CFO of Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services to Receive Carol Kientz Member of the Year Award

Posted on June 5, 2019 By

Since 1986, the Carol Kientz Member of the Year Award has been given to an individual who has gone above and beyond in involvement and commitment to the Home Care & Hospice Association of N.J., and its mission to promote the betterment of the home care and hospice industry in New Jersey.

This year Todd Thiede, Hoboken, CFO of Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services (PHHC), Eatontown, will be the recipient of this award on June 6, 2019, at Caesars, Atlantic City, at the 2019 conference of the Home Care & Hospice Association of N.J.

Thiede serves as treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors of the Home Care & Hospice Association of N.J., and is active on its Political Action and Finance, and Government Affairs committees.

Nancy Fitterer, president & CEO of the Home Care & Hospice Association of N.J., said, “Todd’s commitment to home care is unparalleled. His tireless advocacy helps not only the patients that Preferred serves, but all of their employees as he strives to get them better wages and benefits. It has been a pleasure to work side by side with Todd as we tackle the many issues that face home care in New Jersey.”

Thiede was named 2018 Humanitarian of the Year of the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation 2018 and CFO of the Year (2017) by Corporate Vision Magazine. He serves on the board of directors of Circle of Life, an organization that provides support for families and palliative care for children who are terminally ill. He attends meetings of the New Jersey Board of Nursing to expedite certification and the licensure process, and is trying to lift the moratorium on new LPN schools. In his active role with payer sources, he focuses on the need for increased rates for home care companies.

Thiede earned a B.S. in accounting in 1999 from Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Prior to joining PHHC, Thiede spent several years on Wall Street working for Goldman Sachs as a Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis.

Thiede is a proud Eagle Scout, and husband and father of two.

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

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. Delaware location: Claymont. Visit Preferred at PreferredCares.com for more information.

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Preferred Is Hosting a Job Fair This June for RNs and LPNs

Posted on May 28, 2019 By

Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services is holding a job fair with refreshments and giveaways in Mount Laurel, 16000 Horizon Way, Suite 800, on Thursday, June 13, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for RNs and LPNs.

Open positions for RNs and LPNs are available for all shifts, including day, evening, and night shifts throughout Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester Counties. Bring a resume, driver’s license, social security card, and a license as either an RN or LPN for onsite interviews. Applicants can also apply online at PreferredCares.com. Bring a friend, get a referral bonus!

Benefits include flexible work schedules; weekly pay; paid time off; and medical, dental, and supplemental insurances. For more information, call the office at (856) 273-1312 or email jwestman@preferredcares.com.

For more informationabout 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. Delaware location: Claymont. Visit Preferred at PreferredCares.com for more information.   

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New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy Marks Monmouth Day Care Center’s Jubilee with a Visit

Posted on May 28, 2019 By

Monmouth Day Care Center (MDCC) continued its impressive 50th anniversary celebration with a visit from Governor Phil Murphy on Thursday, May 16, at its Red Bank location.

Governor Murphy, a Red Bank (Middletown) resident, toured the MDCC with Executive Director Heidi Zaentz and met with the executive leadership of the Center. The Governor also met with the children and staff, learning about the critically important services MDCC provides to area families.

According to Zaentz, MDCC personnel wanted to ensure that the Governor understood the importance of MDCC for the population it serves and how the state of the economy affects such an important non-profit center. 

Zaentz said, “The hope is that a visit to MDCC enlightened him to the importance of this program and its vital presence in the community.  But above all, the visit by Governor Murphy was a thrilling and exciting day for everyone associated with the Center.

 “This was the second time in the 50-year history of our organization that a sitting Governor visited Monmouth Day Care Center. Governor Christine Todd Whitman was the first to visit during her term and now Governor Murphy.  It was a wonderful experience introducing the governor to our staff and children.  He was able to see first-hand how important we are to the families in the greater Red Bank community.  Having a Governor visit our center validates our importance to the community and the families that we serve.”

Monmouth Day Care Center serves families with diverse socio-economic backgrounds from more than 25 local communities.  MDDC offers scholarships and fees on a sliding scale for families who qualify.  Families who do not qualify for government support but cannot afford the full cost of care receive tuition assistance based on a sliding scale fee due to substantial community fundraising efforts of the Board. Call 732-741-4313 with questions or for more information.

About Monmouth Day Care Center:  Monmouth Day Care Center, a nonprofit licensed by the State of New Jersey, is open from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., has eight classrooms; two playgrounds; a multi-purpose room that also serves as an indoor gym; a library; and provides breakfast, lunch and snacks. Children from two months to five years old, infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, who come from families with diverse socioeconomic backgrounds can attend full- or part-time. Contracts for tuition are maintained with the Division of Family Development, including Work First New Jersey Program and New Jersey Cares for Kids. Visit www.monmouthdaycarecenter1969.org. for more information.

History of Monmouth Day Care Center: MDCC began with just one class of children in 1969. It was the first Monmouth County School to be accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and star-rated by Grow NJ Kids. It was established under the sponsorship of the Revitalization Corps, National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Red Bank Section, Junior League of Monmouth County, Council of Churches, and Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club of Central New Jersey.

Photo #1:   (left)  Mary Logan Foard and (rt) Lata Mahbubani, MDCC Board Membrrs

Photo #2:     Executive Director Heidi Zaentz showing Governor Murphy the MDCC Outdoor

                   Playground.  Red Bank Administrator Ziad Shehady Is in the Background.

Photo #3:     MDCC Board Members and Staff, Councilmen Hazim Yassin and Michael Ballard.

Photo #4:   Heidi Zaentz Thanks Governor Murphy for Visiing. President-elect Brendan McLoughlin, Red Bank Councilmen Michael Ballard and Hazim Yassin

Photo #5:    Board President Lanae Herman Thanks Governor Murphy for Visiting

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Preferred Home Health Care Company Opens Pittsburgh Branch

Posted on May 28, 2019 By

Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services (PHHC) with headquarters in Eatontown, N.J., opened a home health care branch in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at 5500 Corporate Dr.  

PHHC has locations throughout New Jersey, several in Pennsylvania, and one in Delaware. The company provides a wide range of medical and non-medical home health care services from pediatric to geriatric care. PHHC, accredited by CHAP* (Community Health Accreditation Partner), works collaboratively with physicians, hospitals, nursing homes, and facilities to ensure a smooth transition to one’s home.    **an accrediting organization for the home health care industry

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.

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

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. Delaware location: Claymont. Visit Preferred at PreferredCares.com for more information.   

Photos by Scott Witalis Photography, LLC

Photo #1: Jessie Carmichael, Client Services Mgr., PHHC; Michael Brown, Regional Dir., PHHC; Jim Boltz, President, Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber; Kim Zachary, Councilwoman, Town of McCandless; Anthony Thomassey, Advocate

#2: Superhero Camden Swantek

#3: Bob Grimm, Twp. Mgr.; Jonathan Herman, COO, PHHC; Joel Markel, PHHC President and CEO; Jim Boltz, President, Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber; Kim Zachary, Councilwoman, Town of McCandless

#4: Lisa Gallicchio, Dir.  of Community Relations, PHHC; Stephanie Kulak, Regional Dir. of Nursing, PHHC; Erin Swantek, Dir. of Nursing, PHHC; Jessie Carmichael, PHHC Client Services Mgr.; Joel Markel, PHHC President and CEO; Jim Boltz, President, Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber; Kim Zachary, Councilwoman, Town of McCandless; Michael Brown, Regional Dir., PHHC; Jonathan Herman, COO, PHHC.

# 5: Jessie Carmichael, Client Services Mgr., PHHC; Joel Markel, PHHC President and CEO; and

Erin Swantek, Dir. of Nursing, PHHC.

# 6: Joel Markel, PHHC President and CEO; and Jim Boltz, President, Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber

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N.J. Health Care Networking Group to Meet June 12

Posted on May 27, 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, June 12, 2019, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at United Methodist Communities, 460 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood, NJ 08108.

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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Jewish Family Services of Middlesex County to Honor Joel Markel, President of Preferred Home Health Care

Posted on May 23, 2019 By

Jewish Family Services of Middlesex County (JFS) will be honoring Joel Markel at its ONE Community Gala 2019 to mark 50 years of serving the community, Sunday, June 2, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. at Classical Caterers, 1001 Finnegan Lane, North Brunswick.

Joel Markel, the founder and president of Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services (PHHC), with headquarters in Eatontown, will be honored as Community Business Leader for his leadership in the home health care industry, and for his commitment and support throughout the years to various organizations like JFS, the Jewish community, the people JFS serves, and his tireless efforts to help improve lives through his work.

            Jack Goldberg, Immediate Past President, JFS, said, “Joel’s dedication and enthusiasm to all programs at Jewish Family Services is extraordinary.  His ‘good deeds’ make Joel stand out as a leader in our community.”

            More than 300 local professionals, businesses, and supporters will recognize Markel and two other outstanding community leaders for their valuable support of the community that has enabled JFS to help more than 25,000 seniors, Holocaust survivors, individuals, and children this past year through wide-ranging services, such as a hot meal, citizenship classes, computer training, socialization programs, and a food pantry to help families put food on their tables.

            Other honorees are Vickie Solomon, JFS President Emeritus, who will receive the Jewish Community Leader, Lifetime Achievement Award; and Lina Llona, president of the Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce, who will receive the Greater Community Leader award.

            Black tie optional event tickets cost $180 and include a cocktail hour, dinner, dancing with the Avi Maza Orchestra, auctions, and featured speaker Art Shamsky of the 1969 Miracle Mets who will talk about the Mets’ season 50 years ago.

For sponsorships, journal ads, or more information, call Judy Cavaliere, JFS administrator, at 732-306-0218 or visit www.jfsmiddlesex.org.  Contact Lisa Gallicchio, Preferred’s director community relations, at 732-547-9886 or lisa@preferredcares.com . For more information about Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services, visit PreferredCares.com.

About Preferred Home Health Care: PHHC, which has locations throughout New Jersey, several in Pennsylvania, and one in Delaware, provides a wide range of medical and non-medical home health care services from pediatric to geriatric care. PHHC, accredited by CHAP* (Community Health Accreditation Partner), works collaboratively with physicians, hospitals, nursing homes and facilities to ensure a smooth transition to one’s home. *an accrediting organization for the home health care industry.

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.

About Joel Markel: Joel Markel has also served on the board of Circle of Life Foundation, a New Jersey-based organization whose mission is to provide palliative care for seriously ill and dying children, and support for families.

Markel, the son of a Hungarian Auschwitz survivor, had long desired to contribute to the field of Holocaust memory to honor the experience of his mother and the millions of victims of the Jewish genocide. It was during a tour of the Roman Ghetto in 2004 that Markel first heard the story of Kappler’s Gold Extortion.  Markel wanted to bring this story to an American audience. As a result, Markel, the founder and executive producer of Ottimo Films, created 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. Oro Macht Frei won Best International Documentary out of 15 submissions at the 13th annual Garden State Film Festival (GSFF), Atlantic City.  He is a member of Chhange – Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education.

Markel, who speaks English, Spanish, and Hebrew fluently, grew up in Bensonhurst, New York. He graduated from CUNY Brooklyn with a B.S. in accounting.  

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Dr. Jones Appointed Supervisor of Instruction at the Gateway School

Posted on May 23, 2019 By

Dr. LeRoi Jones recently joined the staff as a supervisor of instruction and a teacher at the Gateway School, Carteret, one of three RKS Associates private special education schools approved by the N.J. Department of Education for students with special needs and disabilities.

Dr. Jones, who has 15 years of educational and special education experience, will provide administrative support and instructional expertise to teachers and paraprofessionals. John Gonzalez, the previous supervisor of instruction, has become principal of the Alpha School, Jackson, N.J.

Prior to accepting the position at the Gateway School, Dr. Jones was the principal of the Lehmann School LADACIN Network, Lakewood, N.J.  Dr. Jones is also an adjunct professor at St. Peter’s University, Jersey City.

Dr. Jones was graduated from Monmouth University, Long Branch, with two Master’s degrees, one in educational leadership; the other in psychological counseling.  In 2011 Dr. Jones earned his Ed.D., a doctoral degree, in educational leadership from Rowan University, Glassboro, N.J.

A native of Red Bank, N.J., Dr. Jones was known as an accomplished and distinguished member of the Rowan University football team during his undergraduate days.  He made the All-American first team and in his final year was selected as Defensive Player of the Year.  After graduation Dr. Jones signed a contract with the Connecticut Coyotes and played with this professional team for one year.

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) 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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N.J. Health Care Networking Group to Meet June 12

Posted on May 23, 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, June 12, 2019, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at United Methodist Communities, 460 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood, NJ 08108.

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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Monmouth Day Care Recognizes Honorees at Its Jubilee Celebration This June

Posted on May 10, 2019 By

Monmouth Park Charity Fund and United Methodist Church of Red Bank will be honored at the Monmouth Day Care Center’s (MDCC) 50th Celebration on June 8, 2019, from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m., at the Navesink Country Club, 50 Luffburrow Lane, Middletown, NJ 07748.

 The public, including local businesses, past board members, MDCC alumni and their parents, community partners, and long-time supporters are invited to celebrate. Tickets cost $175.00 each and include hors d’oeuvres, open bar, carving stations, silent auction, 50/50 raffle, and more.

Heidi Zaentz, executive director of MDCC, said, “The United Methodist Church of Red Bank is where we began. They provided us space for one classroom in the basement of the church in 1969.  We eventually grew too large for the space and moved into our current residence on Drs. James Parker Boulevard. 

“What I love about the church, is that even though we moved out, they have always supported us. Year after year, the church donates money to Monmouth Day Care Center.  And one of our most special bonds with the church is The Backpack Crew, a new partnership housed inside the church. They provide food on the weekends for seven of our neediest families. We’ve come full circle with them and we look forward to continuing our partnership.”

Zaentz said, “The Monmouth Park Charity Fund has been including MDCC in their grant distribution since almost the beginning. What I love so much about them is they help many nonprofits with diverse missions in Monmouth County.  The Monmouth Park Charity Fund is an asset to Monmouth Day Care Center and we appreciate their support year after year.”

The proceeds will benefit Monmouth Day Care Center programs, students, and families. Purchase tickets and sponsorships at www.bidpal.net/50thcelebration. Sponsorships range from $1000 to $15000.  For more information visit www.monmouthdaycarecenter1969.org. or contact Amy Thomas at athomas@monmouthdaycare.com.

Monmouth Day Care Center serves families with diverse socio-economic backgrounds from more than 25 local communities.  MDDC offers scholarships and fees on a sliding scale for families who qualify.  Families who do not qualify for government support but cannot afford the full cost of care receive tuition assistance based on a sliding scale fee due to substantial community fundraising efforts of the Board. Call 732-741-4313 with questions or for more information.

About Monmouth Day Care Center:  Monmouth Day Care Center, a nonprofit licensed by the State of New Jersey, is open from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., has eight classrooms; two playgrounds; a multi-purpose room that also serves as an indoor gym;  a library; and provides breakfast, lunch and snacks. Children from two months to five years old, infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, who come from families with diverse socioeconomic backgrounds can attend full- or part-time. Contracts for tuition are maintained with the Division of Family Development, including Work First New Jersey Program and New Jersey Cares for Kids.

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Alpha School to Promote New Principal in July

Posted on May 9, 2019 By

John Gonzalez, East Brunswick, a supervisor of instruction at Alpha School, Jackson, N.J., one of three RKS Associates private special education schools approved by the N.J. Department of Education for students with special needs and disabilities, will become the principal of the Alpha School this July, replacing Principal Monica DeTuro who is retiring after 20 years as principal.

Gonzalez, who joined the Alpha School staff in 2018, brings 17 years of experience working with exceptional children in the Jersey City Public Schools. Gonzalez received his B.S. in Management from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, in 2000; and a M.A. in Special Education and Educational Leadership from New Jersey City University, Jersey City, in 2006.

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 Harbor 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) 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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