No Matter the Location: Philanthropist Sanjay Shah and Autism Research

When Sanjay Shah, a philanthropist, found out his son had autism, he founded the charity organization Autism Rocks. Recently, on Enterprise Radio, Shah gave advice for those wanting to start their own business or charity. He stated that those beginning a business shouldn’t “underestimate the amount of money you need to start,” and “don’t assume that you do the work yourself.”

Sanjay Shah has experience in the entrepreneurial world that allows him to give such apropos advice. Before beginning Autism Rocks, the medical school graduate spent time as an accountant. After several years in the business, he decided to start his own brokerage firm named Solo Capital. In the beginning, the office was comprised of a few graduate students and traders who were willing to stay with the business for a year. In five years, Sanjay’s decision has made him a millionaire with the educational background to place his funds where they are needed.

When his son was diagnosed with autism, Shah addressed the issue quickly to allow his son to develop despite the mental disease. However, after returning to Dubai after a diagnostic trip to London, he found that while there were a great deal of familial support systems, research on the disease was far from funded. After buying buses for the Dubai Autism Center to assist in transportation, Shah decided that something needed to be done about raising money for autism research facilities.

Sanjay created an agreement with Done Events, a government organization in Dubai. His first inspiration for Autism Rocks, was an event called Blended where music addressed both younger and older generations. Since he was in a position to draw on and create more contacts, he planned to use the event as a kick start for Autism Rocks. Done Events was able to help him contact the late Prince who helped in beginning the autism charity.

At this point, Shah is planning his next charitable concert where pop stars are paid to attend, and those attending donate to the charity. The funds are given to whichever research facility needs them to assist in their research as he doesn’t discriminate based upon location. Shah commented that while there is a great deal of support for the families, there is hardly enough research being done. As a philanthropist, Shah has placed his money in funding research that can help families around the world no matter their location.


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Food Truck Event Brings in Thousands

Thousands of people walked around for the Kearny food truck festival. This is a large festival where food trucks gather to sell items to hungry visitors. While there, you can find everything from pizza and hamburgers to lobster rolls. It’s a fun event for the entire family. There were over 15 trucks displayed in the first event of its kind in the area. The reason for the event is to raise money to support 15 police officers as they travel to take part in a memorial bike ride in remembrance of 9/11. If there is excess money raised, then it will be given to local organizations in the community. This is an event to bring everyone together while supporting a worthy cause as many people still have 9/11 in mind. Tickets are sold in advance and at the event. Each truck has it’s own way of offering food to visitors to make the event as easy to navigate as possible.

Art Work by Students on Display

Students have their very own art show in so that they can display their paintings and other creations. The show is held at Camden School in the gym. Students from the Davis Family School have their work on display, similar to the way a museum is arranged. There is a little bit of everything to look at, such as bugs that are made of pipe cleaners and a tree of multiple colors. This is a way for children to be encouraged and proud of the work that they have made. Students from kindergarten through the 8th grade have their work on display for parents and friends to see. There are sections in the gym for each type of work, such as paintings or sculptures. When students have a way for their creations to be shown to others, it can help build the confidence of the students so that they have a desire to be creative.

Robbinsville Residents Seek New Postal Code

While much of the national media focuses their coverage on the 2016 presidential election, there is a story coming out of Robbinsville, New Jersey that isn’t receiving nearly as much attention. Residents of Robbinsville are soon going to receive a survey from the United States Postal Service that asks if they support officially adopting the zip code ‘08691.’ The township has taken measures to distinguish itself for some time, including casting aside the name ‘Washington Township’ and taking up ‘Robbinsville Township’ for their own in 2008, setting itself apart from another similarly named township in a different county of the Garden State.

According to Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo, residents have expressed their support for Robbinsville to have a single zip code for years. Although the measure is largely popular, the process is by no means complete. Eighty percent of Robbinsville residents have to respond to the survey and seventy-five percent have to approve of the change in order for the measure to continue. Additionally, all this must happen by June 10, 2016.

The problem for Robbinsville residents is not using their desired zip code as part of the return address, but the zip code used for incoming mail. The zip code 08691 is currently identified as Trenton by the postal service. Representatives and state senators from both sides of the aisle support the measure. Multiple zip codes add to the confusion for anyone living in the Robbinsville township. Residents are eager to adopt a single zip code for the area and unify the existing zip codes under ‘08691’.

Challenging New Jersey Realtors to Assist Children With Cancer This Summer

Recently, two real estate organizations in New Jersey combined their efforts to assist children suffering from cancer and blood disorders. Many members of the Passaic County Board of Realtors and the North Central Jersey Board of Realtors pledged to donate $50 from the sale of every house this summer to the Valerie Fund, an organization serving New Jersey children with cancer and blood disorders. The participating real estate brokers and agents hope to raise funding for the charitable organization.

The Valerie Fund began in 1979. The nonprofit organization, named in honor of Valerie Goldstein, who passed away at the age of 9, seeks to assist children afflicted with blood disorders or cancer. The organization today maintains seven centers for pediatric patients in major medical facilities. It furnishes services to more than 5,000 patients and their families. The Valerie Fund offers health care services and sponsors a summer camp for young cancer patients. The organization donates roughly 80% of all revenues to programs designed to assist children.

The efforts of the New Jersey real estate professionals who contribute funds through September, 2016 to the Valerie Fund may make a significant contribution to the organization’s goals. Bunnie Flanders, a marketing director at the Valerie Fund, reported that if only 10% of the agents in the participating real estate Boards join the fundraising campaign, the organization expects to raise a quarter of a million dollars this summer to assist pediatric cancer and blood disorder patients and their families.

Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter Likely to Run for Governor

As just reported in an article for, the odds of Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter (D-Passaic) throwing her hat in the ring for the New Jersey governor’s race just went up. This is because at an event in Jersey City this morning, state Sen. Sandra Cunningham accidentally announced that Assemblywoman Sumter had already gotten into the New Jersey gubernatorial race. Even though Sumter laughed off the comment by Cunningham later in the day, she did not necessarily deny that she is considering a run. In fact, Sumter responded that her candidacy for governor is currently under “serious consideration.”

In addition to Sumter, Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop is also widely speculated as preparing to throw his hat in the ring for the governor’s race. He is joined by Phil Murphy, the former U.S. ambassador to Germany, who has also announced that he will run for governor of New Jersey.

Sumter has been involved in state and national level politics for years now. Before serving as an Assemblywoman, Sumter was a part of the Electoral College in 2008 in which she supported Barack Obama as the Democratic nominee for president. Now, Sumter has publicly thrown her support behind Hillary Clinton in advance of the New Jersey primary scheduled for June 7, 2016. Sumter also comes from a family history of political activism. Her godfather is New Jersey State Democratic Chairman John Currie. Sumter is currently serving in her third term in the state Senate and has been a very active lawmaker so far.

Futurustic Bridges Coming to New Jersey?

When it comes to traveling to New York City, most New Jersey residents are well aware how congested the traffic can be at times. Lincoln and Holland tunnels aren’t sufficient, and there are proposals to build a new tunnel. Yet, one architect proposed a futuristic alternative.

As reports, there’s a proposal for two suspension bridges that would connect New Jersey with Queens, and would effectively hang above Manhattan, passing at around Midtown. This would ease transportation for those seeking to bypass crowded streets of Manhattan. A midway exit could be made for a rail station in Midtown.

The span of each bridge would be 3.5 miles, making it a possibility as it would be roughly the length of Verrazano bridge. The estimated construction cost is $20 billion and much of it would be covered by investors seeking to benefit from toll collections.

These collections would be obtained from car drivers, buses, motorcycles, and NJ Transit and Amtrak. In order to mitigate pollution, trucks would be banned from this bridge.

Honoring a Heroic New Jersey Seaman

In May, 2016, the Titanic International Society honored five survivors of a famous shipping disaster buried at a cemetery in Jersey City. Today, historians credit one of them, seaman Robert John Hopkins, with saving 130 people from death during the sinking of the luxury liner Titanic on April 15, 1912.

The Titanic, a state-of-the-art passenger ship, had embarked on its maiden voyage from South Hampton, England to New York when the vessel struck an ice burg. It sank in the bitterly cold waters of the North Atlantic. Of the 2,225 people aboard, only 713 survived the maritime tragedy.

New Jersey seaman Robert John Hopkins had taken charge of Lifeboat 13 lowered from the Titanic following the collision when another fully loaded lifeboat began descending into the water overhead. He joined another seaman in using knives to cut the ropes securing his craft to the side of the Titanic and then rowed the passengers on his boat away from the sinking vessel to safety, avoiding a potentially devastating collision with the descending Lifeboat 15. His quick response enabled the passengers in both lifeboats to survive the catastrophe.

Robert John Hopkins resided in Hoboken, New Jersey following the disaster. He worked as a longshoreman for many years. He died in 1943. Almost 75 years after he passed away, the heroic seaman finally received a headstone marking his grave at Holy Name Cemetery in Jersey City.

Dr. Jennifer Walden Powerhouse Doctor

Harper’s Bazaar Magazine recently published an article on Dr. Jennifer Walden. If you haven’t ever heard of her you should try to get a copy of Harper’s Bazaar with this article and read it, it’s an amazing story. Dr. Walden grew up in Texas and was educated initially at the University of Texas at Austin where she received her bachelor’s degree and was accepted into medical school on a waiting list. She ended up making it into the medical school and decided on making plastic surgery her specialty. She graduated as Salutatorian of her class. She was also matched into the plastic surgery program at the University of Texas program at Galveston and was accepted to an exclusive aesthetic fellowship program at the University of Texas at Galveston. She also studied and worked in Manhattan at the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital. She started her own practice with her New York Mentor Dr. Sherrell Aston and stayed in Manhattan for eight years. She stayed because she began a practice in New York with her mentor Dr. Sherrell Aston. Dr. Aston was an experienced plastic surgeon who had been in Prentice for over 30 years with an international client base.

Dr. Walden has also been recognized as a leader in her field and one of the only women in the America to ever serve on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Dr. Walden is also a published author and an award-winning surgeon.

Dr. Walden was born in the Northwest Hills Neighborhood of Austin, Texas. Her father was a Dentist and her Mother was a surgical nurse which is where she got the initial introduction to medicine and medical practice. Her parents put great value into education and achievement. All of this education and her parent’s influence went a long way into making Jennifer the kind of caring person and doctor she is today. After her schooling and practice in New York, she decided she wanted to have children. Since she wasn’t married she opted for in in-vitro fertilization program. The procedure took and she became pregnant and had two boys. With her new family, she decided to move back to Austin. For the original article from Austin MD click on this URL


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