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Meet The Team

Alie Pierce

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WeekenderNJ.com was created by Alie Pierce as a community journalism project initiative. Alie is an advocate, human rights activist, mentor, journalist and entrepreneur who has always been fascinated by people’s stories and motivations. As the creator and co-creator of numerous start-ups and entrepreneurships - Alie 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. 

 

Sam Carliner

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Always over-booking himself, Sam Carliner is an editor and occasional writer with WeekenderNJ. Sam has a background in journalism and is interested in writing political commentary, much of which makes it onto his podcast and WeekenderNJ cousin, Newsdive. Sam is a lifelong resident of New Jersey with dreams to live internationally, but until then you can find him writing about the good and bad of his home state.

 

J. Longo

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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Meet The Team

Alie Pierce

  • Twitter
  • Instagram

WeekenderNJ.com was created by Alie Pierce as a community journalism project initiative. Alie is an advocate, human rights activist, mentor, journalist and entrepreneur who has always been fascinated by people’s stories and motivations. As the creator and co-creator of numerous start-ups and entrepreneurships - Alie 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. 

 

J. Longo

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.

Sara Sands

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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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Sunah Choudhry

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Sunah Choudhry is a journalist with one simple goal in mind; to help those without a voice for a better tomorrow. Sunah has a background in journalism with interests in politics, religion, and culture. She hopes to one day use the power of journalism to help those struggling in her home country of Pakistan. For now, you can most likely find her running around the streets of New Jersey with a camera in hand. 

Alexandra Centurion

Alexandra is a life-long  New Jerseyan. She holds a BA  in Psychology,  and Doctor of Chiropractic Medical Degree, which she translated into teaching and occasionally writing. Alex has a teenager who is amazing in her own way. In her spare time Alex loves to help people, is an animal lover, enjoys an old fashioned laugh, and appreciates every-day life to the fullest. Her motto is “focus on whatever makes you smile and let go of the negative.”

Sam Carliner

Always over-booking himself, Sam Carliner is an editor and occasional writer with WeekenderNJ. Sam has a background in journalism and is interested in writing political commentary, much of which makes it onto his podcast and WeekenderNJ cousin, Newsdive. Sam is a lifelong resident of New Jersey with dreams to live internationally, but until then you can find him writing about the good and bad of his home state.

 

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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.

 

Gary

🐢 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.”

John Flora 

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