NJ Heroes

  • Melina García – Union City Music Project - 2/11/15

    Posted on February 11, 2015

    Today I had the opportunity to visit the Union City Music Project where I awarded my first NJ Hero of 2015, Melina Garcia. Melina is the Founder and Executive Director of the Union City Music Project, which is in its 3rd year as a non-profit organization. Melina is a native to Venezuela native who immigrated to Brooklyn […]

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  • Rosemary Gilmartin – Interfaith Food Pantry - 11/25/14

    Posted on November 25, 2014

    Today I had the opportunity to visit the Interfaith Food Pantry (IFP) where I awarded my 31st NJ Hero, Rosemary Gilmartin, the Executive Director of the 20 year old organization. Rosemary started at Interfaith Food Pantry as a volunteer in 1995 and was asked to become their Executive Director a year and a half later. It was […]

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  • Dora Arias – Curémonos - 10/28/14

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    Posted on October 28, 2014

    Today I met with Dora Arias, the Founder and Executive Director of Curémonos, at Sofi’s Color Lounge in Summit to name her my 30th NJ Hero. Every year, Sofi’s opens their doors on a Monday when they are normally closed to help Dora host a “Day of Pampering” for Curémonos clients. I was able to meet with […]

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  • Eric Fuchs-Stengel – Mahwah Environmental Volunteers Organization - 7/29/14

    Posted on July 29, 2014

    Today I had the opportunity to meet Eric Fuchs-Stengel of the Mahwah Environmental Volunteers Organization (MEVO), and name him my 29th NJ Hero. Eric led me on a tour of the MEVO gardens at Bergen Community College, and I had the opportunity to harvest and plant alongside Eric and his volunteers. Eric was inspired to start MEVO […]

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  • Abby Daly – The Bridge of Books Foundation - 7/2/14

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    Posted on July 02, 2014

    Today I took a trip to the Jersey Explorer Children’s Museum in East Orange to honor Abby Daly as my 4th NJ Hero of 2014.  Abby’s non-profit foundation, Bridge of Books, provides an ongoing source of books to underprivileged and at-risk children throughout New Jersey in order to support literacy skills and to encourage a love […]

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