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W. Cary Edwards Foundation

W. Cary Edwards Foundation Sixth Anniversary Celebration

The W. Cary Edwards Foundation celebrated their sixth anniversary on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at Avenue A Club in Newark, New Jersey by holding a fundraising event benefiting LifeCamp. This event “Racing Towards Education” was a success that brought light to this wonderful camp that changes lives throughout Newark.

LifeCamp is a summer camp that serves about 300 children ages 6-13 from the Newark area. LifeCamp uses the resources around Newark to enhance each child’s summer experience along with helping them  succeed in the upcoming school year and throughout society both for the present and future.

The event was well attended by VIPs Lauren Scala who is a NBC 4 New York reporter and Joanna Gagis of PBS’ ” Life and Living with Joanna Gagis’ who was also the night’s master of ceremonies. Along with performances by ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” former professional Edyta Śliwińska, Memories Band New Jersey’s premiere doo-wap act and lastly world renounced DJ Valentino who has preformed at many private events for Richard Branson.

Notable sponsors of the “Racing Towards Education” fundraiser included Avison Young, Celebrity Motor Cars, BTIG, Monmouth University, Thomas Edison State College, Columbia Bank, AAA North Jersey, Maluka, NJM Insurance Group, South Jersey Industries and Kradle 2 Kindergarten.

The mission of W. Cary Edwards Foundation mission is to support education for individuals who may not have had the opportunity to receive a quality education. The foundation brings New Jersey’s schools  together to improve quality of the education throughout the state. W. Cary Edwards co-founder Marcy Benner stated “we’re continuing to make our father proud, due to the Foundation connecting with new sponsors and businesses…this helps expand our mission to provide unique educational experiences.”

The success of the W. Cary Edwards Foundation is attributed to the fact that Cary Edwards was able to attend college and law school with the help of scholarships and financial aid so he wanted to make sure that he could find a way to benefit others through education.

For more information about the W. Cary Edwards Foundation “Racing Towards Education” event please visit WCaryEdwardsFoundation. org.

National Book Lovers Day

By: Andrea Fasciano

Today is every bookworms favorite day. August 9th marks International Book Lovers Day! Be sure to put some time aside and relax with a great book in your hands. Here are some famous authors from #NewJersey to help you celebrate.

1. Judy Blume, Elizabeth

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Blume is best known for her children and young adult fiction works. Some of her most famous books include Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, Blubber, and Forever. Children will especially love her humorous Fudge books. The Fudge series consists of five comical books that will surely get your children laughing: Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Otherwise Known As Sheila the Great, Superfudge, Fudge-a-Mania, and Double Fudge.

2. Harlan Coben, Newark

The Coben family is ready to take on the world’s tallest roller coaster @sfgradventure

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All the mystery and thriller genre lovers out there will absolutely adore Coben. Most of his novels consist of suspenseful elements such as murders, unsettled conflict and deadly accidents. All these thrills mixed in with unexpected turns throughout his works will certainly keep you at the edge of your chair while reading. Here are some of his recommended titles: Tell No One, Gone For Good, No Second Chance, Play Dead, and Missing You.

3. Edna Buchanan, Paterson

Buchanan is chiefly known for her novels associated with crime and mystery. She won a Pulitzer Prize for Journalism and graduated Montclair State University. For all the mystery lovers out there, here are some of her top books: The Corpse Had a Familiar Face, Act of Betrayal, You Only Die Twice, and Love Kills.

4. Holly Black, West Long Branch

Got a whole lot of new signed Lucifer #1 at Midtown Comics! #2 out tomorrow!!

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Widely known for writing The Spiderwick Chronicles, Black is particularly appealing to those who admire fantasy books. If you are a fan of fantasy, be sure to check out her trilogy called Modern Faerie Tales.

5. Sandra Boynton, Orange

Boynton, both a writer and illustrator, has written books that are enjoyable by both adults and children. In addition to books, Sandra has also written greeting cards and musical albums. Here are some of her titles that have been added to New York Times best sellers list: Chocolate: The Consuming Passion, Yay, You!, Consider Love, and Philadelphia Chickens.

Pokemon Go and a Jeter Wedding: Weekend Recap

Just because the holiday weekend has passed doesn’t mean that #NJ isn’t, well, hip anymore! The #GardenState had nothing short of awesome things happening throughout. See what went down and who stirred things up this weekend in our weekly weekend recap.

Friday, July 8th, 2016

Earlier in the week, Pokemon Go was released on the app store. In the game, virtual Pokemon appear through the player’s smartphone camera and are to be captured and trained by the player. The fever over this new twist in the international franchise made its way to New Jersey this weekend as people of all ages indulged in this new virtual reality.

In probably the most adorable of news, the state revealed to the public that the senate recently passed a bill that requires all pet stores in New Jersey to sell only dogs that originate from animal shelters or rescues. The bill seeks to battle the issue of the abundance of puppy mills throughout the nation. Next, the bill will go to the assembly, where a debate will ensue.

Saturday, July 9th, 2016

Canadian superstar Justin Bieber made his stratospheric comeback with Purpose, his latest album, after a few unfortunate clashes with the media and he’s celebrating it with the Purpose World Tour. The show hit the Prudential Center in Newark on Saturday night. With singles like “Sorry” and “Love Yourself,” it’s hard not to learn to be a #Belieber again. The media loves a bad boy, right?

Saturday marked day two of the The Vampire Diaries Official Convention at the Hilton Parsippany. Fans in attendance had the opportunity to actively engage in the fictitious world of the popular show all weekend. Perhaps the most exciting and highly anticipated part of the convention was a celebrity appearance by Ian Somerhalder, one of the show’s main stars.

Ian Somerhalder!!!!!!!!! #TVDNJ ❤️❤️❤️

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While it may have been a sad day for the ladies, it was certainly a happy day for Derek Jeter as he tied the knot with girlfriend and model Hannah Davis on Saturday. Jeter, the Pequannock Township-born professional baseball shortstop, and Davis chose the small ceremony route and wed in Napa, California.

Sunday, June 10th, 2016

Old Bridge native and elite gymnast Laurie Hernandez didn’t hesitate to wow the audience and the rest of the young gymnasts watching nationwide at the gymnastics Olympic Trials in San Jose, California. In her first year as a senior gymnast, she was named to the team for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics on Sunday night at 16 years old. She finished well ahead of many of her elders, earning herself gymnastics superstardom.

Young Australian rock band 5 Seconds of Summer proved that they can keep up with the other biggest boy bands in the world on Sunday. Currently in its North American leg and in support of Sounds Good Feels Good, the band’s latest album, the Sounds Live Feels Live World Tour arrived in Holmdel at none other than the PNC Bank Arts Center.

I love playing to you. Thank you for this evening Holmdel, New Jersey, we had 12,000 strong tonight xx

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