N.J. Health Care Network to Meet May 8 in Piscataway

Posted on April 24, 2018 By

The monthly meeting of NJ Health Care Network, a free organization for anyone in the health care industry, including those who provide ancillary products and services, is Tuesday, May 8, 2018, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at PowerBack Rehabilitation, 10 Sterling Drive, Piscataway, N.J. 08854.

The NJ Health Care Network provides an opportunity to build relationships among health care professionals, market events, and promote business. Meetings take place in a different New Jersey county each month.

For more information about NJ Health Care Network, email Lisa Gallicchio, director of community relations for Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services, Eatontown, at lisa@preferredcares.com, call 732-547-9886, or visit www.njhcnet.com for the monthly location and member events.

Membership is free; however, register to take advantage of member benefits, such as posting to Health Care Network’s website all health care and marketing events, news, training information, employment listings, and access to a member directory.


Register Now to Participate in the Lakewood Memorial Day Parade Monday, May 28, 2018

Posted on April 24, 2018 By

On Monday, May 28, 2018, members of the Lakewood Township community will demonstrate their support and honor our veterans, the men and women who have served and are now serving in the military, with a Memorial Day Parade and services at the All War Memorial Amphitheater at Lake Carasaljo, North Lake Drive, Lakewood.

Any organization or group that would like to participate in The Memorial Day Parade should contact Sarah Kay in the Mayor’s office at 732-364-2500 Ext. 5973 or email skay@lakewoodnj.gov. as soon as possible for an application.

Participants in the Memorial Day ceremony will include many Lakewood Township officials. The ceremony will begin at the Review Stand in Town Square, Third Street and Clifton Avenue, at 10:00 a.m. The Parade will then pass the Review Stand, proceed down Clifton Avenue, making a right onto Main Street (Route 88), crossing Route 9 South, and proceeding the All War Memorial Amphitheater for the Memorial Day program that will begin with the Lakewood High School (LHS) ROTC presenting the colors, the raising of the flag, an Invocation, and the Star Spangled Banner. A wreath will be placed on Lake Carasaljo honoring our veterans, and there will be a 21-Gun Salute and Taps.

Participants are requested to be at their assigned location no later than 9:30 a.m. Bus transportation will be available to transport marchers from the lake back to the starting point of the parade.


The Lakewood Elks Honor Community Leaders, Including Mayor Ray Coles

Posted on April 23, 2018 By

The Lakewood Elks #1432, part of the Southeast District, recently honored Mayor Ray Coles as its Citizen of the Year; Ed Kelly as Elk of the Year; Joe Barina for his election as Exalted Ruler for fraternal year 2018-2019; and Michael Dennis for his successful term as outgoing Exalted Ruler.

Barina, who has been an Elk for 10 years, said, “We wanted to recognize Mayor Coles for being instrumental in helping us communicate effectively with the school system and the township.  He is our hero. Our main mission is to help others and the more people who know about us, the better job we can do. Our motto is Elks Care – Elks Share.”

Elk members pride themselves on their service and devotion to the community. Their  involvement includes supporting children with special needs; sponsoring Special Olympics; giving scholarships; spearheading youth programs; participating in projects for youth, such as drug and alcohol awareness; providing service to veterans – homeless, disabled or in need – and the military, among others. The Lakewood Elks also help fund Camp Moore, a free camp for about 75 special needs children, who have the support of an individual counselor for swimming and activities for a week.

Michael Dennis said, “We are one of the premier districts in the state that raise money for programs that help others, especially the Vets and special needs children. We’re very proud of that.”

The Elks National Foundation provides money for scholarships and grants, such as the Beacon Grant. Last year with the money from the Beacon Grant, the Lakewood Elks teamed up with Elk Oscar Orellana, a Lakewood High School guidance counselor and wrestling coach, to bring the children and their families to the Lakewood Lodge for a banquet and entertainment after the Special Olympics. The Elks also treated about 350 people and underprivileged children to a carnival that included food, a petting zoo, bouncy houses, and miniature train and pony rides through the Gratitude Grant.

More than 300 men and women from Lakewood, Jackson, Howell, and Brick belong to Lakewood Elks Lodge #1432, 711 W. Kennedy Boulevard, Lakewood, which was established in 1922. They generally meet the second and fourth Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. Jolly Corks Lounge, which features a Friday night dinner, Direct TV, darts, shuffle-board, a pool table and a digital jukebox, is open seven days a week from 3:00 to 11:00 p.m.

For more information about the Elks or about becoming an Elk, contact Joe Barina at 732-363-9572 or lakewoodbarina@gmail.com.


Kearny Bank VP and Toms River Resident to Be Honored by Hometown Heroes

Posted on April 23, 2018 By

John V. Crisafulli, the vice president and small-business banker of Kearny Bank, Spring Lake Heights, will be honored at the Hometown Heroes 2018 Ocean County Awards Gala and Fundraiser, Thursday, May 3 at Jack Baker’s Lobster Shanty, 83 Channel Drive, Pt. Pleasant Beach, N.J., from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.

In 2016, Crisafulli, a Toms River resident, founded Central Ocean Business Association (COBA), an organization of more than 100 businesses owners and professionals in seven municipalities. As president of COBA, Crisafulli communicates with mayors and town officials, serving as a liaison for the business community to foster economic growth and development.

Crisafulli is currently the district chair for the Joshua Huddy District of The Boy Scouts of America Jersey Shore Council and is a board member of the Historic STRAND Theater, Lakewood. He is active in and supports many chambers of commerce throughout Ocean County.

He has served on the boards of many nonprofits and chambers of commerce, including the Rotary Clubs of Fanwood-Scotch Plains and Union; the Union Township, Greater Elizabeth, and Monmouth Regional chambers of commerce; the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore Council; and the Gateway Family YMCA, Union County. He was also president of Fanwood Business and Professional Association, and the Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary Club where he became a Paul Harris Fellow.

From 2013-2015, Crisafulli worked in the Motor Carrier Industry, serving Safety and NJDOT/FMCA Regulatory needs for trucking companies that handle commerce from and to Port Newark/Elizabeth.

Since its inception in 2008, Hometown Heroes, a 501(c)(3), has supported more than 10,000 individuals in more than 2,700 families with programs and services, such as homelessness, domestic violence, drug abuse, disability, illness, and natural disasters with aid totaling more than $3 million dollars.

Other gala honorees are Cathy Chapter, Carmen Amato, Tommy Gordon, and David Wolin. Tickets cost $100 and include an “Up Close and Personal Tonight” talk show format, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a premiere gift auction. Sponsorships and advertising space in the Gala Ad Journal are available.  For more information, email info@usahometownheroes.org or call 732-473-9400

Hometown Heroes, 1801 Route 37 East, Toms River, NJ 08753: Hometown Heroes is a nationwide registered 501(c)(3) charity organization made up of local chapters and school based programs whose main purpose is to foster an environment of goodwill, generosity, and encouragement by supporting local communities without discrimination towards an individual’s ethnicity, gender and age when unexpected needs arise during a crisis. The organization provides an opportunity for everyone to give back to the community through professional assistance, financial assistance, and advocacy.


Lakewood Arbor Day Celebration April 27

Posted on April 20, 2018 By

The public is invited to Lakewood Township’s Arbor Day celebration and tree plantings sponsored by Lakewood Township and the Lakewood Shade Tree Commission, Friday, April 27, 2018, at 3:30 p.m., at the Sheldon Wolpin Lakewood Historical Museum, Pine Park, Lakewood.

At the ceremony, with help from the Lakewood Public Works Department, officials will plant 26 evergreen Boxwood shrubs, and two Southern Magnolias (Botanical Name: Magnolia grandiflora Bracken’s Brown Beauty Magnolia). These broad-leaf evergreen trees are known for their creamy, white flowers and exotic fragrance.

The first celebration of Arbor Day in the United States took place in 1872.  The holiday, held on the last Friday in April, was created to encourage individuals and groups to plant trees and realize their importance. Lakewood has embraced that concept, holding Arbor Day ceremonies and planting hundreds of trees over the years. Lakewood has been awarded “Tree City USA” for the past 35 years for its outstanding urban forestry.

Craig J. Theibault, vice chairman of the Lakewood Shade Tree Commission, said, “You know what they say, ‘The best time to plant a tree is 30 years ago; the second best time is today.’”

Theibault, who holds a B. S. degree in Ornamental Horticulture from Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture, has been a member of the Ocean County Shade Tree Commission since 1992. Besides serving on the Shade Tree Commission locally, Theibault has also served as a member of the N.J. Community Forestry Council, a 20-member advisory board to the State Forester, since 1999.

Other Shade Tree Commission members include Tzvi Gordon, Raphael Miller, Moshe Raitzik, and Mary Kay Malec, secretary.


Calling All Happy Days Fans – Phone Interview and Dial-in Opportunity

Posted on April 19, 2018 By

Join the conversation on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. as the beloved “Mrs. C” from Happy Days joins Lynette Whiteman, executive director of Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey, and Friends Health Connection in a lively phone interview.

Marion Ross will be discussing her candid memoir, My Days: Happy and Otherwise – A Discussion with Happy Day’s Star Marion Ross. Her book is filled with loving recollections from the award-winning Happy Days team, from break-out star Henry Winkler to “wild child” Erin Moran. Ross shares what it was like to be a starry-eyed young girl with dreams in poor, rural Minnesota and how her dreams of stardom came true.

For free registration the phone number to dial in, go to https://bit.ly/2EW2mbO.  For questions listeners would like Whiteman to ask, email them to lynettew@caregivervolunteers.org

ABOUT CAREGIVER VOLUNTEERS of CENTRAL JERSEY (CVCJ): CVCJ provides vital assistance to seniors, the elderly disabled, veterans, individuals with dementia, and caregivers of loved ones with chronic illness to allow them to remain independent in their own homes. All services are free of charge and delivered by 1,200 volunteers to more than 2,500 Ocean and Monmouth County residents over the age of 60, who no longer drive. Volunteers provide transportation to medical appointments, grocery shopping, reassuring phone calls, friendly visits, and relief for family caregivers. The Caregiver Canines® program brings certified therapy dogs to the private residences of dog-loving seniors who can no longer care for a pet. To learn more about CVCJ, visit www.caregivervolunteers.org, Facebook @caregivervolunteers, or call 732-505-2273. For Caregiver Canines®, visit www.caregivercanines.org or Facebook @caregivercanines.


Earth Day After Party in Asbury Park, April 24

Posted on April 18, 2018 By

Green builders team up with artists and musicians to unplug the myths surrounding the zero waste debate at this year’s Earth Day After Party

Skeptics claim zero waste is nothing more than an aspirational goal, despite most major cities announcing plans to achieve it over the next decade. Fact or fiction? This years Earth Day After Party line up challenges conventional zero waste thinking through education, art and music.

Wall, NJ: Waste consulting firm Environmental Service Management Group, Inc. (ESMG), will provide educational expertise in a two-hour lecture and webinar broadcast. “This is TRUE” is an introduction to the new national zero waste standard. TRUE (Total Resource Use and Efficiency) Zero Waste Standard is the newest product of Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) that administers a suite of well-known green standards including LEED, EDGE, PEER, WELL and others.

This is a real game changer” according to zero waste expert and TRUE Advisor, Mike Buono of ESMG. “TRUE gets it right helping organizations to validate process improvements and purchasing behavior that eliminates trash generation, rather than just counting waste material produced and recycled.” He adds, “TRUE uses the internationally accepted definition of Zero Waste accepting 90 percent landfill diversion and adds reuse and reduction to the equation, making Zero Waste truly achievable by the masses.”

We have proved zero is achievable and cost effective, detailing dozens of projects in the Sustainable Trifecta: Zero Energy, Water and Waste presentation at Greenbuild, in Boston,” says Jason Kliwinski, AIA, LEED Fellow, whose Green Building Center is the education provider for the US Green Building Council NJ Chapter(USGBC-NJ). Both organizations are co-sponsors of the event again this year.

The Earth Day After Party, hosted by art629 Gallery, takes place April 24 from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. at art629 Gallery, 629 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park, N.J. Owner Patrick Schiavino, has curated a collection titled “Recycled” that includes various artists using reclaimed materials. Schiavino’s gallery is ground zero for the “Asbury Underground,” a free art and music festival that draws thousands of people to the famed Jersey Shore town each October. “Sustainability is everything and touches all of us,” said Schiavino, “which is why we are really excited to host this event and promote it through the “Asbury Underground.”

This event demonstrates sustainability and carbon neutrality, through Green Building Center sponsorship and Sun Lab Studio, who will power much of the event through their mobile solar music studio. According to founder and musician, Kevin Grossman, Sun Lab Studios helps artists to perform and record music in remote locations using only the power of the sun.

Earth Day After Party includes a unique networking event, Celebrating Sustainability, featuring cuisine prepared from locally sourced food and music by DIY rock band Homeless Apians. They perform using instruments made from discarded waste, making quite a literal statement for sustainability in the music world.

Tickets for the afternoon THIS IS TRUE Lecture, credentialed webinar broadcast and evening Celebrating Sustainability events are available through USGBC-NJ registration website . For more information or questions, contact ESMG at 888-739-3764.


CHEMED Recognized at Highest Level for Patient Care

Posted on April 16, 2018 By

The Center for Health Education, Medicine and Dentistry (CHEMED), a federally qualified health care center, 1771 Madison Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., has been recognized at the highest level as a Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) by the National Council on Quality Assurance (NCQA).

The NCQA’s Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition Program, the most widely adopted evaluation program for physician practices in the country, evaluates PCMH as a model that puts patients in the forefront of care. For example, CHEMED focuses on patient treatment that is coordinated through a primary care physician to ensure patients receive the necessary care when and where they need it, in a manner they can understand.

Some of the advantages of PCMH at CHEMED include an integrated care model that emphasizes that a patient’s health is not just about primary care. CHEMED doctors and staff care for the entire person, from helping patients navigate their financial assistance options to preventive screenings and services. Communication with patients, their families or caregivers give enhanced patient access to clinical advice and medical records.

CHEMED also provides better management of chronic conditions, such as diabetes, and focuses on helping patients stay compliant and achieve individually designed care goals. Flexible scheduling and fast track appointments, and an advanced electronic medical records system and portal, allow for secure patient communication, along with reminders and follow-ups on referrals.

Research shows that patients who are treated in the PCMH model, such as CHEMED, tend to be happier and stay healthier. Dr. Dovid Friedman, CEO of CHEMED, said, “PCMH is just one way that CHEMED is putting YOU at the center of care.”

For more information about CHEMED, contact Leah Hirsch at CHEMED Health Center, 732-364-6666.

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.

The NCQA’s Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition Program is the most widely adopted evaluation program in the country with more than 12,000 practices and 60,000 clinicians participating nationwide. By earning recognition through NCQA, CHEMED demonstrates a proven commitment to quality improvement and a dedicated, patient-centered approach to care that results in patients that are happier and healthier. This achievement is considered the gold standard in the world of health care and demonstrates the tremendous strides that CHEMED has taken in providing care to their patients.


Preferred Home Health Care One of the 2018 Best in Fortune Magazine and Great Place to Work®

Posted on April 13, 2018 By

Eatontown, N.J. – Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services-Acelleron ranked among the top 25 as one of the 2018 Best Workplaces in Health Care and Biopharma in Fortune magazine’s Great Place to Work®

Jonathan Herman, COO of Preferred, said, “This amazing accomplishment, in which we bested much bigger, larger, and national companies, including the Mayo Clinic and the American Heart Association, is a testament to the core culture that we’ve cultivated and the company we continue to build.”

Ranking was based on employees’ assessments of the pride they take in their jobs, the camaraderie they experience with coworkers, and the trust they feel toward Preferred’s leaders. Among other comments, employees at Preferred said, “I’m proud to tell others I work here; People celebrate events around here; Management trusts people to do a good job without watching over their shoulders; I feel good about the ways we contribute to the community; Management is honest and ethical in its business practices.”

Preferred offers several employee-centric programs. Preferred One Wish allows every employee to submit one wish they would like to see fulfilled in the upcoming year. For example, one of the clinicians requested a Kindle with braille features for a client with visual disabilities. Wish granted!

As part of the program Preferred Honor Roll, at the end of every quarter each division manager gets to nominate one of their employees who went above and beyond for the preceding three months. That employee receives a $150 gift card as a reward.

Other employee benefit programs include a free car seat of their choosing for every internal employee, male or female, who is expecting a child. All internal female employees are entitled to 12 weeks of fully paid maternity leave at their annualized salary rate. All male employees are entitled to two weeks of fully paid paternity leave at their annualized salary rate.

Preferred also offers partial or full tuition reimbursement to internal employees. Employees and their office colleagues are treated to lunch on their birthday; alternatively, they could choose to make a donation to a local food bank.

Preferred is always looking for candidates who have contributed to society in meaningful ways, including putting more back into their communities than they take out. For example, Preferred looks for employees who have volunteered at local charities, nonprofits, or other community-based organizations.

Joel Markel, president and CEO of Preferred, said, “We look for employees who embody the core of what Preferred represents, which is giving back to others. We’re proud of how our Preferred employees work together to improve the health of people we serve, and how they support each other.”

For more information about Preferred, contact Lisa Gallicchio, director of community relations, at lisa@preferredcares.com or call 732-547-9886.  Visit PreferredCares.com for more information.

About Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services: Since 1993, Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services (PHHC), 45 Main Street, Eatontown, N.J., has provided a wide range of medical and non-medical home health care services from pediatric to geriatric care throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania. PHHC is accredited by CHAP (Community Health Accreditation Program), an accrediting organization for the home health care industry.

Preferred works collaboratively with physicians, hospitals, nursing homes and facilities to ensure a smooth transition to one’s home. In-house services include skilled nursing care for infants, children, adults, and seniors; personal care services, including bathing, grooming, dressing, feeding, etc.; private duty nursing services; and at-home physical therapy, among others. All of the care can be provided in-house and is coordinated by registered nurses, with clinical supervision available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

New Jersey locations include corporate headquarters, Main Street, Eatontown; South Orange; Robbinsville; Toms River; Galloway; Elmwood Park; North Brunswick; Wyckoff Road, Eatontown; and Mt. Laurel. Pennsylvania locations include Bala Cynwyd, Allentown, and Bensalem. Visit Preferred at PreferredCares.com for more information.

About Great Place to Work®: Great Place to Work® is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. Through proprietary assessment tools, advisory services, and certification programs, including Best Workplaces lists and workplace reviews, Great Place to Work® provides the benchmarks, framework, and expertise needed to create, sustain, and recognize outstanding workplace cultures. In the United States, Great Place to Work® produces the annual Fortune “100 Best Companies to Work For®” and a series of Great Place to Work® Best Workplaces lists, including lists for Millennials, Women, Diversity, Small and Medium Companies and over a half dozen different industries.


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Protecting Client Data and Cyber Security-IT Co. CEO to Present at Central Jersey Estate & Financial Council

Posted on April 12, 2018 By

John Kalli, Marlboro, N.J., the CEO of the IT company Trinity Worldwide Technologies, LLC, is presenting “Protecting Client Data: Big Time Cyber Security on a Small Business Budget” Thursday, April 19, 5:30 p.m., at the Estate and Financial Planning Council of Central Jersey” dinner meeting, Jumping Brook Country Club, 210 Jumping Brook Road, Neptune, NJ.

Kalli, who has managed technology service companies from start-ups to $300 million for more than 35 years, will focus on how to protect client’s data as cyber attacks increase in scope and intensity. Trinity specializes in providing technology guidance, managed technology
services, and cyber security for small to mid-sized businesses throughout the state.

The cost for dinner is $45.00 payable at the door. Email gfgailg@aol.com for dinner reservations and questions.

Kalli, who graduated from Montclair State University, N.J., with a B.A. in mathematics and a minor in computer science, co-founded Trinity, a Microsoft Certified Partner and Small Business Specialist, in 2002.

He is president of Corporate Resource Alliance (CRA). He serves on the board of MODC (Monmouth Ocean Development Council) and its finance committee. He is the chairman  of Solutions Health & Pregnancy Center, Shrewsbury, a nonprofit that serves young women in
Monmouth County. He was also a member of the business advisory board at Rumson-Fair Haven Bank, now 1st Constitution Bank.

Kalli’s business memberships include the 815 Networking Group; the 4th Thursday Networking Group, which he co-founded; and four chambers of commerce, including the Eastern Monmouth Area Chamber, the Jersey Shore Chamber, the Greater Ocean Township Chamber and the Kingdom Chamber of Commerce.

For more information about Trinity or John Kalli, email info@trinityww.com or call 732-780-8615. Visit www.trinityww.com.

About Trinity Worldwide Technologies: Trinity, a Microsoft Certified Partner and Small Business Specialist, is an information technology and service company, specializes in setting up servers and networks; ActivSurveillanceTM remote monitoring and maintenance; emergency IT support; spam filtering; virus and malware prevention and remediation; network and cyber security; IT strategy planning, technology guidance, and other technology services for small- to midsized-businesses throughout New Jersey.