outcomes. My practice specializes in representing providers in the administrative appeal process on medical claims that are denied or under-reimbursed by commercial insurance carriers.

The remarkable Cohen Howard team is comprised of legal, billing, coding and insurance professionals that handle thousands of out-of-network health insurance claims throughout the U.S. in the following specialties: plastic reconstruction, orthopedics, thoracic, general emergency care, maxillofacial, neurology and spine.

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Planning Your Future – Consult with SBDC

Planning Your Future – Consult with SBDC

Now is the time to reflect on what needs to change as you map out your 2021 journey.  One of the key components of your strategic plan will be generating income.  If your plan includes creating a business or growing your business, there is a resource that can offer guidance.

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Ramapo College is a federal-state education partnership, primarily funded by the United States Small Business Administration, that provides no-cost business management counseling and information services to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs.

Kathleen Cronin leads outreach operations at the SBDC at Ramapo College. During her tenure at the SBDC, she has used her outreach and business advisory skills to particularly help women-owned businesses navigate the challenges associated with starting, growing, and operating a business. These kinds of services have been especially helpful to business owners in navigating the challenges brought about by the pandemic.

Ms.  Cronin serves as the center’s liaison to the Council on Foreign Relations, United Nations Association, UN Women, Bergen County Black Business Network, and Turkish Cultural Center of New Jersey. She previously served as an Executive Board Member of the Irish Business Organization of New York.

Click to contact the SBDC at Ramapo College:

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Nowhere To Call Home

Nowhere To Call Home

“Please take my son and give him an education”.

 This desperate plea by a widowed young mother from Tibet who had fled from her village  to Beijing, China in an effort to make enough money as a street peddler of Tibetan jewelry to educate her son was a real life experience of journalist and filmmaker, Jocelyn Ford. It became the motivation for her powerful documentary, Nowhere To Call Home.

The young boy is now a high school student in the United States, his mother lives in Beijing.

This is the trailer:

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League of Women Voters Launches 'Make a Voting Plan' Campaign

League of Women Voters Launches 'Make a Voting Plan' Campaign

(Eastern Bergen County, New Jersey; September 24, 2020) -- As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact and affect peoples' lives and our elections, the League of Women Voters of Northern Valley (LWVNV) wants citizens to know how to participate in the upcoming 2020 General Election.  With a lot of misinformation circulating about this election, the LWVNV encourages voters to fact check information and seek out reliable resources.  This election offers multiple options for casting a ballot.  The League is working to ensure voters get accurate, nonpartisan, and trusted election information.

"This year, people need to be diligent and educate themselves about the voting process and exercise their right to vote.  Between now and the General Election on November 3, the League of Women Voters of Northern Valley plans to provide ongoing, updated Voters Service information to the public," said Joyce Luhrs, Vice President of Marketing, League of Women Voters of Northern Valley.

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League Celebrates Women's Equality Day and 100 Years Giving Women the Power to Vote

League Celebrates Women's Equality Day and  100 Years Giving Women the Power to Vote

The League of Women Voters of Northern Valley celebrates Women’s Equality Day on August 26, 2020 and the advancements made towards achieving political, economic, and social equality.  The date commemorates the 100th anniversary of the adoption of the 19th constitutional Amendment, granting women the right to vote in the United States.  During February of this year, Leagues nationwide also celebrated the organization's centennial birthday.

The League of Women Voters of Northern Valley, a chapter of the League of Women Voters (LWV), is a non-partisan, grassroots civic organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of public policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy.  The LWV was an outgrowth of the 19th Amendment passed in 1920 giving women the right to vote.  Today, the LWV operates at the state and local levels through more than 700 state and local Leagues in all 50 states and in Washington D.C., the Virgin Islands and Hong Kong. 

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Indra Zuno – First Historical Novel

Indra Zuno – First Historical Novel

Her first historical novel -  Freedom Dues – is a well-researched, authentic period piece. Set in 1729 England, the story line describes individuals forced to face the grueling hardships of indentured servitude.  Although the characters are figments of her imagination, the narrative of the culture at the time is very authentic.

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Making Lemonade from lemons. Career Advice from Denise Broady

Making Lemonade from lemons. Career Advice from Denise Broady

How does a young woman- having left her mother country of Vietnam when she was five years old – chart a career to become the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) and Chief Operations Officer (COO) at Workforce Software, a leading global provider of cloud-based workforce management solutions. The company creates business plans to make work easy for customers by digitalizing time sheets, scheduling and leave management which can be time consuming for enterprise businesses.
In order to appreciate her tremendous fortitude, one can assume that she was not only intelligent and determined, but also had the unique ability to seize opportunity when she saw it. Seeing opportunity rather than obstacles is always vital to success.

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Chester sisters deployed with U.S. Navy during holiday season

Chester sisters deployed with U.S. Navy during holiday season

ARABIAN SEA (NNS) -- This holiday season the Asdal family celebrated Christmas in the states without three of five siblings. 

The three Asdal sisters who missed Christmas dinner at home in New Jersey are deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations, the region connecting the Mediterranean and Pacific through the western Indian Ocean.

Lt. Cmdr. Ashley Asdal O’Keefe, the USS Lassen (DDG 82) combat systems officer, Lt. Lindsey Asdal Beates, the future operations officer for Combined Task Force 57, and Lt. j.g. Charlotte Asdal, the USS Farragut (DDG 99) gunnery officer, are all celebrating the holidays thousands of miles from home, but quite close to each other. By pure happenstance, the three sisters, who serve at three different Navy commands stateside and abroad, spent the holidays supporting the nation while deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet and the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command area of responsibility. While O’Keefe was underway, embarked on USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) for Christmas, her two other sisters in U.S. 5th Fleet celebrated Christmas day together on liberty in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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South-Indian-born Composer To Premier “Book Of Ragas” At Carnegie Hall

South-Indian-born Composer To Premier “Book Of Ragas” At Carnegie Hall

Suri becomes one of the first Indian American jazz composers to have an entire evening devoted to her work

New York, NY: South-Indian born composer, Charu Suri, becomes one of the first Indian American women to premier work at Carnegie Hall in New York City on December 20th with her double bill “Book of Ragas” and “The New American Songbook” CD releases.

Born in Madurai, India, Suri began learning the piano at the age of five and won an international piano competition at the age of 15. After emigrating to the United States to attend Princeton University, she composed several pieces in her teenage years for orchestra and chamber orchestra, but never recorded her music commercially until recently.

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BSY Associates Inc. Marks 45 Years as Premier Marketing Communications Firm Specializing in Logistics, World Trade and Transportation Industry

BSY Associates Inc. Marks 45 Years as Premier Marketing Communications Firm Specializing in Logistics, World Trade and Transportation Industry

Some 45 years ago, Barbara Spector Yeninas, a woman literally floating around in what was truly a man's world-ocean shipping-took a risk. Seeking a short-term step on her career path from maritime journalist, she established BSY Associates Inc., a woman-owned public relations agency at a time when females were rarely seen on the waterfront.

BSYA started as a PR and advertising agency, quickly expanding into industry event planning, association management, crisis communications and design. Today, BSYA embraces the disciplines of branding and integrated marketing communications to deliver business results that continue to exceed expectations for clients throughout the world.

An award-winning enterprise, BSY Associates Inc. is reportedly the agency with the longest continuous global history of covering what is now called logistics, world trade and transportation and a legacy of longevity with a stellar list of clients.

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Powerful Women of Color Lend Voices In New Anthology

Powerful Women of Color Lend Voices In New Anthology

All the Women in My Family Sing: Women Write the World — Essays on Equality, Justice, and Freedom.

Women of color have long been silenced even while social movements have flourished. All the Women in My Family Sing amplifies the voices of women and shows what it means to be a woman of color in today's world. Sixty-nine authors, including America Fererra and Samina Ali, lend their voices to broaden cross-cultural understanding and to build bridges to eachothers' histories and daily experiences of life.

This new book from Nothing But The Truth Publishing, LLC is an anthology documenting the experiences of women of color at the dawn of the twenty-first century. It is a vital collection of prose and poetry whose topics range from the pressures of being the vice-president of a Fortune 500 Company, to escaping the killing fields of Cambodia, to the struggles inside immigration, identity, romance, and self-worth.

Contributors include America Fererra, Samina Ali, Natalie Baszile (Queen Sugar), Porochista Khakpour (Sons and Other Flammable Objects), Lalita Tademy (Cane River), Mila Jam, Marian Wright Edelman (Children's Defense Fund), and many more.

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The Little Daisy Bake Shop Fills a Need

The Little Daisy Bake Shop Fills a Need

The question is: will my idea materialize into a successful business?  The answer is: Do you see a need that your business  idea will fill?  Answering this question is a critical first step in your business plan.

The Little Daisy Bake Shop is a very successful business carefully nurtured by entrepreneur Jennifer Snyder in Montclair, New Jersey.  Through her love and expertise of baking healthy for her family, she saw a need.  Serving confections to her daughter’s kindergarten class, she noticed one young girl had removed herself from the group and was snacking on something from home.  Jennifer subsequently learned that the child suffered from a peanut allergy.  It bothered her that the child could not participate with her classmates

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Community Chest's Women's Leadership Luncheon

Community Chest's Women's Leadership Luncheon

This is a worthy event that I attend and wanted to share with you:

Trailblazing and Emerging Leaders Honored at The Community Chest's Women's Leadership Luncheon

(Eastern Bergen County, NJ; June 3, 2019) 

Women leaders from a range of disciplines were honored and recognized at The Community Chest's second annual Women's Leadership Luncheon and Scholarship Presentation, “Toasting the Elizabeths: Celebrating Women Leaders in Bergen County".  The leadership ceremony was held at The Elisabeth Morrow School in Englewood, New Jersey on May 16 and honored women leaders of the past and present and emerging ones.

The luncheon remembered three trailblazing women leaders in history from eastern Bergen County:  Elizabeth Cutter Morrow, the founding board chair of The Community Chest during the Great Depression, who lived in Englewood; Elisabeth Morrow Morgan, the founder of The Elisabeth Morrow School, who grew up in Englewood; and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a leader in the suffragette movement and a Tenafly, New Jersey resident. 

Dr. Shelly Wimpfheimer, executive director of The Community Chest, and Hanita Walia, president of The Elisabeth Morrow School board of trustees, welcomed everyone to the luncheon.  Margaret Silver, the great granddaughter of Elisabeth Cutter Morrow, provided a special greeting and discussed her family's involvement in the field of education as teachers.  Musicians from The Elisabeth Morrow School performed a special violin concert.

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Boheme Opera NJ Celebrates Three Decades with Reunion Concert

Boheme Opera NJ Celebrates Three Decades with Reunion Concert

I love the opera so thought I would share this with you all.

Boheme Opera NJ returns to Grounds For Sculpture on Sunday May 19 from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm in celebration of its 30th Anniversary Season.  Experience live recital performances by operatic voices during Boheme's Reunion Concert commemorating this exciting milestone. WWFM, The Classical Network, joins Boheme as it broadcasts the concert LIVE on-air from the GFS East Gallery. Boheme Artistic Director Joseph Pucciatti and WWFM Host of Sunday Opera Michael Kownacky will co-host the event, which will include on-air artist interviews.  The concert is free with entry to the Grounds.

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