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Women's Association Gala

Women’s Association Gala

The Women’s Association of NJPAC‘s Spotlight Gala 2018 kicks off NJPAC’s season and benefits NJPAC and its arts education programs. Celebrating the Music of Lena, Billie and Sarah, a one-time-only performance, features special surprise guest Valerie Simpson and music greats Cyrille Aimée, Southside Johnny, Raul Midón, Alice Smith, and Bernie Williams, performing songs made famous by jazz divas Lena Horne, Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan. Hosted by six-time GRAMMY®-winning bassist Christian McBride and his Big Band!

Singer Valerie Simpson is half of the songwriting/performing/producing entity formerly known as Ashford & Simpson. Their award-winning collaborations began four decades ago and she, along with her late husband Nick Ashford, have penned classic hits such as “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “You’re All I Need to Get By,” “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing” and “Your Precious Love.”

See the country’s biggest names in jazz, appearing under the direction of the multi-GRAMMY winner Christian McBride, NJPAC’s Jazz Advisor. From “Stormy Weather” and “Strange Fruit” to “Summertime” and “Misty,” expect exciting and original renditions of numbers that will be forever associated with the voices of three legends known simply as Lena, Billie and Sarah.

A past winner of the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition at NJPAC, Cyrille Aimée was a finalist in the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocal Competition. Her talents recently caught the attention of Stephen Sondheim, who cast her in a special Encore presentation at City Center.

GRAMMY-nominated singer, songwriter and guitarist Raul Midón “plays with such freedom and joy that his hands smile,” writes the Huffington Post. His 2016 rendering of John Coltrane’s classic “Giant Steps” – which sees him fly through all 12 keys – has earned more than 1.2 million views via Facebook.

Alice Smith (“Fool for You,” “I Put a Spell on You”) is a passionate singer-songwriter who has an unshakable sense of self and the attitude to match. She was raised on a steady diet of gospel, pop, soul and go-go. Her sophomore album, She, is an intoxicating mixture of rock, pop and R&B.

Retired New York Yankees center fielder Bernie Williams, a four-time World Series Champion and five-time All Star, never gave up his passion for the guitar. His critically acclaimed debut album, 2003’s The Journey Within, featured fusions of jazz, rock and the tropical rhythms of his Puerto Rican heritage. He is a Latin GRAMMY nominee.

Performance only tickets are just $50.00 and can be reserved starting Friday, August 3rd at 10 a.m. by visiting www.njpac.org or by calling 888.GO.NJPAC (888.466.5722.)

For full Gala tickets and sponsorship, contact Sarah Rosen at srosen@njpac.org or call 973.297.5806 or wanjpac.org. Full Gala tickets include the performance as well as a cocktail reception, dinner, dancing and a dessert extravaganza.

To reserve your tickets online today Click Here!

Luxury Garage Sale Pop Up Shop

Luxury Garage Sale Pop Up Shop

Luxury Garage Sale (LGS), a leading omni-channel retailer specializing in luxury designer clothing, handbags, shoes and accessories, is opening its first Westfield pop-up shop for a 30-day run. The pop-up will launch at 76 Elm Street in Westfield, New Jersey. Here for one month only, the pop-up will open on Wednesday, August 15th and will run through Saturday, September 15th with an opening party on Thursday, August 16th from 6-8pm.

With personalized service, Luxury Garage Sale is known for setting new benchmarks in luxury consignment. It offers shoppers a curated luxury shopping experience unparalleled in Westfield, New Jersey, and gives consignors a trusted avenue for re-selling their goods at fair market prices. Luxury Garage Sale’s personalized service includes above-and-beyond offerings for women and men such as complimentary one-on-one personal styling consultations, industry-leading commissions and authentication guarantees.

The Westfield, New Jersey pop-up will have a 30-day run and feature a wide selection of fully authenticated, hand-selected items chosen specifically for the fashion savvy, discriminating shopper. The selection includes women’s and men’s designer clothing, handbags, shoes, jewelry and accessories at varying price points. Shoppers will find many one-of-a-kind items transported to their backyard at the Luxury Garage Sale Pop-Up Boutique. Goods from top designers such as Chanel, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Hermes and other luxury designers line the racks and shelves. Plus, every week the store will be refreshed with new arrivals.

Luxury Garage Sale

Founded by childhood friends Brielle Buchberg and Lindsay Segal, Luxury Garage Sale is the result of its co-founders’ extensive experience in fashion, retail, marketing and styling. Their deep knowledge informed Luxury Garage Sale’s consignment and sales processes, which are setting new standards in the luxury resale industry. With boutiques in Chicago, Dallas, Minneapolis and Seattle, and a state-of-the-art e-commerce platform, Luxury Garage Sale has been featured in notable media such as Vogue, Refinery29, Marie Claire and ELLE.

Luxury Garage Sale customers are privy to a rewarding shopping experience because of its talented stylists and superior merchandising. “We really know our customers, and select the pieces we feature in each pop-up shop with its location in mind. Our market expertise and style acumen make it possible for shoppers to find exceptional staples—as well as rare pieces that can be transformative,” said Buchberg.

An equally strategic approach informs Luxury Garage Sale’s consignment process. “It’s intuitive and hassle-free, because we know when it comes to coveted, gently used designer pieces our clients rely on us for the most effective reselling experience and return on investment,” said Segal. “Our in-house market experts evaluate, authenticate, photograph and price every item we consign, and go the extra mile to meet our clients’ requirements and needs.”

Luxury Garage Sale

Pop-ups also give consumers access to Luxury Garage Sale’s most customer-friendly consignment practices: the option to drop off merchandise during store hours without prior appointment, and complimentary in-home consignment consultations and merchandise pickup. LGS handles the rest for a seamless, stress-free experience.

Luxury Garage Sale’s New Jersey pop-up can be found in the following location:

Westfield, New Jersey August 15 – September 15
76 ELM STREET, WESTFIELD NJ 07090
Monday-Saturday: 10am – 6pm
Sunday: 12 – 5pm

For more information:
visit www.luxurygaragesale.com
Facebook: @LuxuryGarageSale
Instagram: @LuxuryGarageSale
Twitter: @LuxuryGarage

jersey flood

New Jersey Flash Flood

New Jersey was hit with flash flood waters that swept through the state, damaging homes and businesses alike. Even causing a pileup of cars from a Passaic County Dealership.

Cedar Grove Police Lieutenant Frank Pumphrey said “I witnessed flooding like this since Hurricane Floyd in 1999. We got hit from one end to the other with flooded homes, cars, roadways blocked by debris,”

Cedar Grove in Essex County stretches about 5 square miles and contains 13,000 residents. According to preliminary numbers, Cedar Grove reported 3.78 inches of rain on Saturday.

The highest rainfall totals were reported in Bergen, Essex and Passaic counties, according to early reports. Caldwell topped the list with a staggering 4.92 inches.

jersey flood

By Sunday, the flood waters had receded and all roadways were back open, with no injuries or evacuations reported, according to Kevin Lynch, a spokesperson for the Essex County Sheriff’s office.

Another round of rain is in the forecast for tonight, however, with a risk of 1-2 more inches in some spots across New Jersey, according to the National Weather Service.

Jackie Farrell and her husband, Dave Farrell, who own Dave’s Delicious Deli, on Bloomfield Avenue in Caldwell, said Saturday’s floodwaters had taken over their store and forced it to close.

“For a long time we just tried to keep the water out. I was using a broom to sweep it, we were moving things around but eventually the water just came right up to our doorstep,” she said.

“Every time it rains heavy, water builds up above the gutter. Regular insurance doesn’t cover flooding so we have to assess the damage and decide from there when we can reopen,” Dave Farrell said.