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Teens for Teens Donates Funds for Residents of the Adolescent Psychiatry Specialty Program at Trinitas

Members of Teens for Teens of Union County recently donated $26,000 to provide new furnishings for patient rooms for the teens that live at the New Point Specialty, the adolescent psychiatry program at Trinitas Regional Medical Center.

The donation was presented in the form of a check at Trinitas’ 12th annual Academic Awards Program in June. The New Point Specialty is a 15-bed behavioral residential treatment program for adolescents ages 14 to 18.

The Teens for Teens volunteer organization was formed in 2013 when founder, Mitchell Kelly a high school sophomore at the time, and a few of his friends decided to make a difference in their own community, specifically with teens who were less fortunate. Each year, they hold a Gala reception with a silent auction and teen performances to raise money for various causes.

This year, their fifth annual charity gala to benefit New Point Specialty was held in May at the Stonehouse at Stirling Ridge. There were 280 attendees.

 “It was a wonderful event with live teen performers as well as speakers including New Point Specialty students,” says Samira Morin, an 18-year-old Westfield resident, has been involved for the past four years, and is currently the organization’s President. “Through donations, raffle and silent auctions, we were able to raise $26,000.

“I am beyond impressed with how Teens for Teens has grown throughout the years,” added Morin, a graduate of the Academy for Information Technology in Scotch Plains, who is bound for UCLA this fall. “I am even more excited to see how the group of amazing underclassmen who have just begun to get involved will carry the group forward in the upcoming years.”

Over the years, the team has raised about $125,000 for five different organizations: Robin’s Nest, Imagine, Liam’s Room, Roots & Wings, and New Point Specialty. Coco Herz, the current Vice President, will take over as President next year, and other members include:  Dom Palumbo, Matt Ruane, Sean Hough, Julia Sackett, Georgiana Katsingris, Andrea Morin, Joy Mulzoff, Julia Bell, Kiley Parker, Maddie Hagar, and Nikki Fiore.

“It was lovely for them to choose Trinitas this year,” says Nadine Brechner, Chief Development Officer and Vice President of the Trinitas Health Foundation. “They are a very ambitious and generous bunch.”

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Friday The 13th

Friday The 13th at Blairstown Museum

By: Maria Fernandez

No matter the age, everyone is familiar with the Friday the 13th film series. What people may not know is that the original movie was filmed in parts of Hardwick and Hope! Additionally, the camp scenes were filmed at the Boy Scout Camp and Camp No Be Bo Sco (in Hardwick). In honor of Friday the 13th the Blairstown Museum is hosted a Friday the 13th celebration.

Visitors were able to purchase tickets for a 3 hour trolley tour or VIP dinner event, and have the opportunity to meet Robbi Morgan and Steve Dash. Robbie played “Annie” in the first movie, and Steve was the first adult Jason as portrayed in the second film.

Blairstown, and the local museum, celebrate every Friday the 13th so if you couldn’t make it this year there’s always next year. Entry to the museum is always free and Blairstown, in general, is a quaint and scenic little town to visit. As a special treat, Mrs New Jersey International Parker Sanchez was leading one of the tours.

For additional details, visit the museum’s website at http://blairstownmuseum.com/

Jason Underberg and Brian Kovener on VUE Magazine

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino met with Jason Underberg and Brian Kovener, Co-Founders of VUE Magazine, to discuss the premier luxury lifestyle magazine of North Jersey.

VUE targets the most affluent readers with the highest level of disposable income and spending power in the market. The quarterly publication provides readers with a first person perspective that celebrates the most prestigious lifestyle, real estate, and luxurious design. “The main thing we pride ourselves in is bringing you the news first,” Underberg says. “Everything in that magazine is real.”

“VUE Magazine, for me, was really a passion project,” Underberg states. “It’s something I have always wanted to do. The magazine has since grown beyond his wildest imagination. Underberg ‘s cousin Kovener attended a launch event for the magazine, and knew that he wanted to make the transition from finance to working on VUE. “The beauty is that you learn something new every day,” Kovener says.

Underberg does not believe that print is dying. “The same people that are saying that print is dead are reading a magazine on the beach,” he says. He feels that this is a huge misconception, as the readers are there. Still, VUE is growing its digital presence with the launch of MagMen, a new series taking viewers behind the scenes of what it is like to put together a magazine.

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