Mom and Sister of Special Needs Student Provide Insights into Developing Positive Relationships

Posted on March 30, 2019 By

Special education students, their parents, teachers and staff are faced with a delicate balance in communicating, relating to each other, and building relationships. Jo-Ann Turning*, Tinton Falls, whose son attends the Harbor School, Eatontown, one of three RKS Associates state-approved special education schools, and Anna Turning, sister of the student and a senior at St Rose High School, Belmar, recently presented “Strengthening Relationships Between Professionals and Parents” to more than 50 Harbor School staff members.

Erik Glazner, the RKS supervisor of instruction for the Alpha, Gateway, and Harbor Schools, said, “As professionals it is extremely important to exhibit good interpersonal skills, such as verbal communication, listening skills, and the basics of interactions among everyone so we can communicate and develop a level of trust with our families.”

During their talk, the Turnings stressed the importance of being responsive and having the right attitude. They asked attendees to just “Imagine you are me….” To that end, an on-going self-assessment is essential for everyone. Questions, such as do I exhibit warmth, strength; am I likable; trust-worthy; competent? will help build strong relationships and focus on the needs of parents and students.

Parents need to know that each professional knows their special needs student well. No one wants just another IEP (Individualized Education Program). What does this student do really well? Did this student do anything that surprised you or made you laugh? What makes this student happy most often during the school day?

Everyone seemed to agree that setting goals higher and acknowledging a student’s potential give parents hope.

The Harbor School; the Gateway School, Carteret; and the Alpha School, Jackson, provide education, therapeutic, and behavioral support for children who have challenges, such as multiple disabilities, cognitively impairments, autistic spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, behavioral disorders, or other health impairments.

For more information or information about school enrollment, contact Dana Giblin at 732-544-9394.                                                                                       *Jo-Ann Turning named her website “Bacon and Juice Boxes” after her son’s two favorite foods — Oscar Meyer bacon and Capri Sun juice boxes.

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Fans across the Globe to Celebrate The Strawbs’ 50th Anniversary at the Strand Theater, Lakewood, This April

Posted on March 26, 2019 By

Fans from across the globe will be traveling to the historic Strand Theater, Lakewood, N.J., April 26-28, 2019, for the weekend-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Strawbs, considered iconic progressive rock legends. Fans will enjoy exclusive musical performances, a Food Truck Fiesta, dinner, and a Strawbs’ Farewell Brunch.

“In 2009, we celebrated our 40th year with a weekend party in Twickenham, England,” says Cousins. “Now, we’re bringing the party across the pond so that more of our North American fans can be part of the celebration. I expect it will be a raucous celebration of every era of our music, along with a lot of socializing and maybe the odd pint of beer.”

Ray Coles, co-producer of Strawbs’ 50th Anniversary Weekend, noted that musical performances will feature the current band, special guests, and many of the artists who have contributed to the band’s sound over its five-decade history.

The Strawbs’ current line-up includes founding member David Cousins* along with long-standing band members Chas Cronk, Dave Lambert, and Tony Fernandez, and the band’s latest addition, Dave Bainbridge.

Confirmed special guests include Producer Tony Visconti, Renaissance vocalist Annie Haslam, electronic music pioneer Larry Fast, Strawbs/Bee Gees keyboardist Blue Weaver, author/musician Wesley Stace, Hooters front man Eric Bazilian, Strawbs/Nashville Teens/Renaissance/Spooky Tooth keyboardist John Hawken, Strawbs/Hudson Ford bassist John Ford, Strawbs guitarist Brian Willoughby performing in his folk duo with Cathryn Craig, and a special tribute set featuring Richard Barone, Pete Donnelly, Sophie B Hawkins, Dag Juhlin, David Lewis, David Nagler, Bridget St. John & Tammy Faye Starlite. The UN Singers, the 40-member United Nations Choir, will join the band for the grand finale on Saturday.

Tickets are still available for Friday, April 26 at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 27 at 1:00 p.m. Single-day and two-day tickets are available at www.strand.org. VIP Tickets are sold out. For additional information, contact Ray Coles at 732.691.9989 or by email raycoles@teknetinc.com or visit www.strawbs50.com

*Dave Cousins, Strawbs’ lead vocalist and principal songwriter, has been described by the influential All Music Guide as “the most talented Dylan-influenced songwriter to come out of England.” Rolling Stone Magazine ranked the band’s 1974 release Hero & Heroine among the Top 50 Progressive Rock Albums of All Time. Music legend Tony Visconti, best known for his work with David Bowie and The Moody Blues, places Strawbs’ Dragonfly among the top albums he’s ever produced.

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Job Fair for RNs, LPNs, and CHHAs This Friday in Robbinsville

Posted on March 25, 2019 By

Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services is holding an open house and job fair for RN, LPN, and CHHA positions on Friday, March 29, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Robbinsville, New Jersey at 1 Washington Boulevard, Suite 7.

Join Preferred for lunch and a gift card raffle. Part- and full-time shifts are available. Benefits at Preferred include flexible work schedules; weekly pay; paid time off; and medical, dental, and supplemental insurances.

PHHC has 14 locations. New Jersey locations include corporate headquarters, Main Street, Eatontown; Elmwood Park; Galloway; Jersey City; Mt. Laurel; North Brunswick; Robbinsville; South Orange; Toms River; and Wyckoff Road, Eatontown. Pennsylvania locations include Allentown, Bala Cynwyd, Bensalem, and Pittsburgh. Visit Preferred at PreferredCares.com for more information.

About Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services: Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services (PHHC), 45 Main Street, Eatontown, N.J., 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.

Interested candidates can apply on site. Bring a resume, driver’s license, social security card, and a license as either an RN, an LPN, or a CHHA. Applicants can also apply online at PreferredCares.com.

For more information about the Job Fair or job opportunities, call 609-944-4100. For more information about Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services, contact Lisa Gallicchio, director of community relations, at lisa@preferredcares.com or 732-547-9886, or visit PreferredCares.com.

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Israel Bonds Brunch to Honor Stephanie and Joel Markel

Posted on March 25, 2019 By

Israel Bonds of New Jersey will be honoring Stephanie and Joel Markel, Sunday April 7, 10:30 a.m. to Noon, at the Marlboro Jewish Center (MJC), 103 School Road West, Marlboro, NJ 07746.

Stephanie and Joel Markel, MJC members, are being recognized for their strong commitment as proud Jewish Americans. It was in the Flatbush Yeshiva, their high school in Brooklyn, that the Markels first developed their friendship and strong feelings for their Jewish heritage and the State of Israel.

Lily Markel, the family matriarch and a Hungarian survivor of Auschwitz, lost her entire family during the Holocaust. Her son Joel Markel honored the experience of his mother and the millions of victims of the Jewish genocide by becoming the founder and executive producer of Ottimo Films, a company that produced Oro Macht Frei (Gold Will Set You Free), a 70-minute documentary that tells the story of the Roman Jewish experience during the Nazi occupation of Rome, September 1943 through June 1944.

Stephanie Markel said, “Joel wanted to bring this story to an American audience because it enables us to understand the atrocity of the Holocaust in an intimate way, giving names and faces to the reality of the millions of people lost forever.”

Oro Macht Frei won Best International Documentary at the 13th annual Garden State Film Festival, Atlantic City.

Stephanie and Joel are well known for their humanitarian and philanthropic work throughout the area, including their ongoing support of the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation (ECF), which provides free specialized services to New Jersey families who are caring for a child with cancer. Joel has served as ECF’s president for several years in a row.

They have also made a long-term commitment to the Homeless Health Initiatives, a volunteer outreach program run by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). PHHC provides medical personnel to a West Philadelphia homeless shelter to give children checkups, among other medical care.

Joel is currently a member of Brothers for Life whose mission is “injured soldiers helping injured soldiers.” He is a member of Chhange – Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education.

To register for the Israel Bonds Brunch, call 973-712-1407.

About Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services: Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services (PHHC), 45 Main Street, Eatontown, N.J., 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.

PHHC has 14 locations. New Jersey locations include corporate headquarters, Main Street, Eatontown; Elmwood Park; Galloway; Jersey City; Mt. Laurel; North Brunswick; Robbinsville; South Orange; Toms River; and Wyckoff Road, Eatontown. Pennsylvania locations include Allentown, Bala Cynwyd, Bensalem, and Pittsburgh. Visit Preferred at PreferredCares.com for more information.

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David Leta, Marketing Manager, Featured Speaker at April 9 Lunch Meeting

Posted on March 25, 2019 By

David Leta, Brick, a marketing manager and creative consultant for New Jersey legal, medical, real estate, and financial practices, is presenting “Fifteen Minutes to Your Unique Selling Proposition” at the Lunch a Little, Learn a Lot business meeting, noon to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 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.

His company Business Image focuses on marketing strategies, techniques, and implementing campaigns for a wide-range of businesses, helping them brand and re-brand their messages through the correct channels of communication that influence their High Value Prospects the most.

In his talk, Leta, the president of Business Image, will help attendees discover what makes their product or service so unique it will stand out in a customer’s mind. Leta provides guidance for individuals and businesses who are struggling and confused with their marketing.

Leta said, “Discovering your unique selling proposition is vital to your marketing strategy. The reason is that it efficiently and effectively targets an interested audience. It saves you a massive amount of time prospecting, and you can qualify and un-qualify prospects quickly. At no point are your marketing dollars wasted.”

Leta received B.A. in graphic design and visual communication from Kean University, Union, N.J. He worked at Aqua Field Publications, Red Bank, a major field and sport publication, as an illustrator and art director. Before he established Business Image in 1984, Leta owned Sign Language, a sign, trade-show, and branding company in Brick.

For more information, contact Leta at TheBusinessImage.com or call 732-458-6674.

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RNs, LPNs, and CHHAs Invited to Job Fair and Open House in North Brunswick

Posted on March 20, 2019 By

Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services is holding an open house and job fair for RN, LPN, and CHHA positions on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 from Noon to 3:00 p.m. AND Saturday, April 27, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in North Brunswick, 2050 Route 27 North, Suite 208. Part- and full-time day, evening, and night shifts are available.

Join Preferred for refreshments and give-aways. Benefits at Preferred include flexible work schedules; weekly pay; paid time off; and medical, dental, and supplemental insurances. Bring a friend and get a referral bonus.

Interested candidates can apply on site. Bring a resume, driver’s license, social security card, and a license as either an RN, an LPN, or a CHHA. Applicants can also apply online at PreferredCares.com. For more information about the Job Fair or job opportunities, call 732-249-4066.

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

About Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services: Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services (PHHC), 45 Main Street, Eatontown, N.J., 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.

PHHC has 14 locations. New Jersey locations include corporate headquarters, Main Street, Eatontown; Elmwood Park; Galloway; Jersey City; Mt. Laurel; North Brunswick; Robbinsville; South Orange; Toms River; and Wyckoff Road, Eatontown. Pennsylvania locations include Allentown, Bala Cynwyd, Bensalem, and Pittsburgh. Visit Preferred at PreferredCares.com for more information.

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N.J. Health Care Networking Group to Meet April 10

Posted on March 20, 2019 By

The monthly meeting of N.J. Health Care Networking Group, a free organization for anyone in the health care industry, including those who provide ancillary products and services, is Wednesday, April 10, 2019, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at The Health Center at Galloway, 66 W. Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway, NJ 08205.

The N.J. Health Care Networking Group provides an opportunity to build relationships among health care professionals, market events, and promote business. Membership is free; however, register to take advantage of member benefits, such as posting to N.J. Health Care Networking Group’s website all health care and marketing events, training information, employment listings, and access to a member directory.

For more information about N.J. Health Care Networking Group, email Lisa Gallicchio, director of community relations for Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services, Eatontown, at lisa@preferredcares.com, call 732-547-9886, or visit www.njhcnet.com for the monthly location and member events. Meetings take place in a different New Jersey county each month.

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Lakewood Housing Assembly Information Session, March 26, Open to the Public

Posted on March 13, 2019 By

What is the truth about affordable housing? What exactly is the process? New Jersey has been approving municipal housing plans for affordable housing for years.

STEPS (Solutions to End Poverty Soon) and the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) in partnership with the LRRC (Lakewood Resource and Referral Center) are holding a Working Together information session, open to the public, to discuss questions about the affordable housing process on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at 6:00 p.m., at the Lakewood Municipal Building, 231 Third Street, Lakewood, New Jersey. Representatives from Fair Share Housing, housing developers, and housing industry experts, among others will be present.

STEPS Executive Director Michael McNeil, who also is the Housing Chair of the New Jersey State Conference NAACP, said, “This session is designed to dispel myths and rumors, and to establish the facts about the affordable housing process so we can all work together.”

Contact Michael McNeil with questions at steps3671640@aol.com or call either 732-367-1640 or 732-415-8638.

About STEPS: STEPS is a non-profit organization that provides various services to communities statewide. Since 1993, STEPS has been an advocate against poverty in New Jersey. STEPS believes that all members of society should have affordable housing, food, healthcare, and decent wages.

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Hot Issues in Employment Law – 2019 Half-day JSAHR Legal Seminar

Posted on March 13, 2019 By

What are the significant employment and legislative issues that impact business organizations, their employees, and human resource professionals?

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.

The Jersey Shore Association for Human Resources (JSAHR) is hosting a half-day legal interactive seminar that will focus on recently passed and pending New Jersey legislation, and several hot topics presented Attorneys Richard Cino, David Islinger, Kate DiCicco, and Luke Breslin of the national management employment law firm Jackson Lewis P.C. on Thursday, April 11, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon in the Garden Room at Monmouth Park, 175 Oceanport Avenue, Oceanport, NJ 07757. (Use the Main Entrance and follow signage to the seminar.)

This presentation will include such topics as pay equity legislation in practice; medical and recreational marijuana and its impact on New Jersey employers; wage and hour issues; i.e. When is an independent contractor NOT an independent contractor?; and better workplace performance documentation and management. A question and answer session is included.

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 locations 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.

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Public School and Special Needs Students Learn about Social Inclusion Through a Sports Competition

Posted on March 12, 2019 By

Cedar Drive Middle School students, Colts Neck, invited students from Harbor School, a school for students with special needs, Eatontown, to participate in “Fans in the Stands,” a program by Special Olympics Unified Sports®* designed to promote unity, inclusion, and social interaction among the student body through a pep rally with banners, posters, and a shared sport competition, named Cedar Ball.

Russ Witt, a Cedar Drive Eighth Grade special education teacher; Colin Rigby, the Cedar Drive Middle School principal; and Jennifer Bogin, the adaptive physical education teacher at Harbor School, organized the Cedar Ball competition as an ongoing opportunity to teach students the importance of inclusion and as an occasion for students to realize that they all have similar interests whether it is through dance, music, sports, art, or games.

This year’s basketball competition began with a show before students took the court. The Cedar Drive Middle School chorus band, under the direction of the Colts Neck High School ROTC, played the Star Spangled Banner. Cedar Drive Middle School players then teamed up with the Harbor students, racing up and down the court to score. The entire school watched and cheered!

Jennifer Bogin, Harbor School, said, “It was truly an amazing event that was not only fun, but it also unified both communities. The Harbor School students left the event asking when they could visit Cedar Drive Middle School again. Plans for this will hopefully be coming soon! It is important for our students to participate in these special events with peers outside of Harbor School to continue to promote social inclusion.”

Harbor School 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 disorder, learning disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, behavioral disorders, or other health impairments.

For more information or information about school enrollment, contact Dana Giblin at 732-544-9394.

*Special Olympics Unified Sports® is an inclusive sports program that combines an approximately equal number of Special Olympics athletes (individuals with intellectual disabilities) and partners (individuals without intellectual disabilities) on teams for training and competition. It was inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding. In Unified Sports, teams are made up of people of similar age and ability.

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/

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