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NJ’s-Hollywood Songwriters Come to NJ Discover: An Evening with FRANKE PREVITE & ARLAN FEILES. TUNE IN Monday March 6th 8 PM with hosts Tara-Jean & Calvin

 

TUNE IN MONDAY MARCH 6th  8 pm  at    njdiscover.com        ALSO SEEN on YOU TUBE TV, LONG BRANCH COMMUNITY ACCESS TV CHANNEL 20, RUTGERS UNIVERSITY TV, MONMOUTH COUNTY CABLEVISION CHANNEL 77, MONMOUTH COUNTY FIOS CHANNEL 44

It has long been our mantra at NJ Discover to elevate and promote the people and places of New Jersey. We like to think of ourselves as a positive force in the universe. We’ve grown these past six years from being an amazing full service video production company to also a specialized feature news entity fulfilling our mantra and these last few years also becoming a radio and cable TV Live show with an ever expanding audience in New Jersey.

We take a great deal of pride in the content of our character and shows; we never want to go on air just for the sake of hearing ourselves talk. We need diverse, fascinating, unique topics/guests who appeal to the same diverse audience and age demographic. We want everyone to like us (just as if we’re Life Cereal).

Our show on Monday  March 6th is right on target. Come spend an evening with FRANKE PREVITE (Academy Award for Best Achievement in Music; Best Song for 1987 for Dirty Dancing’s “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life”) And ARLAN FEILES (wrote & produced song, “First Time I Saw You” featured in Bruce Willis and John Goodman’s upcoming film “Once Upon A Time in Venice”

We’ll explore the music/business side of life and then segue to some of the personal particulates which make them flourish and achieve such exceptional creativity.

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FRANKE PREVITE:

He was born and raised in New Brunswick, New Jersey to Franke Previte, Sr., an opera singer.

Franke was with the New Jersey rock quintet Franke and the Knockouts as the singer and songwriter. Previously he had sung with the Oxford Watch Band and the heavy metal band Bull Angus. Franke and the Knockouts were signed by Millennium Records in 1981 and had three U.S. Top 40 singles and two Top 50 albums. Franke and the Knockouts’ biggest single, “Sweetheart”, was written by Previte and Knockout guitarist Billy Elworthy and became a Top 10 hit in 1981. The group’s other two Top 40 hits were “You’re My Girl” and “Without You (Not Another Lonely Night)”. The band switched to Music Corporation of America in 1984, but they split up around 1986. Franke Previte co-wrote music for the hit soundtrack to the 1987 movie Dirty Dancing.

Franke won the Academy Award  for Best Achievement in Music; Best Song for 1987 for Dirty Dancing’s “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” with co-composers John DeNicola and Donald Markowitz.

That same year Previte also received a Golden Globe and a Grammy nomination. Also the song (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life won the ASCAP song of the year award. And recently the song was chosen as ASCAP top 20 songs ever written, landing at number 15. Franke also was chosen as one of America’s top 25 songwriters to represent the USA in a songwriter summit in the USSR. Today Franke helps raise money for the charity THE PANCREATIC CANCER ACTION NETWORK in Patrick Swayze’s honor. He continues to raise money for the charity with his new band, THE BROTHERHOOD. Franks says ” If you’re a songwriter then you’re in the Brotherhood.”

 

Franke also is Creative Director for “Decades of Divas” a dazzling musical journey through time with the world’s most influential women of song. DECADES OF DIVAS re-invents and revolutionizes music from the 1940s through the present. Popular New Jersey shore vocalist-dancer Lisa Sherman, the show’s creator, leads an arsenal of singers and musicians across a pair of nightclubs (G-Dog’s Jazz Café and the Roxie Lounge) and straight down Memory Lane, which runs between them, to evoke and pay tribute to the greatest divas we’ve embraced through the decades. Featuring the songs of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Dolly Parton, Carole King, Janis Joplin, Celine Dion, Donna Summer, Whitney Houston, Bonnie Raitt, Diana Ross, Barbra Streisand, Madonna, Adele and so many more! Indeed, there is something in every genre for EVERY generation to enjoy

www.decadesofdivas.com

DECADES OF DIVAS has performed to rave reviews and wildly enthusiastic audiences since premiering in November, 2014 at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJDECADES OF DIVAS features timeless music to an multigenerational, ageless demographic –a barrage of hits ,capturing one unforgettable song after another, from the 1940s to the present. Core demos: Men & Women 25 and up; LGBT Adaptable in customizable formats and time lengths, with orchestra or core band (4 to 12pieces with horns and violins), and option to insert legacy stars.

FRANKE PREVITE RECEIVING ACADEMY AWARD  IN 1988!!!

YOU TUBE:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQS-OTFIC-s

Liza Minnelli and Dudley Moore presenting Franke Previte, John DeNicola and Donald Markowitz the Oscar® for Best Original Song for “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life” from “Dirty Dancing” at the 60th Annual Academy Awards® in 1988.

ALSO THIS JUST IN: LISA SHERMAN performing  Broadway and Beyond show April 22 at the Spring Lake Community Theater.

 

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ARLAN FEILES

http://www.arlanfeiles.com

 

In the tradition of many great troubadours before him, Los Angeles native Arlan Feiles has made his way across the American landscape.  Along the way, Arlan has shared stages and worked with some of the great legends of Music. The Band, The late Warren Zevon, R’n’R Hall of Fame Produce Tom Dowd, Dave Grohl, Hot Tuna, Joan Baez, Richie Havens, Warren Haynes, Dave Mathews, Bob Pollard, and many more.

                “Arlan is a gifted songwriter… with pulsating and passionate performances”

                                                                                              Sandra Schulman- Billboard Magazine

                 Tom Dowd and Chris Blackwell of Island Records signed Arlan to his first record deal. Demos, recorded with Dave Grohl of Nirvana and Foo Fighters fame, became the inspiration for a new album. Tom Dowd and Arlan recorded “Troubled Monkey” that included tracks backed by the legendary group The Band, featuring the late great Levon Helm, the late great Rick Danko, and keyboardist Garth Hudson. 

 

“Arlan is like a modern Bob Dylan, although he sings a sight better”

                                                                                               Tom Dowd- Producer

              In 1999 Arlan was recruited by award winning composer Stephen Trask to be the first to play his role as The Music Director, Skshp, in the first touring company of the Glam Rock Off Broadway hit show “Hedwig and The Angry Inch”. After the run, Arlan Returned to his new home in Brooklyn to form the group Gift Horse. Who’s hit “Ive Gotta Tell You” was featured in Ed Burns’ Sidewalks of New York. Arlan then went on to record two solo albums with the help of legendary Miami Producer Frank “Rat Bastard “ Falestra. The first, 2005’s “Razing a Nation”, was honored with the “Best Album of the year” award by the Miami New Times. The second album was the highly anticipated “Come Sunday Morning” for new label Not-Pop Records. “Come Sunday Morning” would go on to win the Asbury Music Awards “Best Album of the year” honors as well. Both Albums made strong showings on The Euro Americana chart and enjoyed radio play worldwide.

                             

“Razing a Nation is an American Classic”

                                                                                                  Uncle Mike- Two River Times

 

        Arlan continues to be extremely busy performing and enjoying a great deal of radio play, and T.V/ Film placements for many of his songs.  Most notably, Ed Burns’ “Sidewalks of New York” and the award winning film “Handsome Harry” starring Steve Buscemi and Jamey Sheridan. Currently you can hear 7 of Arlans songs on the now airing controversial MTV show “16 and Pregnant”.

 “If songwriters were bad weather, Hurricane Arlan would be a category 5…

he’ll blow you away”      Greg Baker- The Miami Herald

In 2012 Arlan released “Weeds Kill The Wild Flowers”. Joined by his group The Broken Hearted, Arlan has put together another great collection of songs that take the listener and Arlan full circle through an Americana voyage of truth and discovery. With Cover Art by Guided By Voices vocalist and collage artist Robert Pollard, this Album is a must own for any Audiofile. John Pfeiffer of the Aquarian says “If Come Sunday Morning was the crown Jewel, Weeds is the King”  Weeds  recently brought Arlan his 3rd  “Album of the Year” honor.  

 “Arlan writes with pinpoint accuracy, sings with unbridled conviction,

and plays his instruments with both soul and precision.”

                                                                                     Greg Trooper – Award winning Americana Songwriter

 2014 Arlan contributed the song ”Wake(Don’t Back Down)”,  to the international trailer for the Academy Award winning film The Dallas Buyers Club. And in 2015 “Step Into My Shoes” for Adam Sandlers The Cobbler Film Soundtrack

2016 wraps up with the release of two new albums. One live album “Arlan Feiles and the Broken Hearted Live From The Strand” featuring Jack Petruzelli, Bess Rogers, Eryn Shewell, Layonne Holmes, Dan Green and Michael Scotto; and the much anticipated new studio album “Stranger” which includes guest appearances by local Asbury talents Emily Grove, Eryn Shewell, and Stacey Smith. We also look forward to two Arlan Feiles songs featured in the upcoming Bruce Willis, John Goodman film “Once Upon a Time in Venice”

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The Evolution of October 17th Show,  “NEO-LATINO ARTISTS COME TO NJ DISCOVER LIVE TV”  TUNE IN  8 PM.  Monday October 17th   Hint: “NOT to be Missed. Hugely RELEVANT”    by Calvin Schwartz  October 9, 2016 The Evolution of October 17th Show, “NEO-LATINO ARTISTS COME TO NJ DISCOVER LIVE TV” TUNE IN 8 PM. Monday October 17th Hint: “NOT to be Missed. Hugely RELEVANT” by Calvin Schwartz October 9, 2016(0)

The Evolution of October 17th Show,  “NEO-LATINO ARTISTS COME TO NJ DISCOVER LIVE TV”  TUNE IN  8 PM.  Monday October 17th   Hint: “NOT to be Missed. Hugely RELEVANT”    by Calvin Schwartz  October 9, 2016

 

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Evolution means how it came about. With our upcoming special Neo-Latino artist themed show, it was a few blinks of an eye, a gaze to a painting on a wall followed by a conversation with the curator, Monica Camin, of the exhibit Neo-Latino: Critical Mass now showing at Monmouth Museum (Brookdale College) until November 6th.

When I was at the Monmouth Museum researching emerging artist, Dion Hitchings, Laura Alexander, museum public relations, suggested I glance at the setting up of their new feature exhibit “Neo Latino: Critical Mass.”  As I walked into the exhibit, I first saw artist Ricardo Fonseca’s “An Act of Love-Trumpet.”  It was mesmerizing, relevant, cerebral and fascinating. I was captivated with all the art in the exhibit. Then I accepted an invitation to attend the opening reception on September 16th.  I love saying, “the rest is history.”

 

 

 

 

Prior to the reception, I sat down, as an interviewing journalist, in the museum garden, for an hour, with four of the artists, Raul Villarreal, who coined the term ‘Neo-Latino,” Monica Camin, exhibit curator, Olga Bautista and Professor Jose Rodeiro. The collective of artists representing at this exhibit is ground-breaking. It was explained that 2016 is a crucial year for the Latino voice, especially in this year’s ‘relevant’ election.  The art in the exhibit is so expressive of the cultural and socio/political Latino experience. The artists featured have roots or ties to Argentina, Columbia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, Portugal and Spain.

 

 

That light bulb of clarity, relevant and grasp suddenly went off in my vision. I’ve been on this mission to explore the exigencies of educating people. I was on that mountain top, seeing clearly, but not quite forever, and knew N J Discover could get involved in telling their story and exploring their art. The moment I suggested doing an NJ Discover TV LIVE TV Show, it was one of those simultaneous group moments of clarified vision. We all saw the light and possibilities to further bring awareness/ presence and voice of Latinos in the arts to mainstream. It’s a journey to education and understanding.

Come TUNE IN to the experience with a very special group of Latino artists on October 17th 8 PM. Of note, I’ve mentioned the word, “relevant” often in this opening.

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BIOS & RELEVANT INFORMATION ON APPEARING ARTIST GUESTS!!!

 

MONICA S. CAMIN

As an Argentine born, New Jersey and Texas-based artist, I experienced my upbringing in Latin America as a first generation Argentine. In the work presented here I examine my roots as the daughter of German-Jews who escaped the worst years of the Holocaust and found refuge in Argentina. The questions I explore in much of my work straddle the experiences of being brought up as the daughter of immigrants in Latin America and the experiences of personal immigration and identity in my adulthood as I emigrated to Israel and then the United States.

 

While the catalysts for the movement between countries differ vastly, the commonality that ensues is that the culture and communities that so strongly shape our identity and understanding of the world in which we live are uprooted, causing us to seek out and reinvent the stories that make us whole. I sift through my ancestral stories in order to connect to those roots that have been torn from their origins and to remember and pass on the stories of a living history whose survivors are aging.

 

 

DESCRIPTION OF REPRESENTED ART: Between the years of 1976 and 1983, Argentina was governed by military rule steeped in austerity and cultural genocide. Leaders of the military dictatorship called this the “National Reorganization Process,” but the people called it “The Dirty War.”

During this time, the economy was in chaos, jobs were not available, poverty was growing, and human rights were ignored. Individuals who were considered a political or ideological threat to the military- largely young people fighting for social change- were abducted, imprisoned, tortured, and killed. One method of torture was called the “Flight of Death”- victims were injected with a fatal substance and thrown from an airplane.

30,000 people- known as los desaparecidos- disappeared during this war. An estimated 500 babies born in captivity were given up for adoption, and left with no real identity.

PERPETUALLY SETTLING DUST (EL REZO) is both a meditation on the repeated atrocities of state terrorism and a prayer for a different future.

The piece was created in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The embroidery of the names was a call to the community, a call which was responded to immediately by the young people in the community and by the relatives of the desaparecidos.

 

JOSE RODEIRO

Contact Info:  jrodeiro@aol.com    Relevant Websites:  http://www.duendeart.org/#!jose-rodeiro/c1x0m

http://www.rodeiro-art.com/

Jose Rodeiro was born in February, 1949 and was raised in Ybor City, Tampa, Florida.  Rodeiro’s ancestry is Cuban-American.  Rodeiro received his BA in Studio Art from the University of Tampa; and his M.F.A from the Pratt Institute in New York City (NY) and his Ph.D. from the College of Fine Arts at Ohio University, Athens (Ohio).  Rodeiro is a former Professor of Art and Art History and a former-Coordinator of Art History at New Jersey City University. Jersey City, NJ.  His academic/artistic awards include a Visual Artist’s Fellowship in Painting from the National Endowment for the Arts (1986-1987), a Fulbright Fellowship (as a Fulbright Scholar in Nicaragua) (1995), and a Cintas Fellowship in Painting (1982). Rodeiro has received major public art (mural) commissions from Tampa Arts Councils, Tampa, FL, and Maryland State Arts Council, Baltimore, MD.  He has lived and worked in Spain and Central America.  Nationally and internationally, he has exhibited in scores of acclaimed art exhibitions and his art is included within significant art museums, art institutions, and art collections.

 

DESCRIPTION OF REPRESENTED ART: José Rodeiro.  “Picnic at Bath Beach.”     

Oil-on-canvas.   30” w  x  40”h.    2016.

ICONOLOGY:                                                                     

In early fall, 1890, during a friendly Bath Beach, Brooklyn, NY, excursion, José Martí entertained his goddaughter María Mantilla and her mother, Mrs. Carmen Miyares de Mantilla. Clearly visible, in the distance, are Admiral Giovanni da Verrazano’s “Narrows” (which were first discovered by the Florentine in 1524). However, because it was not completed until 1964, missing from the background’s calm Neo-Luminist seascape is the Verrazano Narrows Bridge.  Meanwhile in the forefront, all three figures and their picnic luncheon are shielded from Bath Beach’s sandy-dirt by a woven brown Dutch carpet, symbolizing Jan Rodrigues’s 1613 first Dutch settlement in the area, which became New Amsterdam (eventually New York City).   Held by Martí is the young child María Mantilla (a US-born citizen), who waves undersized Cuban and American flags that catch a brisk headwind, causing straw hats to be held tightly.  With a Masonic pin on his lapel, Martí sits on a portable metallic stool, dutifully embracing his goddaughter Maria Mantilla, who is the future mother of Cesar Romero Jr., the acclaimed Hollywood actor, who played the iconic DC Comics’ role of “The Joker” (from 1966-68) on the “Batman” television show.   Via Amnesis aesthetic theory, hiding behind a picnic basket, between two Cuban breads, a string-puppet of “The Joker” is held by Mrs. Carmen Miyares de Mantilla (the grandmother of Cesar Romero Jr. aka “The Joker”).  Carmen Miyares de Mantilla wears a lace mantilla, a visual-pun on her late-husband’s name: Manuel Mantilla, who had died in 1885.  Her mantilla is clasped by a cameo-broach depicting a white rose signifying Martí’s famous poem about friendship “Cultivo una rosa blanca.”

Around and in the picnic basket are typical Cuban foods as well as a bottle of dark Cuban rum. The mysterious and menacing Atlantic Ocean connects Bath Beach to Cuba, as does the blue rubber kickball on which Carmen Miyares de Mantilla rests her right-elbow, which contains a green geographical image of Cuba.

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RICARDO FONSECA

Contact Info:  rick@ricardofonseca.com    www.RicardoFonseca.com

Ricardo Fonseca has been a graphic designer for more than 20 years. He earned his MFA from New Jersey City University (Jersey City, NJ) and his BFA from William Paterson University (Wayne, NJ). He has been a graphic/web designer and photographer at Kean University (Union, NJ) for more than 12 years. He received design awards from the Arts Directors Club of New Jersey (ADCNJ) in 2010, 2011 and 2012. As a freelancer, he provides artistic consulting and creative solutions in design, fine art and photography.

 

 

 

DESCRIPTION OF REPRESENTED ART: RICARDO FONSECA   “GREEN CARD”  Digital Manipulation.

Green Card is an artwork that explores the topic of identity, and how that identity relates to the individual and mass society in the United States. The artwork is a reflection of this most precious legal document, which has been reproduced to a colossal size, and easily appropriated with the use of a smartphone camera, to be replicated effortlessly, infinitely, and in real time; and possibly shareable through very public means, such as social media. Each person that steps up to the mirror in Green Card, is actually reflecting back his or her own situation and journey. But, it’s also an artwork of empathy, perseverance, and opportunity.

 

 

 

OLGA MERCEDES BAUTISTA

Contact Info: http://www.olgamercedesbautista.com

.Colombian-American sculptor Olga Mercedes Bautista has been awarded several certificates of appreciation from the mayors of Newark, Jersey City and Perth Amboy. She worked for the city of Perth Amboy as a Founder-Director of the Perth Amboy Gallery, as a curator of art exhibitions, organizer of the Festival of the Andes and art shows in the city for which she was in charge in securing grants. After receiving a Master in Fine Arts Education from Kean University, she became an art teacher at the Perth Amboy Education Center. Bautista has held this position for the past 17 years. Currently she is candidate for a Fine Arts Master degree from New Jersey City University

 

 

 

 

 

REPRESENTED ARTOLGA MERCEDES  BAUTISTA  “EL DORADO PROJECT”

 

“More than 113,000 trees were damaged or destroyed in the state of New Jersey two years ago due to severe winds and waves from Hurricane Sandy. Small branches, roots, and leaves among other debris were found scattered around through out the coastal area. Once the storm strong winds dissipated, organic materials could be found all around. They were laying on the beach sand after all the devastation.

A Colombian-American artist got inspired to make good use of those organic materials which although detached from their roots by mother nature were still blending in their new environment. She would assure us that those organic materials continued their own transformational process long after. In her own sculptures the artist tried to bring about an acute sensibility to the nature of the materials with which she worked. She wanted to show each minimal detail as if viewed under a microscope. Respecting their natural forms as she blended them together to combine raw materials of a variety of sources.

The viewer may recognize patterns and compositional elements in a new familiar form. Her sculptures intent to generate an appreciation and respect for a natural balance of nature”

 

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LISETTE MOREL

Dominican-American artist born 1974 in Manhattan, NY.

In October Ms. Morel will participate in “Raw Forms Forum” curated by Artist Dominique Duroseau, Newark Museum, Newark NJ and exhibit in the group show “Accumulating Experience” curated by Betty Jarvis, Newark NJ 2016. Currently her work is included in the Neo-Latino group exhibit ”Critical Mass” Monmouth Museum, NJ. This past summer, Ms. Morel was awarded the First Sustainable Arts Fellow Residency, Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ, 2016 and participated in the “Perspectives3” exhibits and workshops at Nurture Nature Center Easton, PA. She also co performed “Run to Your Friend Until You Can’t Anymore” an endurance performance with performance artist Ayana Evans 2016. Ms. Morel exhibited in the “I Kan Do Dat” exhibit curated by Daniel Simmons and Oshune Layne, Skylight gallery Brooklyn, NY.  In 2012 /2013 she was invited by artist Gregory Coates of Fuse Art Infrastructure to participate in experimental installations in Allentown, PA.

Ms. Morel was awarded the Artist in Residence at Soho20 Chelsea Gallery, NY in 2012. She was also invited to participate in the Aljira Emerge10 Program and at El Museo del Barrio Fifth Biennial: The (S) Files. She is a recipient of the prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant. Lisette Morel received her Master in Fine Arts at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University and her Bachelor of Arts at Rutgers University.

 

REPRESENTED ART: LISETTE MOREL “STILLNESS AND SILENCE HANDS HELD IN HE DEEP BLACK”

 

 

“This art is an opportunity to think about space and time…what would happen if I mixed certain materials together and experiment….Pieces have been chaotic…my response to the world…How I am as a female, supposed to be viewed, act, or taking a cue….It translates to a variety of surfaces……the use of limitations…….What happens if I push my body.”  Lisette Morel in an Interview at Opening Reception, Neo Latino: Critical Mass September 167, 2016

 

 

 

 

HUGO X BASTIDAS

 

am a painter/digital artist working in New York City. I received a state scholarship to attend Rutgers University where I was awarded a bachelors degree. I completed my graduate studies in fine art at Hunter College in Manhattan. I received a Robert Smithson Scholarship to attend the Brooklyn Museum School of Art where I studied sculpture in between obtaining my degrees. I am a Fulbright Fellow, a recipient of numerous awards. The Nohra Haime Gallery in NYC has represented my paintings for fourteen years now and recently I have began to show my digital work at the Gallery Boreas in Brooklyn. My artwork is in numerous shows yearly throughout the world and is in public and private collections worldwide. And it has been widely written about frequently in magazines, newspapers and stock literature including for example The New York Times, Art in America and Nexus Art. I am an Associate Professor at New Jersey City University and a painting instructor at The Art                                                                                             Students League of New York.

 

 

 

 

 

The Garden State Wine Growers Association Labor Day Weekend festival Horse Park of NJ in Allentown, September 3-4 from noon to 5 p.m The Garden State Wine Growers Association Labor Day Weekend festival Horse Park of NJ in Allentown, September 3-4 from noon to 5 p.m(0)


Our annual Labor Day Weekend festival moves from its long-time home at Allaire State Park to the beautiful and spacious Horse Park of NJ in Allentown, September 3-4 from noon to 5 p.m. The rain date is Monday, Sept. 5. The event will feature two separate band stands showcasing non-stop musical entertainment.

Advance discounted tickets are now on sale for $20 + fee by clicking here. This price will only stay in effect through August 14. Then, the advance price will be $25 + fee through August 28 and then $30 + fee the week of the event and on-site. GSWGA WandM Experience FB

Our event will feature two bandstands allowing for non-stop musical entertainment that will be headlined on Saturday on the Main Stage by the famed Roomful of Blues Band, the American blues and swing revival band with a recording career spanning over 40 years. Long Gone Daddies will perform on the Local Stage and Burning Bridget Cleary will open on the Main Stage. Sunday’s musical entertainment will be headlined by The Slambovian Circus of Dreams on the Main Stage as well as Rogues on the Run performing on the Local Stage and Hot Jazz Jumpers opening on the Main Stage.

In addition, we are also pleased to announce a special VIP opportunity for the Wine & Music Experience.

GSWGA Membership Card VIP Treatment at Wine & Music Experience

Those customers purchasing one of our new GSWGA membership cards will receive special VIP treatment at the Wine & Music Experience. GSWGA card holders will receive the following:

– VIP parking

– VIP express entry through the gate

– Guaranteed seats inside a GSWGA-membership card-only tent located close to the main stage

– Special Wine Seminars inside the GSWGA membership tent

– Tastings of reserved wines not available at winery tents and meet the winemaker opportunities

– Light fare

– Wine deliveries brought right to your vehicle

In addition to the festival package, take advantage of special offers available only to GSWGA card members in July and other months by purchasing a Membership Card. This card gets you special winery offers and multiple day access to all of our fall festivals. The price for the card $100. Buy two and get 25% off the second card. All cards are numbered and members will need to show their card for admission to festival events and special winery offers.

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New Jersey HALL of FAME 8th Annual Red Carpet Induction Ceremony – at Asbury Park Convention Hall –  April 7th, 2016 – by TaraJean McDonald Vitale New Jersey HALL of FAME 8th Annual Red Carpet Induction Ceremony – at Asbury Park Convention Hall – April 7th, 2016 – by TaraJean McDonald Vitale(0)

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Last night I had the privilege of honoring some of New Jersey’s BEST at Asbury Park’s magnificent Convention Hall Theater. My co-host Calvin Schwartz and I enjoyed greeting the honorees on the red carpet. The New Jersey Hall of Fame recognizes and celebrates Garden State Citizens for their outstanding accomplishments. I am always impressed with the diversity of over achievers that are chosen for each year’s ceremony. Year’s passed the Inductees have included Jack Nicholson, Bruce Springsteen, Dizzy Gillespie, Martha Stewart, Joyce Carol Oates, Tony Bennet, Whitney Houston, John Travolta, Dionne Warwick, Michael Douglas and Bruce Willis. And this year’s honored were equally impressive:

Class of 2015

James Fenimore Cooper – America’s National Novelist – “Last of the Mohicans”

William Fox of 20th Century Fox – His first film studio was in Fort Lee New Jersey

Lewis Katz – Founder and Director of Katz Foundation


Kool & The Gang
–  “Jungle Boogie”, “Funky Stuff”, “Ladies Night”, “Celebration”

Jack H. Jacobs – Medal of Honor, McDermott Chair of Humanities, On-Air Analyst for NBC

Derek Jeter – Five Time World Series Champion, Yankees All-Time Career Leader

Frank R. Lautenberg – Represented NJ in the United States Senate for five terms.

Bernard Marcus – Co-Founder of Home Depot

Christie Rampone – FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion & 3 time Olympic Gold Medalist

Jon Stewart – Television Host of The Daily Show – winning 18 EmmyAwards

Dick Vitale – American Basketball Sportscaster & Analyst, ABC, ESPN, NCAA, Olympic Games

Carla Harris – Vice Chairman, Global Wealth Management, Managing Director and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley and Gospel Singer

The evening began with the theater booming from the tremendous sound of the Glen Burtnik Band. Soon after we were treated to a wonderful rendition of Theme from New York, New York sung by Joe Piscopo, the Hall Of Fame’s Host. Among laughter and cheers Joe Piscopo sung about New Jersey’s greatest and most memorable places to love and avoid. Throughout the evening one by one the Honorees and their families accepted the prestigious awards. All who attended the ceremony that evening could sense the great privilege that each inductee felt who stood on the stage that night.

(Special thanks to photographer: Richard Elliott Hoynes)

After a great evening in Asbury, rubbing elbows with my long-lost cousin Dick Vitale, and serenading “Ladies Night” to Kool & the Gang, I am settling down with my better half to rent the “Last of the Mohicans” in honor of New Jersey’s Hall of Fame. Looking forward to next year’s Ceremony and finding out who will be chosen from the many supremely talented Jersey Citizens. Congrats to all New Jerseys Hall of Fame Inductees and Good Luck to all the Hopefuls!

TaraJean McDonald Vitale

Journalist & Radio Host & On-Air Personality, NJDiscover

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NJ DISCOVER LIVE RADIO/TV SHOW with hosts Tara-Jean Vitale & Calvin Schwartz TUNE IN/WATCH Monday April 11th 8 PM  “TOUGH GUYS WHO ACHIEVE’ with very special guests:  16 time Emmy Award winner/ director GLENN HOLSTEN and ROBERT COZMO CONSULMAGNO, Marine, Bipolar Advocate, World Ranked Jiu Jitsu Fighter. NJ DISCOVER LIVE RADIO/TV SHOW with hosts Tara-Jean Vitale & Calvin Schwartz TUNE IN/WATCH Monday April 11th 8 PM “TOUGH GUYS WHO ACHIEVE’ with very special guests: 16 time Emmy Award winner/ director GLENN HOLSTEN and ROBERT COZMO CONSULMAGNO, Marine, Bipolar Advocate, World Ranked Jiu Jitsu Fighter.(0)

NJ DISCOVER LIVE RADIO/TV SHOW with hosts Tara-Jean Vitale & Calvin Schwartz TUNE IN/WATCH Monday April 11th 8 PM  “TOUGH GUYS WHO ACHIEVE’ with very special guests:  16 time Emmy Award winner/ director GLENN HOLSTEN and ROBERT COZMO CONSULMAGNO, Marine, Bipolar Advocate, World Ranked Jiu Jitsu Fighter. 

 

 

 

Show Note: We are thrilled to bring these fascinating, dynamic, accomplished guests to NJ Discover for an hour of introspection, motivation, drive and achievement. A very special hour especially for young and old viewers and everyone in between.

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INTRODUCING GLENN HOLSTEN:

Glenn Holsten is an award-winning director who creates compelling documentary story experiences for screens of all sizes – from the IMAX to the iPhone.

 

His latest documentary, Hollywood Beauty Salon, portrays life at an intimate beauty parlor inside of the Germantown Recovery Community, a non-profit mental health program in Philadelphia, where staff and clients alike are in the process of recovery. By gathering together to get their hair done, share stories, and support one another, they find a way to rebuild their lives.  Hollywood Beauty Salon will have a theatrical release in New York City and Philadelphia in June 2016.

 

The Barefoot Artist, about global artist Lily Yeh, was filmed on four continents and had its theatrical premiere in New York and Los Angeles in December, 2014 and is currently available on Netflix. His most recent national broadcast on PBS, The Barnes Collection, follows Dr. Albert Barnes’ remarkable rise from Philadelphia’s working-class neighborhood to the top of the modern art world. SEE, a film that he created in collaboration with painters Bo Bartlett and Betsy Eby premiered at the Camden Film Festival in 2013.

He directed an eight-part series titled Women In Chemistry, about pioneering women chemists for the Chemical Heritage Foundation. Women In Chemistry appeared on public television as a one-hour television special, as will Scientists You Must Know, a documentary about the people behind the discoveries that changed our world.

Other long-form documentary directing credits include OC87: The Obsessive-Compulsive, Major Depression, Bipolar, Asperger’s Movie, (theatrical release, 2012, Netflix); Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists, 1958-1968, (OVATION, 2010); Saint of 9/11, about Father Mychal Judge, the beloved chaplain to the NYC Fire Dept. (Tribeca Film Festival, IFC theatrical release, 2006, Netflix); Gay Pioneers (PBS, 2005); JIM IN BOLD, which harnesses the power of young voices to reveal the challenges and triumphs of being young and gay in America; Thomas Eakins: Scenes from Modern Life (PBS, 2001), a lyrical examination of America through the eyes of the 19th century painter; and HOUSE, a 30-minute film about The Korman Residence in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania that was famed Philadelphia architect Louis I. Kahn’s final residential commission.

He was commissioned by both The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and the Pew Charitable Trusts to create a series of moving portraits about artists and their work processes.  Glenn is a recipient of a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, an Independence Foundation Fellowship in the Arts, and a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship. He has been awarded silver and gold awards from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for innovative television production. He has been honored with sixteen Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards.  A collection of his work was exhibited in the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s 20th Century Video Gallery.

Glenn has directed films in China, Portugal, Kenya, Rwanda, Northern Ireland, Poland, Bosnia and the Republic of Georgia. In 2000, he traveled to Mongolia, where he conducted a workshop for television professionals that explored creative methods for storytelling on television.

Glenn graduated from The University of Pennsylvania in 1984 with a B.A. in English.

 

 

 

 

LINKS:  LATEST FILM:  http://hollywoodbeautysalonmovie.com/      HOLLYWOOD BEAUTY SALON portrays life at an intimate beauty parlor inside of the Germantown Recovery Community, a non-profit mental health facility in Northwest Philadelphia, where staff and clients alike are in the process of recovery. By gathering together to get their hair done, share stories, and support one another, they find a way to rebuild their lives. The documentary-which was work-shopped at the Salon over the course of four years-is also part of the recovery process, and the subjects of the film played an active part in shaping their own narratives and determining their unique individual styles.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.barefootartistmovie.com/     THE BAREFOOT ARTIST

A visually stunning and deeply emotional film, THE BAREFOOT ARTIST chronicles the long and colorful life of Lily Yeh, a Philadelphia-based artist who has committed herself to creating community-based art projects in some of the world’s most troubled areas. The film explores two sides of Lily’s life that are connected parts of the same journey: her international ventures helping to heal weakened spirits in communities around the world, and a personal journey within to repair her own fractured family.

 

GLENN HOLSTEN:  IMDB    http://bit.ly/1Ybkcv2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCING  ROBERT COZMO CONSULMAGNO

 

I’ve written often about ‘Cozmo’ since I met him last summer down the Jersey shore. It was, as they say instant chemistry. I’ll include links to NJ Discover articles and videos we’ve done with Cozmo; tantamount to a totally fascinating personality and a nice guy who fights. Glenn Holsten, also our guest on the show, did an award winning documentary on Cozmo, filmed in his hometown of Jersey City.  ‘OC 87 Recovery Diaries’ Robert Consulmagno  “The Good Fight”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMdOk8EgXtc

NJ Discover Video with Cozmo:  http://bit.ly/200iCO4

 

 

 

 

In a composite nutshell; this is the stuff they also make full length movies about. I wonder who’ll play Cozmo? He was born over 40 years ago in Jersey.  ” My biological father committed suicide by hanging himself. I’ve seen my first step father beat my mother. They were together for many years but never married but he also forced himself on her. He even threw a TV stand at his own mother; the product of a violent environment. I’ve seen him beat a guy over a parking spot. My first stepfather shot my second stepfather with a 22. Later the same day, he drove up to Mooanchie, New Jersey and killed himself inside of a Pontiac Bonneville with the same weapon. My first stepfather was the guy when my mother yelled, “Dad wants you,” I started crying. I didn’t know what was going to happen. That’s where my problems dealing with people and authority figures came from. That’s all I knew, how to survive.”

 

 

 

 

To escape, Cozmo enlisted in the Marines, honorably discharged five years later, but with severe PTSD and diagnosed bipolar disorder. He has notably become a dynamic spokesperson on his life’s mission to end the stigma of bipolar. Travelling and exploring America some years ago, with a permanent disability, he was approached in the locker room at his local gym in Florida and was asked if he evere thought about studying Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Testament to his drive and perseverance, he went on to become a world ranked, purple belt Jiu Jitsu fighter, channeling all that energy.

READ NJ DISCOVER INTERIEW WITH COZMO: http://bit.ly/1L7tDdr

 

COZMO CONTACT INFO AND PLEASE CONTACT HIM:

supercrazycozmo(Twitter)

Website  http://www.supercrazycozmo.com

Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/supercrazycozmo

 

 

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Art is always on our minds. Hosts Tara-Jean, Calvin and friends were together at an art party in Asbury Park this summer. They created art and knew it was time to delve and explore. Recent trips to Rutgers Zimmerli Museum, Monmouth Museum, Princeton Art Museum, MOMA and art galleries of Central Jersey solidified the motivation and content for February’s show.  The artists appearing represent a broad panoply of art, background, arrival, courage and commitment; fascinating stories and its way more than just art. Maybe a little Hollywood thrown in, shaken not stirred.

 

 

Also check You Tube for our last show on “Adoption” with special guests playwright/ singer/ songwriter Zara Phillips and Broadway actress & documentarian Nam Holtz

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SoEio5gn6aI

 

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MEET THE ARTIST GUESTS: 

KORTEZ ROBINSON:

Kortez, a fine artist residing in Freehold, New Jersey, uses mixed media collage, acrylic, watercolor and works on paper, wood and found objects. The art of Kortez is one of a kind as he is able to find inspiration and unconventional medium upon which to use as canvas. The subject matter of his work comes through vividly. Vibrant colors and provocative topics such as race, politics, social commentary and pop culture break through his art with bright colors and vibrant deliberate lines. Exhibiting a strong hand and intentional shapes, Kortez makes his point through bright colors and bold lines.  His art is currently being show at Vonda’s Kitchen  and Duke’s Southern Table in Newark NJ. Palette Arts space and At The Table in Asbury Park NJ.  In his residing home town Kortez has art at The Freehold Art Gallery and a restaurant called Uncle Ralston’s Home Style Cooking also has a few of Kortez’ paintings.

 

Esotericurbanism is the title and description for some of the art created by Kortez.  The journey is an ongoing exploration into visual art via mixed media collage, drawing, painting, sculpture, print making and photography.

      http://www.esotericurbanism.com

 

 

 

 

MARIA SAVARESE: 

Mixed Media Artist, Maria Savarese  has been creating since she was a young girl.  She started with weaving potholders and painting trinkets for her mother, and now weaves beautiful silver and copper pendants and is a professional potter.  Maria also paints and creates wall art out of found objects, has been in juried art shows and has had her work presented in galleries in PA, NY and NJ.

Maria works year round at Yellow Duck Preparatory School and runs the Ceramics/Pottery and Jewelry Programs at Country Roads Day Camp in Manalapan.  She also gives private and group lessons in her studio at home.  You can find her on Facebook on her Art Page, Mia Art, and on her website,

                                 www.MiaArtOnline.com.

She specializes in creative paintings and art that have deep personal and emotional meanings. She bridges the gap between self-taught and professionally driven skill that has taken her on a journey starting from early childhood, to college, and diving into her own creativity with professional pottery, lessons, fine art, and crafts.

Maria is many things, a potter, fine artist, crochet enthusiast, to durable and functional artist. From teaching classes to one on one art fun, Maria is much more than just an artist sitting in a studio. She loves people, loves engaging with art, and loves teaching and working with children and young adults. From pottery to learning how to mix paint, have fun with art, and create masterpieces, Maria teaches with a level of whimsy that keeps her students coming back for more.

 

 

 

 

SHEILA GRABARSKY:   

Sheila is a seasoned, classically trained, national award-winning artist with biographies in numerous Who’s Who’s. She has worked and exhibited across the U.S. for over 25 years in corporate, educational, commercial, and healthcare venues as well as museums and online.  Her work is in numerous private / public collections. She is currently showing works in a Hollywood film to be released this year, American Pastoral, based on Philip Roth’s novel of the same name starring Dakota Fanning and Jennifer Connelly. Sheila also recently published a back cover testimonial for a book of poetry entitled Leaves of Absence by Sally Brown Deskins.

“Color creation is very exciting. As a small child I painted a yellow watercolor sun into a blue sky and was thrilled to have accidentally created green, which hadn’t been there before! I remain awestruck, still, at color creation.”

 

Classically trained at Syracuse University, Sheila’s work evolved from expressionistic portraits into gestural abstraction.” I do not have a preconceived notion as I approach my easel. I work in multicolored, multi-textured layers. Lately I’ve been adhering dried skins of acrylic residue off my palette, as I find them incredibly beautiful and inspiring. Watching as forms literally present themselves as foreground is an amazing experience, always requiring hours of concentrated studio time. I am fascinated by the discovery and the mystery of harnessing chaos into a cohesive composition.

                         http://Grabarskystudio.com

 

 

 

 

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NJ DISCOVER LIVE RADIO/TV SHOW  DEC  7TH 2015   8-9pm  TUNE IN/WATCH    “ADOPTION, REALITY, INSPIRATION & CREATIVITY”  with Special GUESTS, singer/songwriter, playwright, author Zara Phillips, and actress, producer, director, Nam Holtz with your HOSTS  Tara-Jean Vitale & Calvin Schwartz NJ DISCOVER LIVE RADIO/TV SHOW DEC 7TH 2015 8-9pm TUNE IN/WATCH “ADOPTION, REALITY, INSPIRATION & CREATIVITY” with Special GUESTS, singer/songwriter, playwright, author Zara Phillips, and actress, producer, director, Nam Holtz with your HOSTS Tara-Jean Vitale & Calvin Schwartz(0)


NJ DISCOVER LIVE RADIO/TV SHOW  DEC  7TH 2015   8-9pm  TUNE IN/WATCH    “ADOPTION, REALITY, INSPIRATION & CREATIVITY”  with Special GUESTS, singer/songwriter, playwright, author Zara Phillips, and actress, producer, director, Nam Holtz with your HOSTS  Tara-Jean Vitale & Calvin Schwartz

bY Calvin Schwartz   11-30-15

 

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HOW THIS SHOW EVOLVED:  We like to share with our audience how a particular show came to be (evolved). Cut to two years ago. NJ Discover Live was on the road shooting our Holiday Show on location in Belmar, New Jersey at the ocean front home  of Richard Hoynes.  There were seven invited guests to be interviewed that night, a few weeks before Christmas. As it turned out, all the guests had music in common except of course the hosts, Tara-Jean Vitale and Calvin Schwartz (not necessarily musically inclined, but love music and can dance and are music journalists.)

In the hour before the live broadcast, the conversation drifted in many different directions. Then someone mentioned adoption; their children were adopted. As if a game of people dominoes was being played while the exigencies of the universe descended on Rich Hoynes’ living room, replete with cameras and sound recording equipment; one by one, the guests mentioned their involvement with adoption. Zara Phillips was a musical guest that night; she is an adoptee. I added how adoption fulfilled my life’s journey.  This resounding purposeful synchronicity bound all of us to thinking someday we would do a show about adoption. And here we are. But we wanted to look at this subject in a different way, with a twist, so to speak, shaken but not stirred. Our guests for the December 7th show are so wondrously amazingly creative, talented, motivated and adopted.

Calvin Schwartz   11-30-15

 

Montclair’s Zara Phillips named Congressional Angel in Adoption

 

Solo play ‘Beneath my Father’s Sky’
returns to NYC stage next month

 

 MONTCLAIR, NJ (October 20, 2015) — Author, musician, filmmaker and advocate for adoptee rights, Zara Phillips was invited to Washington, D.C., this month to receive a Congressional Angel in Adoption Award for her tireless work to bring awareness to adoption issues and to assist adoptees in coping with an unresolved past. Phillips returns from the nation’s capital just in time to gear up for her November 5, 2015 return to the New York City stage with her one-woman show, Beneath My Father’s Sky, which debuted in 2013, directed by actor Eric Roberts and wife, Eliza.

Nominated as an Angel in Adoption by U.S. Rep. Rodney P. Frelinghuysen (NJ-11), Phillips was cited for her multi-faceted efforts to shed light on adoption: memoir, documentary film, theatre, public speaker and presenter of workshops around the country that empower adopted teens to process their feelings through storytelling and music.

The timing of Phillips’ return to the stage is apropos as November is National Adoption Month. In the critically acclaimed production, theatre-goers join Phillips’ journey to find her birth father and experience the myriad emotions and realities that follow. The play, which won the 2013 Festival Award for Best Direction, has been performed by Phillips in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Montclair.

Zara noted, “For many adoptees, not knowing who their birth parents are takes an enormous and emotional energy toll. The restlessness of not knowing the past can make focusing on the present and future incredibly challenging. It is my hope to fuel awareness with my story.”

A presenter for the American Adoption Congress, Phillips, who was born and raised in England, travels the United States and United Kingdom offering workshops and presentations on various adoption-related topics. Phillips wrote, directed and starred in Roots Unknown, named best documentary short at the Garden State Film Festival. Phillips’ memoir, Mother Me: An Adopted Woman’s Journey to Motherhood, has been touted as “bravely illuminating” the lifelong impact of adoption on each member of the adoption triad. Phillips’ music career includes work with Live-Aid founder Bob Geldof and other rock bands, as well as collaboration with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and adoptee Darryl McDaniels of Run DMC.

 Beneath My Father’s Sky was staged on November 5th at Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street, New York City.

For more information about Zara and her work, log on to www.adoptionunmasked.com.

 

 

 

A LOOK AT MEGGIN “NAM” HOLTZ:

MEGGIN “NAM” HOLTZ is a Korean adoptee working as an actress and producer in NYC.  Nam graduated cum laude from SUNY Purchase with a BFA in dance.  She spent the first year after graduation on scholarship at the Merce Cunningham dance studio in NYC and making coffee and frappacinos while working at “Starbucks.”  During this busy time, she was cast on Broadway in “The King & I!”

After her Broadway debut, she was cast in “The King & I” in London’s West End, where she had the good fortune of performing in the beautiful London Palladium Theatre.

Nam has sung the music of Queen in “We Will Rock You” at Las Vegas’ Paris, and toured across the USA in productions of “Miss Saigon” and “Flower Drum Song.”

Now, Nam is producing a documentary film called “Found in Korea,” about adoption, her personal search for her birth family, and issues surrounding adoption. Trailer and website: www.foundinkorea.com            Donations towards post-production costs are graciously accepted.

Growing up in a transracial family has lead Nam to discover that many complex adoption issues are underrepresented in the media, and outdated by law.  She has recently been invited to speak on the “Flip the Script” panel at the American Adoption Congress Conference in Denver, taking place in March of 2016.

Her poem “Who Cut my Umbilical Cord?” is currently published in the recently released “Flip the Script” Adult Adoptee Anthology (available on Amazon  http://www.amazon.com/Flip-Script-Adoptee-Anthology–YA/dp/1517686741/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1447211893&sr=1-1&keywords=flip+the+script).

Nam has traveled extensively, and her friends and family will vouch that she has a hearty appetite for humor, the truth… and yummy food.  Nam also loves animals, learning, good music and the beach

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CONTACT INFO :

ZARA PHILLIPS:   www.adoptionunmasked.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/zaraphillips/?fref=ts

MEGGIN NAM HOLTZ  http://namholtz.com

foundinkorea.com        Facebook: ttps://www.facebook.com/nam.holtz.9?fref=ts

TARA-JEAN VITALE:   https://www.facebook.com/TaraJeanVitale?fref=ts

CALVIN SCHWARTZ:   www.vichywater.net     Cerebral Writer: https://www.facebook.com/Calvin-Schwartz-Cerebral-Writer-258272024192114/?fref=ts

 

 

 

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NJ 2-1-1 LAUNCHES ENHANCED WEBSITE; TOUTS SERVICES PROVIDED TO NEARLY 500,000 RESIDENTS OF NEW JERSEY IN PAST YEAR
East Hanover, NJ – NJ 2-1-1, which assisted nearly 500,000 people in the state to access vital social services in the last year through its call center and website, has launched a newly-remodeled and enhanced website www.nj211.org. The user-friendly site is designed to provide those in need with quick access to the agencies, information and comprehensive information they need. NJ 2-1-1 is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week all year long and provides services in multiple languages and serves the hearing impaired through its TTY services.

NJ 2-1-1 helps individuals and families find solutions to personal needs by informing them of resources in their community like day care facilities, shelters, affordable housing units, social services, employment training programs, senior services, medical insurance, and more.

“We are very excited to launch our newly-enhanced website,” said Joseph Geleta, Executive Director of the NJ 2-1-1 Partnership. “The most important part of our mission is to steer those in need to the services they are seeking, and we feel the enhancements we have made will make finding information quicker and easier for those seeking assistance.”

The newly-designed website can be translated into multiple languages and provides suggested searches and a “latest news” section, which makes it easier for users to find the pertinent information they are seeking. The enhanced website also provides visitors with user-friendly navigation to its resource database of over 10,000 programs and services. IGM Creative Group of Lincoln Park, NJ handled the redesign of the website.

A live chat session feature will also be rolled out in the future that will immediately connect a web visitor to a NJ 2-1-1 call center operator.

Repeatedly, 2-1-1 demonstrates its value during times of crisis. The NJ 2-1-1 staff works closely with government officials, voluntary organizations throughout the state, and 2-1-1 centers in other areas. In times of disaster, NJ 2-1-1 plays a critical role in bringing information to the people most affected by the event and relaying the needs of callers back to government officials and first responders who are in a position to help.

“Our NJ 2-1-1 centralized system and knowledgeable, compassionate staff make finding established resources in New Jersey easier for individuals, helping professionals, and government employees,” said Geleta. “Additionally, NJ 2-1-1 call staff keeps track of the needs callers communicate. By doing so, the system generates real time data on requests, complaints, and services. Over time, NJ 2-1-1 data can improve the quality of programs and services by making it possible to harvest essential information on resource allocation and use it for policy decision-making and budgeting.”

While the nation observed National Preparedness Month in September, NJ 2-1-1 works year-round with the Office of Emergency Management in New Jersey to ensure that important emergency preparedness information from municipal and state officials is readily available to state residents.

The enhanced NJ 2-1-1 website offers New Jersey residents preparedness tips for meeting the challenge of future storms that may hit the state, especially now that we are in the height of hurricane season. Visitors to the NJ 2-1-1 website can learn what emergency systems are in place in New Jersey and nationally http://nj211.org/homelandsecurity.cfm and learn how to create their own emergency preparedness plan for themselves, families and pets.

NJ 2-1-1 also guides those with access and functional needs (or caregivers on their behalf) to register electronically with New Jersey’s Special Needs Registry for Disasters www.registerready.nj.gov. This service gives these individuals an opportunity to provide information to emergency response agencies, so emergency responders can better plan to serve them in a disaster or other emergency. Alternatively, they can also dial 2-1-1 and call specialists will assist with the registration process.
In addition to emergency preparedness information, the NJ 2-1-1 website www.nj211.org provides visitors with full access to the 2-1-1 resource database of over 10,000 programs and services and is organized to allow users to ”self-serve” by providing comprehensive information like application links, application agency locations, eligibility guidelines and critical dates, among others. Special sections of the site are devoted to such topics as Emergency Preparedness, Family Services, Home Energy Assistance, Utility Assistance, and Resources for the Unemployed among others.
In New Jersey the 2-1-1 system is managed by the NJ 2-1-1 Partnership, a subsidiary of the United Ways of New Jersey which, in 2002, was designated by the Board of Public Utilities as sole administrator of that number. The NJ 2-1-1 Partnership is a non-profit organization committed to connecting individuals in search of health or human service needs and referring them to those local organizations and agencies to assist them in their time of need. The United Ways of New Jersey work to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities. By affording the leadership to make 2-1-1 available to New Jersey residents, they are making an impact on lives every day.
2-1-1 is the free, user-friendly phone number that serves 90% of America’s population, and connects some 16 million people a year to critical resources, information and services. In New Jersey, nearly 500,000 people turned to NJ 2-1-1 for help last year.
NJ 2-1-1 is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and provides services in multiple languages and serves the hearing impaired through its TTY services. You can follow NJ 2-1-1 on Facebook and on Twitter @nj211.

JCP&L Celebrates Careers in Utilities Week – by TOM COSENTINO JCP&L Celebrates Careers in Utilities Week – by TOM COSENTINO(0)

JCP&L Celebrates Careers in Utilities Week

On October 16, 2015 at their training center in Farmingdale, NJ, Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) held an event to demonstrate the skills needed to become a utility worker and the job opportunities available in the profession. JCP&L President Jim Fakult was joined by Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno and Dianne Solomon, NJBPU Commissioner and 44 trainees that are currently enrolled in the JCP&L Power Systems Institute, a unique two-year training program run in conjunction with Brookdale Community College and Raritan Valley Community College.

The JCP&L Careers in Utilities event included demonstrations featuring:
– The Bronto, a truck with a boom and bucket that can extend to 197 feet and is used to construct transmission lines
– The Rolligon, a vehicle specially designed to work in environmentally sensitive areas
– The Pressure Digger, a device for digging in rocky soil conditions
– The Aerial Saw, a unique tree-trimming tool deployed from a helicopter
– The JCP&L Mobile Emergency Operations Center
– Pole Climbing Skills

Background on the PSI program:
For more than a decade, FirstEnergy Corp, the parent company of JCP&L has teamed up with local community colleges to train the next generation of top-quality, well-educated line workers and substation electricians for the electric utility industry. The program, called Power Systems Institute (PSI), was originally introduced by FirstEnergy in 2000 as a way to replace retiring line workers. Since its inception PSI has helped more than 1,100 graduates take their careers to new heights.

Students who successfully complete the program earn an associate of applied science degree and will be prepared to enter the workforce as line workers or substation electricians.
JCP&L participated in the program in the early 2000’s but due the economic downturn in 2011 most of the PSI programs were placed on hold because projected hiring needs did not support bringing in new students. Up until that point, the Power Systems Institute already had provided JCP&L with more than 160 highly skilled employees who are working in the field today.

As future workforce needs were re-evaluated, the decision was made to reinstate the PSI program targeting a fall of 2015 enrollment class. Since JCP&L had previously instituted PSI programs at Raritan Valley Community College in 2003 and at Brookdale Community College in 2007, both colleges were reengaged for the re-launch of the program.

TOM COSENTINO
ACCOUNT DIRECTOR, Public Affairs
tcosentino@mww.com

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