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Alie Pierce

Editor-in-Chief

Founder

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WeekenderNJ.com was created by Alie Pierce as a community news outlet. Alie is an advocate, human rights activist, mentor, journalist and entrepreneur who has always been fascinated by people’s stories and motivations. Pierce created WeekenderNJ to be a platform that celebrates our community stories, and showcases the lesser-known successes of neighbors, in order to support and encourage our generation and the next.

 

When she's not working on creating positive change in our community, she's exploring our neighborhoods, traveling the world, or at home creating new art and positive new ventures. Alie is also an avid walker - If you see her around Englewood, NJ feel free to say hello.

Meet The Team

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J. Longo

Artits

J. is an illustrator and Storyboard Artist based out of Brooklyn, NYC where you can find him trapped in his apartment for months on end, probably staring out of the window and cursing everyone he sees who isn't wearing a mask. His work has been featured on The Daily Show, SNL, Sesame Workshop's "Helpsters," The New York Times, The Daily Dot, and The Toast.

 

You can see more of his work at JLongo Art.

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Photojournalist

Never to be caught without his camera nearby, Julian is a visual storyteller, photojournalist, and documentarian currently based in New Jersey. Usually found at a local protest, but loves to photograph everything from packed sports stadiums to empty downtown streets. While not on assignment, Julian goes on long-distance hikes, backpacking expeditions, and extended road trips in “Penelope”, his self-converted camper van. Raised by two visual artists, Julian claims “creativity is the key to a non-stagnant life.”

Julian Leshay

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James Allan

Writer

James is an aspiring journalist and media relations professional for non-profit organizations. He is currently completing his master’s degree in communication from Baylor University.

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Sara Sands

Writer

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Sara is a researcher, public policy advisor, educator, writer, and comedian based in New York City. Sara currently works for the New York City Department of Education as the lead researcher and data strategist for teacher recognition programs. She is a Ph.D. candidate in Politics & Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, and holds a Master of Philosophy in Education from the University of Cambridge and a B.A. in Political Economy and English from Tulane University. Her creative nonfiction short stories have appeared in Arkansas Review: A Journal of Delta Studies, American Chordata, and The Merrimack Review.

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Chief Morale Officer (CMO)

🐢  Gary is our Chief Morale Officer (CMO). He specializes in social wellness & morale. Very into lazy sunny afternoons. Excels at short distance backyard races. Gary enjoys salad as a mid-morning snack.

 

Favorite quote: “Smile, breath and go slowly.”

Gary 

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Phil Garber

Writer

Phil has been a daily and weekly journalist for more than 40 years and has won the journalist of the year award twice from the New Jersey Press Association.He was born in New York City but followed his family to Bergen County when he was a wee boy and lived there before venturing out into the world and college. He enjoys watching sports as he is over the hill regarding participating although he did work out regularly in the gym and will resume when the COVID 19 is gone.

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David Valdes

Writer

David is a Cuban-American playwright and author. He’s written about family, race, and LGBTQ issues for the New York Times, Boston Globe, and HuffPo.

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John Flora

Writer

John is Grammy-nominated music teacher who has dedicated his life to working with inner-city youth in his hometown of Jersey City, NJ. He has become more politically active as national conversations around climate change, systemic racism, and campaign finance reform have come into clearer focus.