Jersey Shore Association for Human Resources Awards Two 2017 Scholarships

Posted on August 17, 2017 By

JSAHR (Jersey Shore Association of Human Resources), a human resources organization that provides two annual scholarships to support its commitment to education and the advancement of the Human Resources profession, has awarded two Ann C. Edwards scholarships.

Nicole Dykeman, Neptune Township, N.J., a 2017 graduate of Neptune High School, received a $1000 student scholarship to continue her college education. Dykeman was active in a variety of academic and student organizations, such as a member of the Trident Chapter of the National Honor Society, Jumpstart Performing Arts Academy, and a member of the Executive Board of the Youth Council of the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide. She will major in English with a concentration in publishing studies in the fall at Hofstra University, New York State.

Sasha Goldfarb Rivera, Brick Township, a professional Human Resources leader, received the $500 Member Scholarship to help defray expenses associated with studying for the SHRM-CP professional designation. Rivera is a Senior Human Resources Analyst with Sparta Systems, Inc, in Hamilton, N.J.

The Ann C. Edwards SPHR Scholarship is given annually as a tribute to Ms. Ann C. Edwards, the founding member of JSAHR who served in various board and leadership roles in human resources profession in New Jersey, including president of JSAHR.  She was also a director on the Garden State Council of Human Resources and active in the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) on the national level. She is now retired and living in New Hampshire.

For more information, call Christine Higgins, chapter administrator at 732-701-7155 or email

About JSAHR­: JSAHR (Jersey Shore Association for Human Resources) is a professional organization that provides its members access to services and programs dedicated to the advancement of Human Resources in New Jersey, particularly Monmouth and Ocean counties. It gives members opportunities to update and advance skills through education, network with peers and exchange ideas in a professional forum, learn about current and local legislative actions, and gather information needed to effectively practice the human resources’ profession

The JSAHR is an affiliate chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and a member of the Garden State Council of SHRM. SHRM is the largest organization dedicated exclusively to the advancement of the Human Resources profession and represents the interests of over 285,000 members and 20,000 businesses internationally.


Rotary Club of Toms River to Host Sailfest 2017

Posted on August 16, 2017 By

100.1 WJRZ, Beasley Media Group, and Downs Ford Are Official Sponsors

Rotary Club of Toms River is hosting its 26th annual Sailfest, a charity regatta and street fair, Saturday, September 9, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. at River Avenue, Island Heights, N.J. Sailfest, a free event open to the public, features an early morning sailing regatta on the Toms River, crafters, exhibitors, amusements, 50/50 raffle, Sailfest T-shirts, food vendors, musical entertainments, and an adult beverage truck.

Music will be provided by XL Smooth Jazz, MoJo Monks, and the evening concert from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. will feature Garden State Radio, a beach party band.

The Sailfest sponsors are 100.1 WJRZ; Downs Ford, Toms River; TD Bank; JCP&L First Energy; and Ocean County Tourism. All of the proceeds will benefit local charities and scholarships. Ample off-street parking and free shuttle bus from the Island Heights Fire Company is available during the day.

To sign up to be a crafter, exhibitor, or food vendor, call George at 732-929-0900 x 205. Information about advertising in the ad journal, call Len at 732-929-0011. The deadline is August 23. For event information, call Len at 732-929-0011 or Marie Daley, promotions director of 100.1 WJRZ, at 609-597-1100 Ext. 204.

ABOUT BEASLEY MEDIA GROUP: Beasley Media Group, Inc. is a subsidiary of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc., which owns and operates 63 stations (45 FM and 18 AM) in15 large- and mid-size markets in the United States. Approximately 19 million consumers listen to Beasley radio stations weekly over-the-air, online, on smartphones and tablets and engage with the Company’s brands and personalities through digital platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, text, apps and email.  For more information, please visit


Building Excellence – September 14 HR Meeting

Posted on August 15, 2017 By

Because HR is an extremely competitive field, it is important to attract and retain qualified employees who will work together to meet an organization’s goals. Do you have the right people with the right skills to meet your company’s needs? Are they team players?

Dr. Richard Atkins will address employee development tools and strategies, among other critical issues based on the employee assessment method called Building Excellence at the monthly meeting of JSAHR (The Jersey Shore Association for Human Resources), open to the public, Thursday, September 14, 2017, from 7:45 to 10:00 a.m., at the Jumping Brook Country Club, 210 Jumping Brook Road, Neptune, N.J.

Building Excellence is a unique survey system that can be used to help companies manage the hiring process, develop meaningful training programs, select qualified employees for promotions, and assign new skill sets to employees, among others.

The registration fee, including a full buffet breakfast, is $30.00 for JSAHR members; $40.00 for nonmembers; $25.00 for guests and those in-transition, and $10.00 for full-time students. Sponsorship for this meeting is still available.

Register online at or email or call Christine Higgins, JSAHR chapter administrator, at 732-701-7155.

JSAHR, a SHRM affiliated chapter, is a Platinum Excel award winner of SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management.) This program is pending one (1) SHRM and one (1) HRCI (Human Resource Certification Institute) recertification credit.

About the Speaker: Dr. Rich Atkins is the Managing Director of Improving Communication, a New York-based communication firm that offers speaker services, business writing, public speaking, customer service, leadership, staff development, and Human Resource training. Since 2007, Dr. Atkins is a member of  Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). He currently serves New York City SHRM as a Director, Orientation Committee Chair, and Co-Chairman of the Career Planning & Professional Development Special Interest Group. Dr. Atkins is American Management Association (AMA)-certified faculty and is also a Vistage-certified speaker.


Alan Alda to Give Rare Appearance in Toms River to Discuss Art and Science of Communicating

Posted on August 11, 2017 By

Community Medical Center; and Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, are proud to present an evening with legendary director, actor and author Alan Alda on Tuesday, September 12 at 7:00 p.m. at the Grunin Center for the Arts, Ocean County College, Toms River, N.J.

Alan Alda has been on a decades-long journey to discover new ways to help people communicate and relate to one another more effectively. Drawing on improvisation training, theater and storytelling techniques from a life of acting, and with insights from recent scientific studies, Alda will describe ways to improve communication between physicians and patients as well as with family, friends, business associates, and others.

The event will feature a critique of a role play session with a physician and patient to demonstrate effective communication techniques for both individuals.

If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face? is the warm, witty, and informative chronicle of how Alda found inspiration in everything from cutting-edge science to classic acting methods. His search began when he was host of PBS’s Scientific American Frontiers, during which he interviewed thousands of scientists and developed a knack for helping them communicate complex ideas in ways a wide audience could understand—and Alda wondered if those techniques held a clue to better communication for the rest of us.

In his wry and wise voice, Alda will reflect on moments of miscommunication in his own life when an absence of understanding resulted in problems both big and small. He will guide us through his discoveries, showing how communication can be improved through learning to relate to the other person: listening with our eyes, looking for clues in another’s face, using the power of a compelling story, avoiding jargon, and reading another person so well that you become “in sync” with them, and know what they are thinking and feeling—especially when you’re talking about the hard stuff.

The event will benefit Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey and Friends’ Health Connection. Tickets are $35 each and a limited number of VIP Meet-and-Greet tickets are available for $75. All tickets include a copy of Mr. Alda’s best-selling book If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face: My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating.  For tickets, please call 732-255-0500 or visit  

About Alan Alda:  Alan Alda has earned international recognition as an actor, writer, and director. He has won seven Emmy Awards, has received three Tony nominations, is an inductee of the Television Hall of Fame, and was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in The Aviator. Alda played Hawkeye Pierce on the classic television series M*A*S*H, and his many films include Crimes and Misdemeanors, Everyone Says I Love You, Manhattan Murder Mystery, and Bridge of Spies. Alda is an active member of the science community, having hosted the award-winning series Scientific American Frontiers for eleven years and founded the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University. Alda is the author of two previous bestselling books, Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: And Other Things I’ve Learned and Things I Overheard While Talking To Myself.

About Community Medical Center: Opened in 1961, Community Medical Center (CMC) is a fully accredited acute care hospital and offers a comprehensive array of services including advanced cancer care, sophisticated neurology and neurosurgery services including a neuro-interventional lab with a bi-plane, a level 3 Epilepsy Program, and cardiac care featuring three cardiac catheterization labs. CMC’s surgical service features the latest generation daVinci Si robotic surgical platforms, the only program in Ocean County. The hospital’s commitment to technology is evidenced by access to advanced radiologic technology and one of the most sophisticated linear accelerators used for radiation therapy and a CyberKnife for treating inoperable tumors. As one of the area’s most trusted providers of maternal and children’s services, superior obstetric care, a Level 2 special care nursery with 24/7 on site neonatologists for newborns requiring special care, a dedicated pediatric unit and a pediatrician in the Emergency Department are provided. Visit  for more information.

About Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus: Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus is an acute-care community hospital located in Lakewood, Ocean County. An RWJBarnabas Health facility, Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus merged with Monmouth Medical Center, a teaching hospital located in Long Branch, Monmouth County, in 2014. The hospitals are dedicated to improving the health and well-being of the communities they proudly serve through expanded access to specialty outpatient services that focus on preventive medicine and healthy living. The partnership has also expanded patients’ access to geriatric and pediatric emergency services, as well as outpatient neurology, oncology and geriatric services. Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus has converted to all private rooms, which makes it the only provider in the region with all private rooms for overnight stays. For more information about Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus, visit

About Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey – Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey (CVCJ) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1993 to assist the elderly, homebound, and veterans with everyday tasks in order to remain independent in their own homes. All services are free of charge and delivered by 1,200 volunteers to over 2,000 individuals in Ocean and Monmouth counties, N.J., over the age of 60 who are no longer driving. Volunteers provide transportation to medical appointments, grocery shopping, reassuring phone calls, visits from both humans and canines, and respite care. For more information about Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey, visit, or, or call 732-505-2273.

About Friends’ Health Connection

Founded in 1988, Friends’ Health Connection is a nonprofit organization that provides support, education and inspiration to help individuals lead a healthy, meaningful life.



Lakewood Schools Have Bragging Rights!

Posted on August 11, 2017 By

The residents and community can be very proud of the 2017 Lakewood High School (LHS) graduating class. They won more than $70,000 in academic, community, and sports scholarships, and were recognized by the state with free college tuition for 22 students.

Lakewood Committeeman Michael D”Elia said, “We have good teachers and coaches, and excellent students who should get the credit and recognition they deserve.”

Laura Winters, superintendent of the Lakewood School District, said, “I am extremely proud of the Lakewood School District teachers, staff, coaches and students. It is amazing to see the tireless effort, energy and hard work that the school community puts forth to ensure the success of all students both on the field and in the classroom….Piner Pride!”

Oscar Orellana, the LHS wrestling coach said, “Each senior who continues his or her education is a product of endless hours of effort from the educators past and present in our school district. They are a testament to remind us all that our efforts are not in vain. In the face of adversity, our students found a way to succeed. They’re prepared to face the challenges of life after high school more than they will ever know but soon realize.  We all do!  PMA – Positive Mental Attitude!”

Recognition in sports and scholarships include Uriel Bohorquez (Cross Country, Wrestling, Track and Field) who was offered $14,000 academic/athletic scholarship from Lackawanna College to join the men’s cross country team; Soso Chakiashuili (Wrestling, Track and Field) who received an academic scholarship from Monmouth University; Isiah Francis (Football, Wrestling, and Track and Field) who received a financial aid package from Montclair State University; Louis Garcia (Soccer, Wrestling, and Tennis) who will be attending Ocean County College; Marco Morales (Wrestling) who plans to attend a trade school to become a certified mechanic; Jose Ramos (Wrestling. and Track and Field) who is in basic training with the U.S. Army.

Because 22 Lakewood High School (LHS) STARS students are academic scholars, they will be attending a two-year college, tuition free, paid for by the state.  In addition approximately $74,000 in scholarships were awarded on scholarship night to LHS seniors from local community organizations.

*In the list below please note additional information about the awards and scholarships:

  • Dale Reese, LHS athlete, given in his memory by his wife
  • D’Andrea Family in honor of their three children, all LHS graduates
  • FMBA Local 80, a union representing career firefighters in the Lakewood Fire Department
  • Friedlander Scholarship, given by Bernice Friedlander a LHS Alumna, Class of 1960
  • Gertner Memorial Scholarship, given in memory of Howard Gertner by the Gertner family
  • John F. Patrick, former Superintendent of Schools, given in his memory by his family
  • LEA is the Lakewood Education Association
  • Matthew Family to a student who excels in track or cross country
  • Pan Diversity and Pan Excellence, given by Paul Pan, 2010 LHS graduate
  • Project Venture, sponsored by N.J. Natural Gas, is available to those who participated as LMS students in the Project Venture Mentoring program
  • Struggle Made, given by Lakewood community members with fundraising spearheaded by Ricky Maldonado
  • Zeta Phi Beta Sorority of educated women involved in community service

 The names of 30 seniors and amounts they received from Lakewood community organizations are listed below. For more information, see the list starred list (*) above.

    1. Ashley Addison: $5,000 ($1,000 from Blackhawks, Ocean County Mayor’s Assoc., LHS Alumni Assoc., NAACP, and Pan Diversity*; and $500 from Friedlander*.
    2. Robert Albarran: $500 from Lakewood PBA, Local #713
    3. Jacintha Arthur: $1500 ($1,000 from LHS Alumni Assoc.; $500 from Friedlander*)
    4. 4. Jennifer Axalco: $1,000 from Arts & Culture Group of Fairways, Lakewoo
    5. Yadira Campos-Perez: $1,000 from the Gertner Family*6/.
    6. Orlando Cazares: $500 from Armand Rook Reyes, a 2008 LHS Graduate7.
    7. Joselin Chacon: $1,300 ($1,000 from LHS Alumni Assoc.; $350 from Friedlander*)
    8. Soso Chakiashuili: $5,000 ($2,000 from Dale Reese*; $1,000 from Ocean First Bank and Lakewood Education Assn./LEA.; and $500 from Lakewood PBA, Local #71)
    9. Abril Chico: $2,300 ($1,000 from LEA and Rotary; $350 from Friedlander*)
    10. Jah’sir Cooper: $500 from Jack Ardon, LHS Athlete, given by the Class of 1958
    11. Thania Cotto: $1,000 from John F. Patrick*– for lst generation to attend college
    12. Iyania Donaldson: $500 from SGA – Student Government Association
    13. Ruth Fiore: $7,200 ($1,000 from Blackhawks, LEA, LHS Alumni Assn; Pan Excellence*; and OC Mayor’s Assn.; $500 each from Zeta Phi Beta*, Friedlander*, DARE, and the Lakewood Chamber; and $200 from Oak Street School Alumni and PTO.
    14. Louis Garcia: $2,000 ($1000 from Rotary; $500 from D’Andrea Family* and Friedlander*)
    15. Andrea Gonzalez: $1,800 ($1,000 from Rotary; $500 from All Saints Episcopal Church for Community Service; $300.00 from Friedlander*)
    16. Tayon Hart: $2,500 ($1,000 from the Family of Edwin R. Brandt in His Memory, and LHS Alumni Assn.; and $500 from Struggle Made*
    17. Jenifer Hernandez: $7,450 ($2,000 from Project Venture*; $1,000 from Arts & Culture Group of Fairways, Lakewood; Retired Educators of Ocean County, Blackhawks, Outreach Club, and LHS Alumni Assn.; $350 from Friedlander*; and $100 from Oak Street School PTO)
    18. Pilar Herrera: $120 from LHS PTSO
    19. Jasbeth Lopez: $2000 ($1000 LHS Alumni Assoc.; $500 from Friedlander* and Lakewood PBA, Local #71)
    20. Nelvy Lopez-Aragon: $5,500 ($2,000 from Dale Reese*; $1,000 from Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation to recognize outstanding college bound students; and Ocean First Bank; $500 from LHS Athletics, Matthews Family*, and Struggle Made*)
    21. Daniela Madriz: $7,500 ($5,000 from Ocean, Inc.; $1,000 from Tzu Chi Foundation to recognize outstanding college bound students, and Rotary; and $500 from DARE)
    22. Leiasia McReynolds: $1750 ($1,000 from Arts & Culture Group of Fairways, Lakewood; $500 from DARE; and $250 from Tilton Truex, given by the family to a student majoring in education)
    23. Cathy Rivera: $500 from SGA
    24. Yoselin Rivera: $120 from LHS PTSO
    25. Karen Rodriguez: $1,000 ($500 from PALS and All Saints Episcopal Church for Community Service)
    26. Justin Saldarriaga: $1,100 ($750 from Lakewood FMBA* Local 80 and $350 from Friedlander
    27. Maria Sosa:  $1000 from Lakeland Bank
    28. Yazzmin Sunnerville: $750 from FMBA* Local 80
    29. Dorian Vaughn:   $4,750 ($2,000 from Dale Reese*; $1000 from LEA; $500 from the family of Robert Clark, a LHS Athlete, in his memory; and $250 from LHS Athletic Assoc.)
    30. Elizabeth Villanueva: $2,550 ($1000 from Rotary; $500 from Lions Club and PALS; $300 from Friedlander; and $250 from Athletic Assoc.)


OHI to Host an Open House at Its Manchester Health Center

Posted on August 9, 2017 By

Ocean Health Initiatives (OHI), a federally qualified health center (FQHC), is inviting the public to an open house at its Manchester Health Center, 686 Route 70, Lakehurst, Thursday, August 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to debut new women’s health exam rooms and expanded OB/GYN services at this site.

OHI’s Women Health Services delivers complete and comprehensive care across all stages of a woman’s life, including annual OB exams, pregnancy testing, prenatal care and delivery.

OHI invites the public to attend the Manchester Open House to see the new exam rooms first-hand. OHI staff will be giving free health screenings, tours, and information about all OHI services. Music and refreshments are included.

For questions about the open house or OHI’s Women’s Health Services, contact Kyle Fannan, marketing and development associate, at 732-719-1570.

About Ocean Health Initiatives (OHI): OHI, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) federally qualified health center (FQHC), has five health centers, a Mobile Medical Unit, and two school-based wellness programs in Ocean County. OHI health centers are at 101 Second Street, Lakewood; 301 Lakehurst Road, Toms River; 333 Haywood Road, Manahawkin; Manchester, 686 Route 70 , Lakehurst; 798 Route 539. Building 3, Little Egg Harbor. The school-based wellness programs in Lakewood are in the Clifton Avenue Elementary School, 625 Clifton Avenue; and Lakewood High School, 855 Somerset Avenue, Suite A. The Lakewood, Little Egg Harbor and Manchester health centers have pharmacies.

OHI provides comprehensive primary and preventative health and dental care to Ocean County’s uninsured, underinsured, and insured populations.  A sliding-fee scale is available, based on an individual’s or family’s ability to pay. Services include family and internal medicine, dental, pediatrics, women’s health, behavioral health and social services, podiatry and pharmacy services.

OHI has a bilingual staff available to assist patients and callers. To become a patient of OHI, call 732-363-6655. Visit for further information.


Lakewood among Top 100 Safest Cities in America

Posted on August 8, 2017 By

People who live in Lakewood are not surprised. Among 764 qualifying cities, Lakewood Township has been named one if the top safest cities in America. In its official report of the Top 100 Safest Cities in America, The National Council for Home Safety and Security, made up of companies and individuals in the home safety and security industries, noted that Lakewood, number 63 out of 100, has a comparatively low crime rate and many places in the township for everyone to enjoy safely.

Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles said, “How come we’re not Number One!?! Just about everyone who lives in Lakewood knows what a beautiful, safe town it is. I have lived and worked in Lakewood for 29 years. My wife and I have raised our family here so I feel qualified to say that we are fortunate to be residents of Lakewood.”

Lauren Johnson, a media relations specialist for National Council for Home Safety and Security, pointed out in the report that Lakewood with a population of more than 95,000 has only 178 violent crimes and only 1,124 property crimes per 100,000.

Lakewood Police Chief Gregory Meyer noted that the Lakewood Police Department, which just celebrated its 115th birthday, achieved N.J. State accreditation having met more than 105 standards of daily operations of current Law Enforcement.

Chief Meyer said, “There is a certain pride one has in saying that they work for the Lakewood Police Department that cannot be described, making me extremely proud to be serving as their Chief.”

In addition to a police force of 200—135 officers, five Class 2 special officers, 21 dispatchers, 19 clerical personnel, and crossing guards that keep Lakewood safe, Lakewood has many attractions. Lakewood offers its residents several park and recreational grounds for fishing, boating, picnics, tennis, and hiking trails: Lake Shenandoah Park, Ocean County Park, Pine Park and Lake Carasaljo. Lakewood also boasts seven free playgrounds, the family oriented BlueClaws baseball stadium, the historic Strand Theater, a township owned municipal airport, and the Lakewood Historical Museum.


Lakewood Mobile 311 Site for Non-emergency DPW Requests Has Been Updated

Posted on August 8, 2017 By

The Lakewood Township Mobile 311 citizen website used to allow Lakewood citizens to communicate via a computer, phone, or tablet directly with the Department of Public Works (DPW) at for non-emergency requests and concerns has been updated.

Citizens can now use this site to report bulk, brush, metal, and E-waste (electronics) pickup; and pothole repair. Also, residents can now indicate what zone they are in when entering a request. Keep in mind that if a request is made for pickup after the regularly scheduled zone pickup, the pickup will not be made until the following month’s scheduled pickup.

After citizens create an account, log in, and report issues to Lakewood Township Department of Public Works, the issues are automatically converted to work requests and routed to the Department of Public Works. Citizens and Lakewood Township employees can attach photos and notes to their requests. Users can track the status of their requests and view comments entered by the Department of Public Works in response to their request. Remember to save the site as an icon to make it an app.

This application is NOT for leaf collection or snow removal issues. Patrick Donnelly, director of Lakewood’s DPW, says, “Should an emergency arise, call 911 and do not use this application.”

The application is available to make a report 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If requests are made when the DPW is closed, those requests will be viewed the next business day. The DPW is open Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., exclusive of Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.

For more information, contact Lakewood Township DPW at 732-905-3405.


Local Woman Helps Fund Homeless Shelter Art Program by Selling Original Pocketbooks

Posted on August 7, 2017 By

Five years ago, an eight-year-old child and resident of a homeless shelter presented Stephanie and Joel Markel with her artwork as part of a thank you for the Markels’ long-term financial support for and involvement in the Homeless Health Initiative (HHI), a volunteer outreach program run by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). It was that gift that became the inspiration for the PEC (People’s Emergency Center) Art Program at CHOP and now Stephanie Bee Bags, which helps fund the art program.

Stephanie Markel, Morganville, a retired dentist, incorporates her love of art by handcrafting pocketbooks, each a one-of-a-kind, unique piece of art.  Markel says, “The leather is beautiful and high quality. Not only are they manufactured in this country, but the leather and hardware come from here as well.  Every bag is unique, and each is made with an inordinate amount of love.”

Markel has studied art her entire life, first as a teen at the Brooklyn Museum and then as a college student. Although she completed all the premed and dental requirements, she majored in art. Markel said, “Art is more than a hobby but I can’t quite call myself a professional artist although I have sold a limited amount of pieces. I now study at the Art Student League with the most amazing talented and passionate artists.”

Dr. Stephanie Shuman-Markel, DDS, graduated from NYU Dental School in 1983. She was a resident at the Brooklyn Veteran’s Administration Hospital in 1984. Recently she gave up her practice of dentistry to pursue her dream of being a full-time artist. Markel leads an art class in an inner city shelter for battered women.

Her husband Joel is the founder of Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services (PHHC), Eatontown, a company that provides a wide range of medical and non-medical home health care services from pediatric to geriatric care throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Visit to view and buy pocketbooks created by Stephanie Markel. For more information about Stephanie Bee Bags or Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services, contact Lisa Gallicchio, director of community relations, at, or call 732-547-9886, or visit


The Public Is Invited to CHEMED’s Nat’l. Health Center Week Health Fair and Free Health Screening

Posted on August 2, 2017 By

In recognition of National Health Center Week, CHEMED (The Center for Health Education, Medicine and Dentistry), a federally qualified health care center, 1771 Madison Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., is inviting the public to participate in two events on August 16 and 17.

The first event, CHEMED’s annual health fair, Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. is a free indoor event, open to all age groups. The second event, Thursday, August 17 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. is a free health screening. No registration is required.

Participants in the health fair include a bilingual representative from Amerigroup RealSolutions, with healthy eating props and a game for children; a bilingual representative from N.J. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (NJSNAP-Ed) who will provide a lesson about sugar and other nutritional information; Dermascan screening by Horizon NJ Health; face painting and giveaways by United Healthcare Community Plan; free five-minute chair massages by either a male and female masseuse; and information about Lakewood Resource & Referral Center (LRRC).

Aetna Better Health of New Jersey will be offering summer safety tips and providing information on how to avoid exposure to lead. In addition, a health educator and nurses from clinic services of the Ocean County Health Department will give free blood pressure, glucose, and cholesterol screenings; giveaway bags; and educational brochures. The chief of administrative services from the Intoxicated Drive Resource Center and a public information officer will have fatal vision goggles and a small obstacle course mat for attendees. The Alzheimer’s Association and Mimex Bilingual Consultants will have representatives at the event.

On Thursday, August 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., CHEMED in collaboration with Aetna Better Health of New Jersey will be holding health screenings, including free blood pressure, glucose, and cholesterol screenings; and oxygen saturation, heart rate, and BMI monitoring. Robert Singer, 30th Legislative District, vice chairman of the Ocean County Board of Health, will present a proclamation from the Senate in honor of National Health Center Week.

National Health Center Week, August 13-19, 2017, recognizes the outstanding role of community health centers as a safety net for underserved populations by delivering comprehensive, high-quality preventive and primary health care to patients regardless of their ability to pay.

For more information, contact Emma, patient liaison to the Hispanic community at 732-364-2144 Ext. 8627.

About CHEMED: CHEMED provides comprehensive health and medical services, such as internal medicine, pediatrics, behavioral health, and dentistry, women’s health, radiology, among other services, all in one building. Uninsured and underinsured patients will be seen on a sliding-fee scale. To make an appointment, call 732-364-6666.