#b#Change the Way You Look at Art#/b

Ilene Dube’s excellent piece on Morven Museum and Garden’s newest exhibit, “Newark and the Culture of Art: 1900 to 1960,” in the June 14 issue of U.S. 1 was the impetus I needed to attend the reception and exhibit opening on June 15.

After viewing the paintings, weaving, sculpture, etc., which combined art with industry, I realized that as a frequent art museum-goer, both in the U.S. and abroad, I had been approaching art through the narrow lens of analyzing the talent of the artist and the style and beauty of the piece, rather than viewing it as primarily a cultural expression within a particular community. In this instance, the community is Newark’s immigrant class, made up largely of German and Russian craftsmen, who were drawn to the area because of the availability of jobs. I learned that a museum should be a venue of instruction and, rather than mimicking nature, art should be a living force in everyday life.

What were my display favorites? Gustave Cimiotti’s wildly vibrant “Sea Scape” was one. Henry Martin Gasser’s “Wash Day” was another. Although William Stoddard Loughran’s “Quest for Truth” is morbidly dark, it served to remind me that the period in question had important social issues like racial segregation that had not been satisfactorily resolved.

Thanks to Morven for another educational and inspiring event.

Linda Sipprelle

Victoria Mews

#b#Go Red to Save Women’s Lives#/b#

For months, I was having cardiac issues that went undiagnosed. Unfortunately, heart disease in women is still largely misunderstood, even though cardiovascular diseases account for one-third of deaths among women each year.

When my condition was finally diagnosed, I was told I have ventricular tachycardia, meaning I have a very fast heart beat that starts in the lower chambers of my heart. My condition can be life-threatening if left untreated. Luckily, I underwent a ventricular ablation, which uses radiofrequency energy to destroy a small area of heart tissue causing the rapid heartbeat. I am grateful for the research and technology that have helped diagnose and treat heart conditions like my own.

By supporting the work of the American Heart Association and the Go Red For Women movement, you are helping to fund such lifesaving efforts as research, education, advocating for better health, improving patient care, and reaching populations at risk. According to the American Heart Association, through the outreach and efforts of Go Red For Women about 293 fewer women in the U.S. die from heart disease and stroke each day. Women uniting in Central Jersey are helping to save lives.

Thanks to all the sponsors, volunteers and supporters of Go Red For Women. United, we will make lifestyle changes, mobilize communities, and shape policies to save lives and improve the health of all women. For information, visit www.GoRed­ForWomen.org.

Lori Colineri

Survivor Ambassador, Garden State Go Red For Women

#b#Against Paid Family Leave Expansion#/b#

The New Jersey Business & Industry Association opposes the proposed changes to New Jersey’s Paid Family Leave Act that would expand eligibility, increase benefits, and extend the number of weeks leaves can be taken. The legislation will hurt small businesses and eventually require tax increases to pay for the expanded program.

Expanding eligibility so that more employees can collect Paid Family Leave benefits, increasing the amount of their checks, and extending the number of weeks they can collect those checks will deplete the fund and likely lead to tax increases to pay for it all. In addition, doubling the amount of time off that employees can take will leave businesses short-staffed for longer periods, which will be especially disruptive to small busi­nesses.

Small businesses will have to pay overtime to other workers or hire replacement employees for longer periods of time if this legislation becomes law. This will make it more difficult and more expensive to run a business in New Jersey.

New Jersey is one of only three states that now have a paid family leave benefit. The others are Rhode Island and California, in addition to the District of Columbia. New Jersey also is one of only six states to even provide temporary disability.

This legislation will make New Jersey less competitive with our neighboring states and less affordable for the business community. New Jersey needs policies that encourage new businesses and the expansion of existing businesses. Unfortunately, this legislation is one more example of a policy that will drive businesses away from here.

Michele Siekerka

NJBIA President & CEO

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