Lakewood Township Municipal Job Fair June 21 at BlueClaws Stadium

Posted on June 10, 2022 By

The Township of Lakewood is holding a municipal job fair and career expo on June 21 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Jersey Shore BlueClaws Stadium, 2 Stadium Way, Lakewood. Meet with various departments to discuss current and future job openings. Interviews are also available on-the-spot.

To-date, current openings include laborers and a mechanics for the Department of Public Works; part-time and full-time clerical support in various township departments; part-time and full-time building and plumbing inspectors; a part-time and full-time tax assessor; part-time crossing guards for the police department; part-time and full-time emergency medical technicians for the EMS department; police, fire, and EMS emergency dispatchers 24/7 for the police department; and part-time seasonal laborers and clerical support for various township departments.

Walk-ins are welcome; however, to register, visit https://lakewoodpd.seamlessdocs.com/f/4l5pd20kgda7. For more information or questions, contact Kelly Coles, MS, Assistant Director of Human Resources at 732-364-2500 x 5258 or email kcoles@lakewoodnj.gov.

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Pt. Pleasant Borough Event Raises $11,000 for Three School Projects

Posted on June 9, 2022 By

It was a close game, but the staff at Point Pleasant Borough High School beat the Seniors 16 to 15 in the annual Seniors vs Staff Kickball game recently held at the Al Saner Field at Pine Belt Stadium on the campus of Point Pleasant Borough High School. (Originally a basketball game but since COVID, now kickball) Twenty-four Point Pleasant Borough High School students, a mix of juniors and seniors who are in the Syracuse University Project Advance Sport Management class, organized and hosted this event with 350 spectators.

Rob Sickel, owner of Pine Belt Cars, Lakewood, who has partnered with the Point Boro Sports Management class for their Student vs. Staff for the past five years, was the Champion Sponsor of the event. Sickel said, “Class members come to Pine Belt each year to pitch me on a sponsorship of the game. The students put on the whole production, getting sponsors, planning the event, and doing any advertising that might be done especially through social media. Then after, they report back on how they did meeting their goals.”

David Johnson, the teacher of the high school Sport Management class at Pt. Pleasant Boro H. S., said that the students, who organized the every aspect of the event, raised $11,000 for Project Graduation, a substance free celebration after graduation; a school spirit project “Unblue the School”; and Sport Management class field trips and other class resources.

The students got sponsorship sales, recruited students and staff to play in the game; coordinated the food and beverage for the event; created game shirts, panther pit shirts and their designs; helped to create signage packages with blazing visuals; initiated a social media campaign for the event; oversaw in-game promotions; got risk management for the event (insurance and waivers); created game day programs; provided walk-up music coordination for students and staff; set up and broke down field; and were om charge of clean-up.

For more information, contact Dave Johnson djohnson@pointpleasant.k12.nj.us. Link with pictures and video: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/sihodtrrfv53jdx/AACZm26eerTKgQ6pxIoi0u0ka?dl=0

About the Sport Management Class: The Point Pleasant Borough High School Sport Management Class is a course sponsored by Syracuse University Project Advance. The students in the course earn three Syracuse University credits upon successful completion of the curriculum. The course uses the business of sports to teach business management concepts. Proceeds from the event will help with the cost of field trips and educational resources for the classroom.
About Project Graduation: Project Graduation is a night of fun activities, food, entertainment, and prizes for the class of 2022 on the night of their graduation, June 16, 2022. This adult supervised event is a drug and alcohol-free environment that will take place at Sportika Sports Complex in Manalapan.

About Un-Blue the School: “Un-Blue the School!” is the newly created school culture and spirit committee, addressing the issue that much of the school is Blue (stairwells, lockers, doorways, window frames) and not the school colors of Black & Gold. Additionally, many of the walls throughout the building are simply blank. The objective is to showcase our students “in action,” in such areas as athletics, performing arts, clubs or academics, throughout the hallways and stairwells using murals and/or vinyl decals to enhance school spirit. These action shot murals, paired with Black & Gold text and the school logo, is a cost-effective solution to add some much needed spirited decor to the High School.

About Pine Belt Cars: Pine Belt Cars, 1088 Route 88, Lakewood, NJ 08701, is a family-owned and operated New Jersey car dealer that offers new or pre-owned cars, trucks, and SUVs. Pine Belt Cars specializes in Chevy, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Subaru cars. The dealership employs a professional team of service technicians with the skills and equipment to handle all manner of maintenance and repairs, and has a full stock of authentic parts.
Pine Belt Cars has four dealerships in Lakewood, N.J., and is very committed philanthropically to local communities. Some of Pine Belt’s philanthropic affiliations include sponsoring the Pine Belt Arena, Lakewood Little League, United Way of Ocean County, Lakewood Police Department, Jewish Federation, and the Monmouth-Ocean Development Council.
Pine Belt Cars was founded in 1937 by Leon Sickel. After graduating Franklin & Marshall and serving in the U.S. Naval Reserve, his son David Sickel joined the family business and became the dealer in 1975. When David retired in 2019, his son Robert Sickel became the current president and CEO of Pine Belt Cars, a third-generation dealer. Robert Sickel graduated from the University of Miami.

For more information call 888-3-PineBelt or 732-363-6244 or visit www.pinebeltcars.com

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Todd Thiede Re-Elected to the Board of Home Care & Hospice Association

Posted on June 6, 2022 By

Todd Thiede, Hoboken, CFO of Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services (PHHC), with headquarters in Eatontown, has been re-elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Home Care & Hospice Association of N.J. for a two-year term. The Home Care & Hospice Association of N.J. is a statewide organization that educates and advocates for home care providers, and the patients and families they serve throughout New Jersey.

Thiede has been a member of the board since 2015, working collaboratively with the Home Care & Hospice Association of N.J. to address many issues that impact that industry.

Nancy Fitterer, president and CEO of the Association, said, “Todd’s commitment and leadership in the home care industry is unprecedented. His advocacy efforts reach all facets of home care that impact patients, families, and home care providers.”

Prior to joining PHHC, Thiede was vice president of financial planning and analysis for five years at Goldman Sachs Inc., New York City. He was the architect behind Preferred’s largest acquisition, the Massachusetts-based Acelleron Medical Products, which 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 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 visit PreferredCares.com.

About Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services: Since 1987, 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 in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. 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. PHHC, named a 2022 Great Place to Work®, offers industry-leading pay rates, weekly pay, flexible hours, benefits, and paid time off.

PHHC has 15 locations. New Jersey locations include corporate headquarters in Eatontown; and branches in Elmwood Park; Galloway; Jersey City; Mt. Laurel; Neptune; North Brunswick; Robbinsville; South Orange; and Toms River. Pennsylvania locations include Allentown, Bala Cynwyd, Bensalem, and Pittsburgh. Delaware location: Claymont. Visit Preferred at PreferredCares.com for more information.

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Free Commuter Lot to Open in Lakewood June 6

Posted on June 1, 2022 By

The Lakewood Industrial Commission (LIC) announced the opening of a commuter parking lot on Monday, June 6 on Swarthmore Avenue in Lakewood’s Industrial Park, just south of Rutgers University Blvd.

Businesses in the industrial zone of Lakewood have been concerned about public safety, and the ability for trucks and other vehicles to safely travel the roads within the industrial park. Most of the issues centered on on-street parking. The LIC and the business community have been working with the Lakewood Township Committee to reintroduce restricted parking ordinances for the streets in the industrial park.

To minimize any negative impact on residents who have casually parked in various areas of the park for carpooling, the decision was made to create a commuter lot that would allow for such users to safely park in proximity to the GSP (Garden State Parkway) at the Brick border, and avoid any citations for on-street parking in the new restricted parking zones.

The lot will be available for use from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily. No overnight parking is permitted. To get a window decal to authorize the use of a reserved space in the lot, send an email to LIC@lakewoodnj.gov with the following information: name, address, employer name and address, year of vehicle, and make and model color, license plate number; photo of front of vehicle including license plate.

Applicants will be contacted to arrange for the delivery of a decal. In the near future, this request will be made possible from the LIC page on the www.lakewoodnj.gov site. Questions and comments should be sent to LIC@lakewoodnj.gov.

For more information or questions, contact Anita Doyle at 732-364-2500 Ext. 5395.

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Sickel Becomes the Sponsor of an iPad Initiative for the Fighting H.A.R.D. Foundation

Posted on May 24, 2022 By

When he was about 10 years old, Rob Sickel suffered from severe chest pain. No one could figure out the reason for his pain until his family took him to CHOP (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) where they discovered a tumor. After surgery, Sickel was diagnosed with histiocytosis, a rare benign tumor usually found among children ages 5 to 10.

During his stay in the hospital, Sickel was on a floor with many children who had cancer and he never forgot it. Because the hospital stay for children is often long and boring, Rob Sickel has become a sponsor of an iPad initiative through the Fighting H.A.R.D. Foundation, Howell, N.J., a 501(C)(3) organization that donates iPads to children in hospitals with chronic illnesses or who have rare diseases.

Last year, Rob Sickel, owner of Pine Belt Cars, 1088 Route 88, Lakewood, N.J., donated iPads, and he is willing to donate as many iPads as are needed. Sickel said, “If there is an opportunity to give back to kids, especially kids who are suffering, I certainly want to.”

Fighting H.A.R.D. Foundation was co-founded by Jonna, a high school student and her sister Alexandra. Jonna, who has been battling a rare stomach disorder for more than six years, has made it her mission to ensure that other kids dealing with medical situations never feel isolated or alone. Alexandra, a student at Franklin & Marshall, has been battling Crohn’s Disease, Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, and a connective tissue disease.

Jonna said, “These iPads are making a huge difference. They help kids not feel alone and keep their minds off of things. We are so grateful for the support of Rob Sickel and Pine Belt.”

Fighting H.A.R.D. has also raised more than $250,000 to assist more than 40 New Jersey families. They also send care packages across the country.

For more information, visit Facebook.com/ FightingHARDFoundation; and Instagram.com/ FightingHARDFoundation. Email info@fightinghardfoundation.org

About Pine Belt Cars: Pine Belt Cars, 1088 Route 88, Lakewood, NJ 08701, is a family-owned and operated New Jersey car dealer that offers new or pre-owned cars, trucks, and SUVs. Pine Belt Cars specializes in Chevy, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Subaru cars. The dealership employs a professional team of service technicians with the skills and equipment to handle all manner of maintenance and repairs, and has a full stock of authentic parts.
Pine Belt Cars has four dealerships in Lakewood, N.J., and is very committed philanthropically to local communities. Some of Pine Belt’s philanthropic affiliations include sponsoring the Pine Belt Arena, Lakewood Little League, United Way of Ocean County, Lakewood Police Department, Jewish Federation, and the Monmouth-Ocean Development Council.
Pine Belt Cars was founded in 1937 by Leon Sickel. His son, president and CEO David Sickel, is a lifelong Lakewood resident who graduated from Franklin & Marshall College. He joined the family business in 1970 after attending the General Motors Institute in Detroit, Michigan, and serving in the U.S. Naval Reserve. When his father retired in 1975, David assumed his current role.
For more information call 888-3-PineBelt or 732-363-6244 or visit www.pinebeltcars.com

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Dedication of Memorial Brick Garden at the Lakewood Historical Museum

Posted on May 23, 2022 By

Anyone who donated a brick for the Memorial Brick Garden at the Sheldon Wolpin Historical Museum, Pine Park, Lakewood, is invited to a dedication ceremony June 18 at 2:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Memorial bricks have been planted near the side door of the Museum and are visible as people cross over the wooden bridge to the museum. The fee for memorial bricks with an inscription is $125. To-date about 200 bricks have been sold, with the proceeds funding the maintenance and upkeep of the museum.

Special thanks go to the Lakewood Black Hawks who framed out the Memorial Garden and built a bench; and Clayton Block Company who donated the sand and a large number of blank bricks.

To R.S.V.P. for the Memorial Brick Garden dedication ceremony or to purchase a memorial brick, contact Robin at rwellet@aol.com or call 732-330-5384.

The Lakewood Historical Museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for self-guided tours; and Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. with tours provided by docents. Admission is free but donations are always gladly accepted.

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New Jersey and New York Celebrate National World Trade Week May 25

Posted on May 20, 2022 By

The Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce (OJChamber) and the GNYC (Greater New York Chamber) are inviting manufacturers, importers, and exporters to a forum and reception for World Trade Week on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the general Society Library, 20 West 44th Street, New York City.

Although the event is taking place in New York, World Trade Week focuses on bringing together New York and New Jersey businesses who share the same ports. The goal of this event is for businesses in the Trade, Import, and Export industries to make connections, get information and guidance, and connect with the highest level operators and decision makers.

Attendees include Council generals, trade ministers, and government officials. Meet Israel’s Economic Trade Minister Anat Katz. Hear from a panel of industry trade leaders, such as Commissioner Edward Mermelstein, New York City’s Mayor’s Office of International Affairs; Brian Teubner, International Trade Manager Global NY, Empire State Development; TASC, Turkish American National Steering Committee; Bethann Rooney, Port Director, Port Authority NY-NJ Air-Land-Rail-Sea; and the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investments, and Aviation.

The event begins with a reception at 5:00 p.m. and an opportunity for high-end networking with business, civic, and trade leaders who successfully export billions of dollars of products and services to countries world-wide. At 6:00 p.m., a trade panel will answer questions about the basics of exporting. Panelists include Mermelstein and Teubner.
At 7:00 p.m. the panel will be followed by a “Trusted Trading Partner” awards ceremony during which Israel, Turkey, Guatemala, Italy, and South Africa will recognized, followed by a Q & A and more networking. Among other accomplishments, the Orthodox Jewish Chamber and TASC will celebrate the peace they facilitated with Turkey and Israel through trade and will recognize them as uniting the world via commerce.

Limited Exhibition Tables are still available. Register at www.ojchamber.com or email EVENTS@ojchamber.com. For more information,visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/world-trade-week-forum-reception-in-nyc-tickets-336563579727

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June 8 Virtual Health Care Networking Meeting

Posted on May 19, 2022 By

Join the N.J. Health Care Network on Wednesday, June 8 for its free monthly virtual networking meeting with an opportunity to meet others in the health care industry, including those who provide ancillary products and services. The Zoom meeting is from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The V.I.P. Member Spotlight and host for June is Effectv, a Comcast company.

To register for the Zoom link, email Lisa Gallicchio, director of community relations for Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services, Eatontown, the group’s premier sponsor, at lisa@preferredcares.com. Sponsorship opportunities to showcase your business as a VIP Sponsor are available. For more information about the N.J. Health Care Network, visit www.njhcnet.com.

Once registered to become a member, you can post health care and marketing events, news, training information, and location of meetings on the website of the N.J. Health Care Networking Group. All registrants also have access to the N.J. Health Care Network member directory.

For more than 30 years Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services has been providing medical and non-medical home health care services to infants, children, adults, and seniors throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware.

About Effectv: Effectv brings brands and audiences together through advanced analytics and TV. An advertising sales division of Comcast, Effectv delivers traditional and premium digital video advertising to reach the right viewers, by using viewership data to inform strategy. Then, Effecttv reports the results to prove its impact. In doing so, Effectv helps healthcare providers make the most of their budgets to achieve their marketing goals.

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The Official Start of Summer Begins! Join Jersey Shore Chamber’s Summer Kickoff Event May 27

Posted on May 16, 2022 By

The Jersey Shore Chamber’s Summer Kickoff event, hosted by the Jersey Shore Chamber of Commerce (JSCC), Wall Township, N.J., and sponsored by Puharic and Associates Insurance and Risk Managers, starts with two-part event. Friday, May 27 is a Chamber trolley tour from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to visit Chamber member restaurant locations, including River Rock Restaurant and Marina Grill in Brick; The Pig and the Parrot Sand Bar, Brielle, and Fratello’s in Sea Girt. The fee for the Trolley Tour is $60 and includes a one-hour stop at each restaurant, two drink tickets and light fare, followed by a barbecue at Scarborough Fair Restaurant, 1414 Meeting House Road, Sea Girt, N.J.

From 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., enjoy a barbeque, games, prizes, networking, and beer or wine at Scarborough Fair Restaurant, The fee for just this event, also open to the public, is $50.00.

Adam Puharic, President of Puharic and Associates, said, “We are proud to sponsor the Summer Kickoff and to help business people and entrepreneurs have a venue to meet in person, to network, and to find prosperity. The Jersey Shore Chamber has been a true champion and voice for businesses. Without the Chamber, more local businesses would have closed their doors during the pandemic.”

For more information, sponsorships, and packages, visit JSCCnj.com or contact Jersey Shore Executive Director Evelyn Mars, at 732-280-8800 or emars@jsccnjcom.

About Jersey Shore Chamber of Commerce: The Jersey Shore Chamber’s mission is to advance our region’s economy, enhance our members’ success and improve our quality of life. The Chamber’s core values are member-centric, promote commerce, build relationships, engage the community, maintain integrity, and to provide community leadership.

About Puharic and Associates, Inc.: Puharic and Associates, Inc, Insurance and Risk Managers is a full-service independent insurance agency based in Wall Twp NJ. The agency focuses on insurance needs for business owners and homeowners in Monmouth and Ocean counties.

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Drug-Free and Alcohol-Free Post Graduation Party Planned

Posted on May 10, 2022 By

For parents, Project Graduation takes the worry out of the post-graduation party. Rob Sickel, owner of Pine Belt Cars, 1088 Route 88, Lakewood, is sponsoring this year’s Project Graduation, a substance free celebration on June 22 for about 92 graduates from Point Pleasant Beach High School, New Jersey, who will spend the night after their graduation, enjoying arcade games, laser tag, rides, unlimited food, and other fun events overnight at the indoor amusement park iPlay America, Freehold, N.J.

Project Graduation is designed to honor the success of the graduates. According to Allison Feehan, chairwoman of Project Graduation, “We are honored and grateful for the generous contribution of Pine Belt Cars and Rob Sickel, a Point Pleasant Beach High School alumnus. His contribution to celebrate the Point Pleasant Beach High school Class of 2022 is essential to the success of Project Graduation and providing the graduates of Point Pleasant Beach High School the sendoff that they deserve.”

Rob Sickel said, “Nothing is more important than keeping our graduates safe the night of their graduation. It is our pleasure to support Project Graduation, a safe night for fun and celebration. Here’s to the future successes of our graduates!”

For more information or to sponsor next year’s Project Graduation, contact Allison Feeham at allisonfeehan@gmail.com.

About Pine Belt Cars: Pine Belt Cars, 1088 Route 88, Lakewood, NJ 08701, is a family-owned and operated New Jersey car dealer that offers new or pre-owned cars, trucks, and SUVs. Pine Belt Cars specializes in Chevy, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Subaru cars. The dealership employs a professional team of service technicians with the skills and equipment to handle all manner of maintenance and repairs, and has a full stock of authentic parts.

Pine Belt Cars has four dealerships in Lakewood, N.J., and is very committed philanthropically to local communities. Some of Pine Belt’s philanthropic affiliations include sponsoring the Pine Belt Arena, Lakewood Little League, United Way of Ocean County, Lakewood Police Department, Jewish Federation, and the Monmouth-Ocean Development Council.
Pine Belt Cars was founded in 1937 by Leon Sickel. His son, president and CEO David Sickel, is a lifelong Lakewood resident who graduated from Franklin & Marshall College. He joined the family business in 1970 after attending the General Motors Institute in Detroit, Michigan, and serving in the U.S. Naval Reserve. When his father retired in 1975, David assumed his current role.

For more information call 888-3-PineBelt or 732-363-6244 or visit www.pinebeltcars.com

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