Congressman Tom MacArthur to Speak at ELC March 31 Meeting — Register Now

Posted on March 22, 2017 By

The public is invited to meet with Congressman Tom MacArthur, Congressional District 3, the featured speaker at Ocean County ELC (Employer Legislative Committee) meeting and breakfast on Friday, March 31, 2017, from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 815 Route 37 West, Toms River, N.J.

Congressman MacArthur, who was elected to the House of Representatives in 2014, serves on the House Financial Services Committee. After graduating from Hofstra University, MacArthur spent 28 years in the insurance industry, and became chairman and CEO of York Risk Services Group, Inc. from 1999 to 2010

ELC meetings, open to the public, are designed to inform the business community about important legislation, provide face-to-face opportunities with key government officials, and encourage dialogue between business and government.

The registration fee, including a buffet breakfast, is $20.00. R.S.V.P. to Elizabeth Cahill at ecahill@firstenergycorp.com or call 609-656-2600. Pay at the door or mail checks, payable to Ocean ELC, to Julie Holman, Chairwoman of Ocean ELC, 150 West State Street, Trenton, N.J. 08608.

The Ocean County ELC is sponsored by Holman Frenia Allison, PC and New Jersey Natural Gas in partnership with the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce.

About ELC: Employer Legislative Committees: The ELCs, established by NJBIA in 1959, are independent, local organizations representing all 21 counties. At each meeting, legislators, cabinet members or local officials will discuss important issues pertinent to business. Attendees also receive a briefing from one of NJBIA’s government affairs experts on legislative and regulatory issues affecting employers.  About NJBIA: The New Jersey Business & Industry Association, Trenton, N.J., provides information, services and advocacy to its member companies in order to build a more prosperous New Jersey. NJBIA is the nation’s largest statewide employer association. Its members, as a group, employ more than one million people and represents every industry in the state, including contractors, manufacturers, retail and wholesale businesses, and service providers of every kind. Visit www.njbia.org for more information.

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The LRRC Stresses the Importance of HPV Vaccine at PTO Meeting

Posted on March 22, 2017 By

The LRRC (Lakewood Resource and Referral Center), 212 Second Street, a federally-designated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, recently conducted an educational and entertaining immunization presentation for parents and students during a PTO meeting at the Ella G. Clarke Elementary School, 455 Manetta Avenue, Lakewood.

The LRRC arranged the presentation focusing on the importance of the HPV vaccine as part of an ongoing CDC (Centers for Disease Control) sponsored campaign that focuses on raising immunization awareness and compliance.

Nurse Sue Grill-Levy of CHEMED (Center for Health Education, Medicine and Dentistry), with which the LRRC is affiliated, spoke to attendees about the importance of being immunized against HPV, while Oscar Orellana, the school’s guidance counselor, translated the presentation into Spanish.

James Gavilanes and Miles Thorn of Carnival Parties treated parents and children to an interactive, bilingual, entertaining, and informative immunization-themed magic show to demonstrate the importance and effectiveness of vaccinations in preventing diseases.

Representatives of the LRRC distributed customized T-shirts, produced specifically for the PTO event, bearing the message “Support the Fight against Cancer.” Additionally, attendees were provided with bilingual educational literature about HPV and how to prevent it. All parents in attendance completed a questionnaire about their previous awareness of and compliance with CDC recommendations regarding the HPV vaccine. Fourteen parents asked the LRRC to contact them to help set up appointments to have their children immunized against HPV.

Mayer Hoberman, the LRRC executive director of social services, said the event was very successful. “Many of the parents at the event informed us that they were previously unaware that there is an HPV vaccine at all,” Mr. Hoberman said. “Virtually all attendees whose children have not yet been immunized against HPV stated that they now intend to get their children vaccinated. Our presentation clearly had a significant impact.”

For more information about immunizations or to schedule an immunization appointment, call Tzipporah Zar of CHEMED at 732-364-2144, ext. 282. For information about the LRRC, contact Yosef Stein at 732-942-9292, ext. 112 or at ystein@lrrcenter.org.

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

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Employment Law Compliance and Uncertainty 2017 – Half-day HR Legal Seminar

Posted on March 20, 2017 By

What are the recent developments and their impact for HR under the new administration? The Jersey Shore Association for Human Resources (JSAHR) is hosting a half-day legal seminar presented by Jackson Lewis attorneys Richard Cino and his colleagues on Thursday, April 6, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon at Jumping Brook Country Club, 210 Jumping Brook Road, Neptune, N.J.  

This presentation will examine immigration law issues under the new administration; the NLRB (National Labor Relations Board) and employers; the focus of government enforcement agencies; and wage and hour updates. A question and answer session is included.

The registration fee, which includes breakfast and networking from 7:45 to 9:00 a.m., is $60 for JSAHR members; $90 for non-members; $50 for those in-transition, JSAHR guests and for students with valid ID. A $10 additional fee will be added for walk-ins.

Register online at jsahr.shrm.org/events or email Christine Higgins at admin@jsahr.org or call JSAHR at 732-701-7155. This program is pending 3 HRCI (Human Resource Certification Institute) and SHRM recertification credits. JSAHR is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits.

About Jackson Lewis, P.C. Jackson Lewis P.C. is among the largest firms in the country dedicated to representing management in labor, employment and benefits law, and related litigation. With 53 locations across the country, the firm has both a national perspective and a keen understanding of the nuances of regional business environments.  Jackson Lewis represents employers before state and federal courts on a wide range of issues, including discrimination, wrongful discharge, retaliation, whistleblower, health, safety, wage/hour, pension and benefits.  The firm’s attorneys negotiate collective bargaining agreements, participate in arbitration proceedings, and represent union-free and unionized employers before the NLRB, OSHA, and other federal and state agencies.

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OHI’s Mobile Medical Unit to Host Head Start Dental Exams in Ocean County

Posted on March 10, 2017 By

Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc. (OHI), in partnership with the Head Start development program of O.C.E.A.N., Inc., has announced that the OHI mobile medical unit will be visiting several local Head Start program sites March 29 through April 5, 2017, to conduct dental exams, specifically for the children in Head Start programs. Dentist Dr. Patricia Gibbons will be conducting the dental exams for children in Head Start.

The OHI mobile medical unit will visit Head Start Program Sites in

Toms River:   Ocean County College, 1 College Drive          Wed. Mar.29    8:30 a.m. to   3:30 p.m.

Barnegat:         1 Ocean Avenue                                                 Fri.    Mar.31 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Manchester:    2950 Wilbur Avenue                                       Fri.    Mar.31   1:00 p.m. to   3:30 p.m.

Berkeley:         264 First Avenue                                               Tues. Apr. 4    8:30 a.m. to  11:30 a.m.

Brick:              503 Adamston Road                                          Wed. Apr. 5    8:30 a.m. to    3:30 p.m.

The OHI mobile medical unit (MMU) provides medical and dental services to people who may not have the transportation. Services include general dentistry care, Fluoride and screenings on the MMU. Cleanings, sealants, extractions, x-rays and comprehensive dental services at OHI’s Lakewood Health Center, 101 Second Street, Lakewood; Toms River Health Center, 301 Lakehurst Road; or Little Egg Harbor Health Center, 798 Route 539, Building 3.

For questions about the MMU, contact Douglas Clark, marketing manager, at 732-719-9026 or Christie Truax, LPN, Head Start program health manager at 732-244-5333 Ext 926. To make an appointment or to confirm dates, times, and locations of the mobile unit, call at 732-363-6655. For information about OHI or to make an appointment, call 732-363-6655 or visit www.ohinj.org.

About Ocean Health Initiatives

OHI is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) federally qualified health center (FQHC) with locations at 101 Second Street, Lakewood; 301 Lakehurst Road, Toms River; 333 Haywood Road, Manahawkin; 686 Route 70 Lakehurst; a health center within the Clifton Avenue Elementary School, 625 Clifton Avenue, and Lakewood High School, 855 Somerset Avenue, Suite A, Lakewood; and a Mobile Medical Unit. The Lakewood and Manchester sites have pharmacies.

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

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

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Congressman Tom MacArthur to Speak at ELC

Posted on March 6, 2017 By

Congressman Tom MacArthur, Congressional District 3, is the featured speaker at Ocean County ELC (Employer Legislative Committee) meeting and breakfast on Friday, March 31, 2017, from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 815 Route 37 West, Toms River, N.J.

Congressman MacArthur, who was elected to the House of Representatives in 2014, serves on the House Financial Services Committee. After graduating from Hofstra University, MacArthur spent 28 years in the insurance industry, and became chairman and CEO of York Risk Services Group, Inc. from 1999 to 2010

ELC meetings, open to the public, are designed to inform the business community about important legislation, provide face-to-face opportunities with key government officials, and encourage dialogue between business and government.

The registration fee, including a buffet breakfast, is $20.00. R.S.V.P. to Elizabeth Cahill at ecahill@firstenergycorp.com or call 609-656-2600. Pay at the door or mail checks, payable to Ocean ELC, to Julie Holman, Chairwoman of Ocean ELC, 150 West State Street, Trenton, N.J. 08608.

The Ocean County ELC is sponsored by Holman Frenia Allison, PC and New Jersey Natural Gas in partnership with the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce.

About ELC: Employer Legislative Committees: The ELCs, established by NJBIA in 1959, are independent, local organizations representing all 21 counties. At each meeting, legislators, cabinet members or local officials will discuss important issues pertinent to business. Attendees also receive a briefing from one of NJBIA’s government affairs experts on legislative and regulatory issues affecting employers.  About NJBIA: The New Jersey Business & Industry Association, Trenton, N.J., provides information, services and advocacy to its member companies in order to build a more prosperous New Jersey. NJBIA is the nation’s largest statewide employer association. Its members, as a group, employ more than one million people and represents every industry in the state, including contractors, manufacturers, retail and wholesale businesses, and service providers of every kind. Visit www.njbia.org for more information.

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Lakewood Township Appoints Komsa Director of Human Resources

Posted on March 3, 2017 By

The Lakewood Township Committee recently appointed Patricia Komsa, Brick, the director of human resources for the Human Resource Department, a new department and administrative position deemed critical in managing more than 400 township employees. As HR director, Komsa will be responsible for the recruitment and retention of employees, training, and compliance, among other duties.

Komsa, the former executive director of the Lakewood Development Corporation (LDC) and UEZ coordinator, has worked in the township for almost 18 years. As executive director of the UEZ and LDC, Komsa was responsible for such daily operations as supervising personnel, accounting, training, program and grant management, and compliance.

She holds a B.A. in Business Administration and an M.B.A from Georgian Court University, a M.A.S. (Master of Administrative Science) from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a Certificate in Human Resource Management from Duke University, Continuing Studies.

Komsa is a member of the MODC (Monmouth Ocean Development Council); a member of the board of directors of the Ocean County Private Industry Council; chairwoman of the Ocean County Workforce Development Board, serving on the Business Services and Workforce Development Committee and the Strategic Planning Work Group; and a member of the Business Advisory Council, Georgian Court University, School of Business and Digital Media, where she is an adjunct professor. She is also serves on the board of directors of the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, co-chairing the Legislative/Business and Economic Growth Committee. Komsa is the treasurer of Boy Scouts of America, Troop 39.

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LRRC Promotes Immunizations at YTT Expo

Posted on March 3, 2017 By

An estimated 2,500 people, who recently attended the YTT (Yeshiva Tiferes Torah) Expo in the Fountain Ballroom at 725 Vassar Avenue, Lakewood, had an opportunity to learn about immunizations and their importance from representatives of the LRRC (Lakewood Resource and Referral Center).

One mission of the LRRC, a federally designated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, 212 Second Street, Suite 204, Lakewood, is to promote the importance of complying with CDC (Centers for Disease Control) immunization recommendations, and raise immunization awareness and compliance rates.

As part of this ongoing campaign, LRRC representatives distributed complimentary tote bags with the message “Help Fight Vaccine-Preventable Diseases,” as well as CDC-recommended immunization schedules and literature explaining the importance of vaccinating children.

In addition, 387 attendees completed questionnaires asking about their levels of awareness of and compliance with recommended immunizations. All attendees who completed questionnaires were entered in a raffle to win a $150.00 bank card.

Many of the attendees expressed interest in the LRRC and its pro-immunization message, and more than a dozen parents asked the LRRC to contact them for further immunization support.

Mayer Hoberman, Executive Director of Social Services at the LRRC, said, “Maintaining up-to-date immunizations is essential to the health and well-being of the entire community. Many diseases and their complications are avoidable simply by getting vaccinated. Why would anyone choose not to protect themselves and their children?”

For more information about immunizations or to schedule an immunization appointment, call Tzipporah Zar of CHEMED at 732-364-2144, ext. 282. For information about the LRRC, contact Yosef Stein at 732-942-9292, ext. 112 or at ystein@lrrcenter.org.

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 in Lakewood, provides free comprehensive social services, information, referrals, and assistance for government and private-sector programs, as well as auxiliary services in areas such as housing, rental counseling, healthcare, insurance, nutrition, utilities, and paid leave to the residents of Lakewood Township and Ocean, Mercer, and Monmouth counties.

LRRC Case Managers help clients identify assistance programs for which they may qualify and help clients complete paperwork as needed. To schedule an appointment with an LRRC Case Manager, call 732-942-9292. Hours of operation are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Fridays.

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New Jersey Health Care Networking Group to Meet March 14

Posted on February 22, 2017 By

The monthly meeting of New Jersey Health Care Networking, a free organization for anyone in the health care industry, is Tuesday, March 14, 2017, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Atria Senior Living, 10 Jackson Drive, Cranford, N.J. 07016.

Lisa Gallicchio, the director of community relations for Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services, with headquarters in Eatontown, N.J., formed New Jersey Health Care Networking to provide a one-stop resource for marketing events, networking, and the training of health care professionals.

Meetings take place in a different New Jersey county each month. The website www.njhcnet.com lists the monthly location of member events.

Gallicchio said, “True networkers who believe in the power of social connections will want to join this group, a place to reach a larger population of health care professionals in a relaxed environment.”

For more information about New Jersey Health Care Networking, visit www.njhcnet.com, email Gallicchio at lisa@preferredcares.com, or call 732-547-9886.

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Lakewood Alumni Association to Host Hall of Fame Luncheon and Scholarship Fundraiser

Posted on February 21, 2017 By

The Alumni Association of Lakewood High School, a 501(c)(3), is hosting its 23rd Annual Hall of Fame Luncheon and annual scholarship fundraiser, Sunday, May 21, 2017, at Woodlake Country Club, New Hampshire Ave,  Lakewood, N.J., beginning at noon. Lunch entrees include prime rib, chicken francaise, or herb encrusted salmon. Kosher meals are available upon request.

The Lakewood High School (LHS) Alumni Association, formed in 1992, provides annual scholarships to graduating seniors and funds to help high school projects. Membership in the LHS Alumni Association is open to all former graduates, attendees, and educators.

Last year, the Alumni Association raised close to $27,000 and awarded 24 scholarships, ranging from $200 to $2500. Former graduates, such as the Friedlander Family, Dale Reese Foundation, and the Rotary contribute annually to the scholarships. Nancy Rogers, the Alumni Association president, says, “I remember our first year. We gave one scholarship for $250!”

The 2017 Hall of Fame honorees are Linda Frazier Brown, Class of ’68, educator; Wayne H. Matthews, Class of ’60, educator and former Ella G. Clarke principal; Donna Waldman Wallenthin, Class of ’60, nurse and volunteer for eye surgery on children in poor countries; Samuel Warm, Class of ’37, CPA and veteran; Dr. Michael Weinreb, Class of ’56, scientist with national weather systems; and Robin Taylor Wellet, Class of ’72, entrepreneur.

Alumni Hall of Fame honorees are selected based on community service, excellence in a given field, volunteerism, and business and professional achievements. The nominee must have been out of school for a minimum of 20 years.

Tickets, which much be purchased in advance, cost $40.00 each. For tickets or more information, contact Nancy Rogers at 732-657-2761 or nancier2@aol.com.

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Sign up Now! Become a Dancing with Their Stars Celebrity

Posted on February 21, 2017 By

Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey (CVCJ) is hosting Dancing with Their Stars, a two-hour event including a hot buffet, a wine and beer open bar, a DJ, dancing, and a 90-second competition for the 2017 CVCJ’s Dancing with Their Stars Mirror Ball trophy, Saturday, June 3, 2017, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. at Eagle Ridge Golf Club, 2 Augusta Drive, Lakewood, N.J.

All proceeds will benefit CVCJ’s mission of providing assistance to the elderly to enable them to live independently. Anyone interested in this competition should contact Linda Conroy at 732-505-2273, Ext. 203 or email lindac@caregivervolunteers.org for more information about participation.

To give each couple a leg up, CVCJ will arrange three free dance lessons if desired. A panel of judges, including 2017 American Idol finalist and singer Jax, will determine the winning couple. Another award —the People’s Choice—will be given to the couple with the most online votes made on the CVCJ’s website. Each online vote requires a donation.

Each couple is also encouraged to raise a $2,500 through online voting, sponsorships, and ticket sales, among others, which will directly benefit CVCJ’s mission.

CVCJ is a nonprofit interfaith agency serving 23 municipalities in Ocean County and parts of Monmouth County. All assistance is provided completely free of charge. CVCJ relies on donations to continue its mission, which is to assist the frail and homebound elderly with everyday tasks enabling them to remain independent in their own homes.

About Caregiver Volunteers: More than 1000 volunteers assist over 2000 senior citizens each month with transportation to medical appointments, grocery shopping, relief for Alzheimer’s disease caregivers, reassuring telephone calls, and friendly pet visits. For more information and to learn about volunteer opportunities, call 732-505-2273; or visit www.caregivervolunteers.org.  You can “LIKE” Caregivers on Facebook at facebook.com/caregivervolunteers.

 

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