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Mary Sue Sweeney Receives Katherine Coffey Award

Mary_Sue_Sweeney_PriceMary Sue Sweeney Price, Director of the Newark (NJ) Museum received the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museum's (MAAM) highest honor at its Annual Meeting on Tuesday, October 26, in a ceremony at the African American Museum of Philadelphia.

The award is named for Katherine Coffey (1900-1972), one of the past outstanding museum leaders and administrators in the nation and herself a former Director of the Newark Museum. A 1922 graduate of Barnard College, Miss Coffey joined the Newark institution in 1923 and was named the museum's fourth director in 1949. She retired in 1968 after 43 years of service.

Price has served the Newark Museum since 1975 and was named its sixth Director in 1993. During her 35-year tenure, she has distinguished herself and the museum in myriad responsibilities including exhibition and educational programming functions, strategic planning and coordinating an, award-winning facility renovation that contributed to re-establishing Newark as a key destination city along the cultural corridor from Washington to Boston.

Price is a Commissioner for Accreditation of the American Association of Museums (AAM), and former president of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), representing the leading art museums in North America. She also served as the first national president of ArtTable, the organization of women leaders in the visual arts and has served as a longtime trustee and previous vice president of NJ ArtPride, as well as a trustee of the Newark Arts Council and a member of the lay advisory board of Newark's St. Vincent Academy.

Born in 1951, Mary Sue grew up in Pittsburgh, the daughter of parents who instilled in her a love of art and global culture. She graduated from Allegheny College where she majored in English and minored in art history and biology. She is married to Dr. Clement Alexander Price, distinguished Board of Governors Professor at Rutgers University, Newark, Director of the Rutgers Institute on Ethnicity, Culture and the Modern Experience, and a leading voice for the City. The couple, residents of Newark, has been honored for their contributions and dedication to the City.

The Newark Museum is located at 49 Washington Street in the Downtown/Arts District of Newark, New Jersey, just 3 blocks from NJPAC and 10 miles west of New York City. The Museum is open all year round: Wednesdays through Fridays, from Noon - 5:00 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., October 1 – June 30; and Saturdays and Sundays, from Noon – 5:00 p.m., July 1 – September 30. Suggested Museum admission: Adults, $10.00; Children, Seniors and Students with valid I.D., $6.00. Members are admitted free. The Museum Café is open for lunches Wednesday through Sunday. Convenient parking is available for a fee. The Newark Museum campus is wheelchair accessible. For general information, call 973-596-6550 or visit our web site,

The Newark Museum, a not-for-profit museum of art, science and education, receives operating support from the City of Newark; the State of New Jersey; the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; the New Jersey Cultural Trust; and corporate, foundation and individual donors. Funds for acquisitions and activities other than operations are provided by members and other contributors.

The Dames of Mary Help

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The Dames of Mary Help ensure Education is the Passport for At-Risk Youth of Paterson and Beyond.
Seventh annual event celebrates His Excellency, Bishop Frank J. Rodimer; Jimmy and Ellen Greenbaum, and Susan Greenbaum Gross of Greenbaum Interiors

On Wednesday, October 27th, 2010 The Dames of Mary Help of Christians Academy, a women's auxiliary fundraising committee for the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco and their school, Mary Help of Christians Academy (MHCA), will host their 7th annual event entitled "An Exciting Evening in the Roaring 20's" at The Venetian in Garfield, New Jersey.

Hundreds of guests from the tri-state area will come together to salute the Salesian Sisters, their surge in vocations, and their mission - - to educate youth at MHCA. The evening will include a silent auction, a live auction, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, dinner, dancing, and roaring fun that will culminate with the highlight of the night -- a presentation to honor His Excellency, Bishop Frank J. Rodimer; Jimmy and Ellen Greenbaum, and Susan Greenbaum Gross of Greenbaum Interiors.

The Salesian Sisters' love, dedication and commitment to education allows deserving children of every race and creed a terrific Catholic middle school and high school experience in a family-spirited environment, that at one time was out of their reach. A true testament to the value and importance of the Salesian Sisters education system is that 100% of the graduating class goes on to some form of higher education. Additionally, MHCA now provides their students in need a safe, caring place to stay while their family deals with difficulties at home.

Success breeds success and our young women are equipped with the knowledge, self-confidence, and determination to attend college and pursue their dreams. A student at MHCA, recently said, "A Mary Help education has been a wonderful experience for me. It has given me the opportunity to learn more about other cultures and expand my horizons. It has given me the motivation to reach for the stars and not to give up no matter how impossible a task may seem." At this event, we are "Partners" united in building up the youth of America! Come join us.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Mary Help of Christians Academy Financial Aid Fund. The Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco founded in 1872 in Italy are a Roman Catholic order of religious women dedicated to educating youth in schools, camps, and youth centers. The first mission of Salesian Sisters came to the United States through New York Harbor in 1908. They marked their centennial anniversary in the U.S. in 2008 and are currently located in NY, NJ, FL, IL, LA, TX, CA, AZ, and CO.

For more information about the Salesian Sisters, please visit or call Sr. Mary Rinaldi at the Development Office (973) 904.0102.

Far Hills Race Meeting

farhillsracedaylogoNew Jersey's Prestigious Far Hills Race Meeting Set for October 23rd, 2010!

The 2010 Far Hills Race Meeting will mark the 90th year of New Jersey's most prestigious and historic racing event, held on Saturday, October 23, 2010. The Far Hills Race Meeting is New Jersey's largest social gathering of the fall season, gathering 50,000 spectators to Moorland Farms.

This year, in paying homage to the values and traditions that have made Race Day an enduring event in the lives of so many local families, the Far Hills Race Meeting Association introduced the first ever "Family Area" and "Chairman's Tent," with tickets available for purchase by all Race-goers.

The new-for-2010 Far Hills Family Area was established in an effort to further ensure the safe, comfortable, and quality experience that families have come to expect on Race Day. The new area offers family-sized space for festive food spreads and plenty of safe open room for children to play while getting a close-up view of the racing action. Family Area guests will enjoy a marked-off area of easy-access parking spots located just off of von Stade Way, as well as a larger spot for parking, tailgating, and socializing.

In addition to the new Family Area, the Far Hills Race Meeting Association introduced an all-inclusive option for those seeking an alternative to the traditional tailgate. By purchasing a ticket to the Chairman's Tent located at the top of the hill, attendees will gain access to full breakfast and lunch spreads and open bar. Chairman's Tent guests will each receive a reserved seat, with the option of reserving an entire table for eight. Whether the weather is rain or shine, race-goers partaking in the Chairman's Tent will enjoy their day under the shelter of the tent. From the hilltop, attendees will not only have a panoramic view of the race, but a live broadcast of the race displayed on closed-circuit TV.

Throughout the years, the Far Hills Race Meeting has raised more than $17 million to benefit Somerset Medical Center in Somerville, NJ, and helped to ensure the residents of Central New Jersey are afforded the highest quality healthcare available. Once again chairing the event are John T. von Stade of Bernardsville and Guy J. Torsilieri of Whitehouse Station.

"The Far Hills Race Meeting is a unique event that combines premier thoroughbred racing, with the gathering of family and friends in an exciting social atmosphere," said von Stade. "Although the Far Hills Race Meeting will continue to flourish and develop, it has always been grounded in respect for the sport, tradition, and the family and friends who attend the event year after year."

The Far Hills Race Meeting has supported the programs and services of Somerset Medical Center for 56 years. The Steeplechase Cancer Center at Somerset Medical Center, which opened in 2007, was named in honor of the Far Hills Meeting Association, the medical center's most generous benefactor. The center enables Central New Jersey cancer patients to see their doctors, undergo outpatient treatment and participate in promising cancer research studies – all in one place close to home. The $28 million three-story, 63,000-square-foot outpatient facility houses the sanofi-aventis Breast Care Program, the sanofi-aventis Wellness Boutique, infusion therapy, radiation oncology services, the medical center's research team, oncologists' offices, a resource library, nutritional counseling and complementary medicine services.

The Far Hills Race Meeting will once again be sponsored by Open Road Auto Group.

For more information about the Far Hills Race Meeting, contact the Far Hills Race Meeting Association at 908-685-2929 or visit the association's Web site at

Centenary College's Youngest MBA Student

cara_gibsonCara Gibson: Thriving Entrepreneur by Day, Centenary College's Yountest MBA Student by Night.

When Cara Gibson, 21, a resident of Hackettstown, was looking for a College to pursue a post-baccalaureate degree, she knew that Centenary College, her alma mater, would be where she wanted to complete her studies.

"I knew that the faculty members at Centenary were top notch and I knew I wanted to stay in the area," says Gibson.

The reason Gibson wanted to stay in the area was because nine months ago she launched a business called NetGeneration Social Marketing, a marketing and public relations firm for small businesses - while she was still an undergraduate at Centenary College.

"This was an idea that I had and I am committed to it," says Gibson. "My dad owned his own public relations firm when I was a small child, so entrepreneurism may be in my blood."

Clients include Family Village Chiropractic in Allamuchy, Riverview Counseling Center in Hackettstown and Lighten Up Salon & Spa in Flanders. Some projects include event management, website development, marketing research and social media page creation and maintenance. A recent successful event that Gibson executed was a "Dinner with the Doctor" event at Charlie Brown's in Hackettstown.

Gibson has even had an offer already to sell her business, which she declined. Her goal is to grow NetGeneration Social Marketing within the next year and even hire some employees. All this is pretty impressive for a person who started her business at the tender age of 20.

"Cara is a very ambitious and diligent student who completed her undergraduate degree in three years, which is unusual and shows she has a strong drive," says Dr. Lisa Plantamura, Assistant Professor of Business at Centenary College. "I am pleased that she returned as an MBA student and am certain that the material that she is learning can be applied to her business, making it an even stronger entity."

For more information about Centenary's traditional MBA program, please visit or call (877) 236-4723.

For more information about NetGeneration, visit or call (908) 283-3617.

Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary College's academic program integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation. This mix is designed to provide an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world.
Centenary College's main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township (Morris County). The Centenary Adult and Professional Studies (CAPS) program offers accelerated degree completion programs in Parsippany, with an additional facility in Iselin, and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey.

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