What Everyone Should Know about Social Security

Posted on January 31, 2018 By

The media is full of mixed messages about Social Security. So what should you know? Richard Haas, Manchester, a registered investment advisor and retirement planner, is offering a two-part course through the Continuing & Professional Education program of Ocean County College (OCC) entitled “Getting the Most from Your Social Security” Thursday, March 15 and Thursday, March 22 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Bartlett Hall, Building 2, Room 316.

The classes include how Social Security benefits are calculated and funded; the steps wage earners—and their spouses, survivors and divorcees—can take to maximize their Social Security benefits; the rights of widows and widowers under current Social Security regulations, and the rights of divorcees under current Social Security regulations; and the likely reforms that build on ways the Social Security system was strengthened in the past.

In the 1970s Haas worked as a financial journalist when the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) was passed. He wrote a series of articles on this landmark legislation and has been closely monitoring retirement issues ever since. Although still working, Richard and his wife Marlene collect Social Security benefits.

A graduate of Fordham University, Haas specialized in reporting on the economy at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism where he received an M.A. He also earned an MBA at the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies, now part of Marshall University. In 2013, Haas became a licensed investment advisor representative after 42 years in the newspaper industry, publishing and printing industries as a reporter, business editor, subscription marketer and technology specialist.

The fee for the course is $19. Register through the Continuing & Professional Education (CPE) page of the OCC website (www.ocean.edu/cpe.htm); or call 732-255-0404. Also visit the CPE office, ground floor of Building 3 (Library) at OCC, 1 College Drive, Toms River, to register.

Haas is available for interviews on Social Security or retirement-related topics. For more information, contact Richard Haas at Richard.c.haas@verizon.net or call 856-889-1808.

About Richard Haas: Haas has a financial services practice at 482 Brick Boulevard Suite 3, Brick, N.J. He is licensed by the N.J. Department of Banking & Insurance to sell life insurance, health insurance and variable annuities; and by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) as an investment advisor representative. The focus of Richard’s financial services practice is on small businesses that do not offer retirement savings benefits to their employees and on workers who do not have access to employer-sponsored retirement and medical insurance benefits.

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N.J. Health Care Network to Meet February 13

Posted on January 30, 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, February 13, 2018, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at The Clare Estate, 201 Crosswicks Street, Bordentown, N.J.

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.

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A Wish Comes True at Galloway through Preferred Home Health Care

Posted on January 29, 2018 By

If you had one wish that could make a significant impact on someone’s life, what would that wish be? When Damaris Esquea, Pleasantville, a certified home health aide for Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services (PHCC), and Kimberly Lamberty, Linwood, the client services coordinator for PHCC in Galloway, found out that Rosaline Glover, Pleasantville, a client of theirs, could not leave her home because her motorized wheelchair was broken, Lamberty made that wish come true through the One Wish program of PHHC.

Now, through PHHC, the wheelchair is being replaced!

One Wish began five years ago through the efforts of Jonathan Herman, the COO of PHHC. At the end of the year, every internal staff member at PHHC is asked for one wish he or she would like to see fulfilled in the upcoming year.  Herman said, “I’m very proud to see our One Wish program further cements some of Preferred’s core philosophies – to help our clients, and to strengthen the many towns and communities we service.”

For more information about One Wish or Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services, contact Lisa Gallicchio, director of community relations for Preferred, at lisa@preferredcares.com or call 732-547-9886 or visit PreferredCares.com.

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.

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The Dementia Care Community – M. Trapanese Featured Speaker at Feb. 13 Lunch Meeting

Posted on January 29, 2018 By

Megan Trapanese, Brick, the director of marketing and admissions at Alcoeur Gardens, with locations in Toms River and Brick, will discuss, “The Residential Alzheimer and Dementia Care Community,” at the Lunch a Little, Learn a Lot business meeting, noon to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 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.

Trapanese, will be giving an overview of the services offered at Alcoeur Gardens, the importance of a stimulating environment, and a description of activities available for residents staying in a home-like setting.

As director of marketing and admissions, Trapanese markets Alcoeur Gardens, facilitates the admission of new residents, and maintains a census. Before joining Alcoeur Gardens, Trapanese worked at AIG in Neptune, managing special projects, and rewriting insurance contracts and policies based on any new state regulations.

Trapanese earned a B.A. in communications from Stockton University, Galloway Township, N.J. She is a member of Ocean County Caregiver Coalition and the Ocean Regional Ethics Committee (OREC). For more information, call Megan Trapanese at 732-290-2273 or marketer1@alcoeurgardens.com. Visit Alcoeur at www.alcoeurgardens.com.

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Todd Thiede, Named Humanitarian of the Year, to Be Honored by the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation

Posted on January 25, 2018 By

Todd Thiede, Hoboken, the CFO of Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services (PHHC), with headquarters in Eatontown, has been named Humanitarian of the Year by the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation (ECF). He will be honored at the 18th annual ECF Crystal Gala Masquerade Ball, presented by PHHC, Saturday, February 24, 2018, from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. at Eagle Oaks Golf & Country Club, 20 Shore Oaks Drive, Farmingdale, N.J.

Prior to joining PHHC, Thiede was vice president of financial planning and analysis for five years at Goldman Sachs Inc., New York City. Thiede was the architect behind Preferred’s largest acquisition, the Massachusetts-based Acelleron Medical Products that expanded the company’s reach into New England and broadened its product line to include such durable medical equipment as pediatric nebulizers and breast pumps.

Thiede holds a B.S. in accounting from Rutgers University, New Brunswick. He is a member of the board of directors for Circle of Life, an organization that provides support for families, and palliative and end-of-life care for children with life-limiting illnesses. He is a member of the board of directors of Home Care Association & Hospice Association of N.J., a statewide organization that educates and advocates for home care providers, and the patients and families they serve throughout New Jersey.

Thiede was named one of New Jersey’s 2015 “Forty under 40” award winners by NJBiz, a New Jersey business news publication, and CFO of the Year in 2017 by Corporate Vision Magazine, a division of AI Global Media, a publishing house with global readership in more than 170 countries and close to two million subscribers of its magazines, websites and multimedia content.

For more information about Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services, contact Lisa Gallicchio, director of community relations, at lisa@preferredcares.com or call 732-547-9886 or visit PreferredCares.com.

Tickets to the ECF Crystal Gala Masquerade Ball cost $150 each and include an evening of casino, an open bar; dinner, silent and gift auctions; dancing; prizes; and more. Black tie and masks are optional. Ads and sponsorships, ranging from $50 to $20,000, are now available. Proceeds benefit hundreds of families facing pediatric cancer. For sponsorship opportunities, call Rosemarie Contreras at 732-282-2324 or rcontreras@emmanuelcancer.org.

About Emmanuel Cancer Foundation ECF, 1710 Highway 71, Suite 2, Wall, N.J., provides specialized services, at no charge, to New Jersey families who are caring for a child with cancer. The services include professional in-home counseling; advocacy on behalf of families; material support, such as food, clothing, toys, and household items; and emergency financial aid, such as paying for rent or utilities.

For more than 30 years, ECF has helped more than 1700 New Jersey families in Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, and Ocean counties who are dealing with pediatric cancer. The regional centers of EFC are in Scotch Plains (Headquarters), Woodbury, Midland Park, and Wall Township.

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.

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Keeping Your Employees – HR Meeting February 8

Posted on January 25, 2018 By

Organizations agree it a challenge to find and retain top talent. A panel of compensation experts will discuss the benefits of having a competitive compensation strategy at the monthly meeting of JSAHR (The Jersey Shore Association for Human Resources), open to the public, Thursday, February 8, 2018, from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m., at Jumping Brook Country Club, 210 Jumping Brook Road, Neptune, N.J. 

The panel will focus on the strategic thinking to attract, retain, reward and engage employees; identify the impact variable pay can have in a compensation structure and the frequency of pay adjustments; compliance issues with emerging pay and gender equity regulations, and identifying and utilizing appropriate salary resources, among other topics. Attendees will have the opportunity to pose questions to the panelists

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 jsahr.shrm.org/events or email admin@jsahr.org 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. www.hrci.org

About the Panelists:

Don McDermott founded his management consulting firm in 1985. He provides practical human resources and compensation consulting to companies throughout the world with $5-$500 million in revenues, ranging from two to 10,000 employees.

Gary De Lucia is currently the Principal Compensation Consultant at Compensation Design Solutions, LLC. He assists business leaders in executive compensation, talent acquisition, variable and sales incentive plan design, market analysis, performance management, salary planning, and HR technology.

Charelle Hirsch is the Director of Compensation & Benefits for Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories. Her diverse knowledge lies in compensation, benefits, HRIS and payroll. She has held various compensation leadership positions in petrochemical, pharmaceutical, consumer goods and packaging industries.

 

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A New Lakewood Leaf Pickup Truck – Coming to Your Neighborhood Soon

Posted on January 23, 2018 By

Instead of ten minutes, the two new Lakewood Township leaf pickup trucks will suck up all your leaves in fifteen seconds! Patrick Donnelly, the director of the Lakewood Department of Public Works (DPW), has announced that the new leaf pickup trucks should be operational with the next couple of weeks.

Mayor Ray Coles said, “This new equipment will bring more efficiency to the department without having to add staff.”

Instead of multiple pieces of equipment and multiple staff, these trucks are operated by one person, similar to the automated trash pickup trucks that use a single claw. The leaf pickup trucks will run in two shifts: 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

To make sure the leaf pickup truck can vacuum up all your leaves, be sure no branches are attached to those leaves. Do NOT put leaves in bags! Also do not put leaf piles near your bulk pickup items. As a safety precaution, rake the leaves in a neat pile away from storm drains and curb corners.

For more information, call the Department of Public works at 732-905-3405.

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Lakewood Township Recreation Department – 2018 Indoor Winter Recreation Programs Begin Jan. 22

Posted on January 15, 2018 By

Have fun and stay fit this winter with the Lakewood Recreation Department’s 2018 winter recreation programs, scheduled from January 22 to March 23.  

Indoor Soccer Instructional League, a program for boys and girls, with no try-outs, is designed for everyone to play and learn the basics of soccer. Co-ed soccer instruction for children ages 4-6 is from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; children ages 7-8 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.; and children ages 9-11 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Players are asked to bring a personal soccer ball to practice.

The soccer program, for all age groups, will be in the Ella G. Clarke School gymnasium, 455 Manetta Avenue, Lakewood, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, beginning January 22 through February 2. However, from February 5 to March 23 the soccer program for all age groups will move to the Lakewood Middle School, 755 Somerset Avenue.

The cost is $10.00 for all participants. Preregister on January 17 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Ella G. Clarke School.

Free Instructional Field Hockey, open to all girls ages 6-13, beginning January 23 to March 20, will take place at Ella G. Clarke Elementary School from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday nights. Participants will learn the fundamentals of field hockey and grasp proper techniques of stick holding, dribbling, passing.

The Lakewood/Manchester Little League instruction for baseball and softball covers the fundamentals, including the proper techniques of batting, catching, throwing and pitching. Little League instruction is open to all boys and girls, ages 4 to 16; and girls softball is for ages 7 to 16.  Pre-registration is January 17 AND 22 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Ella G. Clarke School. Contact Rich at (732) 779-3022 or e-mail manchesterlittleleague@comcast.net for more information.

Lakewood residents in grades 9 and up are invited to participate in Adult Open Gym, including basketball, volleyball, and indoor walking track, and weight room in the Lakewood High School gymnasium, 855 Somerset Avenue, Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., beginning Monday, January 22 to March 21. The sign-in fee is $2:00 per session.

Instruction is free but participants must supply their own materials for adult jewelry making, crocheting and arts & crafts at the Lakewood Community Center, Fourth Street. Instruction includes Jewelry Making, Mondays, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Crochet, Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; and Crafts on Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Programs may be cancelled because of inclement weather, holidays, school building use or school construction.  Listen to WOBM for cancellations. For more information, call the Lakewood Recreation office at 732-905-3405 or visit www.lakewoodtwpnj.org.

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Holidays Do Affect Trash and Bulk Pickup in Lakewood!

Posted on January 11, 2018 By

When holidays fall on Mondays or Tuesdays, garbage and recycling pickup will be pushed back a day (Zone 3 to Thursday and Zone 4 to Friday).   Remember, bulk trash is only collected once a month in your zone so if a holiday occurs on your bulk trash pickup week, you will have to wait until the next month.

The holidays that will affect your trash, recycling, and bulk pick up this year are:

Monday, January 15:             Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Monday, February 12:           Lincoln’s Birthday

Monday, February 19:           Washington’s Birthday/ President’s Day

Friday, March 30:                   Good Friday

Monday, May 28:                   Memorial Day

Wednesday, July 4:               Fourth of July

Monday, September 3:         Labor Day

Monday, October 8:               Columbus Day

Tuesday, November 6:           Election Day

Monday, November 12:         Veteran’s Day (Observed)

Thursday, November 22:       Thanksgiving Day

Friday, November 23:                        Thanksgiving Friday

Tuesday, December 25:         Christmas Day

Call the DPW for questions or an appointment at 732-905-3405 to have bulk trash (items, such as brush, metal, leaves, e-waste, and sanitation bulk) picked up. Besides calling for an appointment to pick up bulk trash, residents can also schedule a pickup at http://lakewood.mobile311.com, which they can save as an icon to make it an app. Although the app is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the DPW is open Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., exclusive of holidays.  All requests, however, will be viewed the next business day.

Zones Area by Street Locations

Zone 1 – Carey Street – 14th Street area

Zone 2 — Ridge Avenue, Ocean Avenue, Park Avenue

Zone 3 — New Central Avenue, Gudz Road, Miller Road

Zone 4 — Manor Drive, Erica Road, Lucy Road, Belgian Hill Road

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Jim Mahlmann, COO of NetCetra, Named Chairman of OCVTS Foundation

Posted on January 11, 2018 By

Jim Mahlmann, chief operating officer (COO) of NetCetra, Toms River, a full-service internet company, 1027 Hooper Avenue, has been named chairman of the Ocean County Foundation for Vocational Technical Education (OCVTS). A Toms River resident, Mahlmann is an internet marketing and designer specialist, and a certified Google Partner. He is also a partner in a data center in Walla Walla, Washington.

OCVTS Foundation, established in 1994, is a nonprofit organization made up of volunteers dedicated to ensuring a quality education for OCVTS students. All fund raising efforts directly benefit students and instructional programs at all Ocean County Vocation Technical Schools in such areas as equipment and training in technology, financial assistance, and staff development, among others.

Since 1994 to June 2017 the Foundation has awarded $719,970.00 in scholarships to OCVTS students and more than $565,019.15 in grants to teachers and programs.

Mahlmann said, “It is extremely rewarding to serve on the OCVTS Foundation because we help a lot of kids! Besides raising money, one of my goals is to make sure everyone knows about OCVTS and the outstanding programs it offers.”

Mahlmann is a member of New Jersey Business Industry Association (NJBIA) and chairman of its small business committee; a vice chairman of the Technical Committee of the Monmouth Ocean Development Council (MODC); and serves on the Ocean County College Business Advisory Board.

Mahlmann received the 2016 NJBIA (New Jersey Business & Industry Association) “Main Street Award” for leadership, innovation, and dedication to NJBIA’s mission of creating a competitive business climate, locally and globally; and acknowledges efforts to provide greater resources and assistance to New Jersey-based small businesses.

He received a B.A. in marketing from the University of Minnesota.

OCVTS programs and academies offer career majors in more than 40 areas and include service occupations, such as child care professions, cosmetology, culinary arts, fashion design and merchandizing, and law and public safety; health technologies; construction trades, applied and performing arts, transportation technologies, and computers, among many others. For more information about OCVTS Foundation, 137 Bey Lea Road, Toms River, N.J., call 732-240-6414, Ext. 3339 or foundation@mail.ocvts.org

About NetCetra: NetCetra, established in 1994, provides internet marketing strategies to generate leads for its clients. Other services include Opt-in email lists, personalized email list blasts, banner swaps and such services as web design, web hosting, internet marketing, multimedia services, Internet consulting, social media, database creation, A/V streaming, server Colo for Businesses, online backup, email archiving, virtual private servers, and Cloud technology.

For more information, call NetCetra at 732-262-7888 or www.netcetra.com

Ocean County Vocational Technical School Foundation Members

Other OCVTS Foundation board members include Michael Donahue, Viking Yacht; John Homiek, Eastern Shore Heating & Air Conditioning; Jason Allentoff, Gen. Manager of Micromedia Publications/Jersey Shore Online; Jacqueline Bodine, OC Memorial Park; Laurie Cahill, Retired Detective Lieutenant, OC Sheriff’s Dept.; Frank Frazee, CPA, School Business Admin. and Board Secretary, OCVTS; Dr. Frederick W. Felice, Ed.D., Retired Superintendent of OCVTS; Jeremy Grunin, Grunin Properties, and Executive Director, Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation; William G. Henry, Retired Superintendent of OCVTS; William P. Hoey, Superintendent of OCVTS; Noelle Lotano, Exec. Dir. Toms River OC Chamber of Commerce; Skip Peters, Educator, Lacey Twp HS; Jonathan Z. Petro, Esq., Carluccio, Leone, Dimon, Doyle & Sacks, LLC; Michael A. Pitch, Retired Educator, Farragut Academy; Howard Polenberg, , OCVTEA President, Brick Center; Peg Roma, Retired OCVTS Principal and Retired Educator, Toms River Schools; Stephen Scaturro, Board of Education, Vice President and Director, Ocean County Department of Consumer Affairs; Tiffany Seeley, Educator, OCVTS and OCVTEA Vice President; Christopher Shea, Attorney; R.C. Shea & Associates; The Honorable Joseph H. Vicari, OC Board of Chosen Freeholders; Nancy Weber-Loeffert, Assistant Superintendent OCVTS.

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