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American Institute of Architects Names Prominent West Orange Psychologist Honorary Member


WEST ORANGE, NJ - Prominent West Orange social psychologist Dr. Mindy Thompson Fullilove has been named an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects.

Despite the seeming disparate nature of architecture and social psychology, Dr. Fullilove's pioneering work, which has advanced architecture and urban planning, has helped architects form a broader understanding of the dynamic between the planning of cities and the health of its citizens.

Dr. Fullilove is a pioneer in the field of social psychology who has advanced architecture and urban planning through her expansive knowledge of cities and the relationship between the built environment and the wellness of society. As a global advocate for humane and holistic design, Dr. Fullilove has helped architects form a broader understanding of the dynamic between the planning of cities and the health of its citizens.

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It is a rare event when an individual can effortlessly bridge two seemingly disparate fields of study, but Dr. Fullilove’s groundbreaking research has helped shift the principals of practice for both architecture and psychology. Dr. Fullilove began her career by studying the ways in which H.I.V. and AIDS spread in vulnerable communities. After the realization that the epidemic was largely tied to neighborhood form and history, she shifted the focus of her work to study how the development of American cities has played a role in promoting society’s ills. Her work since has illuminated the way in which harsh urban environments create lasting detrimental effects on entire communities, and she’s measured the post-traumatic stress that arises when well-intentioned planning uproots communities and disrupts long-standing patterns of life. More importantly, she’s also incredibly concerned with how to fix those issues.

Dr. Fullilove has never shied from confronting uncomfortable truths and her seminal books, Root Shock: How Tearing up City Neighborhoods Hurts America, and What we Can do About it and Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy in America’s Sorted-Out Cities challenge long-held notions and have reframed the way in which practitioners direct their interventions.

Through her service as the 2015 AIA National Board of Director’s Public Director and a member of the Strategic Council, Dr. Fullilove has provided a clear voice and unwavering moral compass that has steered the direction of the institute’s repositioning efforts. She’s encouraged new thinking on policy issues to repair social voids and called on architects and leaders to embrace their unique ability to shape the physical environment and commit themselves to the ideals of social justice and equitable development.

Additionally, Dr. Fullilove has promoted community emotional recovery in the aftermaths of devastating events, such as 9/11 and Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. She’s been recognized with a number of awards from the National Academy of Sciences, honorary membership in AIA New York, and was profiled this summer in the New York Times Magazine.

Both the profession and the AIA have already greatly benefited from Dr. Fullilove’s research and voice, and architects still have a great deal to learn from her vision, and commitment to excellence.

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One Free Class at Cycle Bar Livingston

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — Get a free ride at Cycle Bar Livingston. Livingston’s premium indoor cycling facility invites the public to sign up for their first ride free.

Click HERE to see the full class schedule.

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — The public is invited to enjoy one free class at as many of Livingston’s fitness businesses as they would like during this week’s Livingston Fitness Crawl, a Livingston Business Improvement District event, beginning on April 23 and continuing through April 27.

For five days, no purchase is necessary at the following locations:

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Full Pet Grooming Service 25% OFF

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Guests will include:

Michael Piercy, owner of The Lab
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YMCA $0 Enrollment in April

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Take advantage of all that your local Y has to offer for the whole family!

Personal Training
Group Classes
Low monthly membership
And much much more!...

Check out all that the Y has to offer HERE

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Women Need Better Treatment Behind Bars, Lawmakers Say

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Letter to the Editor: Lions Club of West Orange Spaghetti Dinner

April 16, 2018

Dear Editor,

Since 1953, the Lions Club of West Orange has been recognized throughout the township for our service to the blind and visually impaired. A majority of the world’s eye banks, clinics, and eye research centers are established and supported by all Lions Clubs throughout the world.

We are men and women committed to helping provide quality eye care, eye ...

Register for the New Senior Gardening Program in West Orange

April 25, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange residents 60 years or older are invited to register for a new gardening program at the Orange/West Orange UNICO Chapter Nicholas Vecchio Garden in Degnan Park.

Beginning on May 10 and continuing every Thursday afternoon, seniors will be able to prep, plant and harvest their own garden beds.

For more information or to register for this new program, ...

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