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West Orange Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Dinner

The West Orange Chamber of Commerce proudly recognized outstanding members of the West Orange community at their 20th annual awards dinner on May 9th at The Wilshire Grand Hotel.

View some of the evening’s highlights below:

The Wilshire Grand Hotel in West Orange served as the perfect backdrop for a truly beautiful evening!

 

Essex County Chief of Staff Philip B. Alagia served as the night’s keynote speaker.

 

Ed Reagoso accepts the West Orange Chamber of Commerce’s Business of the Year award on behalf of The Wilshire Grand Hotel.

 

West Orange Fire Chief Anthony A. Vecchio joins his men who heroically saved a 17-year-old West Orange High School student from cardiac arrest- Captain George Hesse, Acting Captain Matthew Keenan, Firefighters Patrick McGovern, Craig Vanderhoof and Nicholas Manzella.

 

West Orange Chamber of Commerce Event Chair Susan McCartney and West Orange Police Chief James P. Abbott with the Police Officers of the Year – Officer Jeffery James and Detective Sebastian deLeon.

 

Standing ovations all around!

New Jersey Author and Entrepreneur Makeba Green

Lisa Marie Latino brings Newark native Makeba Green, author of the book Successful Leaders of New Jersey: Volume I, into the #HipNJ studio to talk about her newest release Entrepreneurship, The Best Job In the World. Green is an entrepreneur and philanthropist – dedicating her photography business, OMG Photography, to fundraising for the purpose of student scholarships.

Green’s motivation behind the book is her passion for inspiring the next generation of leaders. By showing the accomplishments and failures of today’s most effective managers, Green thinks her advice will resonate with the young audience better than simply relaying typical biographies. She says that even prominent CEOs have moments of doubts and failure ranging from not wanting to complete simple tasks to failing at important assignments.

The issue is especially important to Green who sites the support she received from both of her parents as the impetus she needed to succeed. Growing up in an urban setting, she could see that not everyone had a system of encouragement to help them in times of need.

Some people that she covers in her book are Modia Butler, adviser to Senator Cory Booker; Ras Baraka, Mayor of Newark; and Donald Payne, Jr., Essex County Congressman, just to name a few.

Makeba adopts a positive view on life and touts the advice of Richard Douglas who said, “Without struggle there is no progress”. She likes this quote because she feels that you cannot truly know success until you have experienced some setbacks. Additionally, she is not afraid to pave her own path by “marching to the beat of her own drum”, as she puts it.

Makeba Green is truly an inspiration to youths who are otherwise intimidated by the possible failures that come along with striving for excellence. You can purchase Green’s book in paperback or Kindle edition. Order your copy today!

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Home Renovations with C.R. Interior Designs

Caitlin Rutkay of C.R. Interior Designs, a renowned #HipNJ interior designer with over a decade of experience, knows how to find her way around a renovation. Take this advice from Architectural Digest should you be looking to break ground on your own this spring!

Bruce Irving, a realtor and home renovation consultant, tells Architectural Digest how you should seriously consider hiring both an architect and an interior designer at the starting line. “The two disciplines are separate, with separate training and knowledge stores, and since I believe strongly in the wisdom of investing in good design, I think you should have both involved, and preferably from the get-go,” he says. More help needn’t even be pricier, and could even be cheaper in the long term. “Having both from the start doesn’t mean you’ll be paying for both the whole time,” Bruce notes. “It will mean that the new space will be generated holistically rather than serially.”

Here are two images of a 2017 renovation designed and managed by C.R. Interior Designs, kitchen view during and after:

To get a head start on your reno plans, visit CaitlinRutkay.com.