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The Gift of Heart Failure

Westfield’s Dan Weiniger Publishes a New Book: The Gift of Heart Failure

I’ve always admired people who are able to see the glass as half full even amid adversity. My friend, and Westfield’s eternal optimist, Dan Weiniger will inspire you with his newly published book The Gift of Heart Failure, in which he shares his hard-earned lessons on how to turn obstacles into opportunities.

The Gift of Heart Failure

Many of you might know Dan from his successful local business Home Video Studio (http://www.homevideostudio.com), which I’ve used myself and highly recommend! Having already endured a quintuple bypass earlier in life, Dan suffered another nearly fatal heart attack two years ago. Doctors declared that his heart was 80% dead, and he had extensive surgery in which an LVAD (Left Ventricular Assist Device) was implanted to keep his heart functioning while he awaits a heart transplant. His friend Doug Lynch helped to raise almost $9,000 to install a whole-house generator in Dan’s home to ensure that his LVAD will function even in power outages.

After recovering from that heart attack, Dan began volunteering for the NJ Sharing Network, a non-profit organization responsible for the recovery and placement of donated organs and tissue for those in need of a life-saving transplant. He started speaking at events, like the Heart Fair Symposium, and soon he felt compelled to get his story down on paper to spread the word to more people. About a year ago he began writing the draft for The Gift of Heart Failure. Dan said, “The words just poured out of me. I didn’t even know what I would do after finishing the book. I just thought my experiences might help anyone through anything by showing the value of having the right perspective.”

Dan didn’t write his book in the traditional way of putting pen to paper. He said, “I seem to write best when I’m driving in the car alone, dictating into my phone, and then later going back into the studio and writing. Talking allows for freer flow of thinking. You go places you never imagine.”


In The Gift of Heart Failure, Dan discusses 12 tools to help you to accept any situation in life, no matter how seemingly insurmountable. Among those tools are appreciating the little things in life, developing an insatiable curiosity, being kind, and turbocharging your enthusiasm. You’ll have to read the book to find out the other tools! Along the way you’ll be uplifted by Dan’s humor, truth, and endless encouragement. Rumor has it, you will not be able to put the book down (and aren’t those the best kind?).


You can order The Gift of Heart Failure on Amazon as a paperback:  https://www.amazon.com/Gift-Heart-Failure-Fundamentals-Opportunities/dp/0692877320/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1493053073&sr=8-1

And it’s also available for the Kindle: 


Follow Dan on Facebook @TheGiftOfHeartFailure, and stay tuned for local book signings with the big-hearted (pun intended!) man himself. Dan will be donating a portion of the proceeds of his book sales to the NJ Sharing Network and other organizations.  

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2nd Annual BAS/OAS Fall 5K and Fun Run in Cranford NJ

ImageAutumn is the PERFECT time for a run . . . . or a walk.  The air is crisp, not too oppressively hot, and the view of colorful trees is nothing short of dazzling.

So why not come out and enjoy the great outdoors while helping out some Cranford schools?   Consider participating in the 2nd Annual BAS/OAS Fall 5k and 1 mi Fun Run. All proceeds benefit the PTA’s of both Bloomingdale and Orange Avenue Schools.

This 5k run is a nice route that begins and ends at Bloomingdale Ave. School, and passes by Orange Ave School.  It’s a very pleasant route along beautifully tree-lined streets and paths.  All participants who pre-register will receive a custom t-shirt.  There will be a DJ offering music and entertainment, as well as post-race food and refreshments.  Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in each age group, but the fun is in the run!

The event will take place on Sunday, November 3rd, beginning at Bloomingdale Avenue School at 200 Bloomingdale Avenue in Cranford.  Late registration will begin at 7:00 AM, the 1 Mile Fun Run will begin at 8:00 AM, and the 5K at 8:30.  To pre-register, and assure yourself a t-shirt, visit BestRace.com/Bloomingdale5K.  The cost is $25.00 to participate in the 5K, and $15.00 for the Fun Run.  (There is also a $3.25 online sign-up fee.)

Get in a little exercise, enjoy the crisp Autumn air and the beautiful view, and help out some local schools!


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Guided Horseback Riding at Watchung Reservation

Tired of the same-old, same-old this summer?  Here’s a great idea for something the whole family can do together, even if you’ve never done it before and think you wouldn’t know how to begin. Horseback riding!  And it’s so near to home for Union County residents!

The Union County’s Watchung Stable is offering guided trail rides at the Watchung Reservation for riding enthusiasts and riding wannabes  nine years of age and older. The rides, available on a first-come, first-served basis, require no previous experience, and are held on Sundays during the summer at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., weather permitting.   Groups of 15 or more people are guided along the picturesque bridle trails in part of the 2,065-acre Reservation in Mountainside.  There are also special private group rides for individuals and groups up to 15 people, which can be set up in advance at a mutually convenient time.  The cost for rides is$28 for in-county riders, $39 for out-of-county riders and an additional $30 for the instructor for private groups.  For those younger riders under nine, Watchung Stable offers 30 minute long leadline rides ($15 for Union County residents, $23 for non-residents) on Saturdays and Sundays between 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.

     What a wonderful, worry-free, reasonably priced way to try something new and make fun family memories this summer!  The trail rides and leadlines are held at Watchung Stable, which is located at 1160 Summit Lane in Mountainside. Office hours are from  9:00 AM – noon, and from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM daily.  For further information, call (908) 789-3665 during these hours, or visit the Union County website at www.ucnj.org/stable .


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