Local Company Turns 50!

Posted on November 6, 2018 By

Fifty years ago (1968), Tom Field, Jackson, N.J., began his business in a garage. Today Tomar* Industries, Freehold, owns a 40 thousand square-foot building, employs more than 30 full-time people, and has five trucks on the road. Tomar Industries, a distributor of packaging, janitorial and safety supplies, and equipment for businesses and institutions, recently celebrated its 50th year in business at Eagle Oaks Country Club, Farmingdale, with family, employees, vendors, and customers.

When Field first started in the industry, he worked for Tuck Tape, manufacturing many pressure sensitive tapes, such as filament, masking, cloth, and cellophane, among others. His last job for Tuck was to open distribution centers across the country to support local distributors. Soon he realized that he enjoyed being a distributor, not a manufacturer.

That was the beginning of Tomar Industries. “In starting this company,” Field said, “I thought I would be able to make recommendations to customers from a very professional point of view. Filament tape and uncoated cloth tape in narrow widths were the first items we sold for palletizing a company’s pallets and products.”

His first customer was a large food distribution company. Soon, however, he was selling thousands of packaging, janitorial, and safety supplies and services in the tristate area for warehouses, plants, and front offices.

Not too long after Tomar Industries began in a garage, Field moved into his first building in Spotswood, New Jersey. After Tomar Industries outgrew that building, he moved into a building in Marlboro. When Tomar Industries outgrew that building as well, Field constructed and established his company in the building Tomar Industries occupies today.

In 2000, Tom Field Sr. gave the reins of Tomar Industries to his son Thomas Field Jr., Freehold. As president of the family-owned Tomar Industries, Thomas Field is in charge of the daily operations of the company. Thomas Field, Jr., a graduate of St. Joseph’s High School, Metuchen, earned a B.A. in business administration from Seton Hall University, South Orange. In 1992, he started in the company as a sales rep.

Tom Field Sr. said, “I brought it to one level. He has certainly surpassed that and exceeded every thought that I’ve had since.  He’s a marvelous, marvelous administrator.”

Tomar Industries is a member of the International Sanitary Supplies Association (ISSA), National Paper Trade Association (NPTA), and The United Group (TUG), a national marketing and buying organization that supplies products and services to 450 members across the United States. Tom Field Sr. also serves as a fiduciary member on the TUG Board of Directors.

For more information visit www.tomarind.com or call Thomas Field at 732-780-2200.

*The name Tomar comes from Tom Field Sr. and his wife Mary.

About Tomar Industries: Tomar Industries, 300 Commerce Drive, Freehold, offers and distributes a mix of products and services in the tristate area for warehouses, plants, and front offices. Tomar’s distribution includes industrial packaging supplies and equipment (case sealing, labeling and marking equipment); cold seal packaging machines, tapes and tape dispensers, shrink film and shrink film equipment, bubble wrap, stretch wrap and inflatables; Instapak® foam by Sealed Air; janitorial supplies (toilet paper, roll towels, soaps, floor care, cleaning supplies, liners (bags); scrubbers, sweepers, vacuums, floor machines, etc.; safety supplies and related equipment, such as eye and ear protection, eyewash, gloves, hearing protection welding safety, first aid; machine repair and programmed maintenance; and facility maintenance.  Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


It’s Groundbreaking! Construction for Medical Arts Building Begins in Lakewood

Posted on November 2, 2018 By

Why drive to North Jersey, New York, or Philadelphia for medical appointments and other medical needs? Soon people in Lakewood, Toms River, Brick, Howell, and the surrounding communities will be able to visit medical professionals and specialists close to their communities.

Long-time Lakewood resident Moshe Shvarzblat, Cedar Bridge Properties LLC, is building two medical arts and professional buildings on Cedar Bridge Avenue, across from Airport Road, Lakewood, right off Exit 89 and the entrance ramp to the Garden State Parkway, to bring more doctors and medical specialists to Lakewood, and to save people time traveling great distances.

After four years of planning, the ground-breaking ceremony recently took place for the first building, an 82,000 square-foot customized medical arts building, designed for health care and wellness, offices, and space for greatly needed doctors and other medical resources. The project is being built by RAY Builders of Lakewood.

Minna Shvarzblat said, “Moshe expects the project to significantly improve the lives of thousands of families over the years by attracting prestigious and expert specialists in the medical arts to the region.”

The ground breaking was attended by members of the Lakewood Industrial Commission (LIC), including Steve Reinman, executive director; Robert Kirschner, chairman; and Thomas Calabro, committee member; Denice Gaffney and Jennifer Shufran, representatives of Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus Foundation; Rabbi Yehuda Kaszirer, executive director of Bikur Cholim of Lakewood; Yehuda Shvarzblat, captain of the Lakewood Volunteer First Aid; and Michael Shvarzblat, agent of commercial real estate finance, Walker & Dunlop, New York.

For more information or questions, including information about leasing opportunities, call the offices of Cedar Bridge Properties at 732-364-7132 or email leasingnow2019@gmail.com


Lakewood Household Hazardous Waste Day, Sunday, Nov. 11

Posted on November 2, 2018 By

Don’t know what to do with those old cans of paint, thinners, pesticides and other hazardous waste products? Lakewood Township and the Department of Public Works (DPW) is holding a Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Day for residents only, Sunday, November 11 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the DPW, One America Way.  Bring your hazardous waste to the lower yard of the DPW, sign in and see the attendant.

 Here are the acceptable materials that must be in original containers with the exception of oil and gasoline:

Paints and thinners, solvents, pool chemicals, pesticides and herbicides, aerosol

cans, auto products and fluids, cleaning products and polishes, waste oil, used

gasoline, and propane tanks

 Unacceptable materials include:

Radioactive materials, dioxins, infectious wastes (“red bag” wastes), explosives,

ammunition and gun powder, boat flares, and all unknown or unidentified materials

The Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Day for residents is NOT open to businesses and commercial establishments, schools, and municipal and state government agencies.


For more information or questions, call 732-905-3405.


Odyssey International Productions Announces Its Business Excellence Award Winners

Posted on November 1, 2018 By

Odyssey International Productions, a 501(c)(3) organization that recognizes the efforts and accomplishments small-business owners, individuals, and organizations who have contributed significantly to the development of their communities, has announced the winners of its 19th annual Awards of Excellence.

The award ceremony will take place November 16, 2018, at 6:00 p.m., in the Robert Treat Hotel, 50 Park Place, Newark, N.J. Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver is expected to be among the hundreds of people who will be attending the awards ceremony.

Terrence Clark, President and CEO, New York and New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. The Outstanding Achievement Award will be presented to Linda Wellbrock, CEO and Founder, Leading Women Entrepreneurs and Business Owners; Special Recognition Award to Casilda Del Valle, Vice President, Finance and Administration, National Minority Supplier Development Council; and the Green Diamond Special Recognition to Gregory Murphy, Managing Director, Skanska.

Tiffany Clare, Supplier Diversity Coordinator, Plaza Construction; Gale Bartholomew, Diversity Manager/Project Manager, Crescent Consulting Associates, Inc.; Herlema Owens, Association of Women Construction Workers of America, Inc.; and Victoria L. Hosendorf, Director, Philadelphia Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center each will receive the Business Award of Excellence.  Linda Estrada Page, Branch Manager, BCB Community Bank, will receive the Community Service Award.

Entrepreneur of the Year Award of Excellence will be presented to Mona D. Terrell, President and CEO, Mona Terrell & Associates LLC; Renee Marshall-McKinley, Founder, Keep Yourself Smelling Sweet; Theresa Semple, President, Semple Solutions LLC; Elisabete Miranda, President, CQ Fluency; Cesar Teixeira, CEO, CATB Liquor Import; Maria and Diego De La Rosa, Owners of Little Spain Paella Party LLC; and Clarisa Romero, Founder, Mindful Consultants.

Melissa Persia Oliver, founder of Odyssey International Productions, said, “This event is designed to bring influential business leaders, entrepreneurs, and politicians together in an effort to create opportunities for business growth. Odyssey recognizes companies and individuals who have made substantial, outstanding contributions to their community that would not ordinarily receive recognition.”

The honorees are selected by “Pass the Torch,” a program in which the past honorees nominate an honoree; or organizations and individuals nominate an individual. Board members of Odyssey review and make the final selection of the honorees.

For more information, tickets, sponsorships, or ads, visit www.odysseyip.com or contact M. Persia Oliver, 732-381-3003. Visit http://www.odysseyip.com/events for sponsorships and to view past winners.

About Odyssey International Productions: Odyssey International Productions, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded by Melissa Persia Oliver, has been recognizing the efforts and accomplishments of phenomenal individuals and organizations for their outstanding business and community service contributions for 19 years. Among other ideals, the mission of Odyssey is to provide recipients with a sense of appreciation and provide a platform for small businesses to network with corporations to gain additional exposure. Oliver was named one of the Top 25 Leading Woman Entrepreneurs of New Jersey by the organization Leading Women Entrepreneurs and Business Owners and was identified as one of the Top 25 Women in Power Impacting Diversity by Diversity Plus Magazine.

Odyssey International Productions focuses on communities, neighborhoods and economies through informative and empowering events, seminars and fundraisers. Odyssey has also hosted several events to raise community awareness, such as a Season of Giving holiday party for underprivileged families that includes a home-cooked meal, books, toys, bikes, clothing and photos with Santa; a Tie-A-Tie Drive to not only teach young men how to tie a tie, but to teach them about professionalism; and a Back-to-School Backpack drive. For more information, visit www.odysseyip.com. Odyssey International Productions, 103 West Main Street, Rahway, NJ 07065. Phone: (732) 381-3003; Fax: (732) 388-7078; www.OdysseyIP.com


Jan Mahlmann Named Marketing Coordinator of NetCetra

Posted on October 31, 2018 By

Jan Mahlmann, Toms River, has been named marketing coordinator of NetCetra, an internet multimedia marketing company. Mahlmann will create and maintain a social media presence for clients; research and write articles and blogs for clients’ websites, and enhance the visibility of their websites through search engine optimization (SEO) and social media.

Prior to joining NetCetra, Mahlmann, managed medical practices in Ocean and Monmouth counties. She studied international relations and Russian area studies at American University, Washington, D.C. Mahlmann earned her Associates degree (A.A.) in business administration from County College of Morris, Randolph, N.J.

Mahlmann is a member of NJBIA and MODC (Monmouth Ocean Development Council) where she serves on the marketing committee and the Education Foundation Board of Trustees.

For more information, email Jan Mahlmann at janmahlmann@netcetra.com or call 732-262-7888.

About NetCetra: NetCetra, a Google Partner, is a technology company with 24-hour, seven-days-a-week support, that offers website design, hosting, programming, social media advertising and consulting, E-commerce, internet marketing (SEO), pay per click advertising, and videos, among other services. NetCetra is at 1027 Hooper Avenue, Bldg. 1, Suite 2, Toms River.  Call 732-262-7888 for more information.


Staff from Harbor School Selected to Present at 41st Annual ASAH Conference

Posted on October 25, 2018 By

Three special education staff members from the Harbor School, Eatontown, have been selected to present “Behavior Management: A Collaborative Approach” at the 41st annual ASAH (Association of Schools and Agencies for the Handicapped) Conference, Friday, November 16, 2018, at Harrah’s Waterfront Conference Center, Atlantic City, N.J.

Mary Beth Ward, occupational therapist; Kelly Zweig, a board certified behavior analyst; and Darlene Davis, teacher of the handicapped and trainer for the Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) will present a workshop that explores how a team collaboration of related services can support challenging behaviors.

The Harbor School is one of three RKS Association private special education schools, approved by the N.J. Department of Education, for students with special needs and 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.

The theme of the ASAH conference is “Working Together to Build a Special Future for All.” ASAH, an organization for the private education community since 1974, is a not-for-profit N.J. organization of private schools and agencies that provides highly specialized services to more than 11,000 infants, children, and young adults with disabilities.

RKS Associates, made up of The Harbor School, Eatontown; Alpha School, Jackson; and the Gateway School, Carteret, provides a twelve-month program of education, and therapeutic and behavioral support for children from many New Jersey counties and more than 70 school districts who have challenges, such as multiple disabilities, cognitive impairments, autistic spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, behavioral disorders, or other health impairments.

The ASAH Conference fee is $160 per person for member schools; $200 per person for non-member schools; and $80 per person for parents of specials needs children. For more information, contact Erika Casablanca at 732-541-4400 or email ErikaC@thegatewayschool.com.

About ASAH: ASAH serves more than 145 schools and agencies throughout the state and works closely with its members and the N. J. Department of Education to develop policy, promote effective educational practices, and foster productive collaborations between private schools, public school districts, and communities. ASAH also advocates for legislative and regulatory changes that improve the quality of life for individuals with disabilities and their families.

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


Preferred Home Health Care Aides Receive Awards at 2018 Home Health Aide Recognition Day

Posted on October 25, 2018 By

Home health aides from Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services (PHHC), Eatontown, a company that provides home care for individuals in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, received many awards this October at the 2018 Home Health Aide Recognition Day, sponsored by the Home Care & Hospice Association of N.J., at the Sheraton Eatontown Hotel, 6 Industrial Way East, Eatontown.

The Home Health Aide of the Year is awarded to certified home health aides (CHHAs) who have demonstrated excellence, leadership, and compassion throughout their careers at their individual office locations. The CHHAs of the Year from Preferred are Julia Lavdas, Colts Neck, from Preferred’s Eatontown office; Joyce Amoah-Boateng, Hamilton, Robbinsville office; Michael Boateng, Ventnor, Galloway office; Rafaela Gonzalez, Riverside, Mount Laurel office; Donna Taylor, Woodbridge, North Brunswick office; Joyce Marsh, Lakewood, Toms River office; Ana Ramirez, Lodi, Elmwood Park office; and Eunisa Jones Amadi, Newark, from the South Orange office of Preferred.

Rookie of the Year awards are given to individuals who have been certified home health aides for less than two years but have already exhibited excellence and growth in their role. PHHC’s Rookie of the Year award went to Daja Owens, Neptune, from the Eatontown office of Preferred and Nataliia Lukas, Jackson, Toms River office.

Jonathan Herman, chief operating officer of PHHC, said, “Our hard-working and caring home health aides provide quality care to many clients and families in need. They represent Preferred so well in the community and we are very proud of them.”

Each honoree received an award and a keepsake book with tributes about the contributions home health aides make to the care and safety of their clients.

Home health aides provide support and personal services, such as helping clients with bathing, dressing, and eating. They adhere to professional standards and maintain a safe, secure, and healthy client environment by following federal, state, and local requirements.

For more information about Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services, contact Lisa Gallicchio, director of community relations, at 732-840-5566.

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 Partner), 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.


2018 Hot Issues in Employment Law – Half-day JSAHR Legal Seminar

Posted on October 23, 2018 By

What are the significant employment and legislative issues that impact business organizations, their employees, and human resource professionals? The Jersey Shore Association for Human Resources (JSAHR) is hosting a half-day legal interactive seminar to examine those issues presented by the national workplace law firm Jackson Lewis P.C., attorneys Richard Cino, David Islinger, Katie DiCicco, and Luke Breslin on Thursday, November 8, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon at Jumping Brook Country Club, 210 Jumping Brook Road, Neptune, N.J.

This presentation will include such topics Governor Murphy’s First Year and Impact on New Jersey Employers; Paid Leave, Parental Leave, and Equal Pay; When a Wedding Cake Is More Than a Wedding Cake – the Janus Decision; Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace; Employment Arbitration? Good for New Jersey Employers?; and The Potential Impact on Legalized Gambling and Other Smart Phone Distractions. 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 and JSAHR guests; and $10 for students with valid ID. A $10 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 offices across the country, the firm has both a national perspective and 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 before the NLRB, OSHA, and other federal and state agencies.



Aetna Better Health Donates a Patrol Vehicle to the LCSW

Posted on October 23, 2018 By

Every person would feel better if he or she knew that 24-hour additional protection and additional resources are available to them 365 days a year if they needed it. That is the role of LCSW (the Lakewood Civilian Safety Watch), a volunteer organization founded to complement local emergency agencies; to provide that extra layer of security on Lakewood streets, day or night; deliver disaster response; and help with search and rescue missions, among many other safety issues.

Recently, Aetna Better Health*, one of the five Medicaid HMOs in New Jersey, donated a safety patrol vehicle for LCSW’s fleet. At the vehicle dedication ceremony, Glenn A. MacFarlane, CEO of Aetna, said, “I’m very familiar with the community and hopefully this is the start of something special between Aetna Better Health and the Lakewood community.”

Senator Robert Singer praised LCSW for its hard work and dedication. He said, “All government bodies and law enforcement support and respect the work of LCSW 100 percent. They do great things every day.

“During Superstorm Sandy, our police department was taxed to the max. Our Sheriff’s department was taxed to the max. LCSW manned Route 9 for us. They took good care of homes that needed emergency service. They provided generators to people that didn’t have them. They did all the things that needed to be done – the grunt work, the real work that needed to be done.  They are a great organization. We appreciate them. I am very proud to be involved with them as much as I can.”

Other officials at the vehicle dedication ceremony were Freeholder Virginia Haines; Ocean County Sheriff Michael Mastronardy; Lakewood Committeeman Isaac Akerman; Rob Lawson, Director of the Office of Emergency; Lakewood police officers, including Lakewood Police Captain Steven Allaire; Justin Flancbaum, executive director of the Lakewood MUA; Robert Kirschner, chairman of the Lakewood Industrial Commission (LIC), and Mike McNeil who was LCSW’s first “Shabbos Patrol” member.

For more information, contact Rechy Svei, administrator of LCSW at 732-367-5279, Ext. 150. The LCSW 24-hour emergency hotline is 732-367-1212.

*Aetna Inc. is an American managed health care company that sells traditional and consumer directed health care insurance plans and related services, such as medical, pharmaceutical, dental, behavioral health, long-term care, and disability plans.


Arlene Joseph, The Mortgage Magician, to Speak at November 13 Lunch Meeting

Posted on October 22, 2018 By

Arlene Joseph, Pt. Pleasant, a senior loan officer at Movement Mortgage, Toms River, who is known as the Mortgage Magician, will give tips about how to “Make Mortgage and Credit Concerns Disappear” at the Lunch a Little, Learn a Lot business meeting, noon to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, November 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.

Joseph will give business owners credit and mortgage tips that will make the lending process easier, and show how those with low to mid credit scores and minimal cash can still own a home. Joseph holds License 68360 from NMLS (Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System).

She is a graduate of Ward Melville High School, New York, and earned a B.A. in elementary education and social sciences from S.U.N.Y. at Stony Brook, N.Y. Joseph, who studied special education at San Francisco State University, holds teaching certification, K – 12, from the State of New Jersey.

Before joining Movement Mortgage, Joseph was a loan officer at Maverick Funding, Toms River. Joseph is the chairwoman of the Networking Committee for the Pt. Pleasant Chamber of Commerce; and is a creative writing instructor at the Ocean County College and the Ocean County Library.

For more information, contact Joseph at Arlene.joseph@movement.com or call 732-822-4467.  Also visit www.movement.com/arlenejoseph.