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April 5, 2020 @ 1:30 am

Episode 79: Montclair’s Community Response to Corona, Part 2

In this episode, we’ll continue to showcase some of the people and organizations that are helping our community get through this terrible time. stay home so we all need the patience to get through this.

We’ll talk to some of the people and organizations in our community that are helping those who need it most, victims of the pandemic. John Fromhold, Tim O’Brien and Valerie Allusson of Mountainside Hospital spoke with me about what we should know about their program to help us get through this, what we can do to help our health workers and how they’re doing at the hospital.

Then we’ll take a look at the efforts of the Office of Emergency Management here in town. This is a job that most of us never think of or may not know we have here in town. We don’t think of it until we need it. Chief John Herrmann leads this team and speaks with us about what they’re doing behind the scenes, working to protect our citizens.

We’ll also speak with Buddy Evans who heads up the YMCA’s here in town. He’ll tell us about services and programs they have to help health workers and our community.

And we’ll speak with the Mary Murdoch, owner of Murdoch’s Shoes, a long-standing business in Bloomfield that is pitching in to help the tireless workers at the hospital be a little more comfortable on the job.






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March 29, 2020 @ 2:18 am

Episode 78: Montclair’s Community Response to Corona

Right now, we're all living through a remarkable time in the history of our world---and of our country. We're a diverse and social community that thrives on the day-to-day flow of business and social relationships. They're the bedrock of our love for Montclair. But that flow of energy has slowed considerably and we are struggling to find a path through all this while still taking care of each other.

Today's episode is about just that---finding a path through hard times to a sunnier day. We'll be talking with members of our community who are striving to help others and find a way to stay positive while keeping in touch with each other and with the values we all cherish.

We'll talk with people stepping up to help our health community like Alan Schatzberg of Schatzberg Drapery, Anne Mernin of Toni's Kitchen about the help they and others are providing for food-insecure households, Peter Coyl from Montclair Public Library about how they can help your boredom, and we'll feature a few people who are relying on self-help to survive this pandemic as well. We'll also give you a go-to list for local help and charitable causes.


Sources mentioned in this episode:

Montclair Library - montclairlibrary.org

Toni’s Kitchen - toniskitchen.org

Stuffed Burger - stuffedgrassfedburgers.com

United Way - 866-211-9966  - unitedwaynnj.org

Vets4Warriors - 855-838-8255 - vets4warriors.com

Mom2Mom - 877-914-6662 - mom2mom.com

Care2Caregivers - 800-424-2494 - care2caregivers.com

NJ Vet2Vet - 866-838-7654 - njvet2vet.com

NJ Peer Recovery - 833-422-2765 - njppnj.com

Aid NJEA - 866-243-6532 - njea.org/aid-njea-can-help

Cop2Cop - 866-267-2267 - njcop2cop.com

Umbrella - 844-402-2480 - askumbrella.com

Montclair Design Week - 973-744-2544 ext. 3 - montclairdesignweek.org

NJMentalHealthCares - 1-866-202-4357 - njmentalhealthcares.org

Alan Schatzberg Drapery - 201-440-8855 - alanschatzberg.com

Debra Dixon Anderson-Light of Gold Marketing 917-385-1079 lightofgoldpr.com

GoFundMe for Mountainside - https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-feed-our-healthcare-heroes

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March 15, 2020 @ 1:01 am

Episode 77: Pee-kaboo Stickers

We speak with Nina Nsilo Swai creator of the potty training solution Pee-kaboo Potty Stickers.  As a young woman, Nina Nsilo Swai had plans to follow her diplomat father into a job focused on international business in some way or another. But life has a way of taking you in directions you never planned! She grew up between Tanzania, the United Kingdom, and New York City. But after earning her degree in urban planning, the first place she found a need for her talents was in the local New York area, working with some of the poorest of the cities inhabitants. Soon, she met and married her husband and they became a multicultural family with a special needs child.

Eventually, they moved to New Jersey to access special schooling for their, now, two children and Nina began to plan for a different kind of personal success.

She tells us the story of her journey to integrate her ambitions for herself with the needs of her children and family. She tells us of waiting in a coffee shop in Verona while they were in school, researching how to start her own business and creating some ideas. Fast forward - today she has a flourishing company that markets her product all over the US.

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March 1, 2020 @ 9:28 am

Episode 76: Bangz Salon

We speak with Andy, one of the stylists at Bangz Salon here in town. You probably noticed the award-winning renovation of the former 19th Century Masonic Temple on Fullerton Street several years ago that transformed that building into a world-class salon that offers hair color and cut as well as salon services like hair treatments, balayage, and extensions. They have a full range of other treatments like nail, skin and spa services, as well. And best of all, this takes place inside a truly breathtaking building that streams with sun and color through the stained glass windows.

Andy tells us the story of how he found his way to this career and we speak about the important emphasis that Bangz puts on using sustainable, earth-friendly dyes, treatments and chemicals so that customers not only look fabulous but the process is environmentally safer, to help keep our environment healthy as well.
Here's the link to the site he mentions in his interview: https://greencirclesalons.com/about/
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February 16, 2020 @ 1:00 am

Episode 75: Entwined Studio Photography

We speak with Angie McCaffrey and discuss her life and career in film making and media. She tells us about the rewards of a creative lifestyle on film and video production, and also about the life challenges and personal uncertainties that life can bring. We talk about what she's learned and finally about her decision to open a photography studio, Entwined Studio, with her husband, Matt's help and support.

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February 9, 2020 @ 6:00 am

Episode 74: When I Grow Up Coach

We speak with Michelle Ward, PCC, the When I Grow Up Coach, guiding creative women to bridge the gap between an unfulfilling career and their dream business since 2008.  If you're finally ready to listen to the quiet voice in the back of your head that says "I want to be a successful entrepreneur," Michelle Ward is the person to talk to...and we did.  Michelle has an online news list about creating the work-life you dream of and has blogged about careers "for wherever you are at in your dream business timeline".  She has been interviewed by leading news sources like Newsweek, NY Magazine, Huffington Post, USA Today and Forbes Top 100.
If you need the energy to restart your career, Michelle has more than needed to share that Ooomph! to get you going!
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January 19, 2020 @ 6:00 am

Episode 73: Tostchu

We speak with Gokhan Bars, the owner of the new eatery Tostchu (toast-chew) on North Willow.  Gohkan grew up in Istanbul, went to college, and then went into the textile business, manufacturing high quality fabrics for the garment industry. He made a great success of his business in Turkey and Europe, but after many years of hard work and wise investing, he found himself living a life that left him no time for anything but work. His inspiring story it reminds us that though we think we're in charge, sometimes life has other plans for us. We talk to Gokhan about what it's taken for him and his family to build a life on two continents, through resilience, paying attention to what's important in life and remembering to listen to the call of destiny.

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December 29, 2019 @ 6:00 am

Episode 72: The Amy Owens Team at Keller Williams NJ Metro Group

We speak with Amy Owens of The Amy Owens Team at Keller Williams NJ Metro Group. Since 2005, Amy has been the local go-to for all things real estate, specializing in NJ commuter towns. Formerly a Garment Center Executive and Upper West Side Resident.  There, she learned how to be a meticulous facilitator and negotiator, which translated well to her thriving career in real estate. Amy and her family moved to Glen Ridge in 2002 and is now the team leader of The Amy Owens Team at Keller Williams NJ Metro Group. 

Her team of 6, includes Buyers’ Agents, Staging and Administrative Staff who service transactions from contract to closing ensuring that her clients receive the utmost care.  Building a sense of community for her clients is something Amy and her team is highly passionate about.   Amy is the recipient of the Circle of Excellence Platinum Level Award, the top honor presented to agents based on their production. In her career, she has closed 400+ transactions totaling over $200 million in sales.  

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December 15, 2019 @ 6:00 am

Episode 71: Heratij

We speak with Christopher Francois and Alexander Aronoff of Heratij, an apparel business in Montclair known for being all about Slope Street Style.  When Christopher and Alex worked together over a decade ago in a small ski/snowboard shop, they never imagined they would eventually end up as business partners. Through many commonalities, they took a chance on a venture they felt so strongly about. They started dreaming about a shop that reflected their passion for skateboarding and snowboarding. That dream would blossom into a lifestyle store on Fullerton Avenue featuring products that reflect their passion and also, a line of denim with their own brand.

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December 1, 2019 @ 6:00 am

Episode 70: Wyanoke Builders

We speak with longtime Montclair residents, Daren and Brandon Rogers, who along with their father Glenn, founded Wyanoke Builders in 2009.  The Rogers Men, as they are affectionately known, were able to create a successful business together despite their extremely diverse backgrounds.  Together they have had the unique responsibility of restoring and renovating the town they’ve called home for over 30 years.

As their business approaches its 10-year anniversary, we laugh about the slippery slope that is working with family, we discuss what it takes to make and keep clients happy, and we chat about the demands and thrills of staking your lawn sign throughout our town. 

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