Avery Rose Puryear: Sounds that InspireAvery Rose

It seems like Avery Rose Puryear was born to make music. She comes from a musical family and developed her love for the art from her father, who is a bass guitarist. At just three years old, Avery began playing her grandfather’s upright piano, which she has mastered over the years. Along the way, she’s […]

Eric Burdge: Handcrafting Your Path to SuccessBurdge

Eric Burdge was never a fan of the traditional education system. It’s not that he doesn’t think it’s effective, he just doesn’t believe it’s for everyone. And it certainly wasn’t for him. Eric attended Rumson-Fair Haven High school and primarily took remedial classes throughout his time there. He was never interested in reading books or […]

Alexandra Lewis: Bringing Peace, Love and Equality Through PoetryAlexandra

By Vera Boateng Many parents try to shield their children from the harsh realities of the world that appear on the news. But in today’s age, with the prevalence of social media, there’s no way hide from the headlines, videos, and images of negativity in the world. And for some, those incidents happen right in […]

Garden State Takes its Farms Indoorsvertical farms

New Jersey has the second-highest urban population percentage in the U.S with 94.7% of residents living in an urban area. Despite being the Garden State, New Jersey’s mostly urban environment limits access for local farm-to-table produce. However, accessibility is increasing with the rise of vertical farming, the practice of growing crops in vertical stacked layers […]

First Women’s Weightlifting Champ Reflects on Shattering StereotypesKaryn Marshall

By Lindsey Konkel Karyn Marshall felt immense pride watching American women compete and win a medal in weightlifting at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. While men’s weightlifting has been an Olympic staple since the start of the modern Games in 1896, women didn’t get a chance to compete until 2000. Marshall, who took up […]

How New Jersey’s ‘Idea Factory’ Changed the Face of TechnologyIdea factory

In 1966, if you were driving and took a wrong turn, your options for finding the correct route home were limited to searching for a gas station, stumbling upon a pay phone, or flagging down another driver. Today? You have endless options to get on track. Within 50 years, our communication research and development has […]

Local Makers Show Off Creative Side at Made In MonmouthMade In Monmouth

  Our passions can take us on rare and unique journeys if we’re willing to follow them. That’s what some local makers learned as they’ve turned their hobbies into businesses. Monmouth County is full of creative people who make unique and useful products, and many of them will be on display at the annual Made […]

Big Brothers Big Sisters: “We Exist to Help the Children”Big Brothers Big Sisters makes a difference

Big Brothers Big Sisters helps kids seek their dreams. And sometimes, they help them become beauty queens. At least that’s what Carol Stillwell, a local businesswoman and philanthropist, did for an Asbury Park High School student, spending thousands of dollars on clothing, transportation, and other expenses to help her fulfill her dream of participating in […]

Maker of Melodies: Anastasia Moiseeva

Being a maker takes time. It takes minutes to make friends, an hour to make dinner, days to make a dress, years to make a difference. For Anastasia Moiseeva, mastering the art of making has taken her a lifetime. Anastasia, known by her stage name Zaritza, has been making music since she was a child […]

Rich History, Poor Future? TEDx Explores NJ InnovationTEDxNavesink, Robert Lucky, NJ Innovation

Monmouth County has a rich history of invention and innovation, including development in the areas of radio technology, satellite signaling, and the creation of transistors. TEDxNavesink speaker Robert Lucky highlights some of the greatest technological innovations that have conspired in Monmouth County history, and speculates whether future advancement will happen once again in the future. Robert […]