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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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$100 OFF per Week for Summer Camp Now!

July 12, 2018

Guerrero Marital Arts is now offering an 8-week summer camp for summer 2018!

Pick which weeks you want!

Camp Weeks are:

July 16, July 23, July 30, August 6, August 13, August 20, August 27

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Fun (through Sports, Play and Games)
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Bucco Couture Summer Sale on All Custom Suits, Shirts and Casual Wear

NUTLEY, NJ — Save while looking sharp! 20% off all summer wear an extra 10% savings for Military, Veterans and all first responders at Bucco Couture, 187 Franklin Avenue in Nutley, with the launch of some new products such as our tracksuit line, crushed cotton drawstring pants and jeans. 

We also carry Bugatchi and Rober Graham casual wear as well as stretch high V-neck ...

Newark Lures Amazon With $1 Billion Payroll Tax Incentive

July 14, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - Amazon will get a payroll tax break at a cost of $1 billion to the city should the company open its second headquarters in Newark, according to one of two ordinances approved by the Newark City Council council to sweeten the deal for the corporate giant and stand out among other locations vying for Amazon’s so-called HQ2.

“The City Council has brought Newark a ...

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Public Invited to Essex County Opioid Use Prevention Task Force Meeting

July 15, 2018

CALDWELL, NJ — All Essex County residents, mayors and councils, law enforcement members, school officials, clergy members, civic organizations and more are invited to join in the next Essex County Opioid Use Prevention Task Force meeting on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. to discuss how the Essex County communities can join work together to eradicate this epidemic.

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Extra Time

It was close to 70 minutes into the match and I had to go to the bathroom.  Badly.

As fans watching the World Cup know too well, bathroom breaks are a serious dilemma, especially for those who don’t have a TV in the loo.  This biological necessity is exasperated by beer, which during World Cup matches also fuels a strong propensity to throw chairs and instigate riots.

'Servant of Two Masters' exudes foolish fun

‘Servant of Two Masters’ makes for foolish, frivolous fun

By Liz Keill

MADISON, NJ –Carlo Goldoni’s “The Servant of Two Masters,” in a rousing translation and adaptation by Bonnie J. Monte, has the outdoor audience at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey laughing and clapping all the way through.

The yearly production, held at the amphitheatre on the ...