Newest Business Organization at 200 and Growing!

Posted on June 27, 2019 By

It began with an idea. In just nine months, it grew to more than 100 people. Today COBA (Central Ocean Business Association), a 501(c) 6, a nonprofit business organization, has almost 200 members and is still growing!

John Crisafulli, founder and president of COBA, said, “COBA is specifically designed to raise awareness and stimulate the economy along the Route 9 South corridor, which includes Bayville, Beachwood, Lacey Township, Ocean Gate, Pine Beach, and South Toms River. COBA also serves as a liaison between local government and business owners.”

Everyone is invited to a COBA Networking Mixer, July 10, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Joey Harrison’s River House, 361 E. Lacey Road, Forked River. The fee for members is $15; future members $20.

COBA holds a monthly networking and breakfast, open to the public, every third Friday at Joey Harrison’s River House, 361 E. Lacey Road, Forked River, 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. The next monthly breakfast, sponsored by Sharer & Associates, is July 19. The cost for members is $15; future members $20, and includes a hot breakfast buffet.

COBA also hosts luncheons and evening events at member business locations throughout the month. Events are listed at or

Dues are $100.00. Dues for 501c3s are $50.00 annually Visit for membership applications. Membership includes discounted admission to meetings and free banner space on the COBA website. Members can also purchase limited event sponsorships.

For more information, contact COBA President John Crisafulli at 732-844-8133 or Visit for more information.

About COBA – Mission: COBA was founded with an entrepreneurial spirit and a lofty objective – to inspire, motivate, and champion the small business community along the Route 9 corridor through the
stimulation of new ideas, shared information, and co-operation with local municipalities; all to encompass a more efficient and effective way to grow and create business in the local community.

COBA Officers : President, John Crisafulli, VP/Retail Regional Manager, First Commerce Bank, Lakewood, NJ (O) 732-364-0032 x1205; (C) 973-568-4284; Treasurer, Pasquale L. Givelekian, Esq., CPA Law Offices of Pasquale L. Givelekian Managing Member; Toms River, NJ, (O) 732-361-2897; Vice President, Alexandra Nieves-Martinez, Esq. Law Offices of Alexandra Nieves-Martinez
(O) (732) 237-0008; (C) (732) 684-4764; Secretary, Sabrina Licastro Daunno Realty; Office Manager & Realtor, Toms River, NJ,(O) 732-255-8989; (C) 848-240-4309

COBA Volunteer Board of Directors
Cindy Brennan, Mamma Bear’s Defense; Jonathan Bergman, Sales and Marketing Consultant; Andrew Chupa, Cloud9 VoIP; Brian Di Stefano, Esq Law Offices of Brian Di Stefano; Richie Fingerlin Advisors Mortgage; Alyssa Giglio, The Mabie Group; Keller Williams; David Nicola, Maser Consulting; Kurt Palermo Leaftree Real Estate; Matthew D. Portnoy, CLCS HUB International Northeast Limited; Sara Sardella Trinity Solar.


Don’t Miss the Largest Safety Event in New Jersey This Sunday

Posted on June 26, 2019 By

LCSW (Lakewood Civilian Safety Watch) together with the Lakewood Police Department (LPD) are inviting families to “Safety First,” a community-wide event, this Sunday, June 30 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the John F. Patrick Sports Complex, Vine Street, Lakewood.

Safety First emphasizes important safety messages for kids, and positive interactions between the community and more than 20 government agencies. The first 1,000 attendees will receive a free LCSW camp bag. Other giveaways are free ices and a cold water bottle for all attendees, among many other safety giveaways.

Events include four magic shows by RJ Lewis, featuring all new safety tricks; the Eye-in-Sky drone; a K9 unit; two live vehicle extrications by Hatzolah and Lakewood First Aid, a N.J. State Police helicopter landing, a N.J. State Side-by-Side sprinkler fire demonstration; the Sheriff’s mounted horse unit; bike registration; and helmet fittings. LCSW, LPD, and the Sheriff’s department will conduct car seat checks.

For more information, contact Lauren, event coordinator at LCSW at 732-367-5279, Ext. 7. The LCSW 24-hour emergency hotline is 732-367-1212.

Participating agencies include N.J. State Police, Ocean County Sheriff’s Office, Lakewood Police Department, LCSW/Lakewood Shomrim, Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office, Customs and Border Protection, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, Lev Rochel Bikur Cholim, Howell Police Department, Hatzolah of Central Jersey, N.J. Transit Police, Lakewood First Aide, Ocean County Fire Marshals, Lakewood EMS, MONOC, Lakewood Fire Department, and the Ocean County Department of Corrections.


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

Posted on June 21, 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, July 10, 2019, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Allaire Rehab & Nursing, 115 Dutch Lane, Freehold, NJ 07728.

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, call 732-547-9886, or visit for the monthly location and member events. Meetings take place in a different New Jersey county each month.


New Podcast This July – Trade Secrets Revealed on Talent Show Brand Podcast

Posted on June 19, 2019 By

Beginning July 10, 2019, Mike Ciavolino and Donna Cardillo are hosting The Talent Brand Show, a podcast that will give listeners, hospitals and health system professionals, and HR specialists the tools, tips, and resources to recruit the best talent for health care facilities, increase employee retention and empowerment, and improve engagement and strengthen relationships with nurses.

The hosts plan to interview guests, all professionals in their fields, about employer branding, recruitment marketing, employee engagement, retention, company culture and employee empowerment.

The first guest on July 10 will be Michele Snider, president of the National Association of Healthcare Recruiters and Nurse Recruitment (NAHCR), and Talent Acquisition Leader for Eskenazi Health, Indianapolis, Indiana. Snider will discuss some of the talent acquisition strategies her system uses for nurses. Also, and as president of NAHCR, she will talk about how she sees hospitals managing the highly competitive area of recruiting and retaining top nursing talent.

Other podcast topics will include success secrets of top health care employers, career management, professional development, How Nurses Can Stay Joyfully Engaged at Every Career Stage, and The Ultimate Career Guide for Nurses, among others.

For more information about the show, free resources for recruitment and acquisition of talent professionals, and to listen to the show, visit; or download and listen to shows on iTunes, Spotify, and Google Play. For sponsorships and other information, call Michael Ciavolino at 732-229-7100 or visit

About the Show Hosts:
Mike Ciavolino: Mike Ciavolino, the CEO of Shore Creative Group, 176 Broadway, Suite B, Long Branch, N.J. 07740 ( Long Branch, has more than 30 years of health care recruitment branding and marketing experience on a national level. He is the author of Healthcare Recruitment RX (, a weekly blog dedicated to health care recruitment.

Ciavolino focuses on helping clients develop employer brand strategies and advertising campaigns to better position themselves with today’s changing customers. As Vice President, Client Services, at several regional advertising agencies, Ciavolino worked developing and managing employer brands, recruitment strategies, and campaigns for local, regional, and national brands like Nabisco, Boston Scientific, Cahners Publishing, IBM, and more.

Ciavolino opened Shore Creative Group in 2008. He is president-elect of the Jersey Shore Association of Human Resources (JSAHR) and a board member of New Jersey Association of Healthcare Recruiters. He has conducted symposiums and workshops for HR leaders on such topics as employer branding and recruitment marketing, and has spoken at the Garden State SHRM and National Association of Healthcare Recruiters annual conferences. Ciavolino started a non-profit foundation dedicated to funding housing for autistic adults and has served on the board of the New Jersey Shore Walk for Autism Speaks.

Donna Wilk Cardillo: Donna Cardillo, MA, RN, CSP (Certified Speaking Professional), FAAN (Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing) is The Inspiration Nurse, traveling the world helping individuals as a keynote speaker, columnist, author, and cut-up. Her career combines more than 25 years of clinical, managerial, and business experience; and a professional singer. Cardillo’s clinical experience includes emergency and psychiatric nursing. Cardillo holds a diploma in nursing, a B.S. in Health Care Management and an MA in Corporate and Public Communication. She is an Expert Blogger at, the original ‘Dear Donna’ columnist at, and former “Healthcare Careers Expert” at

Cardillo has twice been named Business Woman of the Year in New Jersey and has also received the coveted Athena Award, a national leadership award for women. Cardillo was designated a Diva in Nursing by the Institute for Nursing in N.J. for outstanding achievements and excellence in practice. She has also been named one of 50 Best Women in Business by NJBIZ. Cardillo appears regularly on television and radio, is frequently quoted in newspapers and magazines, and has published numerous articles. She has appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and the Today Show and has been featured in the Los Angeles Times on several occasions.

Cardillo’s most recent book is “Falling Together: How to Find Balance, Joy, and Meaningful Change When Your Life Seems to Be Falling Apart.” She is also the author of “Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional,” 2nd ed.; “The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career,” 2nd ed.; and “A Day Book for Beginning Nurses.”

Cardillo is a founding member and past president of both the New Jersey chapters of the National Speakers Association (NSA) and the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). She holds the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation, the highest earned international recognition for professional speakers, making her one of only 10 percent of all speakers to hold this designation and one of only 25 nurses in the world with this credential.

Cardillo is a volunteer lecturer and facilitator for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. When she is at her home base in Sea Girt, N.J., she serves as a local spokesperson for family caregivers. To find out more, visit


Lakewood Black Hawks to Hold Scholarship Golf Outing June 21 to Benefit Local Groups

Posted on June 16, 2019 By

The Lakewood Black Hawks, a local organization dedicated to the betterment of Lakewood and its surrounding communities, will hold its 21th Annual Golf Outing at the historic Lakewood Country Club, 145 Country Club Drive, Lakewood, on Friday, June 21, 2019 to fund scholarship and athletic awards for local individuals and groups.

Each year, The Lakewood Black Hawks sponsor a golf outing to raise funds for graduating Lakewood High School seniors; American Legion, Boys’ and Girls’ State candidates; Lakewood Historical Society projects; Lakewood Elks Special Needs Children’s programs, Lakewood Middle and Elementary School programs, and emergency support for local children and families in need, among a host of other charities.

Registration and warm-up refreshments begin at Noon, followed by a 1:00 p.m. Shotgun Start. The format is a Scramble or Best Ball from tee to green. Applebee’s of Howell will host dinner at 6:00 p.m. at American Legion Post #166, 1256 Route 9, Lakewood, N.J.

The fee for each golfer is $125 or $500 for a foursome and includes greens fees, golf cart, gift bag, dinner buffet, and prizes. Winning foursomes, those with Closest to Pin and Longest Drive will receive awards.

Title sponsorships, gift donations; and gift, tee, warm-up, and cart sponsors are still available. Many gifts and prizes will be raffled off. Contact Craig Theibault for more information at or call 732-657-7778 for sponsorships and gift donations.


Learn about Route 9 Improvements at Information Session in Lakewood on June 25

Posted on June 11, 2019 By

Curious about what improvements the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) has planned for Route 9 in Toms River and Lakewood?

Local officials, residents, tenants, and the business community are invited to attend and encouraged to participate in the Public Information Center meeting Tuesday, June 25, 2019, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Lakewood Municipal Building, 231 Third Street, Lakewood.  A special session in Spanish is Wednesday, June 26 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. 

The purpose of the project, estimated to begin the spring of 2022, is to improve a section of Route 9 and motorist safety. The NJDOT will be focusing on the reconstruction and improvement of Route 9 from Indian Head Road, Toms River, to Central Avenue/Hurley Avenue, Lakewood Township.  The NJDOT will also address deficient pavement along a 6.0 -mile section from Route 9 between Milepost 95.0, near Swain Avenue, Toms River, and Milepost 101.9 near Second Street, Lakewood.

The NJDOT also plans to improve operational and safety needs at select signalized intersections by adding turn lanes, improving existing signalized intersections, providing additional turn-lanes on Route 9 and/or approaching side streets for congestion relief, adding two new traffic signals, aiding pedestrians with ADA improvements and compliant sidewalks where possible, adding left turn slots at un-signalized side streets, and addressing storm water issues by updating roadway drainage, among other improvements.

Attendees will have an opportunity to review exhibits of the proposed project, ask questions, and discuss issues with NJDOT project team members. For more information, contact Megan Fackler, Office of Government and Community Relations, NJDOT, at 609-963-1982 or


Enjoy Free Music Concerts and Special Events This Summer in Lakewood

Posted on June 6, 2019 By

Lakewood residents can enjoy free Lakewood Township music concerts and special events during July and August. Concerts are held at the Lakewood All Wars Memorial Amphitheater near Lake Carasaljo, off Route 9, on North Lake Drive. 

All concerts by the Lake are sponsored by Lakewood Township Recreation. For more information, contact Lakewood Township Recreation at 732-905-3405.

Free Music Concerts

July 3   7:30 p.m.       

Wilbur Wittemann Patriotic Band, followed by Fireworks Display over beautiful  Lake Carosaljo on North Lake Drive


July 10   7:00 p.m.

Lakewood Band Camp Concert in Pine Park


July 11    11:00 a.m.  

Lakewood Band Camp Concert in Townsquare                                                                                                                      

Special Events

Aug. 13   5:00 p.m.           Lakewood Police Department, “Night Out Against Crime” in Pine Park

                6:15-8:15 p.m.  Big Band Boot Camp in Pine Park

                8:45 p.m.           Fireworks Display

Aug. 19   5:00 p.m.          Lakewood Police Department, “Police Camp.” Call 732-363-0200, Ext. 5199

                                          for more information

For updates, visit or for further information, call the Lakewood Recreation office at 732-905-3405.         


Lakewood 2019 Summer Recreation Programs Begin Pre-Registration Required

Posted on June 6, 2019 By


June 11 at Lakewood Municipal Building from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

June 13 at the Lakewood High School Cafeteria from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

July 3 at the Lakewood Band Shell, North Lake Drive, from 6:00 to 8: p.m.

Registration forms on line at Return written forms to DPW (Department of Public Works).


Instructional Band Camp: A three-week program, at Lakewood High School, Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. is designed for students in grades 4 -12.  The Instructional Band Camp is an excellent opportunity to start a new instrument. The camp features group rehearsals and sectionals for all wind, string, percussion instruments, and beginners’ lessons.  Music videos and free lunches are included. Fee: $5.00 for Lakewood residents; $100 non-Lakewood residents. Pre-registration required. Contact the Lakewood Recreation Office (732-905-3405, Ext. 6017)..

Free All-day Camps Begin July 1 Five camps with free breakfasts and  lunches are available to all Lakewood children ages 5-13, Monday through Friday from July 1 to August 9 from 8:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  No camp on July 4. MUST REGISTER YOUR CHILD FOR THE CAMP OF YOUR CHOICE. Parents can register at the following playgrounds: John Patrick Sports Complex, Clifton Avenue School, Larry D’Zio Park, Pine Park, and Rev. Clayton Park. Each site is staffed with experienced adult supervisors who have designed a variety of enjoyable activities for your child. Although adult supervision is provided, a child 10 years of age or older is free to leave the camp any time. A parent must sign a camper in and out at a site.

On days of inclement weather, the playgrounds will be closed. Listen to WOBM for closing information.  Fee for out-of-town residents is $100.

Co-Ed Soccer: Learn to play soccer with instruction and games, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at theJohn Patrick Sports Complex, July 1 to August 7,  for Lakewood children ages 4 to 12 years old. Fee: $10 registration fee, first child, $5.00 each additional child

 Ages 4 to 6 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Ages 7 to 9 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Ages 10-12 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Girls’ Volleyball – Beginner and Advanced: Learn to play volleyball at the John Patrick Sports Complex, starting July 2, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday for children in Grades 1-5 and Thursday for children in Grades 6-12.

Wrestling – ONE WEEK CAMP Learn the skills and techniques of wrestling, June 24 and 26 for children in Grades 6 -12; and June 25 an 27 for children in grades K – 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 in the Lakewood High School wrestling room. Free lunch is included.

July 2 – August 6, Tuesday nights from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. for students in Grades 1-12.

Fee: $10 for the first child and $5 for each additional child. For further information, call the Lakewood Recreation office at 732-905-3405 or visit


We’ve Got Talent! Special Needs Students Perform at Harbor School Talent Show

Posted on June 5, 2019 By

The staff at Harbor School, Eatontown, recently gave 40 students with special needs and disabilities an opportunity to showcase their unique abilities in a two-and-half-hour school-wide talent show attended by students, parents, and staff.

Students of all ages at the Harbor School, one of three RKS Associates private special education schools approved by the N.J. Department of Education, decided which talent they wanted to share with their peers, staff, and Harbor families. Then they worked with dance teacher Santhe Bielk and music teacher Amanda Latham to practice for the show.

Besides singing and dancing, students did stand-up comedy, played acoustic guitar and piano, and performed in a drama skit.

 Since students asked Karin DeMarco, Occupational Therapist, and Sarah McNulty, Speech Therapist, to help them with a talent show several years ago, they have been coordinating this annual event and encouraging students to sign up and showcase their abilities. Students prepared for three months.

Erik Glazner, supervisor of instruction of RKS Associates, said, “There was a huge turnout to the show. Many families came to support their son or daughter as well as all the students.”

The Alpha, Harbor, and Gateway schools each offer a twelve-month program with a wide range of services, including speech, occupational and physical therapy; counseling; music; computers; physical education; and vocational training. 

For more information or for school enrollment questions, Dana Giblin at 732-544-9394.              

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

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


Michele R. Donato Joins Local Law Firm

Posted on June 5, 2019 By

Michele R. Donato, Esq., has joined the law firm of Davison, Eastman, Muñoz, Lederman & Paone, P.A., with offices in Freehold and Toms River, N.J.  Donato, who brings more than 40 years of legal experience to the firm, will focus on land use law, environmental law, historic preservation law and prerogative writ litigation.

Prior to joining Davison, Eastman, Muñoz, Lederman & Paone, Donato had her own firm in Lavallette, N.J. Before that, she was a partner in the law firm of Frizell & Pozycki, Metuchen.

Donato attended George Washington University, Washington, D.C.; and received a B.A. Magna Cum Laude from Rutgers College and her Juris Doctor in 1977 from Rutgers University School of Law, Newark. At Rutgers, she served on the editorial board of the Law Review, was a Student Bar Association representative, chairman of the Faculty Promotions & Tenure Committee, member of the Faculty Appointments Committee, and member of the Rutgers Environmental Law Society.  She has been a coadjutant Rutgers faculty member from 1983 to the present.

Donato’s publications include The Department of the Public Advocate Public Interest Representation and Administrative Oversight, 30 Rutgers L. Rev. 386 (1977); New Jersey Practice, Skills and Methods, Updates (1981 through 1985); and Preserving New Jersey Commentary (1986 through 1987). She edited the 2013 edition of Cox, Zoning and Land Use Administration in New Jersey. She is a frequent contributor to New Jersey Planner and League of Municipality articles, among other similar publications.

Donato’s professional associations include General Counsel, New Jersey Planning Officials since 2012; Assistant and Associate Counsel to New Jersey Planning Officials (1992 to 2012). She was a trustee of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys (2008 to 2015) and its second vice president. She also served as president of Preservation New Jersey (1990 through 1992).  

Donato received the 2013 William Cox Award for Excellence in Land Use and was deemed among Super Lawyers, 2011 to 2019. 

For more information, contact Michele Donato at

About Davison, Eastman, Muñoz, Lederman & Paone: Founded in 1988, Davison, Eastman, Muñoz, Lederman & Paone P.A. represents clients in corporate litigation as well as in civil and criminal cases, business and employment law, trusts and estates, municipal, community associations, real estate and land use and DWI defense. Five of the firm’s attorneys hold the distinction of being certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as trial attorneys in civil, criminal or municipal law. The law firm’s offices are located in Freehold and Toms River. For more information, visit, or call 732.462.7170.