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Kate Cardaro on Two River Theater

Kate Cardaro, Director of Education at Two River Theater in Red Bank, sat with Joanna Gagis on “A Life & Living Moment” to discuss how acting classes help kids with autism express emotions and read social cues.

For the first time, Two River Theater is offering theater classes specifically designed for students on the autism spectrum, giving them the opportunity to “explore the arts in a theatrical way,” Cardaro states.

These classes are led by teaching artists with extensive experience and supported by several assistants. Students improve interpersonal communication, verbal and body awareness, and self-confidence through the art of theater.

Two River Theater cultivates a new generation of theatergoers through innovative arts education programs that introduce young people to the theater and create opportunities for them to engage with renowned theater artists.

To learn more, click here.

#HipNJ Helps Houston

By now, you have seen the heartbreaking devastation Hurricane Harvey left in Texas. According to the National Weather Service, Harvey has set a record for total rainfall from a single tropical cyclone in the continental United States– a mind-blowing 48 inches has fallen so far, with more to come.

Here in New Jersey, there are many ways to help our brothers and sisters across the country. Here are a few ways to get involved with some kind-hearted Garden State initiatives:

New Jersey Blood Services

Adopt a Pet


We’ve gotten word that everyone’s boarded and Wings of Rescue is in the air with the dogs from City of San Antonio Animal Care Services headed to NJ! We’re ready to welcome them this evening when they land at Morristown and will update later. We will continue to work with The Humane Society of the United States to support Texas in the days, weeks and months to come. The dogs being relocated were in shelters awaiting adoption prior to the disaster–moving them north to the adoption programs of St. Hubert’s and our WayStation destination partners for adoption increases capacity in Texas for sheltering pets directly impacted by the storm, helping to keep families together. To make a gift to help our ongoing efforts visit www.sthuberts.org/harveydogs. Thank you.

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New Jersey Hospital Association A 150 bed hospital in Texas has reached out to the NJHA looking for volunteer nurses for one to two weeks to fly down and be able to give their staff some relief. All expenses paid, but no salary (volunteer). They need 30 ICU nurses, 30 ED nurses and 30 med/surg/telemetry nurses.

Contact info for person at NJHA: Aline M. Holmes, DNP, MSN, RN Senior Vice President, Clinical Affairs New Jersey Hospital Association (t)609-275-4157 AHolmes@NJHA.com

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Spotlight On: Sandy survivor plans to open home for Harvey victims.

Guy Madsen owns two homes in Seaside Heights. They are usually empty once Columbus Day rolls around, but he plans to allow victims of Hurricane Harvey to live in them for free.

Spotlight On: Pa., N.J. volunteers mobilize for Harvey relief in Texas.

New Jersey dispatched 16 of its Task Force 1 members on Sunday, as well as three New Jersey State Police personnel, according to Laura Connolly, spokeswoman for the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management.

Our thoughts are with you, Houston.

“New Jersey’s Bad Boy” Mike Marino Hits Paramount Theatre

Comedian Mike Marino stopped by Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park for two sold-out nights of laughs.

Marino got Up Close and Personal with the crowd, proving why he is called New Jersey’s Bad Boy. A fan commented on Facebook, “Loved your show at the Paramount Saturday! You were awesome. My husband and I had tears in our eyes!”

“I just want to do a shout out and welcome to the stage with me MC/DJ Adam J,” Marino stated in a post on his official Facebook page. Adam J hosted both sold-out shows.

Marino was born in Jersey City. He entered the entertainment industry at an early age and has appeared in over 200 national television commercials. Much success came from a web series titled “Marino 2016,” which chronicled his “run” for President of the United States.

If you want to see this hilarious Garden State native yourself, Marino has another NJ show at the Surflight Theatre in Beach Haven on August 7th. Get your tickets here.