Name: Laura Fortgang

Where do you live? Verona

When did you move there? 1995

Where did you grow up? New Providence, NJ (after six years in Venezuela as an ex-pat)

How do you make a living? OR What is your everyday passion? I’m an Executive and Career Coach/ Facilitator and Trainer, Author and Professional Speaker. (My Tedx Talk has over one million views!)

Coffee, tea or … ? Oh my God! Coffee!

What’s your idea of a perfect weekend day? A long morning of drinking coffee and taking in news followed by an outdoor activity (not necessarily exercising) if it’s not hot out, and a lovely dinner out.

What’s your favorite local restaurant? Montclair Falafel. I know that may be surprising considering how many wonderful restaurants there are in Montclair.

What’s on your nightstand? NJ laws, policy papers, and opposition research. I’m running for State Assembly to join Montclair’s Tom Giblin and Britnee Timberlake. I’m in District 26 which includes four Essex towns: Verona, West Caldwell, Caldwell and Fairfield. It sits in Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill’s congressional district. 

What are you listening to? Musical Theatre Show Albums, always. Hamilton, Big Fish, Bright Star

What are your current indulgences? Dark chocolate and Schitt’s Creek on Netflix

What talent you would most like to have? Piano or other musical instruments

What’s the worst-kept (or best-kept!) secret about Verona? AKB Ariane’s Kitchen and Bar in Verona—the Cornmeal Crusted Oysters—a MUST. And that’s from someone who refused to eat oysters before trying that dish.

What do you hope they say about you at your funeral? That she left the world a little better than she found it.