Summer Spotlight: Joanne Spencer Goes to Puerto Rico for Mini Mission Trip

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When Tax Assistant, Joanne Spencer, is not working or studying for her Master’s in Divinity at Drew University, she finds time to volunteer. She recently had an opportunity to take a long weekend to help with Hurrican relief in Puerto Rico.     Joanne sought out this opportunity after taking a course in Educational Ministry for her Master’s, in which she chose to focus on Puerto Rican history and culture. With the knowledge from that class and the recent events of Hurricane Ma... read more.

Summer Spotlight: Kelsey Silverstein Soaks up the Antigua Sun

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Kelsey Silverstein, Talent Development Associate, spent a week in St. Mary’s Parish, Antigua vacationing with her mom and sister.  The trip was in celebration of Kelsey's recent graduation from Rutgers University as well as her sister's graduation from Concordia College's Master's Program. With school completed, the girls were excited to destress. They took full advantage of the all-inclusive resort by jet skiing, sail boating and snorkeling. Despite all of the fun activities, the highlight... read more.

Summer Spotlight: Pat Gianforte Explores Northwest America!

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Pat Gianforte, Senior Associate, takes outdorsy trip to Montana!  This summer Pat Gianforte took a trip to Bozeman Montana to visit with his cousin. He spent time hiking, camping and visiting local breweries. The highlight of the trip was hiking through the Bridger Moutain Range all the way to Sacagawea Peak. At the top, not only was there a beautiful view of all the Gallatin Valley, but also mountain goats.  There are many great breweries around Bozeman including Bozone Brewery, Map Brewing C... read more.

Summer Spotlight: Matt Barbieri Takes On Iceland!

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Partner, Matt Barbieri, takes advantage of his summer with several trips and fun activities!  When he is not at work, coaching baseball or football, making wine or watching dance recitals, Matt finds time for vacation with his family and friends. This summer he took a 5-day trip to Iceland with his wife as well as a trip to the Outer Banks with both family and freinds. One of the many highlights of his trip to Iceland was the beautiful Blue Lagoon. He also enjoyed the food especially the yogurt and s... read more.

Summer Spotlight: Paul Peterson's Scottish Adventure!

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Managing Partner, Paul Peterson, Heads to Scotland!   Paul and his family took a week-long trip to Scotland.  From its beautiful blue oceans to its abundant history, Scotland was an amazing trip for the Petersons. Paul’s favorite spots were the Isle of Skye, home to a picturesque fishing village, and Gleneagles, a luxurious hotel, spa and golf resort. Paul was pleasantly surprised with the high-quality cuisine, saying that the fish was fresh, the coffee was rich and carrot cake delicio... read more.

12 Days of Traditions - Day 12: Lesya Kostyuk

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Among Ukrainians, the most beloved of all festivities is Christmas, which covers a cycle of important feast days, all centering around the family. The main event is the evening meal called “Holy Supper” (Svyata Vechera). According to the custom, all members of the family should be present that night for a family reunion.  Christmas in Ukraine is celebrated on January 7 according to the Gregorian calendar. Many people wonder why the Ukrainian date is&... read more.

12 Days of Traditions - Day 11: Cami Sia

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Christmas is my favorite time of the year. Romanian Christmas is filled with traditions, superstitions and customs transmitted from generation to generation. Family, food, caroling and traditional outfits (picture below depicts traditional outfits from Transylvania) can be found in each corner of Romania, especially at the country side where customs are more preserved. I am from Transylvania and, for me, the excitement of Christmas begins on December 5th. This is the day every child will shine their shoes a... read more.

12 Days of Traditions - Day 10: Fu Fu

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One of the most traditional festivals in China, which is the Mid-Autumn festival, which is celebrated August 15th on the lunar calendar. When you look at the sky at that day, the moon is round, which symbolizes harmony and reunion in Chinese culture. On this particular day, people get together with their families to spend time and enjoy the full moon together. The tradition is to eat the mooncakes, which is a Chinese dessert in a round shape. That’s the symbol of Mid-Autumn festival. That’s... read more.

12 Days of Traditions - Day 9: Joanne Spencer

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Each year as the season approaches, I have a few traditions that bring out the holiday spirit in me. The first tradition I’d like to share is that I go downtown to Montclair and Newark dressed in an elf hat and deliver gospel tracts with candy canes. I also bake holiday cookies and take them to Penn Station. My second favorite tradition is helping out those in need around this time of year, so I buy and wrap gifts for those who don’t have a roof over their head. I will gift hats, gloves, scarve... read more.

12 Days of Traditions - Day 8: Mike Marin

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Christmas traditions can vary all around the world, but celebrating the holidays outside of your own country, or 3,000 miles away from the rest of your family can be overwhelming and a different experience. During the holidays, many of us realize the importance of keeping our traditions in order to build strong family relationships that will then be passed on to future generations. In my beautiful country, Colombia, Christmas celebrations start on December 7,  a day known as “El Dia De Las Velita... read more.