Saturday, November 21, 2015

Thomas Trilivas Bodybuilder, animal rights advocate and true cat lover!

Nutley,New Jersey native Thomas Trilivas is becoming quite a brand for himself in bodybuilding just a short time ago he was overweight and out of shape, but as you will see in the following transformational pictures he has completely turned that around. As we here at Newarknow continue to look at people who help define fitness and health, we hope you also will be motivated and inspired by Tom and his words of advice. Tom is also a huge animal lover and his cats live like kings!

How did you get started in bodybuilding?

I got started very young about 13 yrs old with just basic weight training. I continued to train more many yrs on an off for sports or just to keep in shape but mainly because I just enjoyed it. Many times people had asked me to compete and I always said I wasn't good enough to do it. Finally at the age of 36 I stepped on stage and won the overall 1st place trophy for masters and also won the novice division. It was the start of
everything for me competitively.

 What was is like competing for the 1st time?
It was incredible. I was so nervous, I didn't think I was good enough. I actually was in the worst shape of my life in Feb 2014 because I stopped training do to moving my residence and working on my new home plus running my business. I then became somewhat depressed and got upset with myself so I decided to set a goal that I would step on stage in 6 months from Feb 6th 2014.... in only 5 months I stepped on stage and won at the tri state championships on July 19th. I then competed in the 6th month at a much bigger show Muscle Beach championships on Aug 9th and took home 3 more trophies... 2 first place and 1 second place. I was thrilled, amazed, shocked all at one time that in just 6 months from not working out at all I was winning multiple shows. I then made a decision to go into a National show called North Americans in Pittsburgh. It was a dream I had my whole life to compete for my pro card. I couldn't believe it was happening in just a 6 month period. I finished 12th out of 24 guys and I also got 8th in the masters division. It was an incredible experience and achievement

What advice would you give someone just starting out in bodybuilding?

I would give them the advice to stay consistent, always believe in yourself, set obtainable goals, don't ever listen to someone tell you something can't be done, and just make yourself happy don't compare yourself to others always compare yourself to you. If you are better then the last version of yourself you are winning!

Who influenced you the most in bodybuilding?

I had a friend named Oni that i trained with sometimes and at the same gym. He pushed me to compete telling me I had what it took to be successful and I am glad I listed to him!

 Describe who you are and where you want to be in 10 years?

 I am a very dedicated individual that is determined to get results not only in bodybuilding but in life! I try appreciate everything around me and the people who support me because life is very short and you need to live in the moment but plan for your future as well! I see myself in 10 yrs to be successful at what ever goals I have set for myself but always being the same person I was growing up with a very big heart, always caring for others, appreciating life, continuing to workout and not sure about competing at a competitive level in 10 yrs but you never know. I will just do what ever makes me happy at that time.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Passaic's own Christian Villar is Slam Dunkin it all the way to the Top!

Our next interview is Passaic very own young entrepreneur Christian Villar owner of the North Jersey Pros basketball team and also a player on the team and Villar consulting. Villar has become a real role model to not only youngsters in Passaic, but also all over New Jersey and youngsters who meet him through his travels worldwide. At the young age of 5, Villar lost his father to a drunk driver and was raised by his mom. Villar is someone you will want to look at for as he and his company grows.
When I asked the Mayor of Passaic Dr. Alex Blanco to say a few words about Villar here is what he said, "I have known Mr. Villar for several years.  I would like to congratulate Chris for his outstanding accomplishments, and his involvement in the community of the City of Passaic. We have many similarities. We both come from disadvantage families. Both of our mothers worked in factories earning minimum wage salaries and pushed us to the path of higher education. We both  grew up in Passaic, went to PHS and college.

But what I really admire of Chris is the fact that he came back to Passaic City to serve as a role model for our youth, not only to the Hispanic community but in general.  Most people graduate college and move far away from their native cities. But Chris has worked at the YMCA as a youth counselor, after graduating college. He became an outreach counselor for Lincoln Middle School soon after left to obtain his master’s degree. He currently has a contract as the director with his consulting practice to run the River Drive residences which prevent homelessness in the city of Passaic and is part of Greater Passaic Clifton Community Center.  For the past two years, he has held Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for the homeless people and the YMCA residents. Chris knows the community and dedicate a lot of his time helping the needed and making Passaic City a better place.

Also, Chris is the sole owner of North Jersey Pros basketball team and Villar Consulting, LLC.  He has a Master’s in Public Administration & Nonprofit Management, as well as a BA in Social and Behavioral with minors in psychology & business administration, from Seton Hall University.  

As Mayor of the City of Passaic I am proud of Christian Villar's educational achievements and for his dedication to our city."

Dr. Alex D. Blanco                    

Christian you graduated from Passaic High School and went onto Seton Hall University afterwards achieving many of your goals. What do attribute to your success and what advice would you give to others?

I learned at a very young age coming from nothing that we all as humans come into this world with nothing and leave with nothing.  You can work hard and gain wealth, material things, etc but that can all be taken from you at any given moment but the one thing I realized that no one can ever take away you is your education/knowledge/ and your personal relationship with God.  I am grateful to Passaic High School and Seton Hall University because the education that I obtain there is what has allowed me to achieve all the things I ever wanted.  I can lose all I have today but the education, morals, and knowledge i have no one can ever take from me.  My advice to other is to analyze the famous quote “knowledge is power” because it is when applied correctly.

How did you start the North Jersey Pros Basketball team?

I started the North Jersey because I was able to combine my knowledge and education with my passion for basketball and helping other.  At the time I was playing professional basketball internationally and didn’t like being away from my family.  As an entrepreneur and businessman I was able to work basically from anywhere in the world because I was and still am the owner and sole practitioner of Villar Consulting, LLC. An independent consulting firm that assists individuals start their own nonprofit organizations and business, obtaining 501(c)3 tax exemption status, and assisting professional athletes with contract negotiations, endorsement deals, and starting their own foundations and businesses.  So I decided to put into practice everything I was doing for my clients. 

In 2009 I decided to start my own team that would be used as a tool to give back to the youth, allow me to continue playing but with control of where and when I played, and impact other players by giving them opportunity to play for my team and continue their professional basketball careers. I took the logo from my Villar Consulitng LLC  logo where the “I” in Villar is a man in a black suit and created the North Jersey Pros logo of a man taking off his suit like superman but underneath it had a basketball uniform.  To me this was very important because the team was now part of my consulting practice and I wanted to have brand identity among the two.  Furthermore, it symbolized a movement and concept for the youth. Basically what the logo and name wants to convey is that we all have a hero within us and can still be professional at any chosen career but that we can still live out our dreams and be “Pros” at whatever we chose to do.  At the time the Nets were still in New Jersey so I named the team North Jersey Pros because we were going to be the “Pros” from northern New Jersey that would represent the state worldwide.

Fast forward to the present moment and that vision I had is now a reality.  I have created a brand and team that is now composed of players with NBA, NBA summer league, and NBA Developmental League, and international professional basketball playing experience that now travels internationally and nationally to play other professional basketball teams from various professional basketball leagues and countries. So far we have helped 30+ players to obtain pro contracts and further their careers throughout the USA, Chile, Canada, Uruguay, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Peru, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Iceland, Greece, Africa, Israel, China, and Japan. Most recently we played the Dominican Republic Men’s National Basketball team at the Atlanta Hawks facilities to help them prepare for their pre Olympic qualifying games.  Our Head Coach is no other than 2-Time NBA champion and 3-Time NBA 3point champion Craig Hodges. Our first ever Head Coach Matt Riccardi is now a member of the Brooklyn Nets.  I also use the team and players to conduct free basketball clinics where ever we play and no child or student has ever paid to watch us play.  While conducting the free clinics and camps we speak to the youth about the importance of obtaining and education and being “Pros” at whatever it is they have a passion for.  Not to ever let a title, jersey, team, money, or anything else determined their worth or who they are in life.

You are not only the CEO of the New Jersey Pros, but also a player on the team, how do manage to do both?

LOL. Not only am I the CEO, but I am the sole owner/financial supporter of the team and the one responsible for all goes on with the team and organization such as from the marketing, negotiations, player signing and recruiting, scheduling tours internationally, to even driving the bus when we used to travel by land to YES playing.  I have managed being a player and CEO by for the past 6 years by being a professional on and off the courts.  While in practice and game I am nothing more than a player because the coach is in full control of everything that goes on during practice and games.  Every minute I have ever played I have earned and players respect me both on and off the court because I can talk to them as team owner off the courts and as a teammate/brother while on the court.  I have never had an issue with any player to date as an owner or player because everyone that has ever worn a Pros uniform has been treated as family and once family always family.  Players know that I always put the brand and them before my game.

Who is your role model?

My mother has always been and will always be my biggest role model.

Many minorities look up to as a role model especially in the Latino community, what advice would give them?

My advice is simple.  Obtain an education, believe in yourself and go after whatever it is that you have your heart and mind set on. No one can stop YOU from doing YOU except YOU.  Be the best YOU can BE.  Is great to be a professional, successful, and even wealthy person but the most important thing one can be is a humble and loving individual towards life, each other, and this world. Live up to your standards and run your race at your pace.  Above all build a relationship with God because he is love and is the only one that will never leave you.  Even your shadow leaves you in the dark but He is light upon your life. 

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Monday, July 6, 2015

We continue our look at people in the media and today we have the very popular and likable NBC 4 Sports anchor Harry Cicma. 

Harry you were a  World Class Tennis player, how did that get started?

I grew up in Providence Rhode Island, and began playing tennis at the age of 6.  My parents played very little, but they brought me to the courts to hit a few balls.  I only played in the Summers until I was 12, then decided to play every day, and pursue my dream of being a professional and Division 1 College Tennis Player.   Through years and years of work, many sacrifices, also the support of my family, friends, and coaches (Dick Ernst and Yuri Stetsenko), I was able to move up the USTA Junior Rankings, and get recruited by Rutgers University's Division 1 Team.  From Rutgers, I  was granted a Wild Card into the main doubles draw of the Tennis Hall of Fame ATP World Tour Pro Tennis Tournament.  I played with my great friend and Rutgers teammate, Greg Schweitzer, and since competed in other ATP events throughout College; we earned an ATP Tour Pro Tennis Ranking for 4 consecutive years.  It was a dream come true, and a story of sacrifice and dedication, and it's nice to tell young kids that they can achieve their dreams if they  work hard, and "fight a good fight."

You went to Rutgers here in New Jersey, how did you like Rutgers and New Jersey? 

I love Rutgers University.  Attending Rutgers prepared me for a top career in Sports Media, but it also allowed me to reach my full potential as a Division 1 Athlete, and Student.  It is a very exciting school, and a true feeder for New York City; it prepares you for anything that life and business can send your way.  New Jersey is very much home to me, I appreciate it, and I always say that Rutgers is one of my favorite places in the's a part of my life and home.
How did you first get started working in the media? 
I began hosting my High School TV Show, at Classical High School in Providence.  I then did the same thing for all 4 years at Rutgers, and also announced games on WRSU 88.7 FM Rutgers Student Radio.  I interned at NBC, while in college, which gave me the foundation to have a career in the TV Media Industry.

Harry you are a complete Renaissance man, what other goals and accomplishments in life do you want to accomplish? 

I am honored to have a career in TV and Media.  I take pride in staying on the cutting edge in the Media Industry, and being able to stay well rounded as a Production Executive & Manager, and also on air.  While I've achieved many goals, it is my main focus to continue to produce excellent shows, stay up to date on the quickly expanding Media world, and still do the best I can as a Coordinating Producer, and on air host.

Harry you run your own production company, where do  you want to take the company? What events would you like to be able to broadcast? 

Harry Cicma Productions LLC produces various events, sports and broadcasts; including TV Distribution and Management.   We have covered some of the most exclusive TV Broadcasts, such as the Necker Cup, Miami Marathon and Turkish Airlines Open Golf....among dozens of other events around America and the World.  We bring the same level of effort to all events, so I simply enjoy setting forth efficient, affordable and top level productions for all our clients, and continuing to stay at the highest level of the TV industry.

Your on air reporting on Hurricane Sandy for NBC 4  in 2012 earned you an Emmy award talk to me about that experience?  How do you like covering hard news? 

Reporting and Anchoring Sports as part of the WNBC team, is a true honor and privilege....  When I covered Hurricane Sandy, it was strictly from the heart, in an effort to help the people around NYC, and the entire Tri State Area.  I never expected our coverage to last for so many weeks, but the passion for helping people, and informing people, friends and fellow New Yorkers is what kept me going.   It was always my goal to win and EMMY Award, and to achieve that while doing something from the heart, is the best way to do it.    It was a major team effort.

Harry you are a Greek American, tell me about your culture and any traditions you may have?
I was born in America, but I am very proud that my Ancestors are from Greece.  The Greek history and culture is very strong, and it is one of the most beautiful places in the world.  Greek people have a lot of heart, and it has definitely been passed down through generations in my family.  I think the most notable are the family values, and believing in family, and hard work.  The United States are my heart and soul, and it's a nice mix to have roots from Greece. 

Harry if you could interview anyone wether they be from the sports field or anywhere else who would it be-your number one get? 

Interviewing Andre Agassi during his Tennis Hall of Fame Induction meant the most to me, because he had such a positive impact on my life as a young tennis player.  He taught me never to give up, and that you can comeback from some of life's biggest set backs and become a stronger person.  I also look up to my fellow Greek American Pete Sampras.  I've interviewed nearly everyone, but, I would like to interview Michael Jordan.

Harry thus far in your young yet eventful career what has been your most memorable experience? 

Honestly, too many to pin point's been one long journey, and the most rewarding part is being able to use the accomplishments, and hard work, to inspire others.  What matters most to me, besides putting dinner on the table, is being able to prove to people that you can make it while still being an honest and hard working person, that's what I take most pride in, and pushes me every day.

  Ten years from now where do you see Harry Cicma? 

Hopefully doing exactly what I'm doing, just doing more of it, and always developing more innovative tactics.  Work is great, I also appreciatefamily,friends and health, so it's nice to keep a balance, and keep progressing.


Monday, May 12, 2014

Interview with Alturrick Kenney Newark At Large Council Candidate

As an advisory board member you are on record that you oppose the Newark One Plan, outline what your plan would be and also give your plan a name.

Dr. Lauren Wells of NYU and Central High School Principal Ras Baraka created a phenomenal plan called The Global Village School Zone. In sum, the school used a number of school based initiatives to revitalize neighborhood schools. The GVSZ worked with the NYU to provide professional development for teachers. The school extended the day to increase time on task and provide supports in a number of areas which includes arts and STEM. The school worked with all feeder middle and elementary schools to make sure the principals shared best practices and aligned curriculum. Every school must work with professional partners to bring in wrap around programs. Finally, the school became a center for community based activities. The school building must stay open 3 pm to provide tutoring and enrichment for children and community activities for families like Salsa night or discussions to improve acadmic performance. , by I do not have any new plan outside of what we witnessed in the Central Ward called the Global Village School Zone. In sum, comprehensive high schools remained a feeder school for all neighborhood schools

2. What are the 3 most important issues facing Newark in your opinion?
The city of newark is abundantly rich in resources, strategically located and growing at a fast  pace yet we’re facing an annual deficit. The city of Newark is the home to one of the largest airport and seaports in the country, over 40,000 students attend college in our city, we home to Panasonic, Prudential, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, yet out unemployment rate is 14.7%, twice the national average. Our city must do an number of things. First, in order to meet our annual obligations we must renegotiate with NY/NY port authority and demand more money by invoking the favorite nation’s clause in the lease. Secondly, we have to review all WIB contracts to ensure we are paying vendors who have a strong track record preparing our residents for careers and placing them to work. Finally, we have to ask the state to remove Cami Anderson immediately. He leadership style demands a partner who’s willing to work with the locally elected officials and partners.

3. You have been Deputy Mayor in Newark, Advisory board member and district leader, but what do 

you feel makes you the best candidate? I am unique. I started working in government in the 20’s and was appointed Deputy Mayor by 29. I left city government and worked as a project manager, recruiter and finally the political director for a union. I gained valuable experience while serving on 
the school board which has a $1.1B budget and service 44K children. My experience and youthful enthusiasm qualifies me for leadership. I know city government.

4. What would you do to make city government more transparent for the average citizen?

The website must be managed with full support staff. When projects enter the city, we must ensure they follow the current ordinance and properly notify residents. Our pre-conference and committee meetings open to the public.

5. Many residents feel that they have been left of the cities economic development. That focus on downtown and big businesses is the main objective. How would you grow the economic engine of the neighborhoods bringing business yet also helping the mom and pop shops etc?
If BCDC is not dissolved by the incoming Mayor, we have greater oversight how money is loaned and force all lendees to repay seed capital. All outstand loans must be reviewed and collected. The municipal council must have a conversation with the college community and ask them to loan their expertise to help us rebuild Newark’s retail market and business corridor. Rutgers, Downtown Regional Business Partnerships, Small Business Association and all partners must provide technical support, book keeping and other services to help spur growth. It’s critically important, we must create safe neighborhood corridors where people can eat and shop. We must increase the number of Special Improvement Districts so neighbor retail storeowners can clean their street, beautify the community and use an revenue for fa├žade consistency.

6. Crime and the murder rate over the past year have risen to all time highs, what is your solution to stem the violence and murder rate?

We must demand the new police director put more officers on the street, attend COMPSTAT meetings, repurpose staff to pick up calls on the x6400 system, repurpose the recreation centers to attract & keep children occupied, ask NPS’s to extend hours and create family programs, access the 
re-entry programs to ensure they are working and keeping recidivism low, fund prevention programs with measurable results and create new jobs.

7. Who is your role model?
Patrice Luumumba and Cliff Carter

8. The city faces a 93 million dollar deficit, what would you do to fix this problem?

Most immediate, review all non-essential contracts and unaffiliated staff to reduce the overall budget. Request the Mayor to order a hiring freeze. Finally, contact the Mayor, BA and Corporation counsel to review the lease agreement with
 NY/NJ Port Authority. After the review, we must demand more money. Once all those areas are 
exhausted, we must ask the colleges to expand and grow. We have to attract businesses to the city inorder to create jobs, payroll tax and property tax.

9. Alturrick Kenny is....committed to make Newark the greatest city in the world.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Former New Jersey Public Advocate & current Newark At Large Councilman Candidate Wilfredo Caraballo interview : to Cami Anderson Apologize or Resign

1. At one point in your career you were gearing yourself to become a priest, what changed your mind?
  I have always felt a calling.  When I was in my late teens I thought the call was to serve through the ministry of the church.  I entered the seminary and spent 2 years trying to find out what God had  in store for me.  I learned that my calling was to a different ministry.  Those were 2 of the greatest years of my life. I learned a lot about myself and can honestly say those years served to anchor the rest of my life

2.In the last year, you were able to meet many Newarkers and learn of their problems, what do you feel are the major problems or issues in Newark?

All of us living in Newark know that crime, the failure of our schools and the lack of opportunities for our young men and women are at the heart of our ills.  My team and I have been going door to door, forum to forum, ward to ward. I didn't need to campaign in order to learn about the problems we face in Newark, but I was a bit surprised by the lack of trust and the outright hostility that too many of our citizens have towards our city government. I can't say that I blame our citizens.  We don't get the services to which we are entitled, we can't get straight answers and we are constantly given the run around.  This journey through our city has strengthened me in my resolve to bring change to our city.

3: Many people in the city feel that Newark Public Schools Superintendent Cami Anderson is no longer an advocate for Public Schools and her Newark One plan is wrong for the city. This list of people now includes ministers who object to her and her plan. What is your opinion of Cami Anderson and separately on her Newark One plan?

She needs to do one of 2 things:  (a) ask the people of Newark to forgive her, and start all over, committing herself to being inclusive, or, (b) resign.  Her leadership style is simply not acceptable. And truthfully, it's that style that really makes me somewhat sad about what she is trying to do.  I read her Newark One plan. Who can be against ensuring that all of children have equal access to our schools?  Who can be against making sure that our resources are being appropriately used? Her goals are awesome, but why can't parents be brought into the discussion as the plans are being thought about and drafted?  Instead, our parents are treated with a mindset that says "we know what's best for you".

4. Recently you came out in support of a Public Advocate for the city who would be able to address 

the council and mayor. This has drawn a lot of reaction from residents. How would this be implemented and paid for?
My plan for a Public Advocate was developed in response to my discussions with the people I have talked to over the course of my campaign.  Much of what I have heard is very similar to the kinds of things I heard when I was the Public Advocate for the state.  People want someone to hold elected officials accountable.  People want someone with the power to go after those who abuse the public trust.  The citizens want someone who will be their eyes and ears.  Too many elected officials believe they have all the answers.  They don't want  to be held accountable.  The Public Advocate would be the voice of the people in the corridors of City Hall making sure that everyone is doing their job. 
I have no desire to increase the cost of government so my plan is to file a bill, should I be elected, that would cut the pay of all City Council members by 25%.  In addition I would seek to cut the number of aides.  Each Council member has 5, I would cut it to four.  I would eliminate cars, gas cards, cell phones and other perks that they now have.  These savings alone would pay for the Public Advocate

5. What sets you apart from all the other at-large candidates?
   I would hope that the breadth of my experience would make me someone that voters believe will do a good job.  

My personal story is very simple: My brother and I were raised by our mother in the South Bronx. We didn't have much, but were to taught to respect others and ourselves.  Getting an education was important to our mother, she didn't get past the 8th grade herself and wanted her boys to go to college. My brother and I both did.

I studied for the priesthood early on and then went to law school.  I became a law professor at Seton

Hall School of Law where I helped create a program that has helped give an opportunity to study law to over 600 men and women who might not otherwise have been given the opportunity.

I was appointed to be the Public Advocate and the Public Defender by Governor Florio.  In that capacity I fought to make government accountable to the people of this state.

I was an Assemblyman for 12 years.  Much of the legislation that I sponsored was geared towards leveling the playing field for all citizens. I was the primary sponsor of the bill that eliminated the death penalty and mandates life encarceration for those who would have otherwise been sentenced to death.  Too many times we have witnessed situations where men and women were sentenced to death only to find out later that they were innocent.  Too often the men and women wrongly condemned are Black or latino.  I was the primary sponsor of the bill that opened up cable television to competition

so that rates could go down.

6. How would you address crime in Newark?

The Team Jeffries plan to combat crime is based on empirical studies and Shavar's own experience in being at the forefront of crime fighting strategies.  It all starts with making sure that the streets are safe.  We would immediately restore 50 of the police officers that were laid off and then move to find ways to increase our police force.  Our crime problem will not be solved simply by having more police, but it does start there.

We would make sure that police go after the real criminals while we develop alternatives for lesser crimes. Drug courts are important in any effort to fight crime.  We nee to create more job opportunities for our young men and women.  Our kids need alternatives!  If they don't have any alternatives, the temptation of the gangs and crime are too often too strong to resist.   PLEASE GO ONTO OUR WEBSITE FOR THE FULL DETAILS OF OUR PLAN.

7. Who is your role model?

My role model has always been my mother.  From the time I was a kid, I used to marvel at her spirit.  She came north with a husband and two sons. Her husband left but she didn't miss a beat. She was a self taught seamstress who worked tirelessly to encourage her sons to move forward. She gave us unconditional love and supported everything that we ever tried to accomplish.  I learned to be a man and a father by watching a woman being both a mother and a father.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Celebrate Newark's Cherry Blossomfest!!!

Celebrate Newark's Cherry Blossomfest!!!

This weekend marks the beginning  of the Cherry Blossomfest in Newark & Belleville's Branch Brook Park. So we take a look back at some of last year's sights below. We also have a link with all this year's festivities. It is a must see event for the whole family so take a look at this year's happenings and take a look back at last year's magnificent trees!

Spring is here and appropriately enough Newark's Branch Brook Park & Belleville are bursting into spring with their beautiful displays of some America's most cherished and largest arrangements of Cherry Blossoms.

With over 3,000 Cherry Blossoms it is one of the most beautiful sights to see with whites to light pink and bright spectacular eye popping pink it is a sight to behold.

Branch Brook Park has the largest variety
of Cherry Blossom trees while Washington D.C. may have a bigger festival.

Please take note as we captured the First opening buds on this Holy Easter Sunday to present day.
Their spectacular display will begin opening more each day and culminating near the last week of April depending on the weather.

A must see event!

Below is a link to the last week or 2 of events.

1 comment:

  1. love the blossoms love branch brook park