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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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