SIP in SOMA is podcast in Maplewood and South Orange, NJ all about people who are connecting, collaborating, and contributing to our communities.

26 - Owls and Lions playing Maplewoodstock
Jul 11, 2019 • 32 min
Episode 26 with Owls and Lions - a hot band playing at Maplewoodstock! ⭐️Happy Anniversary to SIP IN SOMA ⭐️What is the Ukulele Kids Club? ⭐️It’s that time of year again! DAVESTOCK III - WHOO HOO! It is always a pleasure to connect with a great group of…
25 - Mark Murphy and the Under Cover Music Fest
May 25, 2019 • 33 min
Episode 25 with Mark Murphy of Mark Murphy Music in South Orange, NJ ⭐️Let’s talk about music! Mark is a beloved music educator and has a beautiful, stylish musical space that delights the eye and has amazing energy. ⭐️We chat about the Undercover Music…
24 - Meredith Ruden, Founder of The Feather Foundation
Apr 23, 2019 • 69 min
Episode 24 with Dr. Meredith Ruden of The Feather Foundation ⭐️Why is Maplewood so important to me? ⭐️Talking about The Feather Foundation with Dr. Meredith Ruden, an organization that gives hope to parents with cancer. ⭐️SOOOO many events! It was a…
23 - Best in Class Tutoring in South Orange, NJ
Apr 5, 2019 • 33 min
Episode 23 with Dr. Alissa Gardenhire of Best in Class Tutoring ⠀⠀ ⭐️Why do families seek tutoring? ⭐️Is our speedy culture killing the idea of studying and hard work? ⠀⠀ 👏Talking with Alissa is easy, fun and always enlightening. ⠀⠀ ✨Check out our…
22 - Jed Baker, PhD of the Social Skill Training Project
Feb 15, 2019 • 38 min
Episode 22 with Jed Baker, PhD of The Social Skills Training Project ⭐️Talking about social skills groups for young people with autism, sensory and social challenges. ⭐️Jed shares strategies for families and educators to proactively support challenging…
21 - Josi Stone of Wildly
Feb 1, 2019 • 15 min
Episode 21 with Josi Stone, Floral Designer and owner of Wildly ⭐️Josi and I talked about her new studio space in South Orange. ⭐️We talk about her creative workshops and open house this Sunday. ⭐️Events Galore this February - ukulele jam session, family…
20 - Nubia Duvall Wilson
Dec 6, 2018 • 38 min
Episode 20 with Nubia Duvall Wilson, Published Author 📚We had a soulful conversation about her book, the Survivor’s Club. 🤝Nubia shared her experience as a survivor of abuse and her work to help other survivors get the support they need. 💛This is the…
19 - Lulu French and Rocket Improv
Dec 1, 2018 • 49 min
I sat down to chat with Lulu French about her life as the founder of Rocket Improv and her upcoming improv shows she is producing and taking part in during the month of December. This episode is also available on our YouTube channel - check it out!
18 - My Happy Birthday and Take the Cake Replay
Nov 16, 2018 • 44 min
Episode 18 is here! 🎂Happy Birthday to me! 💛Take the Cake Birthday Fundraiser and Interview Replay 🛍Let’s celebrate being a wonderful community this year! Have some local fun! It’s a pleasure to replay an amazing interview with Janine and Laura, the…
17 - MEND NJ Interview and We are Under Construction!
Nov 9, 2018 • 33 min
Episode 17 is here! 🌟Holiday POP-Up Shop Prep 💛MEND NJ Reprise 🚗Electric Cars and Coffee and Jeopardy at South Next 2018! I am really thrilled to bring you a great episode and repeat an awesome interview with Robin Peacock from MEND NJ. I will be doing…
Special Get out the VOTE Episode - Interview with Felisha George
Nov 2, 2018 • 55 min
“Get out the VOTE” Series Continues! I chatted with Felisha George in early September before she dropped out of the School Board Candidate race. Our interview was amazing - all about what KIDS think about our schools and Felisha’s own RECENT experience in…
SIP in SOMA: Bruno J. Navarro, Board of Ed Candidate 2018
Oct 26, 2018 • 24 min
In these special “Get out the VOTE” episode, I chat with Bruno J. Navarro, school board candidate for the South Orange Maplewood School District.
SIP in SOMA: Javier Farfan, Board of Ed Candidate 2018
Oct 26, 2018 • 29 min
In this special “Get out the VOTE” episode, I chat with Javier Farfan, a school board candidate for the South Orange Maplewood School District.
15 - Spotlight on OrderGrabbers
Oct 18, 2018 • 55 min
This week I share an interview with Aman Wilkerson, the founder and owner of OrderGrabbers. Aman shares his new business venture that supports local restaurants and his vision to support and grow young leaders at Seton Hall. Our conversation taught me so…
14 - Becoming a knowledgeable voter
Oct 11, 2018 • 24 min
Episode 14 is here! 🌟Burnout 💛Gratitude Attitude 📓Become an informed SOMA voter now! 💗YAY for South Orange & Maplewood peeps! Call to Action: Become an informed voter: If you have 5 minutes: 🍁Visit Village Green & check out the candidate profiles:…
13 - Peggy Excell of Lotus Petals Floral Design
Sep 26, 2018 • 55 min
I have found a lot of camaraderie with Peggy Excell of Lotus Petals Floral Design - she shared some unexpected experiences about moving her business to Springfield Avenue. Her candor and joy about her business is evident in our conversation - enjoy! Thank…
Coming into the Light: My #MeToo Story
Sep 25, 2018 • 24 min
Sharing my #MeToo story is about freedom from shame, helping others who are struggling and the solidarity I share with Dr. Ford and too many others. I learned a lesson in compassionate listening and communication this weekend and I only hope this can help…
12 - Community Coalition on Race
Sep 19, 2018 • 72 min
⭐️I spoke with leaders of the Community Coalition on Race in South Orange and Maplewood. 📓Getting involved in the School Board Election ✨Upcoming events - education, culture and music - SOMA has it all! For more details, check out www.…
11 - Achieve Foundation
Sep 13, 2018 • 33 min
Let’s Run! A New Episode of SIP in SOMA: 🏃🏽‍♀️I spoke with co-chairs of the Newstead 5K Fundraiser for the Achieve Foundation 🌟BE KIND without expectation. 💥Weekend events - Run, Play, and Shuck oh my!
10 - Kari Capone
Sep 6, 2018 • 55 min
An exciting NEW Episode of SIP in SOMA: 💥Kari Capone talks about entrepreneurship in SOMA and online! 🔥Call to action - get involved in the upcoming election! 🎼RENT Party Picnic and Newstead 5K: support our kids in SOMA! Check out Kari’s Kits online at…
9 - Porchfest
Aug 31, 2018 • 27 min
This week I interviewed a volunteer for Porchfest, Susan Williams, who shares what she loves about SOMA, music, and our wonderful community. Porchfest happens on Sunday, September 2nd from 1-5 pm and features 50 bands and musicians on 35 Hilton…
8 - Jane Lee Hooker
Aug 24, 2018 • 17 min
Inspirational interview with the awesome band, Jane Lee Hooker - loved chatting with them about music, collaboration and inspiring young people!
7 - Marry the Sea
Aug 17, 2018 • 20 min
Join Danielle Perrotta to hear and interview with Marry the Sea -an incredible local band that played at Maplewoodstock this summer! Danielle also gets personal and talks about depression and anxiety. Check out the latest episode and remember to subscribe…
6 - Whitney J. Jackson
Aug 9, 2018 • 17 min
This week I share a Maplewoodstock interview I had with Whitney J. Jackson, a phenomenal performer and artist. We talked about her growth as an artist and purpose in life. Special thanks to my guest co-host, Coobie Darcelin!
5 - Take the Cake
Aug 2, 2018 • 46 min
This week’s interview with the founders of Take the Cake was illuminating and inspiring! Janine and Laura are providing Birthday parties for kids who would not be able to have one. The volunteers and support they have gathered is a testament to their…
4 - Coach Lisa Morgan
Jul 26, 2018 • 25 min
This week I interviewed Coach Lisa Morgan, a CHS alum, who is running amazing track camps for the youth in our towns and neighboring areas. She talks about her LOVE of running and how proud she is of the runners she has worked with and how she fosters the…
Jul 19, 2018 • 34 min
We are talking abiut the unseen challenge of hunger and innovative ways that MEMD NJ is supporting 17 interfaith pantries in Essex County, NJ. Learn how YOU can help!
2 - Amish Internet
Jul 12, 2018 • 36 min
Maplewoodstock is HERE in Maplewood NJ this weekend, July 14-15th! I chat with band members of Amish Internet in this episode and learn so much about the pizza parlors in SOMA and how inspired they are by their musical peers.
1 - Abby and Molly of Scratch and Sniff Productions
Jul 5, 2018 • 41 min
Where can you find great comedy in SOMA NJ? Check out my interview with Molly and Abby, performers and producers of the Chuckle Patch - a comedy show in Maplewood, NJ. Later in the show, I share events I am looking forward to in SOMA this summer!
Jul 1, 2018 • 0 min
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