Strand Theater Shows for July and August 2024

Posted on May 10, 2024 By

The Strand Center for the Arts, 400 Clifton Avenue, Lakewood, is featuring several shows during July and August. June 29 enjoy “The Ultimate Doors,” a show meant to preserve The Doors’ music and performances, and bring an authentic experience to the old and the new generations of Doors’ fans.

The Ultimate Doors give audiences an authentic looking and sounding tribute to Jim Morrison & The Doors. From Jim Morrison’s leather outfits to the color of the microphone cable, The Ultimate Doors leaves no stone unturned in bringing an authentic Doors tribute show to the stage.

The four musicians within the Ultimate Doors who take on the roles of Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger, and John Densmore want to make their idols proud, and want to provide such an authentic experience that their audiences feel as if they are watching The Doors performing live in the late 1960s.

The show begins at 8:00 p.m.; doors open at 6:30 p.m. Cost of tickets: Orchestra and Loge, $42.00; Mezzanine, $36.00; Tier, $31.00; and ADA (Handicap) $31.00.

Jim D’Amico’s Sun Concerts will present the first annual Summertime Picnic and Concert, featuring Sail On: A Beach Boys Tribute on July 20, which begins with an outdoor picnic at 3:00 p.m. Bring lawn chairs and enjoy the festivities that include hamburgers, hot dogs, salads, chips, and desserts. For entertainment there will be music on an outdoor stage, character drawings, funny photo ops, a dunk tank, a cornhole tournament, and raffles and prizes! If it rains, everything will move inside.

At 6:30 p.m., the theater doors open for the 8:00 show featuring Sail On: A Beach Boys Tribute. Sail On is the most booked Beach Boys Tribute band in the world! Sail On plays all of the Beach Boys’ classic hits, some treasures from the band’s brilliant extended catalog, and recreates the soundtrack to an Endless Summer.

Tickets cost Orchestra and Loge, $44.00; Mezzanine, $42.00; Tier, $36.00; and ADA (Handicap) $36.00.

Parrots of the Caribbean: A Tribute to Jimmy Buffet is scheduled for July 26, 2024. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.; the show starts at 8:00 p.m. The Parrots of the Caribbean are known internationally for more than a decade as the No.1 Jimmy Buffett Tribute Act. This high-energy, original stage show puts the ROCK in Trop-Rock, as “Salute to Jimmy Buffett.” Seasoned professionals perform renditions of Buffett & Friends’ Biggest Songs, plus their own Original, Cajun, Country-Rock Hits. Everyone will be drawn into the full concert experience with the wild and crazy, sometimes outrageous antics of the Parrots of the Caribbean!

Come dressed in your favorite island wear from grass skirts & leis to board shorts and shades, ‘cause it’s a Parrot-Head’s Paradise of sights & sounds as their music, antics, and costumes move the audience to laugh, sing, dance, CONGA, and party the night away!

Tickets cost: Orchestra: $45.00; Loge: $40.00; Mezzanine: $35.00; Tier: $30.00; and ADA
(Handicap): $45.00.

For tickets and more information, visit

About the Strand Theater: The historic Strand Theater, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit at 400 Clifton Ave., Lakewood, was designed by world-renowned theater architect Thomas Lamb in 1922 and is listed on the N.J. and National Register of Historic Places. The Strand offers year-round entertainment in plush, air-conditioned surroundings. It is a perfect venue to showcase comedians, musicals, dinner theater, stars from television and movies, and legendary musical entertainers. The reception gallery includes a catering facility for 80 people, a dance floor, and restrooms. It is ideal for theater-in-the-round, smaller events and receptions.


Jersey Shore HR Assn. Awarded Platinum Excel Award

Posted on May 9, 2024 By

National SHRM Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management, recently awarded the Jersey Shore Association for Human Resources (JSAHR) 2023 Platinum Excel Award that recognizes the outstanding achievements, major accomplishments, strategic activities, and tactical initiatives that elevate the profession of human resources along with this Chapter’s operations and commitment in providing meaningful programs and services to its members.

This award is also recognition of JSAHR’s Board members; chapter administrator Christine Higgins; and President Carolyn Broderick for her continued growth and development as a business leader, capable of developing strategies that lead to business success.

Some of the initiatives for which JSAHR was recognized include HR Transformation Group, Chapter Study Group/Certification Course, HR Student Chapter at Monmouth University, Food Collection for Fulfill, Engaging with Veteran Affairs, Workforce Readiness, and Foundation Educational Scholarships.

Gloria Sinclair Mille, SHRM vice president of membership and customer experience, said, “We are immensely proud of your leadership and thank you for your continued partnership with SHRM.”

About SHRM
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Let Them Dream Big Concert to Be Held May 19

Posted on May 6, 2024 By

“Let Them Dream Big Concert” and performances hosted by The Zzak G. Applaud Our Kids Foundation, will take place Sunday, May 19 at 2:00 p.m. at Shore Regional High School, 132 Route 36 West Long Branch. Tickets cost $25.00 for adults and $15.00 for children 12 and under. Each ticket sold will help provide a child with a week of performing arts education.

Rockin’ & Rollin’ cultivator of creativity Nick Ditri, artist, investor and manager of one half of the globally acclaimed production duo, Disco Fries, is an award honoree.

Sponsors include Stillwell-Hansen, The Presenting Sponsor; New Jersey Natural Gas and Hackensack Meridian Health, Standing Ovation Sponsors; Techno Sound, TD Bank, Bayshore Recycling Corp, Tide Table Group, the Mezzanine Sponsors; and NJM, Semple Solutions, Provident Bank, Ross Brewing, and VIO Med Spa, the Community Support Sponsor.

Leaders from the community will take the stage with the children who are funded for ongoing performing arts education, AOK Performance Group, Shore Players, and studio partners. Leaders to-date are Carol Stillwell, President & CEO, Stillwell-Hansen; Assemblywoman Marge Donlon; Assemblywoman Luanne Peterpaul; Terese Rolke, Executive Director, Monmouth Regional Chamber of Commerce; Susan Tellone, Clinical Director, Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide; Marta Quinn, Director of Events and Engagement for HABcore; Nicole D’Ambrosio, Monmouth County Communities That Care Manager; Lisa English, Superintendent, Shore Regional High School;, Nancy Niro, Vice President, Internal Audit Manager, OceanFirst Bank; Doug Bollinger, Actor and Author; Nick Ditri, Artist, Investor, one half of the globally acclaimed production duo, Disco Fries. Resources will be on-hand from the non-profit organizations that will have representation in the finale.

For tickets and sponsorship information, visit

About The Zzak G. Applaud Our Kids Foundation: The Zzak G. Applaud Our Kids Foundation provides ongoing programming related to performing arts education for those with financial barriers. The organization empowers children from specific demographics, including those who are neurodivergent and those facing socioeconomic challenges. The Zzak G. Applaud Our Kids Foundation actively pursues strategic partnerships with complementary nonprofit organizations. Through these partnerships families are introduced to the Zzak G. Applaud Our Kids Foundation where they submit an application and proof of financial need for their child to be fully funded for ongoing performing arts education through lessons in dance, acting, instrumental music, and vocal instruction. The Zzak G. Applaud Our Kids Foundation is celebrating seven years helping children connect to a creative outlet – many of which have been funded for multiple years. Children can be funded for up to 15 years if they meet the financial needs requirements.


Lag Ba’Omer Safety and Permit Information

Posted on May 6, 2024 By

With Lag Ba’Omer approaching on May 25, the Lakewood Board of Fire Commissioners, Fire Chief Jonathan Yahr, Fire Department Chaplain Rabbi Moshe Rotberg, members of the Lakewood Fire Department, and the Office of the Ocean County Fire Marshal offer the following safety tips and Bon Fire permit information.

Bonfire Permit: Anyone planning a bonfire must have a permit from the Ocean County Fire Marshal’s Office (OCFM). Call the Fire Marshal’s Office at 732-370-7360. A permit application must be fully filled out and submitted to the Ocean County Fire Marshal’s Office along with the Type 1 permit fee of $54 a minimum of 72 hours prior to the proposed event. A permit can be obtained and submitted by visiting the Ocean County Fire Marshal’s Office website there is an option for paying by credit card as well.

Permit applications may also be filed in person at the Lakewood Fire Department Headquarters, 733 Cedar Bridge Avenue, Lakewood, from Monday, May 20 to Friday May 24, 2024, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. In person payment by check must be made payable to “OCEAN COUNTY FIRE MARSHAL.”No handwritten applications will be accepted.

Please follow all rules and regulations of the OCFM’s Office, including but not limited to:
• Provide the most accurate time for the fire to begin as the pre-inspection schedule is set up based on the time on the application. All time changes after the applications are submitted must be provided at least 72 hours prior to the bonfire. The ignition time of the bon fire submitted must be adhered to or it may result in the permit not being approved.
• Those planning bonfires that may affect traffic and/or those bonfires requiring police assistance should contact the Lakewood Police Department Traffic & Safety Unit.
• A 15-foot safety area must be set up around the bonfire (depending on the bonfire size). No fires are to be set up with wood chips or mulch as a base.
• Only use clean wood, do not use flammable liquids to start the fire, and have a garden hose with a steady water source at the ready.
• Do not ignite the fire until a Fire Marshal has inspected your site and given approval. Ignition of the bonfire without approval will cause the permit to be revoked and possible penalties to be issued.
• Anyone who does not have an approved Permit will have their fire extinguished and may be subject to penalties.
• The size of the fire shall be no larger than 5’ x 5’ x 5’ and will vary depending on weather conditions and available open space, which will be strictly adhered to. Stay tuned to your weather stations for up-to-date weather conditions. If asked by a Fire Marshal to reduce the size of the fire, please follow their directions. They may have a reason due to the weather conditions and/or other considerations at the time. Failure to follow the Fire Marshals instructions may cause the permit to be denied or revoked.

The Location: Location needs to be taken into consideration prior to building a fire. A good rule to follow is to keep the fire a minimum of 50 feet from any type of building or vehicle. Avoid building the fire near low-hanging branches, tall grass, brush, or overhead electrical wiring. Basically, stay away from items that can easily catch on fire or cause injury.

The Fire Pit: Building a proper fire pit is one of the best precautions to take. Instead of building the fire on the surface of the ground, if applicable, dig a hole at least 12” to 18” deep. The diameter of the fire pit should be at least two feet wider than the fire will be. Place small rocks or gravel in the bottom of the pit for proper drainage. Make a circle of larger stones around the perimeter of the pit. Don’t pile firewood too high. A small amount of wood, combined with kindling materials, will start a good fire. Don’t let flames exceed three feet in height or width.

Bonfire Safety Measures: Have a garden hose with a steady water source at the ready. Don’t leave flammable materials near the fire pit. Gas, lighter fluid, and alcohol are flammable or combustible items that will feed the fire and should NOT be used. Do have a shovel nearby. Once the bonfire burns out, use a shovel to turn the materials in the fire pit so blowing embers won’t sweep out of the pit and start a rogue fire elsewhere.

Common Sense: A bonfire needs constant attention. Only a responsible adult (18 years or older) must tend the fire. Children should never be allowed to play near an open fire. Bring a first aid kit along. If an injury occurs, you’ll have supplies available for any injury. Call for emergency assistance when needed. Build the fire in a safe location with adult supervision and have emergency materials handy in case of a crisis. Being prepared for the worst while expecting the best is a good motto for bonfire safety. Always follow the direction and supervision of the Fire Marshall.

In Case of Injury/Danger: Do not hesitate to call the Fire Department. Follow the instructions of the Fire Marshal.

Stop, Drop and Roll: Review, the principles of “STOP, DROP and ROLL” which are simple: STOP – do not run if your clothes catch on fire. DROP – to the ground and cover your face. ROLL – continue to roll to smother the fire.

For more information, contact Yehuda Beer, Fire District Administrator, at 732-364-5151.
The Lakewood Fire Department wishes the community a Happy and Safe Lag Ba’Omer!

About Lag Ba’Omer: Lag BaOmer the 33rd day of the Omer count, is a festive day on the Jewish calendar, celebrated with outings, bonfires, parades, and other joyous events. (The Omer is the counting that begins the 2nd day of Passover and ends with Shavuot, following day 49.)This holiday celebrates the life of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, who was the first to teach the Kabbalah part of the Torah. He is credited as the author of the Kabbalah text called the Zohar. It also commemorates the end of a plague that raged among the disciples of the great sage Rabbi Akiva.


Lakewood to Hold First Responder Job Fair May 21

Posted on May 1, 2024 By

Lakewood Township will be hosting a First Responder Job Fair, May 21, 2024, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Lakewood Court Room, 231 Third Street, Lakewood. Positions available are SLEO (Special Law Enforcement Officer) II Officers, EMS, Crossing Guards, Dispatch, and Fire Services. Meet supervisors, apply for positions, and receive a preliminary interview.

For more information or questions, contact Susie Beck, Office of the Mayor and Municipal Manager at or call 732-364-2500 Ext. 5203 or 5200.


Reimagining How We Think about Benefits-Join HR Professionals for a Virtual Program May 30

Posted on April 19, 2024 By

As health care costs continue to rise, employers are always looking for creative ways to lower their medical costs without the traditional cost shifting. The ICHRA is a creative alternative, growing rapidly for organizations, to replace their traditional group program with a platform that provides employees with the choice of several different medical insurance carriers, provider networks, and plan levels to best meet the specific need of their family.

Join the virtual meeting of JSAHR (Jersey Shore Association for Human Resources) professionals, open to the public, on Thursday, May 30, 2024, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. for an informative way to think about benefits.

Barry Fields, a partner, Employee Benefits at JGS Insurance, will discuss what an ICHRA is; how organizations can benefit by implementing an ICHRA for their employees; and the pros and cons of implementing an ICHRA.

Register at: or or call JSAHR at 732-701-7155. Registration is $10 for JSAHR members; $15 for non-members. Each registrant will also receive a $10 Dunkin gift card.

JSAHR is a SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) affiliated chapter. This program is pending one (1) SHRM PDC and one (1) HRCI (Human Resource Certification Institute) recertification credit.

About Barry Fields: Barry Fields, who joined JGS in 2013, has 29 years of employee benefits experience, representing insurance companies (8 years) and consulting firms (21 years). He has advised clients with up to 5,000 employees in a wide range of industries, professional and industrial, public and private, non-profit organizations, etc. throughout the United States and worldwide.

Fields specializes in all aspects of providing full-service benefits consulting to clients, including program design, compliance, plan funding, underwriting, wellness programs, employee communications, benefits administration, employee advocacy, and the use of effective strategies in benefits management.


The Lakewood Chamber to Host Finance Networking Breakfast May 7

Posted on April 19, 2024 By

Find out about gaining smarter finance, and stronger business credit and repair at a free Finance and Networking Breakfast, Tuesday, May 7, 2024, at 8:30 a.m. at Harrogate, 400 Locust Street, Lakewood, N.J.

The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce is hosting the complimentary breakfast during which guests will learn about gaining smarter finance and stronger business credit and repair at Ocean Inc. Community Action Partnership, S.T.E.P.S., the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, and Wells Fargo who are the sponsors of this event.

Paralee Knight, Vice President and Senior Social Impact and Sustainability Specialist at Wells Fargo, said, “As the Bank of Doing, Wells Fargo is truly committed to our communities, our people and making a real impact through action. One of our key areas of focus is financial education and economic empowerment. Wells Fargo is proud to support O.C.E.A.N. Inc. and the Credit Series, which helps residents succeed financially and build better lives.”

Through funding from Wells Fargo, the O.C.E.A.N., Inc. Credit & Repair Program assists eligible residents in applying for the free 8-week Credit Repair Workshops to be conducted at the ShoreTown Ballpark in Lakewood and addresses one of the major barriers to homeownership or starting a business: Poor credit history due to ineffective debt management. The Ocean Inc. cohort into this eight-week program will begin on May 15, 2024 though the program’s conclusion on July 3, 2024.

To register and learn more about this program email or call 732-363-0012.


Lakewood Fire Commissioners Announce Chametz Burning Sites and Fire Safety Reminders

Posted on April 16, 2024 By

The Lakewood Board of Fire Commissioners, Fire Chief Jonathan Yahr, Chaplain Rabbi Moshe Rotberg¸ members of the Lakewood Fire Department, and the Office of the Ocean County Fire Marshall remind the community to be aware of the hazards involved in a Chametz Burning experience.
Only the following sites, open Monday April 22 from 7:00 a.m. to Noon, have authorized by the Ocean County Fire Marshal’s Office:
1. Parking Lot of Jersey Shore BlueClaws Stadium;
2. Patrick Park – 1000 Vine Street;
3. D’zio Park – New Hampshire Avenue & Locust Street;
4. 175 Sunset Road – Khal Zichron Yaakov;
5. Private Way and 7th Street – BMG;
6. Clifton Avenue and 10th Street – BMG;
7. Frank Bartolf Park – Brook Road; and
8. Pine Park.

Be mindful of the following hazards in the Chametz Burning experience:
1. Only plan to burn Chametz, not anything else. Throwing garbage into the fires contributes to larger than necessary fires that increase the risk of injury.

2. DO NOT throw any flammable or combustible items into the fire or any bottles, both glass and plastic, because these may explode and lead to glass and metal shards being spewed into the crowd.

3. DO NOT throw any cans (i.e., baked beans, soups, etc.) into the fire because these may explode and lead to hot liquid being sprayed into the crowd.

4. DO NOT wrap your bread in silver foil because it will not burn.

5. Maintain a safe distance of at least 15 feet to avoid the risk of injury or exposure to flames. A sudden wind direction change can result in the fire changing direction.

6. Children should always remain supervised to prevent accidents or burns.

7. Follow the instructions from the firefighters and police officers, move away from the fire once items have been thrown in to keep the area close to the fire from overcrowding.

The Fire Department reminds everyone that unauthorized burns are illegal; however, if you must burn the Chometz on your own, only use a portable, outdoor, solid-fuel-burning fireplace that may be constructed of steel, concrete, clay, or other noncombustible material. Fireplaces (i.e., fire pits, chimneys, charcoal barbecue grill, etc.) shall be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and shall not be placed within 15 feet of a structure (i.e.: house, shed, deck, etc.) or combustible material.

Do not leave barbecue grills unattended and keep children as well as pets away. Avoid wearing loose fitting clothing when igniting and using a fireplace. Make sure fireplaces are extinguished before leaving.
In case of a burn injury, cool the burn with cool running water for 3-5 minutes and seek medical attention. In case of Emergency Dial 911.

For more information about the Lakewood Fire Department please visit For more information, contact Yehuda Beer, Fire District Administrator, at 732-364-5151

The Lakewood Fire Department wishes all a Happy, Healthy, Safe and Peaceful Holiday.


Immortal HR — Join HR Professionals May 9, 2024

Posted on April 12, 2024 By

Ms. Harriet Rose Job, a once dismissed HR professional, rose to critical importance during the COVID pandemic. Learn why at the breakfast meeting of JSAHR (Jersey Shore Association for Human Resources) professionals, open to the public, on Thursday, May 9, 2024, from 8:00 to 12:00 a.m. at Jumping Brook Country Club, 210 Jumping Brook Road, Neptune.

Marc S. Miller of Marc S. Miller Associates, will help participants discover the events leading to her dismissal; and identify upcoming trends and technology, and actionable steps for HR professionals to achieve immortality within their organizations.

The sponsor of this meeting is UKG. Register at: or or call JSAHR at 732-701-7155. Registration including breakfast is $35 for JSAHR members; $50 for non-members; $25 for a first-time guest and those in-transition; and free for students with a valid ID.

Networking and breakfast is at 8:00 a.m.; announcements and introductions at 8:30 a.m.; and the program speaker at 9:00 a.m. The Career Transformation Group will meet at 10:00 a.m.

JSAHR is a SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) affiliated chapter. This program is pending one (1) SHRM PDC and one (1) HRCI (Human Resource Certification Institute) recertification credit.

About Marc S. Miller: Marc S Miller, President and Founder of Marc S. Miller Associates for 38 years, is known throughout the HR Technology industry as a nationally known consultant, keynote speaker, workshop and breakout session leader, and author.

Since 1984, Miller has addressed more than 400 audiences on HR Technology topics, ranging from basic features of a “model” HRIS/HRMS/HCMS system, software vendor evaluation techniques, and HR’s use of technology. Among his entertaining presentations are: “Leveraging Technology or How to Avoid the ‘Dirty Harry’ Syndrome”; “Increasing the Visibility of an HRIS”; “People on Projects – Why Projects Fail, the Project Sociology and Its Impact on Success”; and “Emerging Technologies for the function of HR,” among others.

Miller is the author of HeroicHR (2012, 2015), The Death of HR: Who Killed H. (Harriet) R. (Rose) Job? – A Cautionary Tale and a Detective Story (2018), IMMORTAL HR: The Death and Resurrection of Ms. H. (Harriet) R.(Rose) Job: How Covid and Workforce Issues made HRJOB Critical and Indispensable (if not Immortal) (2024) (BOOK WEBSITE = IMMORTALHR.COM)

He is an Adjunct Professor teaching HR Management and HR Systems for the MBA programs at NYU – Tandon School of Engineering and Manhattan College. Overall – Professor Miller has taught HRM, HR Technology and Talent Management courses at the College/University Master’s level for over 10 years.
For more information, visit


Dr. Avinash Gupta Elected Regional Director of the National AAPI

Posted on April 10, 2024 By

Dr. Avinash Gupta, a cardiologist practicing in New Jersey since 1994, was recently elected the Regional Director of the National AAPI (American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin). With Board certifications in Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology, and Clinical Lipidology. Dr. Gupta is the Chief of Cardiology and medical staff president at Monmouth Medical Center – Southern Campus (MMC-SC).

He is dedicated to various charitable endeavors, locally and in India, through the PRAN-BJANA Charitable Clinics, where he holds the position of Director. Driven by his passion for helping others and mentoring the next generation, Dr. Gupta actively participates in professional organizations, such as the American College of Cardiology and the Monmouth-Ocean Medical Society.

Recognized for his outstanding contributions, he was appointed Ocean County Board of Health member in 2023 and currently serves as the President of FIA for 2024. Additionally, Dr. Gupta is Chairman of the Siddhivinayak Temple USA and the Indian Cultural Center in Toms River, NJ.

Dr. Gupta believes in the power of teamwork and exemplifies strong leadership qualities. He has previously served as the President of MOCAAPI, a local chapter of AAPI, and has been actively involved in the membership and liaison committee of AAPI. Dr. Gupta’s contributions have been recognized with prestigious awards such as the Humanitarian Gala Award by MMC-SC and the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas award by CGI, NY.

Dr. Gupta is deeply committed to advancing shared goals within the AAPI community, including increasing membership, fostering unity, prioritizing education and advocacy for practicing physicians, and collaborating with legislators to address healthcare challenges. With the support of his colleagues, Dr. Gupta is confident in achieving these objectives and seeks continued collaboration as they work towards progress and excellence in the region.