Comedy Night at the Strand Theater Presented by the Lakewood Chamber – Time for a Good Belly Laugh!

Posted on August 29, 2018 By

The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce is hosting Comedy Night, for adults only, Thursday, October 25, 2018, at the Strand Theater, 400 Clifton Avenue, Lakewood. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with a light buffet (Kosher food available) and a cash bar in the Gallery. Show time with open seating is 7:30 p.m.

Comedians include Brad Trackman from the Late, Late Show, Comics Unleashed, and Caroline’s NYC; Maria Walsh, Atlantic City and Las Vegas, and America’s Naughtiest Mommy; and Mick Thomas, a national headliner and Comedy Central.

General admission tickets are $40.00.Purchase tickets at Sponsorships at $300 include two show tickets, and advertising in Strand and Lakewood Chamber promotional materials. For sponsorships and further information, contact Denise 732-363-0012 or email A portion of the proceeds will sponsor a high school scholarship.

The sponsors to-date are OceanFirst Bank, Fulton Bank, Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus, Maser Consulting P.A., Pine Belt Chevrolet, New Jersey Natural Gas, and Remington, Vernick & Vena.


Lakewood Township Launches Recycle Coach

Posted on August 28, 2018 By

For residents looking to reduce their household waste and become better recyclers, look no further than the Recycle Coach platform—now available in Lakewood Township, N.J.

Residents can access Recycle Coach from their desktop computers, mobile devices, or through digital assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Home. By using the power of voice technology, the platform makes it easy for people to get local disposal information for thousands of household items when they need it. And the best part – it’s absolutely free.

With Recycle Coach, residents can:

  • Stay organized with custom curbside collection and events calendars
  • Receive collection reminders and real-time updates on service disruptions
  • Become recycling experts with a comprehensive “What Goes Where?” search tool, including local disposal information and collection requirements for common and uncommon items
  • Take the “What Type of Recycler Are You?” quiz for useful recycling tips and tricks
  • Use the problem-reporting tool, equipped with geolocation, to notify municipal customer services about issues like missed collections.
  • The service takes the guesswork out of recycling, empowering residents to make smarter disposal decisions and take an active approach to reducing household waste. For Lakewood Township, this can help increase recycling rates and decrease contamination in the community’s recycling stream.                                     
  • Become a better recycler today by downloading the Recycle Coach app for free at the iTunes Store and Google PlayFor more information, contact The Lakewood DPW (Department of Public Works) at 732-905-3405.
  • About Recycle Coach: Recycle Coach is a technology company with deep roots in public and private waste management services. It develops a comprehensive digital solution that optimizes collection, waste, and recycling programs. Recycle Coach connects residents with local disposal information on desktop, mobile, or through digital assistants. Serving over 3,000 communities across the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, Recycle Coach strives to make the world a greener place by making it easier for people to practice waste mindfulness.


How Safe ARE Your Employees? Be Proactive and Protect Your Organization – HR Meeting September 13

Posted on August 23, 2018 By

Safety concerns in today’s workplace include mass shootings, bomb threats, terrorist attacks, and retaliatory acts by disgruntled employees. Human Resource professionals need to ensure that employees, at all levels, feel secure and safe in the workplace. While it is hard to image the unimaginable happening, it is best to be prepared and be vigilant.

Explore the necessary steps an organization should take to be proactive in protecting employees, clients, and property at the monthly meeting of JSAHR (The Jersey Shore Association for Human Resources), open to the public, Thursday, September 13, 2018, from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m., at Jumping Brook Country Club, 210 Jumping Brook Road, Neptune, N.J.

Ed Kirschenbaum, the director of public safety, Neptune City Police Department, and a retired Chief of Detectives from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, will help attendees understand what suspicious behaviors are and how to report them; develop programs to implement proactive measures; and learn how to evaluate, modify systems, and monitor efforts to handle events that might occur.

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.) HUB International Insurance Agency, Lakewood, N.J., is the March meeting sponsor. This program is pending one (1) SHRM and one (1) HRCI (Human Resource Certification Institute) recertification credit.

About Ed Kirschenbaum: Ed Kirschenbaum is the founder and president of E. Kirschenbaum & Associates, LLC, a company that provides leadership and business management consulting on law enforcement and conflict resolution. Under his leadership and direction, the administration of the Southern Monmouth County Active Shooter Partnership Training program was developed.

Kirschenbaum served as the lead tactical instructor for the N.J. Attorney General’s Division of Criminal Justice, and the N.J. Narcotics Commanders Association Top Gun Narcotics Training Program. His awards include the Medal of Honor Patrolman Benevolent Association, Walther C. Witt President’s Award, Monmouth – Ocean County Intelligence Bureau, Director of Federal Bureau of Investigation, Outstanding Service Award, Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Southern Counties Narcotics Task Force Commanders Association, and the New Jersey Narcotics Enforcement Officers Association Law Enforcement Trainer of the Year.



Generate Market Visibility for Your Business – Greg Schmalz to Speak at September 11 Lunch Meeting

Posted on August 22, 2018 By

Greg Schmalz, president of Greg Schmalz Communications, Brick, will be presenting “How to Generate Market Visibility for Your Business” at the Lunch a Little, Learn a Lot business meeting, noon to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, September 11, 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.

Schmalz will give business owners ideas about how to make their businesses, products, and services more visible by being seen, being read, and being heard.

Schmalz attended Career Academy of TV & radio School, New York City. He served as an adjunct professor at New York University for four years, teaching a post-graduate course in sports and special events public relations; and Fairleigh Dickinson University for two years, teaching an undergraduate course in sports marketing. He also co-authored the course textbook.

Prior to starting his own communications company, Schmalz worked at ABC Radio Network Sports where as senior producer, he produced Howard Cosell’s daily network program “Speaking of Sports”; served as ABC Radio’s street reporter in metropolitan New York; and coordinated production for the 1984 Olympic Games in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, and Los Angeles, and the 1988 Olympic Games in Calgary, Canada, and Seoul, South Korea.  He also provided television voice-over talent while at ABC and continues to do commercial voice-overs on cable TV.

More recently, Schmalz had his own award-winning website on INJersey, the online presence of the Asbury Park Press.  A former agency vice president, Schmalz serves as consultant to some of the industry’s largest public relations firms, such as Hill and Knowlton and Cohn & Wolfe.  He has also assisted small to mid-size agencies, such as Peppercomm, MWW Group, Utopia Communications, and First Team Marketing and Communications.

For more information, contact Schmalz at greg@schmalz call 732-785-9317.


Rotary Club of Toms River to Host Sailfest 2018

Posted on August 22, 2018 By

Rotary Club of Toms River is hosting its 27th annual Sailfest, a charity regatta and street fair, Saturday, September 8, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. at River Avenue, Island Heights, N.J.  All proceeds will benefit local charities and high school scholarships.

Sailfest, a free family event open to the public, features an early morning sailing regatta on the Toms River, crafters; exhibitors; vendors; food vendors, including food trucks; inflatable kiddie rides and a kids’ zone; a cash 50/50 raffle; adult beverages for purchase; Sailfest T-shirts and sweatshirts for sale; an onsite ATM; glow sticks; and a chance to win a $100 Bum Rogers gift card at the Rotary Club of Toms River’s tent.

The Sailfest Reflection Ceremony, a special ceremony to honor brave men and women who lost their lives on 9/11 and for those who have served and continue to serve our country, is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on the main stage. The ceremony will end with a wreath laying at Letter Park, on River Avenue opposite the end of the main stage.

The official radio sponsor of Sailfest is 100.1 WJRZ. Other sponsors include Downs Ford, Ocean County Tourism, JCP&L, IH Homes LLC, Sen Realty, Sunrun, Investors Bank, The Martin Agency, and Clarion Hotel & Conference Center. Mojo Monks will provide music during the day and Garden State Radio, a beach party band, will present an evening concert from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.

To sign up as a crafter, exhibitor, or food vendor, call George at 732-929-0900 x 205. To become a sponsor, call Pat at 732-473-1071. For event information, call Marie Daley, 100.1 WJRZ, at 732-681-9591 Ext. 226. Ample off-street parking and free shuttle bus from the Island Heights Fire Company is available during the day.


Central Jersey Blood Center Saves Lives – A Local Mom Can Testify to That!

Posted on August 21, 2018 By

The mission of The Central Jersey Blood Center (CJBC) is to save lives by providing safe, high quality blood products and services to patients in need. This mother of two, who recently celebrated her 50th birthday, thanks the many, many donors who saved her life.  In February of last year, she was diagnosed with AML (Acute Myeloid Leukemia), a type of cancer that starts in the blood forming cells of the bone marrow.

Evelyn Suarez, Tinton Falls, received more than 80 red cell transfusions and more than 70 units of platelets. She was in the hospital for two months, receiving these blood and platelet products at least two to three times a day. Then it was determined that she needed a bone marrow transplant.

Suarez said, “I knew when I needed these products because I started to feel sleepy and the uncontrollable bleeding started again. I needed the platelets more so than ever because it helped my blood to clot. Before receiving these products, I could barely make it out of the bed. It took a toll on me physically and emotionally. After receiving the transfusion almost instantly I could feel the difference in energy in my body.”

It was Suarez’s older sister Ramona who was able to provide the bone marrow transplant that ultimately saved Suarez’s life. Ramona’s visit to the United States from Puerto Rico turned into months instead of the one week she had planned.

It was the continuous blood and platelet transfusions that kept Suarez fighting during two rounds of chemo, one for six days in row and then a second round in preparation for her bone marrow transplant. This November, Suarez’s doctors declared her cancer free.

On the eve of her 50th birthday at an Apheresis Recognition Dinner, Suarez said, “As a mother of two, there are no words to best describe how grateful I am being able to celebrate another day. It’s not just a regular day; it’s a day in a room with a group of people who bless others everyday (with their donations of blood) who are in the situation that I was once in. For that I would like to give a huge thank you. The words ‘thank you’ can’t even express how blessed I am. I wake up every morning thanking God for getting me through this journey; and without the help of all you beautiful donors, I couldn’t have done it without you.”

CJBC is a community-based, nonprofit blood collection and distribution organization that has been serving New Jersey residents for more than 50 years. CJBC is in desperate need of blood, facing a shortage of more than 1000 units of platelets and red blood cells. Please seriously consider making a blood donation today!

Blood donations can be made at one of three donor centers: Howell, Toms River, and Shrewsbury. Appointments are preferred but walk-ins are welcome. To schedule an appointment, call 1-888-71-BLOOD (888-712-5663). For more information, visit or contact Alyssa Drown at 518-569-1841.

Central Jersey Blood Center can also work with any group or organization interested in a blood drive at their location and can guarantee a registration of 25 donors. Contact Karen Moore at (732)842-5750 Ext. 243 or for details.

Donor Centers:

Shrewsbury (732- 842-5750) Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; Tuesday, 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Thursday, Noon to 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and Sunday 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Howell 4068 Route 9 South, Howell Plaza Shopping Center (732 901-0720) Monday and Wednesday, Noon to 8:00 p.m.; Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Closed Tuesdays and Sundays.
Toms River: 1256 Indian Head Road & Route 9 South, Indian Head Shopping Plaza (Next to Pathmark), (732-349-3110) Monday, Noon to 8:00 p.m.; Tuesday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; and Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.



New Family Practice Opens in Union

Posted on August 20, 2018 By

Dr. Kafilat Adewunmi, has opened VAMA Medical Health Center, a private family practice for patients of all ages from newborns to the geriatric population, at 2333 Morris Avenue, Suite A-117, Union, N.J. Services include well child care, physicals, gynecologic exams, chronic disease management, EKG and spirometry, drug screening, and onsite bloodwork, among others. Dr. Adewunmi’s hospital affiliations are St. Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, and Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark, N.J.

Before opening her practice, Dr. Adewunmi served as the clinical director at seven school-based clinical sites in Newark for the Jewish Renaissance Medical Center, a FQHC*, Perth Amboy, N.J., where her duties ranged from family medicine, to GYN, pediatrics, internal medicine, supervision of physicians and nurse practitioners, administration, and community outreach.

After graduating from Orange High School, Orange, N.J., and Montclair State University, Upper Montclair, N.J. with a B.S. in biology and minors in chemistry and psychology, Dr. Adewunmi graduated from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYCOM), Old Westbury, N.Y., with a doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine and an M.A. in Business Administration. She completed her residency in family medicine at UMDNJ (University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey), School of Osteopathic Medicine, Stratford, N.J. She is board certified in Family Practice and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment. She is also a Basic Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and Advanced Cardiac Life Support Provider.

In 2015, Dr. Adewunmi received the Lester Z. Lieberman Humanism in Healthcare Award from The Healthcare Foundation of N.J. Other honors include Dedicated Service Award, Student National Medical Association; Certificates of Appreciation from the Coalition for Community Well-Being, Inc. and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Teaching Assistant; and honors in Pharmacology, Family Medicine, and Ethics & Law from NYCOM.

For more information, contact Dr. Adewunmi at 908-481-9600 or email

*federally qualified health center

About VAMA Medical Health Center: VAMA is a family medical practice at 2333 Morris Avenue, Suite A-117, Union, N.J., for the care and treatment of newborns to geriatrics. Evening and Saturday hours are available. Most insurances are accepted.


Jersey Shore Chamber of Commerce Announces 2018 Golden Osprey Award Winners

Posted on August 20, 2018 By

Jersey Shore Chamber of Commerce has announced its most outstanding citizens and business winners of the 2018 Golden Osprey Awards. Recipients will be recognized at the annual Golden Osprey Awards dinner, Thursday, October 18, 2018, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., at Jumping Brook Country Club, 210 Jumping Brook Road, Neptune, N.J.

The 2018 Golden Osprey Awards will recognize New Jersey Natural Gas, Wall Township, with the Pinnacle Award for outstanding support of the chamber and its members; Klein’s Fish Market, Belmar, and Bentley Diamond Importers, Spring Lake Heights, with the Business Excellence Award for outstanding business practices and contributions to the community; Paul Barlo of Barlo Governale & Assoc. Architects, Brick, for Outstanding Community ServiceKellyann Skorupski of Chores NJ, Howell, and Kintech Printing & Direct Mail, Inc., Wall Township, for Outstanding Chamber Service; Corinne L. McCann Trainor, Esq. of Fox Rothschild, LLP, Lawrenceville, for the Rising Star Award, presented to a chamber member who exhibits outstanding leadership; and Hoa Huynh, Manasquan High School, with the Aspiring Youth Award, given to a student involved in school activities and community service.

Tickets cost $85.00 per person and $640.00 per table of eight, and include one-hour open bar, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, dessert, coffee, and music. Sponsorship opportunities range from $300 to $1,500; journal ads range from $75.00 to $400.00. To register or for more information, contact Danielle at 732-280-8800 or visit


Night Golf Tournament at Eagle Ridge on Friday, August 24

Posted on August 16, 2018 By

Just because the sun went down, doesn’t mean you can enjoy a good round of golf! Eagle Ridge Golf Club, 2 Augusta Drive, Lakewood, is holding a Night Golf, with a shotgun start and scramble format, on Friday, August 24, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The fee for nine holes of golf, walking only (no carts) is $20.00 for members and $30.00 for the public and includes golf balls that stay lit for 10 minutes; and glow-in-the-dark holes, tee markers, fairways, and flag sticks. Prizes will be given for “Closest to Pin” and the lowest team score for the scramble format.

To sign up for Night Golf or for more information, contact Rylee Plitz, LGPA, head golf professional, at 732-901-4900 Ext. 2 or email or visit

About Golf at EagleRidge Golf Club: Golf is available 363 days a year (not available Christmas or New Year’s Day). The course is open 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday – Friday; 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., weekends, in season. Visit to book tee times.


Making the Ocean Real – Students Visit Jenkinson’s Aquarium

Posted on August 14, 2018 By

All year, they have been studying ocean life, and the fish and animals that live in the ocean. It was time to see things first hand! For their very first time, 21 students from the Gateway School, 60 High Street, Carteret, a private special education school for students with disabilities, recently visited Jenkinson’s Aquarium, 300 Ocean Avenue, Pt. Pleasant Beach, N.J.

The students saw and actually touched sea creatures in the Touch Tank, observed live sharks, and saw other sea life at the aquarium.  One student said, “My favorite was the clown fish!”

The students also saw the ocean from the boardwalk. Gateway teachers Amy Brandon, Erin Thein, and Doug Gruskowski, who accompanied the students, agreed that when students experience the ocean first hand, it helps them make those connections when they are learning in the classroom.

Gateway is one of three RKS Associates state-approved special education schools that include the Alpha School, Jackson, and the Harbor School, Eatontown. All three schools provide education, therapeutic, and behavioral support for children who have challenges, such as multiple disabilities, cognitive impairments, autistic spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, behavioral disorders, or other health impairments.

For more information about the Gateway School, contact Erika Casablanca at 732-541-4400. Email Casablanca at        

*About RKS Associates: RKS Associates, made up of Ruth Reinhard and Jean Stack, prides itself on its leadership in providing for the needs of special education students in its three schools, which focus on a safe, nurturing environment for children with a variety of disabilities. Each school offers a twelve-month program with a wide range of services, including speech, occupational, and physical therapy; counseling; music; computers; physical education; and vocational training.

RKS Associates Schools: Gateway School: 60 High Street Carteret, NJ 07008 (732.541.4400); Alpha School: 2210 West County Line Road, Suite #1, Jackson, NJ 08527 (732.370.1150) ; Harbor School: 240 Broad Street, Eatontown, NJ 07724 (732.544.9394)