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Ellen Eppie’s ‘Scooch A Mi’ Boutique Spreads Mindful Kindness

#HipNJ’s Maria Falzo speaks with Founder and Chief Curator of Chatham’s ‘Scooch A Mi’ boutique, Ellen Eppie.

While ‘Scooch A Mi’ may be a playful nickname meaning “to pest or to bother”, Ellen Eppie’s Chahtam boutique of the same name has a very different mission: Achieving mindful kindness. To Ellen, this means striving to make sure she is helping artists, the community and the earth, in all ventures.

The jewelry, accessories and gifts carried within the boutique have a story, and Ellen can speak for all of them. Current inventory features pieces made by women in Nepal, The Ivory Coast, Ghana, and even the United States. Another featured item is a multipurpose, vegan leather bag made by Canadian craftsmen.

An entrepreneur herself, Ellen says it’s easy to want to share the efforts of others when you see the beauty in their creations. It’s clear these artists are trying to bring beauty to the lives of others, and Ellen is honored to provide a platform for them.

It doesn’t end with the beautiful retail items available. ‘Scooch A Mi’ also hosts events that spotlight like-minded female entrepreneurs looking to share their knowledge, talents and gifts with the community.

When Ellen first embarked on her own journey of entrepreneurship, she said “The absolute best part was the networking where I was able to connect with many, many wonderful women who were also embarking on new businesses of their own. It’s not about handing out as many business cards as you can. It’s about partnering and supporting each other.”

Partnering with and supporting others is second nature to Ellen. Her devotion to family can also be seen in her boutique’s playful name (based on her father’s nickname for her) and the boutique’s logo that depicts Ellen and her two daughters.

#HipNJ recommends ‘Scooch A Mi’ to anyone hoping to look good, feel good, and do good. Follow them on Instagram to see what amazing events and products you can find at this unique boutique.

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Tony Dearing Honored at Alzheimer’s NJ Gala

Tony Dearing, the Director of News Operations for NJ Advance Media, was honored at the Alzheimer’s New Jersey Gala for his work spreading awareness and knowledge about Alzheimer’s and also other forms of dementia.

Dearing’s mother was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia or FTD.  He became determined to learn everything that he could about the disease. Eventually, Dearing felt he should be sharing this information with people to spread awareness of the disease. He wrote a column for NJ.com and the Star Ledger that included his findings from his research on FTD.

Dearing describes Alzheimer’s New Jersey as a “wonderful resource and partner.” He expressed his gratitude for Alzheimer’s New Jersey as he claims that all of the work that he does is enhanced by their partnership. Dearing appreciates and commends the work that Alzheimer’s New Jersey doe. He strives to honor his mother and feels privileged to work with an organization that fights for that cause.

To learn more or to donate, visit AlzNJ.org.

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Walter MacDonald Given Award at Alzheimer’s New Jersey Gala

Walter MacDonald, President and Chief Executive Officer of ETS, received an award at the Alzheimer’s New Jersey Gala. This was for his work improving the lives of people who are affected by Alzheimer’s.

Educational Testing Service, or ETS, strives to help advance the quality and equity in education regardless of an individual’s circumstances. They do this by providing fair and valid assessments, research, and related services. ETS has sponsored Alzheimer’s New Jersey’s Walk to Fight Alzheimer’s event for the past 15 years and plan to for 15 more. The Walk to Fight Alzheimer’s encourages people to donate in order to improve the condition of Alzheimer’s patients and their families. In fact, the patients and their families receive 100 percent of the donations.

The last letter of ETS is service, therefore it’s in the employees’ DNA to help others. MacDonald believes in fighting the disease and helping the community. MacDonald is honored to accept the award on behalf of ETS and praises Alzheimer’s New Jersey’s work.

To learn more or to donate, visit AlzNJ.org. To learn more about ETS, visit ETS.org.