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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.

The City of Newark Strives to Rebrand Itself as a “City of the Arts”

The city of Newark has been making strides to rejuvenate its neighborhoods and rebrand itself as a “city of the arts”. Here at #HipNJ, we applaud those efforts and want to keep our followers informed of the latest developments in the city’s transformation. Since January, progress has been underway to convert a neglected building on South Ward’s Clinton Avenue into a community center. Brick City Live has partnered with Newark Arts to host community info sessions that utilize the expertise of artists, students, journalists, marketers and social influencers to formulated plans for a better city.

The latest session held on Thursday, February 22 at the Kilkenney Alehouse focused on brainstorming a new cultural plan for Newark’s art community. The meeting was structured around a series of questions posed to attendees. “How do [you] contribute or engage the artist community in Newark? And how can arts and culture be better leveraged as a resource in our community? What do media professionals want to see happen in the arts and creative sector that would help community revitalization in the next 3 years?”

Of the plethora of inspirational ideas drawn from the crowd, two major efforts are the focus of further exploration. The first is the development of a centralized communication system for arts and cultural-related events. The plan is to engage local students in the development of an app that will act as a virtual bulletin board. Once established, it can be maintained by either the Newark Arts or the Greater Newark Convention & Visitors Bureau. The second is the conversion of the seedy Little Theater into legitimate movie theater and performance space. This is made plausible by the fact that the property is up for lease.

The session ended with clear ideas and a projected Master Plan launch date of June 2018. The multi-faceted plan involves significant legwork on the part of the planners yet the rewards for the city will be substantial. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for new developments on the progress of the Newark’s art scene!

Original Reporting by Candace Nicholson