Iain Matthews Celebrates His 50th Anniversary Friday at The Strand Theater

Posted on September 20, 2021 By

Iain Matthews, founding member of Fairport Convention, a Matthews Southern Comfort and Plainsong, will celebrate his 50th Anniversary this Friday, September 24 with a show at the historic Strand Theater, 400 Clifton Avenue, Lakewood. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.; the show begins at 8:00 p.m. Matthews is part of The “Shaking Off the Cobwebs” Concert Series that mark the official opening of the Strand.

All shows will be held in the main theater and will be on Livestream as well. Food will be available for purchase upon request, but with limited availability. Please email amy@strand.org for more information.

Tickets cost $25.00. For upcoming shows, the Box office is open Friday, 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.; and on Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and two hours before every show

For additional information, contact Ray Coles at 732.691.9989 or by email raycoles@teknetinc.com.

“Shaking Off The Cobwebs” concert series is designed to welcome patrons back to the theater and artists back to the stage. Closed to the public since October 2020, the Strand stage is lit once again.

About the Strand Theater The historic Strand Theater, 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 250 people, a dance floor, and restrooms. It is ideal for theater-in-the-round, smaller events and receptions.

The Strand relies on the support of Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Township of Lakewood, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority; and the LDC and the UEZ programs along with many businesses, organizations, and individuals.

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October 13 Online Meeting of the N.J. Health Care Networking Group

Posted on September 20, 2021 By

Join many others in the health care industry for networking at the monthly meeting of N.J. Health Care Networking Group Wednesday, October 13 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., online via Zoom. N.J. Health Care Networking Group is a free organization for anyone in the health care industry, including those who provide ancillary products and services. Main Street Medicap Inc., the V.I.P. Member Spotlight, is hosting the October meeting.

To register and receive a Zoom code to join the October 13 meeting, email Lisa@PreferredCares.com. For more information about N.J. Health Care Networking Group, contact Lisa Gallicchio, director of community relations for Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services, Eatontown, the group’s premier sponsor, at lisa@preferredcares.com. or visit www.njhcnet.com for the monthly location and member events. Meetings take place once a month.

Once you register to become a member, you can post health care and marketing events, news, training information, employment listings, and location of meetings on the Network’s website. All registrants also have access to the member directory.

About Main Street Medigap, LLC. Medicare can at times be complex and confusing. Main Street Medigap strives to educate clients on the basics of Medicare and the right Medicare Supplement plan to suit individual needs. Main Street Medigap also understands the importance of coordinating and integrating Medicare and Long-Term Care decisions within the framework of a person’s overall retirement plan. In addition, Main Street Medigap has state-of-the-art software that projects the costs of Medicare and the associated impact on Social Security.

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Strand Theater – October Postponements

Posted on September 20, 2021 By

Jim D’Amico, a promoter of Sun Concerts at the historic Strand Theater, 400 Clifton Ave., Lakewood, has announced the postponements of the October 2, 2021, “I Am King – The MICHAEL JACKSON Experience” and the October 9, 2021, show “Tramps Like Us,” with new dates to be announced.

The Strand Theater only sells tickets for the promotor. Anyone seeking a refund should contact D’Amico at damico2181@gmail.com or call his cell at 201-270-6409.

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.

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Items You No Longer Want Can Help Needy People

Posted on September 14, 2021 By

Stop! Don’t throw away children’s or your old prescription and non-prescription eyeglasses, sunglasses, or hearing aids. Donate them. You will be helping needy people around the world.

Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services (PHHC), Eatontown, with offices in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, and the New Jersey Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center, a volunteer 501(c)3 organization, are accepting these items. A donation box at Preferred Home Health Care is outside by the front door at 3530 Route 33, Neptune, N.J.

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 2021 Great Place to Work®, offers industry-leading pay rates, weekly pay, flexible hours, benefits, and paid time off. PHHC has 16 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, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. Delaware location: Claymont. Visit Preferred at PreferredCares.com for more information.

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Save Our Environment and Earn Money for the Town – Recycle!

Posted on September 13, 2021 By

China used to accept a lot of the world’s recycling. Now it doesn’t. Much of the United States’ recycling materials have to stay here, creating a challenge to our environment especially when it comes to plastics.

The good news is that Type 5 Plastics can now be recycled. Type 5 Plastics are hard and heat resistant; and include prescription medicine bottles, yogurt cups, hummus tubs, single-use cutlery, and some packaging for personal care products, like deodorant, lotion, or shampoo. Every resident should try to avoid plastics, like polypropylene, that cannot be recycled in normal curbside or drop-off locations.

Some other recent changes about what materials can go in the yellow recyclable can include the addition of chipboard, such as cereal and tissues boxes, and paper towel tubes; the addition of aluminum foil, such as foil trays and foil wrap; and the fact that caps and lids can now remain on bottles and jars.

As always, recyclables should be empty, clean, and dry. Contaminated cans and food containers cannot be recycled.

Recycling helps keep our community clean, generates revenue and jobs, and lessens the amount of trash going into landfills. For questions and more information, contact either Tony Ruiz, recycling coordinator, at tonyruiz@lakewoodnj.gov or 732-905-3405 Ext. 6003; OR Mordechai Holder, code enforcement officer at mholder@lakewoodnj.gov or 732-905-3405 Ext. 6050.

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Joel Markel to Be Honored with AFP-NJ’s Excellence in Philanthropy Award

Posted on September 13, 2021 By

AFP-NJ (Assoc. of Fundraising Professionals) will honor Joel Markel, the founder and president of Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services (PHHC), Eatontown, with its Excellence in Philanthropy Award, during a virtual event from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 30.

The AFP-NJ Excellence in Philanthropy Awards recognize fundraisers, consultants, donors, nonprofit organizations, corporations, and other advocates for their generosity, impact, and spirit toward improving lives in countless communities throughout New Jersey. The Excellence in Philanthropy Awards ceremony is also a fundraising opportunity for AFP-NJ.

Markel and his family are well known for their philanthropic work throughout the area. Markel is a lifetime member of the board of directors and the chairman Emeritus of the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation (ECF), which provides free specialized services to New Jersey families who are caring for a child with cancer. He has made a long-term commitment to the Homeless Health Initiatives, a volunteer outreach program run by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Markel is also a supporter of LADACIN Network, Brothers for Life, and Jewish Family Services of Middlesex County NJ, among many others.

Joann Passantino, the executive director of Emmanuel Cancer Foundation who nominated Markel for the AFP award, said, “Joel is the kindest person I have ever met. Despite his many amazing accomplishments, he always remembers what it was like to be a family in need of help. His graciousness and generosity are a true gift to ECF and to anyone fortunate enough to know him. There is no one more deserving of this honor than Joel.”

Since 1987, PHHC has provided a wide range of medical and non-medical home health care services from pediatric to geriatric care in 16 locations throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. Joel Markel prides himself on the fact that his agency gives the “highest degree of custodial and medical nursing care, along with giving guidance on the emotional issues families may face.”

APF-NJ funds raised from sponsorships, ticket sales, and ad journals sales help the chapter to continue its mission of educating fundraisers and fostering an extraordinary culture of philanthropy in New Jersey.

For event tickets, sponsorships, and ad journal opportunities, contact Lori Richmond, association manager for AFP-NJ, at 732-279-4258 or afpnjchapter@comcast.net. For more information about Preferred, contact Lisa Gallicchio, director of community relations, at lisa@preferredcares.com or visit PreferredCares.com for more information.

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 2021 Great Place to Work®, offers industry-leading pay rates, weekly pay, flexible hours, benefits, and paid time off. PHHC has 16 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, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. Delaware location: Claymont. Visit Preferred at PreferredCares.com for more information.

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September 17 Prince Tribute Postponed

Posted on September 12, 2021 By

Jim D’Amico, a promoter of Sun Concerts at the historic Strand Theater, 400 Clifton Ave., Lakewood, has announced that the Prince Tribute show, The Purple Xperience, on September 17 has been postponed, with a new date to be announced. The Strand Theater only sells tickets for the promotor, who will have to refund tickets if requested.

D’Amico said, “It is with great displeasure that for circumstances beyond my control I have to postpone the prince tribute show on the 17th.”

For questions or more information, contact Jim D’Amico at 201-270-6409.

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.

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FREE Online Health and Wellness Programs from Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services

Posted on September 9, 2021 By

Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services (PHHC), Eatontown, with offices in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, is offering FREE online Health and Wellness programs, open to the public.

The wellness programs include Numerology, Calming Stress and Anxiety, Energy Medicine for Women, Relieving Pain – Natural Methods, Love Numerology, Keep Your Energies Humming, and Tapping into Your Joy.

Sign up for one or all sessions at PreferredRadio.com. For more information about Preferred, contact Lisa Gallicchio, director of community relations, at lisa@preferredcares.com or visit PreferredRadio.com for more information.

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Greater Toms River Chamber to Recognize Outstanding Citizens

Posted on September 1, 2021 By

Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual awards reception for outstanding citizens Thursday, October 21 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Days Hotel by Wyndham, 290 Route 37 East, Toms River, NJ 08753.

The 2021 honorees are Citizens of the Year Joe Palmisano and Nick Pagano, both of Toms River; Organization of the Year Community Medical Center, Toms River; Business Partner of the Year Press Communications, Allenhurst; Nonprofit of the Year A Need We Feed, Toms River; and Groundbreaking Business of the Year Sweetwaters Coffee and Tea, Toms River.

Floor Décor, Toms River, is this year’s Event Sponsor. The Office Restaurant & Lounge and Grunin Management, both of Toms River, are the Platinum Sponsors. Sponsorships, most with special recognition and inclusion in the ad journal, are still available, ranging from $500 to $3500. Journal rates run from $50 to $500.

Annual partners of the Greater Toms River Chamber’s awards reception are Visionary Partner Ocean Wind, an Orsted & PSEG project, Atlantic City; Presenting Partner Community Medical Center and RWJ Barnabas Health, Toms River; and Floral Partner Narcissus Florals, Toms River.

Tickets cost $125 and include hors d’oeuvres, dinner, dessert, and music by a
DJ. Register online by October 6 for sponsorships and October 12 for tickets at www.tomsriverchamber.com/all-events-2. For more information, contact Danielle Norcross, Chamber CEO, at danielle@tomsriverchamber.com.

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Urban Enterprise Zone Is Back in Lakewood!

Posted on August 31, 2021 By

This month Acting Governor Sheila Oliver signed into law the Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ) Reform Bill (A5580/S3600). The legislation restores and revises the UEZ Program and appropriates $42.5 million in Zone Assistance Funds (ZAF) for FY22, bringing the program back to full operation after having been without a funding source for more than ten years.
“The Urban Enterprise Zone is a crucial program that helps boost and support Lakewood’s business community,” says Lakewood UEZ Executive Director David Klein. “The UEZ’s main mission is to create a climate that promotes increased jobs opportunities and provides business benefits and support to Lakewood’s residents and businesses. We work dedicatedly every day to accomplish this mission. Lakewood has done an excellent job maintaining the program since state funds stopped coming to Lakewood ten years ago in 2011. With the signing of this new UEZ legislation, we look forward to a new burst of energy to make Lakewood UEZ’s program strong and robust again and continue to be the UEZ’s gold standard.”

Created in 1983, the UEZ Program Authority, an affiliate agency of the Department of Community Affairs, was created to foster an economic climate that revitalizes designated urban communities and stimulates their growth by encouraging businesses to develop and create private-sector jobs through public and private investment.

In a previous iteration of the program, UEZ provided a dedicated funding source for local economic development in the form of a reduced state sales tax. Those state sales tax funds were then deployed in UEZ communities to promote economic development. A dedicated funding source, which ended in 2011, is being restored under the law signed today. Currently, there are 32 zones, which are spread across 37 municipalities and home to approximately 7,267 UEZ-certified businesses.

For questions and further information about the new UEZ legislation, email UEZ@Lakewoodnj.gov.

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