Sussex Co. Manufacturing Company Steps Up to Assist During Crisis

Lynne M. Centeno

Bucolic Frelinghuysen Township is home to a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility which has found itself on the front lines of the current public health crisis. James Alexander Corporation (JAC) produces plastic applications, packaging materials and solutions used in a variety of industries, but its ability to churn out products currently in use by pharmaceutical companies has placed it at the forefront of the testing currently underway by medical professionals in their attempts to get the data necessary to re-open the local economy. The company was founded in 1976 by Francesca Fazzolari (now serving as JAC’s Chief Executive Officer) and Alexander Davidson.

“We manufacture products that our customers use to develop tests for the Coronavirus,” explains Dave Robinson, President, James Alexander Corporation. “We also make products to test for strep throat and tuberculosis, as well as a couple of products that are used to test the fit of respirators. All of these

Read More

“I am wondering what our role is” in Covid-19 crisis says Beatrice Galilee

Lynne M. Centeno

Curator Beatrice Galilee of The World Around has curated a celebration of Earth Day for VDF, which will be streamed later today. In this video message, she questions the role of the creative industries during the coronavirus pandemic.

Galilee is a co-founder and curator of The World Around, an architecture and design conference, which had its first edition in January 2020 in New York.

Galilee has curated a series of interviews with architects and visionaries working on environmental issues around the world in a symposium for Earth Day, which will be broadcast live on Dezeen from 1:00pm today as part of a collaboration between Virtual Design Festival and The World Around.

“Like everybody working in the creative industries now, I’m wondering what to say and what our role is and what we can learn from these extremely complicated times that we’re all sharing together,” Galilee said in the video.

Read More

“The current crisis had exposed the shortcomings of our healthcare systems”

Lynne M. Centeno

The coronavirus has exposed fundamental problems with our healthcare systems that we should not forget once the pandemic passes, warns Reinier de Graaf in a letter to the present from the future.

How will we look back on today once the current crisis has panned out? How “new” will the new normal be? While the current crisis offers compelling reasons for change, history also cautions against premature conclusions.

This is my report on the present from the future:

In Europe we were living longer than any previous generation in human history. Average life expectancy had doubled in the past century. Thanks to improvements in medicine, sanitation, and nutrition, most of us would live to see 73. Diseases were done away with, or else made manageable with new treatments. Illness had become less something to die from, and more something to live with.

While we were living longer, we were by

Read More