Free Music Concerts and Special Events This Summer in Lakewood

Posted on June 20, 2017 By

Lakewood residents can enjoy free Lakewood Township music concerts and special events during July and August. Concerts are held at the Lakewood All Wars Memorial Amphitheater near Lake Carasaljo, off Route 9, on North Lake Drive.

All concerts by the Lake are sponsored by Lakewood Township Recreation.

July 3 at 7:30 p.m.:     Wilbur Wittemann Patriotic Band concert, followed by fireworks.

July 11 at 5:15 p.m.:  Cattus Island Pontoon Tour, Adults only. Must register by 5:15 p.m. Seating is limited.

July 19 at 7:00 p.m.   Lakewood Band Camp concert, conducted by Andrew Fodor,

at Pine Park, Clarence Brown Pavilion

July 20 at 11:00 a.m.:   Lakewood Band Camp concert, conducted by Andrew Fodor, in Lakewood Town Square

July 26 at 5:00 p.m.:     Cattus Island Family Pontoon Tour, Ages 4 and up. Must register by 5:00 p.m. Seating is limited.

Aug. 3 at 5:00 p.m.:      Lakewood Police Department, “Night Out against Crime,” in Pine Park


Aug. 3 at   6:00 p.m.    Big Band Boot Camp concert, conducted by Wilbur Wittemann in Pine Park

Aug. 11 at 5:00 p.m.      Cattus Island Pontoon Tour, Adults only. Must register by 5:00 p.m. Seating is limited

Aug. 14      Lakewood Police Department, “Police Camp.” Call 732-363-0200, Ext. 5199 at 5:00 p.m.

Aug. 29 at 4:00 p.m.     Cattus Island Family Pontoon Tour, Ages 4 and up.  Must register by 4:00 p.m. Seating is limited.

For further information, call the Lakewood Recreation office at 732-905-3405, Ext. 6017 or visit


Lakewood Summer Athletic Programs Begin July 5

Posted on June 19, 2017 By

Lakewood Township Recreation Department programs from nominal fee instructional band camp, co-ed soccer, and wrestling to free playground and summer fun camp are beginning July 5 for children up to grade 12.

 Instructional Band Camp: This camp is designed for students in grades 4 to 12 includes beginner’s lessons for a new instrument; group rehearsals and sectionals for all wind, string, percussion instruments; music videos, and lunch from July 5 through July 21, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Fee: $5.00 for Lakewood residents; $100.00 for non-Lakewood residents (first child) and $50.00 for each additional child. Preregistration is required. Contact the Lakewood Recreation Office (732-905-3405, Ext. 6017) or Wilbur Wittemann at

Free Playground Programs: All Lakewood children, ages 6-15, can enjoy activities designed by experienced adult supervisors and free lunch from July 5 to August 11, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at one of seven playgrounds. Parents must register at either Clarke School, Clifton Avenue School, Larry D’Zio Park, Pine Park, Rev. Clayton Park, Spruce Street School, or Hearthstone Park. In case of inclement weather, listen to WOBM for closing information. Although supervision is provided, children are free to leave the playground at any time.

 Free Summer Fun Camp: Children ages 3 (June 1) to 5 years of age will enjoy arts and crafts, nature walks, free lunch, games, and special events under the supervision of qualified staff, Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to Noon, July 5 to August 11 at School #5 playground. Parents must register their child on the first day, and proof of age and residence is required.


Co-Ed Soccer: Learn to play soccer with instruction and games. Mondays and Wednesdays, John Patrick Sports Complex for Lakewood children ages 4 to 12 years old, from 6:00 –to 7:00 p.m.; ages 7 to 9 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.; ages 10-12 years from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m.; and Middle and High School children, from 9:00 to 10:00 p.m. Fee: $10 registration fee, first child, $5.00 each additional child

Wrestling: Learn the skills and techniques of wrestling for children in grades 1-12., Thursdays, 6:00 to 8 p.m., Lakewood Community Center. Fee: $10 fee for first child $5; each additional child.

For further information, call the Lakewood Recreation office at 732-905-3405, Ext. 6017 or visit


Award-winning Documentary about Roman Jews during the Nazi Occupation to Be Shown at Ocean County Library, Toms River

Posted on June 9, 2017 By

What was the experience of Roman Jews living in Nazi occupied Rome? The public is invited to a free screening, an adult program, of the award-winning documentary film Oro Macht Frei (Gold Will Set You Free), Thursday, June 29, 2017, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library, 101 Washington Street, Toms River, N.J.  Oro Macht Frei won the Best International Documentary award out of 15 submissions at the 2015 Garden State Film Festival.

Joel Markel, founder and president of Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services, Eatontown, and host of Preferred Company’s radio show on WOBM–AM, live Monday through Friday, 8:00 to 10:00 a.m., is the executive producer and founder of Ottimo Films, which created the 70-minute documentary that tells the story of the Roman Jewish experience during the Nazi occupation of Rome, September 1943 through June 1944.

The film seeks to create a personal reflection of the Holocaust in Italy by weaving testimony from Roman Jews who lived there with the historical research of Susan Zuccotti, Alexander Stille, and Liliana Picciotto.

“I made this film not only to tell of the Holocaust in Italy but as a way of eradicating hatred and bigotry throughout the world,” said Markel. “My wish would be for it to be shown in schools and institutions worldwide. It is our responsibility as adults to point young minds to healthy and free directions in a world of peace.”

Joel Markel, the son of a Hungarian Auschwitz survivor, wanted to honor the experience of his mother and the millions of victims of the Jewish genocide by contributing to the field of Holocaust memory. In 2004, during a tour of the Roman Ghetto, Markel first heard the story of Kappler’s Gold, an extortion plot perpetrated by Herbert Kappler, the head of the SS, who demanded 50 kilos of gold within 36 hours or 200 Jewish family heads would be deported. Markel immediately felt connected to this story because for generations his family had worked as jewelers.

To register or for more information, call 732-349-6200 or; or contact Lisa Gallicchio, director of community relations at Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services, at 732-547-9886 or

About Joel Markel: Joel Markel is the founder and president 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. He and his wife Stephanie recently received a recognition award for their long-term commitment to the Homeless Health Initiative (HHI), a volunteer outreach program run by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). PHHC provides home care for individuals in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.


Two More Winners Announced in Rotem Dental Care’s Give-away Cruise

Posted on June 6, 2017 By

Daniel and Susan Prima of Bayville, N.J., are the latest winners in Rotem Dental Care’s ‘Take Me to Bermuda’ sweepstakes, a free cruise to Bermuda aboard a Norwegian Cruise Lines’ ship, to celebrate the 20 years dentist Dr. Ron Rotem has been in practice in Ocean County.

Daniel Prima, principal at the Clara B. Worth School, Bayville, and his wife Susan will join Joyce and Eric Frankle, Manchester, and Suzanne and Frank Perkowski, Toms River, previous cruise winners, May 2018. The promotional trip was planned by Berkeley Travel, Bayville, along with Norwegian Cruise Lines. Rotem Dental Care selected and arranged for all included amenities.

Five more individual winners and their guests will be selected over the summer. Random winners are chosen each month for the sweepstakes that began February 14. Entries can only be submitted online at Rotem Dental Care’s website You do not have to be a patient to enter.

For more information call Rotem Dental Care at 732-341-8500 or visit For more information about the Norwegian Escape cruise and how to enter the sweepstakes, visit

 About Rotem Dental Care and Dr. Ron Rotem: Dr. Ron Rotem earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from New York University College of Dentistry in 1991. Since then, while building his practice and establishing himself as a top dentist in the state, he continues to constantly update his knowledge by taking courses in many areas of advancement in dentistry.

Much of Dr. Rotem’s state-of-the-art training took place at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies where he continues to study under some of the top dentists in the field of sedation. Dr. Rotem has completed such course levels as Full Mouth Reconstruction, which has been completed by less than one per cent of dentists nationwide.

The primary focus of Rotem Dental Care at 335 Lakehurst Road is in the areas of cosmetic and implant dentistry, and an offer of sedation dentistry. As a child, Dr. Rotem was inspired to be a dentist by his family dentist who always made certain visits were comfortable. Dr. Rotem thinks of each patient as a guest who deserves personal and individualized attention in an atmosphere as comfortable as that of their own home.


Information for First-Time Home Buyers under One Roof at LRRC Open House

Posted on June 6, 2017 By

Although attendees came from all over, what they all had in common was a need to learn about buying a home for the first time. The Lakewood Resource and Referral Center (LRRC)’s First-Time Home Buyer Open House, held recently in partnership with Solutions to End Poverty Soon (STEPS) and the Township of Lakewood, did not disappoint!

Vendors helped attendees gain a better understanding of what mortgage options are available and how to qualify for them. Representatives from local lending institutions discussed topics related to the home-buying process, with a special emphasis on lower interest rates and down payment requirements with no PMI (Private Mortgage Insurance).

Attendees also had the opportunity to discuss and review mortgage products with each lender and receive preliminary prequalification for loans. LRRC and STEPS certified housing counselors were on hand to answer questions.

Each participant received a copy of the all-new second edition of the LRRC’s Home Buyer’s Handbook, which offers a summary of the entire home-buying process and important advice for home buyers, as well as several interesting new features.

The LRRC offers a twice-monthly homeownership education session required by many lenders in order for clients to take advantage of first-time home buyer mortgage products.

To ask a question, register to attend a housing education session, or schedule an appointment with a housing case manager, call the LRRC at 732-942-9292 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Call for specific times of walk-in and telephone hours.

About the Lakewood Resource and Referral Center (LRRC): The LRRC, a federally-designated 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization located at 212 Second Street, Suite 204, Lakewood, provides free comprehensive social services, information, referrals, and assistance for government and private sector programs and auxiliary services in such areas as housing, rental counseling, health care, insurance plans, nutrition, and utilities. For more information about the LRRC, call 732-942-9292 or email


Fern Tamborra Featured Speaker at June13 Lunch Meeting

Posted on June 2, 2017 By

Fern Tamborra, Lakewood, a financial advisor for Allstate Financial Services LLC, will discuss, “How to Build Wealth and Income for a Happy Life” at the Lunch a Little, Learn a Lot business meeting, noon to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 13, 2017,  at Charlie Brown’s Restaurant, 400 Route 70 West, Lakewood, N.J. The cost is $15 and includes Charlie Brown’s salad bar, a lunch entrée, a beverage, and an educational presentation.  Walk-ins welcome.

Tamborra, who specializes in retirement planning and family protection needs, help people understand the myriad of investment choices and tax considerations in maintaining one’s lifestyle.

Tamborra holds a CRPC® (Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor) designation from the College for Financial Planning, and a General Securities License (Series 7) and Securities Registrations (66). She is an active member of the Financial Planning Association. Tamborra earned a B.S. in computer science from the College of Staten Island.

For more information, call Fern Tamborra at 732-882-8415 or


New Jersey Health Care Network Meeting June 13

Posted on May 25, 2017 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, June 13, 2017, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Villa, 220 St. Mary’s Drive, Cherry Hill, N.J., 08003.

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, call 732-547-9886, or visit for the monthly location and member events.


Surviving the HR War – June 8 HR Meeting

Posted on May 25, 2017 By

In 2016, the New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA) answered close to 1,000 questions from human resources professionals and business owners throughout N.J.

Stefanie Riehl, a former Princeton HRMA (Human Resources Management Association) legislative chairwoman, will present some of the funniest, toughest and most delicate questions she received over the years to provide practical pointers at the monthly meeting of JSAHR (The Jersey Shore Association for Human Resources), open to the public, Thursday, June 8, 2017, from 7:45 to 10:00 a.m., at the Jumping Brook Country Club, 210 Jumping Brook Road, Neptune, N.J.

Riehl will present problems and explain how she helped employers resolve them. Attendees will benefit from real life examples to assist them in HR decision making, how to apply best practices, and the importance of staying current with industry regulations and workplace laws.

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: Stefanie Riehl leads the New Jersey Business & Industry Association’s Member Action Center – a one-stop shop providing government contacts, legal and business assistance, and data analytics to 20,000 companies. As an expert on employment and labor issues, Riehl has been interviewed by the Associated Press, Bloomberg, NJ101.5, the Star Ledger, the Bergen Record, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. She also served as legislative chairwoman for the Princeton Human Resources Management Association from 2013-2015.


Details of the Lakewood Township Memorial Day Parade Monday, May 29, 2017

Posted on May 24, 2017 By

On Monday, May 29, 2017, beginning at 10:00 a.m., members of the Lakewood Township community and organizations will be honoring 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.

The Memorial Day ceremony will begin at the Review Stand in Town Square, Third Street and Clifton Avenue, where the Lakewood High School Marching Band will play as it marches by. The Parade will proceed down Clifton Avenue, make a right onto Main Street (Route 88), cross Route 9 South, and proceed to the All War Memorial Amphitheater.

Deputy Mayor Menashe Miller is this year’s Master of Ceremony. The Memorial Day program will begin with the Lakewood High School (LHS) JROTC posting the colors. The LHS Marching Band will lead the Nation Anthem. After the raising of the flag and an Invocation, the Honorable Mayor Ray Coles will give the mayor’s address.

Various organizations will place a wreath at the memorial, honoring our veterans. After the 21-Gun Salute, the LHS Marching Band will play Taps.

Participants in the Memorial Day ceremony include Senator Robert Singer, Assemblyman David Rible, Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles, Deputy Mayor Menashe Miller, and Committeemen Isaac Akerman, Mike D’Elia, and Meir Lichtenstein.

Participants in the parade are the Lakewood Police Department (Lead vehicle), The Lakewood Police Color Guards, the Ocean County Sheriff Department, the LHS Army JROTC, Lakewood American Legion Post #166, Jewish War Veterans, Civil Air Patrol, LCSW. SCHI. Birkur Cholim, Bethel Pentecostal Church, LHS Marching Band, and the New Jersey State Police, the Lakewood Fire Department, the Lakewood EMS, Chaveirim, Hatzolah, and the Lakewood PBA.

If an organization or group would like to participate in The Memorial Day Parade, contact Sarah Kay in the Mayor’s office at 732-364-2500 Ext. 2771 or email


OHI to Sponsor Event at Manchester Health Center for Women’s Health Week

Posted on May 9, 2017 By

OHI (Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc.), a federally qualified health center, is recognizing National Women’s Health Week by sponsoring an awareness event at its Manchester Health Center, 686 Route 70, Lakehurst, on Friday, May 19 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

OHI staff will be offering screenings, such as blood pressure and glucose, among others. Attendees will receive small giveaways and information about OHI’s services.

The Manchester health center recently expanded its women’s health and OB/GYN services, adding four new exam rooms, a new nursing station, and new medical equipment and supplies.

National Women’s Health Week, May 14 – 20, 2017, honors women – mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, cousins, friends and colleagues – and encourages them to make their own health a priority. To learn more about National Women’s Health Week visit  or contact Douglas Clark, marketing manager, at 732-719-9026

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.