Check out The International Collaboration Project, again!

November 19, 2018


[I first wrote about them three years ago.]

Here are some more samples of their artwork:

diaz-young -- ICP -- 6b

November, 2018

Well, here’s some big news…

Diaz & Young of The International Collaboration Project have launched a NEW blog in which they UNPACK the secrets to successful collaboration. Creative collaborations are challenging, but with the right approach, collaborative efforts can become amazing works of art…

… like their Beekman 1802 Mercantile shopping bag’s latest design…


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Elect Joe Krakoviak, to be Mayor of West Orange, NJ!

September 22, 2018

[Joe in his term as the Council President]


Meet Joe

Councilman Joe Krakoviak has served the residents of West Orange as an elected official for nearly eight years – including one term as council president – consistently advocating for transparency, accountability and fiscal responsibility in the municipal government, with a commitment to making decisions in the best interest of all residents.


Joe’s Record

  • Proposed creation of a Senior Citizens Advisory Board and better senior transportation and other services
  • Actively worked for increased funding of the West Orange Public Library
  • Pushed for expansion of competitive bidding to a greater number of town contracts
  • Supported new jitney route, while looking for ways to reduce the service’s more than $500,000 annual cost
  • Called for increasing Open Space acquisition and enforcement of the tree-protection ordinance
  • Advocated for giving residents the legally guaranteed opportunity to vote on school capital projects, as well holding referendums on moving local elections and on providing $6.3 million of taxpayer-guaranteed bonds for the Edison Redevelopment project
  • Appointed the only current member of the Citizens Budget Advisory Committee (The Mayor and Council majority have not made their required appointments in years, severely handicapping the group’s ability to analyze and advise on budget matters.)
  • Argued to competitively bid – for the first time since before the turn of the 21st century – the $400,00-$500,000 annual insurance consulting contract, and to change compensation from commissions based on the size of the insurance contract to fee-for-service – which has lowered costs significantly for other municipalities and school districts.


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Check out my friend Joe Krakoviak, for W.O. Mayor!

September 18, 2018

[First, please remind yourself about my post,
about his run for Township Council,
8 years ago.]

[Then close that window and come back here!]



West Orange is a great place to live and raise a family. But financially, the property values have not kept pace with most neighboring towns, due primarily to extraordinarily high property taxes. Joe Krakoviak, Town Council member for eight years, including a year as Council President, knows the issues and has a plan to move the town in a better direction!


The mayor has raised the municipal property taxes by the maximum allowed, 2%, in each of the last four years. He also says he can’t cut taxes. But 67 New Jersey municipalities reduced taxes in 2017, including two in Essex County. With a “common sense budget” that sets priorities and cuts wasteful spending,
Joe K. can cut taxes, too.

Some recent examples of wasteful spending
that Joe has voted against:


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Check out NNJ PIT for 2018!

December 27, 2017


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Check out my friends at Ecológica La Olivilla, again!

October 6, 2017

Did you read my first entry about them?

2015, Silver Award;
2016, Gold Award;
2017, Best. In. Class.
At the NY International Olive Oil Competitionthe world’s largest!

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Check out my friends at the “Believe in a Healthy Newark” initiative, again!

August 24, 2017


Hopefully you saw this, back in February.

Well they (we) have been very busy, since then.






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Check out my friends at Ani Ramen House!

April 19, 2017

I received this invitation from Luck Polpat and Julian Valencia,
the managing partner and executive chef, respectively,
of the very successful—now almost 3-year-old—restaurant in Montclair:


They’re opening a second location!
In Jersey City.
With a full bar!

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