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New Brewpub Coming to Downtown Somerville

Downtown Somerville is opening up Somerset County’s very first brewpub! This microbrewery will be serving seasonal craft beers and Progressive American-Style cuisine. Village Brewing Company will soon be located on West Main Street in the original Woolworth’s and former Somerville Center Antiques right in the heart of the downtown district!

Seasonal menus will include locally-sourced ingredients for a farm-to-table atmosphere and a selection of eight to ten in-house brewed craft beers will change monthly – but don’t worry, wines and other spirits will also be served!

The restaurant will provide à la carte, private and semi-private dining. Future plans call for the renovation of the lower floor into the “Village Square,” into a local performing arts center, as well as a banquet and event facility.

“Downtown Somerville is really a hot spot and the place to be,” said Iris Frank, co-owner and director of business development and banquet services. “We considered several towns in New Jersey for our brewpub, but in the end it was an easy decision. There is such a strong sense of community and a cool vibe to the downtown. We’ve watched the amazing transformation of Somerville and the ongoing commitment to enhancing the entire downtown experience.”

Final plans are still in the review process, but the Village Brewing management team expects to open in the summer of 2018. The new brewpub will employ roughly 70 people.

“Village Brewing Company’s decision to open in Downtown Somerville represents a significant private investment on our Main Street and will certainly add to the vibrant community life here,” said Tom Genova, chairman of the Downtown Somerville Alliance. “Somerville is a recognized success story across New Jersey, and we are proud that our downtown district will be home to the first brewpub in the county.” 

 

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Menus for the Mind with Will Reeve

This Giving Tuesday we wanted to highlight a lovely event from November at P.G. Chambers School – the Menus for the Mind Luncheon! 

At the Fall Luncheon, guests were able to see for themselves how all the children at P.G. Chambers School gain confidence, independence, and develop their own unique voices. A parent who spoke at the luncheon, Cindy Labar, said about her daughter Hannah: ” At times, Hannah even spoke like a typical 11 year old girl with some sass and attitude.” Cindy cited seeing enormous growth with Hannah, confident she is in the right school to help her accomplish all that she can!

Will Reeve (a former guest of #HipNJ) was a guest speaker and spoke about how the PGCS mission resonates with his mission at the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. He said, “Who you are, in your soul, your heart, and your mind can never be touched.”

The day was an incredible success, and #HipNJ is overjoyed that there are establishments such as PGCS out there benefitting young
people the way they are!

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A Taste of Italy with The Gloria Foundation

“1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime.”

“Every 9 seconds a woman is beaten or abused.”

“35% of all emergency room calls are the result of domestic abuse.”

If you’ve never heard of The Gloria Foundation, a visit to their website reveals these lines beneath two simple and sobering words: “The Facts”

These are facts indeed, and Karen Arakelian founded The Gloria Foundation for the sole purpose of helping “provide resources to local safe houses and domestic violence organizations” in order to make a difference and help victims of domestic violence.

Karen Arakelian, founder of the Gloria Foundation

In an elegant show of support and solidarity, The Gloria Foundation hosted their 4th Annual Taste of Italy event on the 27th at Design Consign in Fairfield, NJ. The event had delicious catering, a live band, drinks, beautiful upscale furniture, and most importantly: all proceeds went directly to Partners for Women and Justice, who provide pro bono legal services for domestic violence victims.


Student volunteers at the event from Montville HS


Some of the beautiful furniture sold at Design Consign for the event


Caviar donated by Calvisius was given out in free samples with all sales going towards Partners for Women and Justice

Many gathered together dressed to nines in support of The Gloria Foundation and Partners for Women and Justice, making donations, mingling, and enjoying all that the evening and venue had to offer. It’s thanks to wonderful organizations like these aand strong women like Ms. Arakelian that we can look to the future in earnest for a society where victims of domestic violence can easily find the safety and support they deserve.

For more information, visit TheGloriaFoundation.org.