Students at Alpha School Challenge Hunger

Posted on March 8, 2019 By

For the past 10 years, Alpha School Career Education students, West County Line Road, Jackson, N.J., have won the Division 1 Awards in the statewide Students Change Hunger Challenge food drive competition. This year each student collected 31 pounds of food from September 17, 2018, through December 10, 2019!

For their outstanding accomplishment, iPlay America, Freehold, recently honored the Alpha School with three awards during an award ceremony: the 1,500 Pound Club Award, the Division 1 Award, and the Pounds per Student Award.

Eileen Trainor, a secondary teacher at the Alpha School, said, “We always make an effort to teach our students to be aware of others in need and to develop a spirit of caring for others. We thank everyone for helping our students make a difference and helping our families and neighbors in need in Monmouth and Ocean Counties.”

Alpha School is one of three RKS Associates state-approved special education schools that include the Harbor School, Eatontown, and the Gateway School, Carteret. All three schools 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.

Alpha students begin the yearly campaign Students Change Hunger by making flyers that are sent home to families, staff, neighbors, and relatives, explaining their involvement in Students Change Hunger and outlining what the local foodbank Fulfill needs.

Students encourage everyone to make weekly donations, which can be dropped out at their homes. They also collect items like peanut butter and jelly, soups, and tuna fish. School fundraising includes selling pizza, cookies, and ice cream; holding staff dress-down days during which the staff can either wear jeans for $1.00 or bring in a food item; and raffling items made by students in Career Education classes and donating those funds to Fulfill.

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

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)

About the Students Change Hunger: Students Change Hunger is a statewide school food drive competition designed to help neighbors in need during the holiday season. Schools, categorized by the size of their student population, compete to collect as much food as possible. The schools that bring in the most food in their division are given special awards at the end of the competition.

About Fulfill (Taken from website): Hunger is still very real in Monmouth and Ocean counties. Every day, one in 10 of our neighbors does not have enough to eat. This includes over 21,000 children in Monmouth and 25,000 children in Ocean. Fulfill provides over 13 million meals every year to 130,000 of our neighbors right here in our communities. Fulfill provides over 142,000 meals to our school children in backpacks, kids’ café, and summer meals programs. The Fulfill mobile pantries serve over 17,757 people in our communities, including seniors and veterans.


David Lederman Featured Speaker at March 12 Lunch Meeting

Posted on March 7, 2019 By

David Lederman, Lakewood, a CPA at Lederman & Associates, Brick, will discuss “More Than Just Income Taxes” at the Lunch a Little, Learn a Lot business meeting, noon to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 12, 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.

In his talk, Lederman will talk about the activities that go beyond the usual income tax related services needed by families and businesses during or after a life changing event. He will highlight the required reporting for Estates and Trusts; reporting to the Surrogate on custodianships; reporting for bankruptcies; and coaching the surviving spouse with household financial organization.

Lederman’s practice includes business consulting, bookkeeping guidance, income tax planning, and the preparation required by businesses and families. Lederman, who has been a CPA since 1974, earned his B.S. in Business Administration from American University, Washington, D.C.

Lederman is a member of NJCPA, COBA (Central Ocean Business Association) and the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call David Lederman at 732-920-7801 or Lederman & Associates is in the Lions Head Office Park, 35 Beaverson Blvd. 4B, Brick, NJ 08723.


Lakewood Recreation Department Announces Its Spring Soccer Schedule

Posted on March 7, 2019 By

The Lakewood Recreation Department has announced its 2019 spring soccer schedule. Registration is March 19, 21, 26 and 28 at the Ella G. Clarke School, Manetta Avenue, and April 1 at the John Patrick Sports Complex, Vine Street, Lakewood.

The spring soccer program at the John Patrick Sports Complex is designed for boys and girls, ages 4 through 12, on Mondays and Wednesdays, with Friday make-up, April 1 through May 22. The registration fee is $10.00. Players are asked to bring a personal soccer ball to practice.

Soccer for children ages 4, 5, and 6 is 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Soccer for children ages 7, 8, and 9 is 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Soccer for children ages 10, 11, and 12 is 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

For more information, call the Lakewood Recreation office at 732-905-3405 or visit


Lakewood Household Hazardous Waste Day Sunday, March 31

Posted on March 7, 2019 By

Lakewood residents are urged to rid their homes of potential hazards that pose a potential threat to families and to Ocean County’s clean air and water. Protect the environment by participating in the Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Program.

Ocean County and the Lakewood Township Department of Public Works (DPW) is holding a Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Day for pre-registered residents only, Sunday, March 31 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Lakewood Public Works yard, One America Way, Lakewood.

Lakewood residents can dispose of hazardous materials, free of charge by calling 732-367-0802 to pre-register. Pre-registration is required and is on a first-come-first-served basis. Sign in and see the attendant. A driver’s license or tax bill will be adequate proof of residence.

Acceptable materials: Cleaning products/chemicals, aerosols, auto products, herbicides/pesticides, gasoline/waste oil, propane tanks, stains/varnishes, polyurethanes/polishes, fire extinguishers, mercury-containing devices (thermostats), batteries, paints/paint thinners

Unacceptable materials include: Electronics, radioactive materials (smoke detectors), oxygen tanks, dioxins, infectious wastes (“red bag” wastes), unknown or unidentifiable materials. NO CONSTRUCTION WASTES OR ASBESTOS.

The Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Day for residents is NOT open to businesses, school boards or municipal and state government agencies. Only Ocean County residential households and farmers are eligible for this free program.

Future dates will be announced in June. For more info please visit For more information please visit For more information or questions, call 732-905-3405.

The Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Program is sponsored by the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Ocean County Department of Solid Waste Management. The Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders are made up of Virginia E. Haines, Director; John P. Kelly, Deputy Director; Gerry P. Little; Gary Quinn; and Joseph H. Vicari.


What an Adventure! Vito Cardinale Will Speak about Adventure Crossing USA at March Ocean ELC Meeting

Posted on March 5, 2019 By

Vito Cardinale, the founder and president of Cardinale Enterprises, will give an informative and detailed overview of his Jackson, N.J., project Adventure Crossing USA at the Ocean County ELC (Employer Legislative Committee) meeting and breakfast Friday, March 22, 2019, from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. at the at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 815 Route 37 West, Toms River, N.J.

Frank Robinson, VP of NJBIA (NJ Business and Industry Association) will be updating attendees about business-related topics from Trenton and their affect on businesses and the local community.

Adventure Crossing, characterized as “…one of the greatest sports and entertainment facilities in the Northeast,” is a mixed-use complex next to Great Adventure that covers 300 acres and will include restaurants, retail stores, a driving range, a brain research center, and more with a projected cost of $500 million. Construction has already started on a 120,000-sq. ft. sports dome and two hotels, scheduled for completion in 2020.

The registration fee, including a buffet breakfast, is $20.00. R.S.V.P. to mpangelini@ or call 908-309-5395. Pay at the door or mail checks, payable to Ocean ELC, to Mary Pat Angelini, P.O. Box 517, Oakhurst, N.J. 07755.

The Ocean County ELC is sponsored by Holman Frenia Allison, PC; New Jersey Natural Gas, and NorthStar Strategies in partnership with the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce

About ELC: Employer Legislative Committees: The ELCs, established by NJBIA in 1959, are independent, local organizations representing all 21 counties. At each meeting, legislators, cabinet members or local officials will discuss important issues pertinent to business. Attendees also receive a briefing from one of NJBIA’s government affairs experts on legislative and regulatory issues affecting employers. About NJBIA: The New Jersey Business & Industry Association, Trenton, N.J., provides information, services and advocacy to its member companies in order to build a more prosperous New Jersey. NJBIA is the nation’s largest statewide employer association. Its members, as a group, employ more than one million people and represents every industry in the state, including contractors, manufacturers, retail and wholesale businesses, and service providers of every kind. Visit for more information.


Preferred Home Health Care to Be Honored by LADACIN

Posted on March 5, 2019 By

Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services, an Annual Corporate Gold Guardian Sponsor, is being honored for its continuous support of LADACIN Network. In addition to generous donations, PHHC has also provided staff trainings for LADACIN and has supported LADACIN’s events, including representation on the Rosebud Committee since 2014 and its participation on “Team LADACIN” in the N.J. Marathon in 2014 and 2017.

Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services (PHHC) Inc., with headquarters in Eatontown, will honored by LADACIN Network at its 2019 Rosebud Gala, Saturday, March 30, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Eatontown Hotel, Eatontown.

Since 1993, PHHC has provided a wide range of medical and non-medical home health care services from pediatric to geriatric care in 14 locations throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Joel Markel, founder and president of PHHC, 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.”

Other honorees include Humanitarian Honorees, Rosebud Legacy Volunteers: Marlene Bell, Jean Catlin, Rosemary and William P. Collopy, Marian Hartnett, Thomas F. Hayes, Bonnie Hogan, Donna Macaluso, and Kathleen Vivona. Brick Memorial High School National Honor Society will receive the Young Leaders Award.

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

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 at 45 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 for more information.

The mission of LADACIN: LADACIN Network, 1703 Kneeley Blvd., Wanamassa, N.J., is a nonprofit agency whose mission is to provide a continuum of care, including educational, therapeutic, social, residential and support services to infants, children, and adults with complex physical and developmental disabilities and delays. For more information, visit


N.J. Health Care Networking Group to Meet March 13

Posted on March 5, 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, March 13, 2019, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Eastern International College, 684 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07306. The snow date is Thursday, March 14.

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.


BP Print Group Hosts Lakewood Chamber Business after Hours

Posted on March 4, 2019 By

BP Print Group, 315 Fourth Street, Lakewood, and its CEO Ben Heinemann hosted about 75 people at a Lakewood Chamber of Commerce “Business after Hours.” Attendees were treated to prizes; caricatures by professional artists; sushi, wraps, salads, and a variety of food from Upper Crust, Lakewood; and such promotional items as personally engraved post-it books, pens, and portable computer lights.

BP Print Group has several departments that specialize in print, including the printing of marketing, advertising and promotional materials; invitations from design to managing mailings; copy services (bindings, blueprints, laminating, wide-format printing, yearbooks, etc.); a design center with a full graphic design team; marketing and assistance with developing and maintaining brand identity; and seforim printing in English and Hebrew.

Senator Robert W. Singer, who represents New Jersey’s 30th Legislative District, praised the scope and variety of work BP Print Group has provided Lakewood and surrounding communities for the past 30 years.

Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles said, “BP Graphics and Ben Heinemann have been a steadfast part of Lakewood’s economic growth and development for 30 years. Because of their commitment to Lakewood, and the excellent work and service they always provide, it is no surprise that BP and Ben Heinemann are a successful and invaluable part of our town and the community.”

Justin Flancbaum, president of the Lakewood Chamber, said, “BP doesn’t only have the best prices, they get the job done quickly and efficiently; and their customer service is outstanding. We are so proud to have BP in our town and in our Chamber.”

Ben Heinemann said, “I was proud to host this fabulous networking event that was enjoyed by all. Participants made many connections and stayed for a long time – that is surely a sign of success. We love hosting, and hope to do it again soon.”

For more information about BP Print Group, contact Ben Heinemann at 732-905-9830 or Contact Menashe Miller, executive director of the Lakewood Chamber, 681 River Avenue, Suite 2F, Lakewood, N.J., at 732-363-0012 or visit www. for Chamber information or upcoming events.

The Mission of the Lakewood Chamber: The mission of the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce is to serve the needs of the business community by advocacy; i.e., representing the voice of the business community; by advancing interaction and relationships among businesses for their collective best interest and that of the community; and by enhancing business growth and success through education, services, and the development of programs for members.


Child Study Teams to Visit Special Needs Schools

Posted on March 4, 2019 By

Principals at the Harbor School, Eatontown; Alpha School, Jackson; and Gateway School, Carteret, three RKS Associates New Jersey state-approved, private special education schools, will be giving guided tours for public school Child Study Teams* from 11 New Jersey counties. Child Study Teams may include school psychologists, social workers, learning consultants; and directors or supervisors of special education and school officials who may be looking for placement for special needs students.

All three RKS 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.

A tour for the Alpha School is Tuesday, March 19, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to Noon; for the Harbor School, Wednesday, April 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; and the Gateway School, both Friday, April 12 and Wednesday, May 15 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Dana Giblin, director of the RKS schools, said, “We have invited Child Study Teams from the districts we serve and those we are hoping to serve.”

Monica DeTuro, Alpha School principal, Jackson, said, “Since its inception in 1980, the Alpha School has welcomed hundreds of children through our doors with open arms. We accept children, ranging in age from five to 21, with various disabilities including autism; Down’s syndrome; and communication, learning, social, and emotional disabilities. We work with each child as an individual with his or her own unique areas of strength and areas that require special attention.”

If any Child Study Team member or Team is interested in visiting one of the RKS schools, please contact Dana Giblin at 732-544-9394. For more information or school enrollment information, contact Dana Giblin.

*The Child Study Team (CST) is a group of professionals employed by a Board of Education who provide consultative, evaluative, and prescriptive services to teachers and parents in regard to students who are experiencing school related difficulties.

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) ttps://


Lakewood Twp. Recreation Announces Spring Youth Programs

Posted on March 1, 2019 By

The Lakewood Recreation Department has announced the 2019 schedule of its spring youth and adult programs, including an Easter Egg Hunt, wrestling, and adult arts and crafts programs. Spring programs begin April 1 and end May 22, 2019.

The Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by Lakewood recreation for Lakewood children only, ages 3 to 10, is Saturday, April 20, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. at the John Patrick Sports Complex, Vine Street, Lakewood. (Rain date is April 21 at 2:00 p.m.). This event features candy-filled eggs, special prizes, and the Easter Bunny.

Boys and girls, grades K through 12, can learn the skills and techniques of Escape wrestling from some of the top wrestling coaches. Spring wrestling instruction will meet on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Lakewood High School wrestling room. Register in the wrestling room beginning April 2. The registration fee is $10.00.

Girls’ Volleyball is open to girls in grades 6 through 12 who want to learn how to play volleyball and improve their skills. Instruction is free on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 in the gym at Lakewood High School.

Only the instruction is free for adult crafts, including jewelry making, crocheting, and arts and crafts at the Lakewood Community Center. Instruction for Jewelry Making is Mondays, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Crochet, Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Arts and Crafts, Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Programs may be cancelled because of inclement weather, holidays, school building use or school construction. Listen to WOBM for cancellations. For more information, call the Lakewood Recreation office at 732-905-3405 or visit