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Livingston High School Students Become Dress Makers To Help Girls Around The World

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By Steve Sears annah Michelson, a Livingston High School senior in Stacey Dworzanski’s Fashion/Family & Consumer Science’s class, maybe says it best regarding The Dress a Girl Around the World Project. “Initially, I loved the idea of helping another girl by giving her something to wear and, as a young feminist, I think it is so important to support girls and women all over, in a way we did that,” says Michelson. “You know, by making a dress for a girl who likely didn’t have one, maybe I could make her feel beautiful, that’s supporting my fellow sisters.” ENGLISH • MATH MATH PROBLEM SOLVING READING & WRITING PUBLIC SPEAKING

The first time Dworzanski’s class did this worthwhile project, plans are to do it again next year. Twenty one students became dressmakers in this project which began in September and ended in January. Laurie Jung, Livingston High School certified nurse, suggested the idea. “I mentioned to Stacey that my church, the Roseland Presbyterian Church was working on making dresses as a mission project,” says Jung. I think I mentioned to her that this was a great community outreach project if she ever needed one. I volunteered to provide labels for the dresses and ship continued on page 4 SUMMER CAMP JULY 2 - AUG 24

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Livingston Library To Host Museum Of Impact


By Jason Cohen he Livingston Library will host the Museum of Impact (MOI) for the first time later this month. With numerous school shootings, lack of credible news sources and the violent events in Charlottesville, Va., this past summer, the staff at the Livingston Library thought it was important to educate kids about social activism. This year, the library introduced Livingston Listens, which is a series of six programs on inclusion, representation and social justice. On April 27 and 28, the library will host the Upstanders Festivals, presented by the Museum of Impact (MOI). Anna Coats, head of youth services at the library, says she feels this will benefit the entire community. “With teens and children these feelings of helplessness

and confusion can be magnified because they may be thinking, ‘I’m so young. What can I even do?’” Coats said. “Events like these are important because they bring education about and opportunities for civic engagement to young people. When we are able to take action, those feelings of helplessness diminish because not only are you doing something, you are talking to other people and finding support.” MOI was founded in 2013 by educator Monica Montgomery during the beginning of the Black Lives Matter movement. According to its website, it “is the first mobile social justice museum, inspiring action at the intersection of art, activism, self and society.” The organization partners with communities, universities and institutions to produce programs, pop ups, exhibits and interactive experiences that

celebrates humanity. Coats stressed that many kids feel their voices do not matter, but the March for Our Lives movement shows things are changing. While registration is not required, she hopes many kids attend and learn about social activism and how to make a difference.

“I hope both teens and children discover that it is never too early to learn about important issues and that they can make an impact,” Coats remarked. “Youth have been important advocates at many important moments in U.S. history. I also hope that teens and children learn that if they form continued on page 3



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Dress Makers... continued from front page the dresses. Since this is a big organization (, they are shipped out to wherever the greatest current need is.” Dworzanski was thrilled with the idea. “Students in Family and Consumer Sciences classes are taught life skills and to be a contributor to the community,” says Dworzanski. “In fashion, my students now had an opportunity to learn the skills in the curriculum and this project dovetailed to serve as a community service project, so the students could give back to someone else.” Drew Nathan, ninth grader, says, “When I first looked at the task we needed to complete, I was very nervous to see what I would create. I was also very excited though. I was ex-

cited because I knew that this one thing, that everyone in today’s society takes for granted, could make this little girl so happy. Knowing that this dress could make someone so happy, made the project much more fun to complete.” The students sketched a design and rendering, using the silhouette provided by Dress a Girl Around the World organization. They then used fabric from the class fabric closet to make 30 dresses. Junior Harley Scherago adds, “At first when I began the project I loved the idea of doing something for people who really needed it. At first I was just excited to help but then as I continued making my dress I really felt attached to it and wished I could see the girl who was going to receive my dress and do more for her.”

Finally, for ninth grader Ariana Kasperski, it was a super first project. “I was happy the make our first project because I was excited to finally use the sewing machines,” says Kasperski. Dworzanski’s pride for the project has spilled over to the 2018 school year. “I don’t know if my stu-

dents realized how much they were helping these innocent girls until they finally saw how many dresses, and how much of their hard work was donated,” says Dworzanski. “It was overwhelming, and I was extremely proud of my group this year and I look forward to increasing the amount of dresses made for next year!”


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LHS Quartet Wins Princeton Invitational Quiz Bowl Title


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The Temptation To Temp - A Job For All Seasons


By Ricki Demarest verybody needs a paycheck. Sometimes, whether one just graduated or is still in college, been recently laid off or had a life changing event – a job is a must. Becoming a temporary employee, or “temp,” can provide a solution. According to the American Staffing Association website, around 15 million people a year are hired as temporary and contract workers in the United States. In 2016, approximately 417,000 were in New Jersey. Nearly half of them claimed that it was a good way to get to a full-time job. One third of those workers were offered a full-time job while on assignment. Nine out of 10 agreed that temping was a viable way to become more employable. Temporary workers have the power to select their assignments and match their skills to a position that may or

may not become a full-time situation. Temping or “project work” also looks better on a resume than simply having long stretches of unemployment. Learning new skills while on assignment makes one a stronger candidate for future positions. Staffing agencies that manage contract workers vary in size from national or international firms with local offices to smaller organizations that focus on an industry or skill. Finding the right agency depends on matching skills and experience with the right agency. For instance, those who have worked in the corporate world may be the right fit for a large firm that offers general office help. Those with specific skills, may need to look a little harder. The easiest way to find an agency is by asking people who have used nearby offices and by checking those websites.

One of the many firms that place temporary workers is TeleSearch Staffing Solutions, which has offices throughout New Jersey. Kim Carsillo, the Flanders office branch described her company as “a large full-service placement firm.” In a recent interview, Carsillo outlined the process by which candidates are screened. Carsillo said that a recruiter will first interview a prospective candidate, who also completes paperwork and computerized assessments. Background and reference checks are part of the process. Then workers are matched with assignments. Workers who are placed, she noted, are employees of her agency not the companies where they are working. TeleSearch pays temp workers on a weekly basis, taking and tax and necessary deductions from the gross amount.

Being realistic about one’s skill level and showcasing work experience makes it easier to place a candidate. “If you’re looking to re-enter the work force as an administrative assistant you will want to make sure that your typing and software skill are up to industry standards…companies are hiring because they need someone to easily transition into their environment,” said Carsillo. TeleSearch does welcome everyone regardless of work experience and criteria. “We are able to find work for a wide variety of skill sets. We look for people who have recent work history, good references and willingness to work. The main thing all companies want are hardworking and reliable employees.” She stressed that her company offers free training for those who want to upgrade their office skills. Certain continued on page 10


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Dietician To Address Community At Temple


he Men’s Club of Temple Beth Shalom, Livingston, is sponsoring the second in a series of presentations related to health on April 29, when it hosts Amy Fleishman, a registered dietician. At the 8:15 p.m. event, Fleishman will deliver a program entitled, “A Healthy Life is a Happy Life.” A question period will follow her presentation. Fleishman is also a certified dietitian nutritionist and has been in private practice since 2001. She provides her clients with comprehensive medical nutrition therapy and personalized nutrition plans. She also presents lectures and

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he Livingston Health Department will be having a Lyme and Tick Borne Diseases Panel on Thursday, May 3, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Livingston Library. New Jersey has one of the highest rates of cases of Lyme disease in the United States. Not only can ticks transmit Lyme disease but ticks carry other diseases as well. This expert panel will

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Delivering Healthy Smiles To Those In Need

r. Greg Scheier, a dentist with the Scheier Dental Group in Millburn, knows that a smile goes a long way. He and his associate, Dr. Samantha Shapiro, have generously donated their services to help clients from the Linda & Rudy Slucker NCJW/Essex Center for Women gain their confidence by obtaining dental work that they would otherwise be unable to afford. “I wholeheartedly believe in kindness and giving back to the community and what better way to show that than by getting involved with NCJW/Essex,” said Scheier. Last spring, he was introduced to Patty Kremen, career services manager at the NCJW/Essex Center for Women, which helps women in transition who may be looking for a new job, starting a business or recovering from a loss. “I learned about the life-changing work that is happening at the Center for Women and it is very much aligned with causes I believe in,” said Scheier. “These are women who, for one reason or another, have come upon difficult times and I am thrilled to be able to help them make such a major, positive difference in their lives.” Scheier and Shapiro have provided a

variety of dental work for clients, including routine dental exams, cleanings, x-rays, root canals, fillings and veneers, valued at over $20,000. “It’s a good feeling to know that what we can make such a difference in someone’s life,” said Scheier. “Everyone on our staff feels good about making such a positive impact on the lives of these women.” As Scheier looks ahead, he said he anticipates expanding his pro bono work to continue to help clients of the NCJW/Essex Center for Women. “Our clients cannot always afford costly, but necessary, dental work and will often put other expenses first, such as electric bills and food for their families,” said Kremen. “Our clients who have benefitted from Dr. Scheier’s generosity have brighter smiles and greater confidence, which impacts their ability to obtain jobs. We know when we send our clients to the Scheier Dental Group they will be treated with the utmost respect and their dental care will be of the highest quality. It is an extraordinary partnership.” The NCJW/Essex Center for Women offers many types of support programs for women in transition including career ser-

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Slucker Center For Women Receives Block Grant

Pictured, from left, are George Serio, director at Essex County Division of Housing and Development; Armando B. Fontoura, Essex County sheriff; Beverly Trust and Barbara Hauser, both of Livingston; Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., Essex County executive; and Isabel Margolin of Montville. Trust, Hauser and Margolin are volunteer co-chairs of the NCJW/Essex Career Closet, which assists economically disadvantaged women in obtaining career attire appropriate for the workplace.


he Linda & Rudy Slucker NCJW/Essex Center for Women received a $9,678 block grant from the Essex County Department of Economic Development, Training and Employment, Division of Housing and Community Development. The grant will go toward expanding the programs offered by the NCJW/Essex Center for Women, which have helped thousands of women with computer skills, job searches and personal guidance.

Sue Wasserman, director of community services for NCJW/ Essex, said: “We are very excited about the opportunities that this grant will give to the Center for Women and the various programs that fall under its umbrella.” For more information about the Center for Women, visit, or call (973) 994-4994. Programs are nonsectarian and open to all women, regardless of religion.


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Leaders, Students Honor Dr. King


ssex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., along with elected officials community leaders and students from the Essex County Newark Tech Campus shared what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., means to them during a ceremony to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his assassination April 4. “Dr. King was one of our nation’s greatest leaders and one of his last public appearances was his visit to Newark, just a week before he was taken from us,” DiVincenzo said. “His message of hope, peace and equality has resonated throughout the decades and inspired generations - and is just as poignant and relevant today as it was in 1968. Remembering his contributions and laying a wreath at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Statue in front of the Essex County Hall of Records is a fitting tribute to an individual

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Budgeting Tips For A Healthier Lifestyle

rom the cost of gym memberships to prepping healthier meals, living well can be expensive. Before you abandon your goals for a healthier lifestyle, consider these tips that show you don’t have to overspend to live a better life. Plan Your Meals An impromptu visit to the grocery store inevitably ends up costing more than a wellplanned trip. Get organized by planning your meals and grocery list ahead of time to help save money and find ways to use healthy ingredients across multiple meals. Plus, preparing meals at home helps ensure you can eat the foods you want, rather than settling for something because it’s the only sensible option on the menu at a restaurant. Another option is taking advantage of the premeasured portions of healthy meal boxes, which can help you skip the prep time and avoid wasting unused groceries. Weigh Your Workout Options A gym membership may be a tempting investment when you’re trying to commit to a


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amily vacations can seem like daunting endeavors to organize, as planners must cater to each member of the family and their individual needs. Family vacations can cost several thousand dollars, which only adds to the pressure planners may be under. But careful planning makes it possible to simplify the process so more time can be spent resting, relaxing and having fun. Child-friendly hotel One of the “musts” when booking a family vacation is finding the right accommodations. This often means booking rooms at family-friendly hotels. Things to look for when seeking hotels include amenities like swimming pools and recreation areas, nearby parks and other attractions that kids can enjoy, and easy access to stores that sell necessities.

When booking a room, request one that is close to the elevator or the breakfast buffet. If you have youngsters who nap or go to bed early, try to book adjoining rooms or one-bedroom suites. This way the kids are tucked in but accessible, allowing adults to enjoy their downtime. Plan the trip together Get the entire family involved when planning a vacation and let children who are old enough to have a say in some of the travel plans. Let kids choose some activities, pick some restaurants or even select which seats to sit in on the airplane. Pack as lightly as possible Pack light and, if possible, buy some necessities when you arrive. Few things can be as headache-inducing as dragging along extra luggage with kids in tow. Choosing a hotel or resort with laundry facilities can

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tolerance, LGBT advocacy, immigration, and gun control. Collectively, we seek to create a world where man or woman, regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation, can be viewed and respected as an equal.” The Essex County Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Statue was dedicated in October 2015.

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Social Justice Advocate To Address NCJW

he National Council of Jewish Women, Essex County Section, will present a special evening event, “Dessert and Dialogue,” featuring author Jennifer WeissWolf, on April 25 at Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel, South Orange, at 7 p.m. Weiss-Wolf is a leader in the movement to make feminine hygiene products affordable and accessible. Her work to end the “tampon tax” and advocate for legislation that addresses the lack of menstrual equity in our commu-

nities has put her on the map as one of the nation’s “badass menstrual activists” by the publication “Bustle.” Menstrual equity is, in Weiss-Wolf’s opinion, a “gateway issue for feminism” and one that is intensely relatable by all women. NCJW/Essex operates a community service project called, “The Period.Project” which collects and distributes feminine hygiene supplies to local agencies and clients of its Center for Women. “Our community service work has shown us that more needs

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f cooler weather has you longing for sunny days outdoors, take heart. Once spring rolls around, you can safely begin the annual cleanup to prepare your yard for months of warm-weather enjoyment. Start by evaluating your lawn. Look for bald spots where grass has grown sparsely and needs reseeding, or uneven areas that may need to be filled and leveled. Before you take steps to correct any problems, you’ll need a clean slate. Clear the yard of any leaves, rocks or sticks that may have accumulated then cut the grass as short as you can. Use a thatching rake to remove dead roots and grass. Break up the soil in bare spots to create an environment that will be hospitable to new seed. Add lawn soil to level the surface. You’ll also need to apply an

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eople are living longer, fuller lives than ever before, which means retirement plans need to stand the test of time. With this in mind, it makes sense to review your financial plan and make necessary tweaks to set yourself up for success. “Knowing that your retirement plan includes long-term protection from market losses and opportunities for growth can help you feel more confident about facing some of the challenges that may come your way,” says Will Fuller, president of Annuity Solutions and Distribution for Lincoln Financial Group. “What’s more, working with a financial advisor can help you balance your competing financial priorities to help ensure you are on the right track for a successful, comfortable retirement.” Fuller and the professionals at Lincoln Financial Group are offering the following tips for creating a successful retirement plan. • Start saving today. If your employer offers a 401k, enroll if you haven’t already. If you’re currently enrolled, consider boosting your contributions or creating an additional retirement account. Only four in 10 savers are saving as much as they think

is necessary, according to the 2017 Lincoln Retirement Power Participant Study. One reason for this is that many savers face competing financial priorities, such as saving for college for their children and paying down mortgage debt. A financial advisor can help you manage such competing priorities. • Plan for the unexpected. Most people age 65 and older will need some form of long-term care, so plan for this potential expense. One way to help guarantee that you will have the resources to pay for such expenses as they arise, while protecting the savings and income you’ve worked to build, is through a long-term care funding solution. • Add solutions that offer lifetime income. “Retirement strategies that were once successful may no longer stand up to today’s challenges, including fluctuations in the market, inflation and tax reform,” says Ric Martin MS, CFP, of Bluestone Wealth Partners in Columbus, OH, and a registered representative of Lincoln Financial Advisors, who works with clients on their retirement income plans. “Depending on retirees’ personal situations and if



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eed a Mother’s Day gift that truly shines? Take these fun and practical ideas into consideration. 1. A clean house. Let Mom take a load off now and again. Hire a cleaning service once a month for a year, or if you’re on a budget, do it yourself. From laundry to dishes -- an IOU ticket to take care of the chores she would usually handle will give Mom an opportunity to take more time for herself to read a book or go out with friends. 2. A classic accessory. If you’re looking for something classic, give Mom an accessory that combines function and fashion, such as the Vintage Collection timepieces from Casio. Offered in a range of styles that complement fashion palates from simple and classic to retro glam, each timepiece comes equipped with an LED-

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