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Hot Topics in NJ


This Company is Improving the State of Water Safety in New Jersey

Modern technology allows us to better survey the quality of our drinking water. Unfortunately, it’s also taught us that there is a growing list of cities across the nation affected by poor quality drinking water, weakening people’s health and tarnishing the statuses of various communities. In light of this growing water safety concern, one international company has become more prevalent in North America…

Montclair Organizations Team Up to Combat Food Insecurity

Teachers and parents alike fear the dreaded “summer slide,” in which students forget a lot of what they learned prior to their extended summer vacation. However, during this time, students across the country also suffer from other issues, such as food insecurity. During this large gap in between school years, many less fortunate students experience this problem, but several organizations from the Montclair area want to lend a helping hand…

This Denim Repair Company will Save Your Favorite Pair of Jeans

Two of the most difficult articles of clothing to shop for are bathing suits and jeans. So once you find the right pair of denim slacks, you never want to let them go. Unfortunately, jeans are not indestructible and, over time, they tend to rip and fray. However, one couple has founded their own denim repair company so that you never have to lose your favorite pair of jeans again…

RWJBarnabas Social Impact Initiative Creates Healthier Communities

We often acknowledge how our diets and exercise schedules affect our physical health; however, we sometimes neglect other elements of our day-to-day lives, like financial stability and living situations, which also greatly impact our well-being. In response, RWJBarnabas Health has implemented a “social impact initiative” in order to improve disadvantaged communities all across the state of New Jersey…

“The Voice” Star Wé McDonald Takes a Stand Against Bullying

Bullying is the subject of much conversation in modern times. Given the way we often place celebrities on a pedestal, it’s easy to forget that even talented and successful people have experience with bullying. In an effort to stand up against bullying of all kinds, one nationally adored singing star – Wé McDonald – is sharing her story with students across the country…

Give Bottled Beer that Exquisite Draft Taste using Fizzics

Americans love beer, from the cold brews at sporting events to the sampled crafts in the intimate setting of a local microbrewery. Unfortunately, the refrigerated bottles we store at home never compare to that straight from the tap taste. However, two New Jersey-natives found a way to improve the way we consume beer at home. Their solution? It’s simple Fizzics…

Investors Bank Helps Provide Education for Underprivileged Kids

New Jersey is one of the highest ranking states in the country in terms of the quality of education; however, sometimes that education is hard to come by for families in impoverished areas. Fortunately, tnonprofit organizations throughout the Garden State strive to aid underprivileged families. As well, Investors Bank, based out of Short Hills, has made it their mission to assist these nonprofits in their noble endeavors…

Cinderella’s Closet Helps Local Students Realize Prom Dreams

In recent years, a number of high school students throughout the state of New Jersey have been skipping their senior proms. The reasons often include the high price of clothes and other costly traditions. While their friends are out for one final dance before graduation, those with tighter budgets find themselves at home, missing out on the celebration; but Cinderella’s Closet wants to change that…

Early Childhood Expert Explains Pitfalls of Traditional Classroom Setting

It’s no secret that kids begin learning at a very young age. From the moment they are born, babies begin to process information, learning from their parents by hearing them speak and watching their actions. Through much of early childhood, toddlers in particular become explorers and adventurers. But once they are school-age, they often spend most of their days sitting behind a desk which begs an important question…

Innovative Peloton Cycle Revolutionizes Fitness Technology

Utilizing modern technology as a form of exercising may sound counterproductive at first, but one American company has found a way to blend high-tech gear with traditional fitness equipment. Many Americans often find themselves purchasing indoor stationary bicycles as a way to avoid the gym. Today, there is a new bike on the market that will keep your attention while offering a variety of fun and effective workouts…

Inca Tea CEO Shares Secret Ingredient in New Line of Healthy Teas

In an era when processed foods are heavily dominating the consumer market, pure and all-natural products aren’t so easy to find. That’s why tea has gradually become a mandatory beverage in every American household. The health benefits of most types of tea are well-documented, but even in areas of the world where tea is popular, few people know about the secret ingredient utilized by Inca Tea…

Nonprofit Organization Greater Trenton Strives to Revitalize Downtown

“Trenton Makes, the World Takes.” This catchy motto of New Jersey’s once booming industrial capital city now serves as a reminder of what Trenton was so many years ago. In the years following the city’s gradual decline, Trenton has faced a number of challenges. Today, nonprofit organization Greater Trenton strives to lift up the Garden State city’s downtown area and expand on its many great opportunities…

NJ Chef Deborah Caplan “Chopped” Her Way into the Culinary World

Food. Everybody loves food. Whether we’re at barbecues, fast-food joints, dive bars or just at home in the kitchen, food is irresistible at any time, day or night. But as much as we love a home-cooked meal, it’s hard to beat the dynamic style and exquisite taste many seasoned American chefs bring to the table. One such chef making the collective culinary world salivate is Deborah Caplan, who may sound familiar to Food Network fans…

NJ Colleges Use Research and Technology to Improve Economy

The majority of students consider college after high school without a second thought, recognizing the many benefits a bachelor’s degree can provide them with. But one element of higher education institutions is often neglected, however: The role they play in the community and the nation’s economy. A number of institutions throughout the state of New Jersey utilize research and technology in meaningful ways…

Preschool of Rock Teaches Toddlers Music and Life Lessons

You’re never too young to enjoy rock and roll. The catchy riffs, energetic drum beats and fluid vocals are enthralling to not just adults but young children as well. It only takes a taste of that old fashioned rock and roll to get hooked for a lifetime. Though music is a spirited and entertaining form of art, it can also be an effective teaching tool for young students, an idea which led to the creation of Preschool of Rock…

NJ Artist’s New Book “The Elephants of Art” Teaches the Fundamentals

As school budgets decrease throughout the country, one of the first programs sent to the chopping block is usually art. The arts, from painting to graphic design, are often neglected in schools when compared to math, science, reading and writing, and even other vocational studies. But one New Jersey teacher, writer and artist argues that art is a crucial aspect of our existence, so she decided to write a book about it…

Howell High School Hosts Autism Spectrum Support Program

Every parent wants to give their child the world. Which is why most will tell you that caring for, and supporting, their children every day is one of the greatest challenges they face. We can never truly give our kids as much as we feel they deserve. When a child suffers from a disorder on the autism spectrum, however, the difficulty of those challenges is often increased exponentially. But this NJ support group can help…

How Should Parents Handle Paying for College After Divorce?

Divorce often presents families with a wide range of financial and emotional challenges. The process is grueling, and in many cases, it’s the children who suffer the most. In fact, through all of the commotion of divorce, parents can sometimes forget about their children’s higher education and how college might be funded when the time comes. Adding divorce to the mix can leave students struggling in the future…

Seton Hall School of Medicine Brings Innovative Health Care to New Jersey

Health care in the United States has been a hot topic in recent years. As one of the most advanced countries in the world, we should strive to provide the best health coverage as well. To do so, we must examine the way in which our budding health care professionals are being trained. The Seton Hall – Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine intends to do just that by providing in-depth training to students in a cutting-edge facility…

Can Stress Cause Both Mental and Physical Health Issues?

Countless Americans know the grueling daily grind all too well—it’s all about work, work, work. But beyond enduring their demanding jobs, people all over the country experience a variety of other personal, family and societal issues that pile even more stress onto their plate, making life even more difficult; the dangers of dealing with excess amounts of stress can be even greater than we realize. But there is a solution…

This NJ School System Uses LEGO Sets to Teach Science and Engineering

As one of the top public school systems in the United States, New Jersey’s public school system has employed a number of unique and stimulating curriculums to engage students. Clubs and other extracurricular activities found at middle and high schools further allow students to explore a wide array of educational topics. But one NJ school system is taking an especially interesting approach involving LEGO sets…

Caldwell University Aims to Destigmatize Mental Health Issues

Maintaining a comfortable and focused mindset isn’t always easy for individuals living, working and learning in the excitement of the 21st century. Amid the everyday pressures that go along with trying to be successful, many people – including diligent college students – struggle with mental health issues. Unfortunately, mental and emotional needs are not often recognized or treated. Caldwell University wants to change that…

Evolving Health Care Costs Heavily Impact New Jersey Businesses

In the current economic climate, countless families and individuals are affected by the ever-changing costs of health care and institutional care. But what some may not consider is that New Jersey businesses are also affected by these fluctuating costs. In the current evolving health care landscape, many industries are now working to provide the best care at the lowest cost. Physician care, in particular, has changed…

Stevens Institute Student Becomes Role Model for Women in STEM

As a growing number of students enroll at colleges across the country, one trending topic focuses on young women in particular. Though more women are enrolling at higher education institutions every year, many still tend to shy away from the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields of study. Despite the current gender gap, one student believes there is a place for women in STEM programs…

The Money Coach Talks Slashing Debt and Improving Credit

One of the most difficult elements of our lives to manage is money. In many cases, we cannot control what happens in our lives and, consequently, our financial situation. Though maintaining a strong credit score and relinquishing debt may appear absurd or futile, financial experts, like The Money Coach, argue otherwise. There are a number of ways people struggling with debt can improve their financial situations…

Essex County College Makes Aiding Immigrant Students a Top Priority

To many of those born outside of the United States, our country is viewed as a land of opportunity. Educational programs and vocational opportunities exceed what is available in a number of other countries around the world. For Essex County College, this means the effort to accommodate immigrant students is a high priority. Many believe schools need to be more inclusive and supportive of immigrant students…

Olympic Champion Missy Franklin Talks Swimming & Self-Critique

Countless individuals across the planet aspire to be professional athletes. For many, that dream begins as early as childhood. Although the globe is generously populated with talented professional athletes, only a minuscule percentage of them can call themselves “World Champions.” Olympic Swimmer Missy Franklin, is among them. Now, she is sharing her accomplishments, struggles, and journey with her fans…

LifeCamp Offers Inner City Kids Vital Lessons and More

We’re often reminded of the cliché “the children are our future,” but we rarely take a moment to think about what that really means. Educating our youth by encouraging their mental and physical growth and providing them with the tools they need to succeed are vital when attempting to create a better future for our world. This is something that the education and activity-based LifeCamp in Pottersville firmly believes…

Prudential Financial Inc. Strives to Help those with Disabilities

The world can be a difficult place to navigate. For individuals with some form of impairment or disability, this challenge is magnified. Particularly when it comes to the workplace, many with disabilities face constant proverbial roadblocks. When everyday chores, traveling and even education is made more difficult, the burden of job searching can feel overwhelming. Prudential Financial wants to change that…

RWJBarnabas Health Plans to Improve NJ Communities

Numerous factors go into creating a healthy community. On the flip side, things like unemployment rates, crime rates and poor community relations are just a few of the elements that can cripple a municipality’s economy. So, what can be done to mend an ailing community in need? RWJBarnabas Health, has decided to extend beyond the bounds of its hospitals in order to improve surrounding communities…

NJ Interior Designer Shares Tips for Creating A Dream Home

The interior of one’s home is a special domain, whether it’s consciously recognized or not. The colors, items and lighting that fill each room of a house, condo or apartment reflect the lifestyles and personalities of those who live there. One young New Jersey interior designer has made a career helping countless families turn their homes into breathtaking and unique dream home masterpieces. Her name, is Amanda Amato…

High School Summer Abroad Program Creates Global Citizens

The United States of America is the third largest country in the world in terms of landmass and population. People travel from all over the globe to make the U.S. their home, continuously diversifying our nation’s already cosmopolitan culture. However, that alone doesn’t ensure our country’s youth are growing up as global citizens. Exploring other countries and learning their culture can help…

Real Housewives Star Siggy Flicker Offers Advice for a Happier Life

We’re often told that as long as we are true to ourselves and be the best we can be, we will be happy, whether it is on our own or in relationships. The road to that contentment may be long, but The Real Housewives of New Jersey co-star Siggy Flicker has some tips to make the journey as smooth and fulfilling as possible. Siggy Flicker, who is also a relationship expert and author, is sharing her honest and empowering advice…

Robotic Exoskeletons Improve Life for Stroke Victims

Near-fatal illnesses and neurological disorders have been claiming the abilities, comfort and happiness of countless individuals throughout history. In recent years though, scientific and medical advances have significantly improved to provide such individuals with a better quality of living. One of the most recent technological advances in medicine, robotic exoskeletons are designed to aid those with limited ability to walk…

Jersey City Teacher Uses Art to Give Students a Voice

Artwork, in all of its mediums, is one of the world’s most powerful forms of expression and therapy. At the very least, it provides us with mild entertainment. At its most engaging, art can act as a support-system that provides solace, insight and emotional connections to all who share in the experience. Some believe that the true beauty of a person’s artistic abilities is extracted during times of hardship…

Georgian Court University President Advocates Cheaper College Tuition

From an early age, most children are taught about the importance of a college degree. (The benefits of which have been covered in a previous feature.) Since the job market has become even more competitive in recent years, a Bachelor’s Degree seems almost a necessity for those entering the working world. One major hurdle, though, is college tuition. In fact, some University presidents are advocating for cheaper tuition…

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“UNTUCKit” Bridges Gap Between Professional & Casual Shirts

It may come as a surprise to some, but many men consider fashion to be a significant aspect of their daily lives. As men reach an age for employment and begin to look for jobs, their appearance becomes increasingly important; that’s why countless male young adults are ditching their sweatshirts and graphic tees to invest in pea coats and button-downs. Which brings about a familiar dilemma: Tuck it or untuck it?…

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NJ Pre-School Uses the Outdoors as its Classroom

In the dynamic atmosphere of the 21st century, teachers can find it difficult to engage students in important lessons. Though the tools for teaching are readily available, educators often have to think outside of the box in order to teach their students as effectively as possible. That’s why Hopewell-based pre-school Painted Oak Nursery School and Kindergarten strives to get their students interested in learning early…

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Ways to Support New Jersey’s Military Heroes

Every day, brave men and women put their lives at risk to travel to foreign lands and fight on behalf of the United States and other nations in need. Each and every individual within the United States’ military possesses an unparalleled amount of courage. Though these individuals received vast amounts of training and preparation for battle, very few are ready for civilian life when they return home. But support is available…

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Robotic Surgery Revolutionizes Patient Treatment and Recovery

In recent years, the US has made great strides in the advancement of technology; as our technological capabilities continue to grow and flourish, we are able to accomplish much more in varied fields such as construction, education and medicine. From fun, state-of-the-art home entertainment systems to vital, life-saving hospital equipment, we’re currently at an impressive point in technological innovation…

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Andy Anderson Talks Creating Safer Roads for Teens

No parent ever wants any harm to befall their child. With car accidents being the number one killer of teens across the county, parents and officials have worked hard to remedy this epidemic to create a safer world for every teen driver. That’s where NJ-native Andy Anderson comes in. Anderson leads the New Jersey Teen Safe Driving Coalition working to keep teenagers safe while driving on the state’s busy roads and highways…

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Project Runway Winner Irina Shabayeva Discusses the Power of Fashion

Though some may not consider fashion a vital aspect of their lifestyle, it actually plays a large role in day-to-day life. Fashion sense is often utilized even when we don’t realize it, from dressing up for work to dressing down when casually hanging out with friends around the house. The importance of fashion, and how it impacts women in particular, is something that designer Irina Shabayeva feels very strongly about…

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Acclaimed Chef Brings Diverse Mediterranean Cuisine to NJ

New Jersey is one of the most cosmopolitan states in the country. It encompasses a number of vastly different living locations, from farms to cities, as well as varying demographics. This melting pot of different cultures and backgrounds allows the state to produce some delicious dishes; including a modern focus on Mediterranean food. Now, one acclaimed chef from Israel is bringing his expertise to the Garden State…

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Pro Golfer Morgan Hoffmann Helps Kids Lead Healthy Lifestyles

It’s difficult to argue against physical health. The physical and mental benefits of becoming and remaining fit are overwhelmingly abundant. Though we traditionally view exercise and other healthy habits as best practices to consider as adults, it is vital that kids recognize these values as well. One professional golfer from NJ understands this, and helps inspire children to lead healthy lives. His name is Morgan Hoffmann…

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Claudia Mason Offers Teen Model Hopefuls Valuable Advice in New Book

The teenage years are never easy; from school to sports to relationships, teens have a number of things to worry about. When a child approaches 13, their responsibilities increase, their bodies change and their minds grow. Depending on a teen’s aspirations and decisions, these years can be even tougher. This can be exaggerated even further for students with a career in teen modeling. As was the case for Claudia Mason…

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NJ Teenager Starts Charity Providing Video Games for Hospitalized Children

We currently live in an era rampant with activities and entertainment fit for people young and old. From books and television to sports and video games, there are countless activities to keep kids busy for hours. Many of these activities are designed to teach kids valuable skills both physical and mental. One NJ teen is using this purpose to help children in need, resulting in the creation of the Action for Distraction charity…

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RWJBarnabas VP Talks Importance of Women in Leadership Positions

Having a diverse workplace promotes positive elements that keep an office running smoothly and efficiently. From boosting morale and promoting a more comfortable working environment to encouraging an assortment of perspectives, a workplace with a variety of races and genders is important for all businesses. But there is still a significantly low number of women holding leadership positions in the workplace…

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The Truth about Debt (And How to Finally Get Out of It)

It’s easy to get caught up in a cycle of spending. There are sales that convince you that you’re actually saving money if you make a large purchase. There’s pressure everywhere: To go on a once-in-a-lifetime vacation. To buy the perfect gift. To buy the perfect outfit. To buy the must-have holiday toy. But for those who need to curb their spending habits, there is a five-point plan to help people get out of debt…

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A Tasty Conversation with the Dessert Ladies of Stirling

The holidays mean festive tables piled high with a seemingly endless array of freshly baked desserts. There are the requisite delicious Christmas cookies, of course, but also pies, cakes, and sweet treats of all kinds. But what goes into those delectable desserts that you and your family enjoy? Find out, from The Dessert Ladies in Stirling, Geraldine and Lindsay, owners of one of the most successful bakeries in New Jersey…

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Teens & Distracted Driving: How to Keep Kids Safe

It’s a milestone every teen dreams of: That highly anticipated moment when they get their driver’s license. But while a license brings thoughts of freedom and the open road, it can also be dangerous for teens who don’t have good driving habits. In New Jersey, a teen crashes every 11 minutes, and distracted driving plays a large role in those accidents. Learn what can be done to keep teens safe — and paying attention — while driving…

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The Hidden Dangers of Salon Products

A day at the salon: The phrase conjures up calming images of reclining in a cushioned chair while you’re buffed, pampered and beautified. There’s nothing more relaxing or fulfilling than stepping out of a salon and flipping your freshly colored and styled coif. While a day at the salon might be good for the soul, it’s not always good for your health. Many of the products used to achieve that salon-fresh look can be harmful…

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Meet the Teen Getting Kids Psyched about STEM

There’s a lot of talk about the importance of STEM education. But what exactly is STEM, anyway? Put simply, it stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math: Four disciplines that students, particularly young women, are often discouraged from pursuing, either because it’s intimidating, or considered “dorky.” But one New Jersey teen is aiming to change all that. Her name is Samantha Rizzuto…

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Inside New Jersey’s Craft Beer Scene with NJ Beer Co.

Ah, beer. Who doesn’t love cracking open a cold one at the end of a long day? A frosty glass of suds is great for Saturday afternoon get-togethers. The clink of pint glasses can always be heard on Sundays from two friends debating their favorite football teams. But what’s in those pint glasses is just as important as who you drink your beer with. Luckily, NJ has a burgeoning craft beer scene that’s churning out quality suds…

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New Jersey & Cuba: Future Business Partners?

When President Obama eased travel restrictions to Cuba as part of the Cuban Thaw — the name given to the reestablishment of Cuban-U.S. relationships — it made international headlines. But the new policies have a greater impact for NJ than merely offering up Cuba as a potential future vacation destination for the Garden State’s residents. There is potential for new economic opportunities for residents…

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The Changing Role of Nurses

The nursing profession has been idolized, mocked and dramatized in pop culture, thanks to shows likes Nurse Jackie and movies like Meet the Parents. But ask anyone who’s spent time in the hospital, and they can tell you that nurses were the ones overseeing the bulk of their care. So what are the actual responsibilities of modern day nurses?. Thanks to rapidly changing technology, the role of nurses is evolving…

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Learning to Live with Aphasia

Imagine waking up unable to speak. You couldn’t read or write — and had trouble listening. You couldn’t even tell your family you loved them. This is what it’s like having aphasia, a language disorder usually caused by a stroke. This happened to Rebecca Iovino, a married mom of two from NJ, when she was working as an architect. Aphasia forced Rebecca to quit her job because she couldn’t communicate with the clients…

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How The Leaguers and Others Help At-Risk Families

Imagine a child with little food, clothes or shoes, living in a one-bedroom home, having to share a bed with three or four people, surrounded by drugs and violence. Many of these children drop out of school and get involved with the gangs — as it’s the only way they see to get out of poverty. But what can people do to help? Programs like the Leaguers and Head Start help children and families that live in poverty…

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How Music & Art is Helping Heal Patients

As anyone who’s ever been admitted to a hospital can tell you, they can be intimidating places. They’re sterile and often cold. And they’re even scarier places if you need treatment, but don’t have the means to obtain it. But Englewood Hospital and Medical Center is aiming to change all that, thanks to late jazz musician Dizzy Gillespie. The Dizzy Gillespie Memorial Fund helps struggling musicians receive care…

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Meet the 10-Year-Old Cookie CEO Taking the World by Storm

Most ten-year-olds spend their spare time obsessing over Minecraft or trying to convince their parents to get them a hoverboard. And most six-year-olds can barely focus on their LEGOs long enough to pick them up off the floor, as any parent whose stepped on one can tell you. And then there’s Cory Nieves: This young entrepreneur started his own cookie business when he was only six-years-old…

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Meet the High School Choir Helping Students with Disabilities

Music therapy is becoming a helpful tool in classrooms and private settings. (Englewood Hospital and Medical Center has used music therapy to help patients and continues to do so.) And now, one school is using the power of music to help students with special needs. Karen Gorzynski, choral director at Somerville High School, is sharing how her choir class is changing the lives of students with disabilities…

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Is a College Degree Really that Important?

Paying for college: It’s a hot topic during the presidential debates… and around the kitchen table, as families face skyrocketing tuition costs. With the bulk of recent college grads struggling to chip away at seemingly insurmountable debt, many are asking the question, “Is a college degree really that important?” Learn the benefits of a college degree, including its effect on earning potential, in this feature…

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NJIT Strives to Expand Diversity in STEM Students

When it comes to college admissions, one specific trend is that more women are enrolling in universities across the country each year; however, women generally tend to avoid the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. With that in mind, one New Jersey university is looking to break this trend. The New Jersey Institute of Technology wants to dispel common myths about STEM jobs…

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The Benefits of Improving your Child’s Hearing

Every parent knows that taking care of children is a full-time job. And while every parent has a tough (yet rewarding) experience watching their kids grow, some parents are hit with more challenging obstacles than others; nearly 22 years ago, Sue Schmidberger became one such parent when her daughter was born 2 months premature and deaf. She quickly learned about the advantages of improving a child’s hearing…

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NJPAC’s Patricia Smith Discusses the Art of Poetry

The rhythms and emotions of truly fervent poetry can evoke a passionate sentiment in even the most hardened, brazen individuals. It is a centuries-old form of expressive art that has not died out as the years have progressed. Today, we see fewer examples of the metaphysical and Romantic poetry from centuries past, but rather contemporary masterpieces that highlight the “norms” of the modern age…

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The Cheer Me Up Foundation Aids Children in Need

The holidays are a particularly joyous time of year. Something about the religious observances, stunning lights, vibrant decorations and joyous music evoke a special brotherhood. What makes this time of year even more special, though, is the time spent with loved ones, exchanging gifts, perhaps relaxing in front of a crackling fireplace. However, not every person has family to spend the holidays with…

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Artisan Cheese is this NJ Creamery’s Trademark

There is an art to fluently creating the creamy and mild flavors of various types of cheeses. From the milking process to the aging process, it’s often diligent work to craft what results in elegant wheels of cheese for countless consumers around the world. One NJ creamery, Valley Shepherd Creamery, has become a nationally recognized business for their renowned dairy products, especially their delicious cheeses…

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Injury Can’t Keep This Inspirational Athlete Down

Even with technology keeping children indoors now more than ever, sports are and always will be a major part of a child’s life. Many players enter college with a burning ambition to join the NFL, MLB, NBA or NHL. Unfortunately, not everyone does; some don’t possess the skills necessary to compete, some lose interest and some, like Eric LeGrand, have their careers halted unexpectedly by injuries…

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NJ Teacher of the Year Blends Reading and Technology

In recent years, books typically placed in the hands of children have been swapped out for cell phones and tablets. But one New Jersey teacher is striving to return this love of reading to the younger generation. Chelsea Collins, an NJ State Teacher of the Year, thinks reading is an important part of education and learning. However, instead of condemning technology, she utilizes it to get her students interested in literature…

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Newark Museum: Globally Recognized Excellence

For decades, public museums have flourished across the country. These houses of history give everyone from young children to busy adults insight into the vastness of our planet. Some museums encompass a varying array of historical artifacts and memorabilia, while others showcase exhibitions flooded with innovative and groundbreaking artwork. The Newark Museum belongs to the latter category…

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Girls on the Run Helps Girls Deal with Body Image

From television and movies to magazines and billboards, our society is constantly exposed to images that make us take a step back and think about our own body image. The results of such thoughts are usually negative; people begin to worry about little aspects of their perceived image that they never considered before. But it’s not just adult men and women conflicted about their image, even young children face these issues…

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The Modern-Day Challenges of a Working Mom

Over the past few decades, we have seen the traditional family dynamic shift significantly; whereas the husband was once the sole breadwinner, the wife now stands equally beside him. This change in dynamic is positive, but not always easy. Though men certainly experience challenges trying to juggle working full-time and spending time with family, these challenges may be more prevalent for the working mom…

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Holy Name Medical Center Offers Groundbreaking Virtual Training

As the years progress, our technological capabilities flourish and we are able to accomplish so much more. From state-of-the-art home entertainment systems to life-saving hospital machinery, we as a civilization can be proud of how far we have come. At Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck, these advances are wholly embraced, including their virtual dementia tour, which helps participants understand the effects of dementia…

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Family Magazine Helps Find Fun Day-Trips in NJ

As we venture closer toward the warmer summer months when children are out of school, parents around the state are looking for new, exciting destinations to bring their children. Whether you’re looking for a lengthy vacation or simple, fun day-trips, the Garden State is overflowing with fun and engaging attractions. Now, New Jersey Family Magazine has made it easier to find the state’s top attractions…

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Just How Dangerous is Social Media?

Over the past decade, we’ve watched our computers, tablets and phones dominate our lives. The growing relevance of these devices in our lives has become bittersweet; we are able to move through our days with greater efficiently. However, such reliance on technology and, in particular, social media runs the risk of other mental (and sometimes physical) dilemmas. In fact, these sites have stunted us in many ways

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New Grant Allows NJIT to Improve NJ Health Care

Even if you spend every day working out, eating your vegetables and taking your vitamins, you may still one day need the assistance of a caring and knowledgeable health care physician. Because of this reality, American professionals strive to deliver the best quality health care to the countless citizens who are in need of such resources. NJIT’s New Jersey Innovation Institute is one such facility looking to make a difference…

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Catching Mental Illness in Children Early is Key

Every parent wants the best for their child and is willing to do just about anything to provide them with the best education and care possible. In most cases, this is easier said than done. But for parents who have children with mental health issues, the situation can become exponentially more difficult. Fortunately, America is now able to provide those with mental health disabilities a variety of tailored, special treatments…

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Doctor Dispels Mammography and Insurance Concerns for Women

In recent years, cases of breast cancer have decreased in women all across the country. While the knowledge we’ve gained over the past couple of decades has significantly aided us in battling and preventing breast cancer, technological advances – and proper utilization of those technological advances – have ultimately made an enormous, positive difference. Among these advances is the mammography…

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“Comedy Cures” Helps People with Chronic Illnesses

We’ve all heard the expression “Laughter is the best medicine,” but have likely never taken it to be wholly true. Laughter certainly eases the body and mind, and allows one to relax and disengage from reality; and while it’s wonderful to be able to flip on the television or take a seat at a night club, or gather around the dinner table and let our laughter facilitate a pleasant state of being, can it truly be considered medicine?

Technology

The True Value of Technology

Since innovations in textiles, iron-making and steam power got the ball rolling during the first American industrial revolution over two and a half centuries ago, pioneering technology has played an enormous role in the lives of nearly every American. Everything from typing a school paper to going into outer space is only possible because of the progressive equipment that is available to us today improving our quality of life…

Women Leaders Share Success Stories at NJBIZ Event

Everyone wants to be successful. No matter what field they are in, from medicine to education, most people strive to attain the highest honors and accolades they can achieve throughout their career. However, there are a number of keys to success that people should recognize while they are diligently working each day. The truth is, hard work and determination aren’t the only elements needed to achieve one’s dreams…

The Best Tips for Avoiding the Zika Virus

While summers are made for outdoor fun, including social gatherings and tons of time spent at pools and the beach, parents must often take precautionary measures to assure that their children are never affected by any summertime afflictions. These typically include sunburn, heatstroke and, in some cases, viruses. This year in particular, parents across America are on high alert for any news concerning the Zika virus…

“The Sisters in the Brotherhood” Mentors Women in Carpentry

Though the country has become significantly more progressive over the past few years, fluently integrating different races, ethnicities and genders into various institutions and organizations, there are always ways we can better ourselves. Today, there’s a great emphasis on promoting women leadership in various male-dominated industries, particularly carpentry. Leading the charge is “The Sisters in the Brotherhood” program…

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Shark Tank Star Offers Advice to Budding Entrepreneurs

From our first great ideas to our innovative “inventions” at a young age, we have all thought at one time or another that we could make a living as a successful entrepreneur. For many, that dream fades as we grow and find other passions and vocations. However, there are still those who strive to offer the world their great ideas. That’s why Shark Tank’s Daymond John is offering his advice to up-and-coming entrepreneurs…

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Media Now Plays an Important Role in Early Child Development

As the saying goes, the children are our future. So preparing our children today for the world they will face tomorrow is essential for raising a strong young mind. Through family engagement, extracurricular activities and even the utilization of media, parents are able to strengthen the minds of their kids so they can fluently engage with the world around them. But how can media improve a child’s cultural and global knowledge?

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Non-Profit Group Looks to Enhance Pre-K Programs in NJ

When we explore issues and standards regarding education, we often look at grades Kindergarten through 12; but with such a narrow focus on this age group – especially when we only consider the schools in our district — we sometimes unintentionally ignore other learning centers and educational day care centers. When considering the growth of our education system, a great place to start is with our Pre-K programs…

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“Your Best Age is Now” Author Discusses the Beauty of Mid-life

It’s printed on shirts, marked on posters, claimed amongst friends and posted on social media: “Age is just a number.” We tend to become aware of more health concerns the older we get, but if you take care of your body, it will take care of you. Despite the idea of middle age being widely encapsulated by the mid-life crisis, there are ways that women in their 40s, 50s and 60s can live more active and vigorous lives

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Randi Zuckerberg Offers Advice for Aspiring Female Entrepreneurs

Despite how far we’ve come advancing the world of technology, there is still so much more to accomplish. Luckily, there is a whole world of undiscovered tech that lives in the minds of young inventors and entrepreneurs that has yet to be brought to life. The good news is, there are a number of individuals, such as Randi Zuckerberg, who strive to make the ideas of these budding entrepreneurs a reality…

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Helen Fisher Discusses the Science of Love in New Book

Ever since mankind first walked the Earth, countless individuals have been immersed in the emotional sensation of being drawn to another person. This sensation is love, and it’s felt differently by each individual. But in truth, we don’t understand the feelings of love and attraction completely. So while many are experiencing it first-hand, there are others dedicated to studying it. Helen Fisher, for example…

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The Give Something Back Foundation Helps College Students Graduate Debt-Free

Going to college after graduating from high school is almost unavoidable. Nowadays, a student’s time spent in high school revolves around college preparatory material. Though countless students across the country are excited to further their academic career, the accrued college debt still plagues most students everywhere. That’s why the Give Something Back Foundation wants to eliminate debt for as many students as possible

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Diabetes Educator Offers Effective Ways to Prevent Disease

A balanced diet and regular exercise keeps your body looking good and feeling healthy. In edition to promoting general wellness, they are also key elements in preventing a number of diseases and disorders, such as diabetes. Anyone can suffer from diabetes, so it’s important to take today’s tips into consideration. Doctors and researchers advocate taking preventative steps early in order to avoid being diagnosed with diabetes…

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Jersey City’s Art House Productions Uses Art to Connect Community

The performing arts are an expressive and emotive art form. Acting and dance stretches over a variety of genres – across theater, film, and television – which makes the performing arts just as mental as they are physical. Art is a vital element to include in education and community programs, as it allows kids and adults to express themselves in ways other activities do not. That’s where Art House Productions comes in…

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Teen Idol Bobby Rydell Discusses Successes and Vices

Countless Americans have vices and obstacles that they must overcome every day. From minuscule habits to more serious concerns, very few individuals are exempt. However, many Americans often expect their most beloved idols, including celebrities, athletes and professional entertainers, to be positive role models at all times. Unfortunately, such as in the case of Bobby Rydell, even beloved celebrities experience difficulties…

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