With many Americans making New Year's resolutions to feel better and avoid burnout in 2015, a new national survey revealed that "New Jersey is ranked the 8th and "New York is ranked the #21 "Most 'Emotionally Recharged' U.S. states for 2015, according to the Lantern Emotional Balance Index." To create this ranking, Lantern [www.golantern.com] -- a groundbreaking online and mobile tool for evaluating your mind health -- surveyed 3,000 Americans to determine how frequently respondents are taking action to renew, refresh, and recharge their emotional well-being. Based on a survey period from Dec. 26 to Jan. 9, more "emotionally recharged" U.S. states have residents who regularly learn something new, share a moment of closeness with a loved one, have a meaningful conversation with a friend, do a good deed for someone else, or engage in other activities that help them truly rest, recharge, and unwind: *** The Lantern Emotional Balance Index *** The Top 25 Most 'Emotionally Recharged' U.S. States for 2015 #1: New Hampshire (75% of residents are emotionally recharged) #2: Indiana (73%) #3: Louisiana (71%) #4: Kansas (69%) #5: Arkansas (68%) #6: Nevada (67%) #7: Georgia (66%) #8: New Jersey (65%) #9: Rhode Island (65%) #10: Oklahoma (65%) #11: Maine (64%) #12: Maryland (64%) #13: South Carolina (63%) #14: Florida (62%) #15: Connecticut (61%) #16: Michigan (61%) #17: Virginia (60%) #18: Oregon (60%) #19: Colorado (59%) #20: Mississippi (59%) #21: New York (58%) #22: Illinois (58%) #23: Kentucky (58%) #24: Iowa (58%) #25: Tennessee (57%) NOTE: Shown in parentheses are the average number of state residents who have engaged in emotionally recharging activities within the past two weeks. The Top 25 Least 'Emotionally Recharged' States for 2015 #1: Utah (40% of residents are emotionally recharged) #2: Texas (41%) #3: Alaska (42%) #4: Arizona (43%) #5: South Dakota (43%) #6: Wyoming (44%) #7: Massachusetts (44%) #8: Washington (45%) #9: Nebraska (46%) #10: Vermont (46%) #11: Alabama (46%) #12: Delaware (47%) #13: New Mexico (49%) #14: Hawaii (49%) #15: Montana (50%) #16: West Virginia (50%) #17: Missouri (51%) #18: North Dakota (51%) #19: Pennsylvania (52%) #20: North Carolina (52%) #21: Minnesota (53%) #22: Idaho (53%) #23: Wisconsin (54%) #24: Ohio (54%) #25: California (55%) For residents of any state who are not feeling as emotionally recharged as they would like, Lantern [www.golantern.com] offers a free online assessment that evaluates your overall emotional well-being, tells you where you need to improve, and then matches you up with a trained professional to guide you through personalized daily exercises on your smartphone. For more details on these fascinating survey results as well as the life-changing Lantern app, I'm happy to arrange an interview with Lantern CEO Alejandro Foung -- an expert in using advanced technology to support mental health. Alejandro is available for in-person (San Francisco and New York), phone, email, and Skype interviews from Jan. 20 to Jan. 30. Also, if you're interested in a guest article or blog post from Alejandro on the survey results and how technological tools can help reduce stress and anxiety, please let me know as well.
By Sally Deering
On the morning of the 9/11 attack, Jersey City photographer Sandra Swieder grabbed her camera and notebook and headed to the waterfront where she captured the heroic rescue and recovery efforts of firefighters, police officers, doctors, nurses, EMTs and other volunteers. In the days and months that followed, Swieder continued to photograph and collect stories from survivors, witnesses and emergency responders this side of the Hudson.
On Sept. 1 and running through Sept. 15, Art House Productions, a non-profit organization committed to the development and presentation of performing and visual arts in Jersey City presents “From Across the River,” a photography exhibition by Swieder that captures the events of September 11th from the New Jersey perspective. Continue reading From Across the River: Images and Reflections of September 11th from the Jersey Side
Playing a Comedic Bombshell with a Grown Up Harry Potter
By Sally Deering
Harry Potter’s all grown up and nobody knows that better than Emmy-winning actress Tammy Blanchard of Bayonne who shows off her comic side as a ditsy bombshell trying to seduce Daniel Radcliffe eight shows a week in the Broadway revival of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” Known to audiences for playing dramatic roles in “Rabbit Hole” with Nicole Kidman and “Sybil” with Jessica Lange (among others) Blanchard turns to her comedic instincts and pulls out all the stops as a Broadway comedienne.
Blanchard’s repertoire of serious Broadway, TV and film roles includes an Emmy Award winning performance as young Judy Garland in “Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows,” and a Tony nomination for her Broadway debut as Louise in “Gypsy” opposite Bernadette Peters. She played an unstable young woman trying to find herself in “Bella” and her portrayal of the title role in the remake of “Sybil” with Jessica Lange is so emotionally searing, she rips the heart right out of your chest. Continue reading Emmy-Winner Tammy Blanchard shows her Funny Side with Daniel Radcliffe in Hit Broadway Musical “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”
Retail, Referrals and Rooftop Radiance Abound At the Sophisticated Luxury Condominium
Trump Plaza Residences Jersey City, the exquisite residential tower located on New Jersey’s prestigious Gold Coast, is celebrating a successful summer of stellar sales and building enhancements as it looks forward to exciting events in the coming new year.
Sales at the luxury condominium at 88 Morgan St. have greatly exceeded expectations, with approximately 50 homes having sold since January of this year. About 20 residences sold during the summer months, which is typically a slow time for real estate sales.
River View Observer -Restaurant Views -Elegant Dining and a Sexxy Upstaris Lounge at the Embankment
by Sally Deering
Dave and his sister Anne Marie carved a niche on Grove Street with their handsome little restaurant, The Merchant, where the bar is cozy, the drinks are yummy and the food is All-American delish! It’s a great place to go for a business luncheon, watch a game or hang out with your friends and talk about life.
Dave and Anne Marie decided to try something a little more upscale and 2-1/2 years ago they opened The Embankment, a beautiful fine-dining restaurant nestled in the heart of 10th Street in the Hamilton Park neighborhood, where friendly neighbors drop by for brunch, dinner and drinks with friends.
Continue reading Dining Out – The Embankment Restaurant in Jersey City
Directed by CHRISTINE DALZELL Featuring:
J MICHAEL POLICASTRO
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm; Sunday matinees at 3 pm and Thursday September 30th at 7 pm.
In this American classic, sons of a desert dwelling alcoholic and a suburban wanderer clash over a film script. Austin, the achiever, is working on a script he has already sold when Lee, his demented petty thief brother, drops in. “A masterwork – tells us a truth, as glimpsed by a genius.” -New York Post
This play contains adult themes and language.
$20.00 general admission, $15 students and seniors. Group rates are also available.
Continue reading Sam Shephard’s “True West” presented by Jersey City’s Attic Ensemble
Taking place at the crossroads of 4th Street, Newark Avenue and Brunswick Street, the event featured an array of local artists’ works, the finest up-and-coming bands New Jersey has to offer, and delicious food from local vendors.
See more photos of the day… Continue reading The 2nd Annual Village Art & Flea Market Held on Saturday May 15th Brings Out Huge Crowd
Branches to collect items for care packages for soldiers serving overseas
JERSEY CITY, NJ – As America prepares to observe Memorial Day and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our nation, The Provident Bank is partnering with Operation XO to send much-needed care packages to our troops serving in remote locations in Iraq and Afghanistan. From May 21 to June 8, each of Provident’s 80 plus branches will collect donations of toiletries, snacks and other in-demand items. Continue reading Provident Serves as Temporary Outpost for “Operation XO”
Diane Dragone (still) has the Dancer in Her Soul
by Sally Deering
In the 1920s, when Shirley Temple tapped into America’s hearts with her bouncing ringlets, ruffled crinolines and shiny black tap shoes, mothers from Canarsie to Kenosha trundled their daughters off to their local dance school dreaming of their baby girl’s name in lights. Nowadays, child stars go by first names like Britney, but the local dance school still thrives as the only training ground for kids who dream of a dancing career.
One local dance pioneer who has kept the stage lights burning in her neighborhood dance studio for the past 34 years is Diane Dragone, Artistic Director of The Kennedy Dancers, a professional dance company and dance school that stands in the wings of New York City. Through her school and with her years as a teacher and choreographer, Dragone has trained and enriched the lives of thousands of inner-city kids – some who became professional dancers — and she has brought modern and classical dance performances to the multi-cultural and economically-diverse Hudson community. Continue reading COVER STORY-Leading The Kennedy Dancers
According to the website Lowering the Bar President George Washington has been accused by a New York Library for failing to return valuable library materials checked out during his presidency. It seems the former President took out two books on in October of 1789, one on international law and another that contained transcripts of debates in Britain’s House of Commons. The books were due back November 2, 1789. If it’s found to be true, that neither book was ever returned this would mean that , setting aside the value of the items themselves, and adjusting for inflation, Washington currently owes about $100,000 in late fees.
Read more Lowering the Bar