RNs, LPNs, and CHHAs Invited to Job Fair Sponsored by Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services

Posted on February 19, 2019 By

Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services is holding an open house and job fair for RN, LPN, and CHHA positions on Thursday, February 28, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, at 3331 Street Road, Suite 440.

Join Preferred for lunch and a gift card raffle for $50 at Target. Part- and full-time shifts are available. Benefits include flexible work schedules; weekly pay; paid time off; and medical, dental, and supplemental insurances. Nurses will receive a $500 sign-on bonus. Counties served include Philadelphia, Bucks, and Montgomery.

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

For more information, call 267-704-5100 or jhauze@preferredcares.com. For more information about Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services, contact Lisa Gallicchio, director of community relations, at lisa@preferredcares.com or 732-547-9886, or visit PreferredCares.com.

About Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services: Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services (PHHC), 45 Main Street, Eatontown, N.J., is accredited by CHAP (Community Health Accreditation Partner), an accrediting organization for the home health care industry. Preferred works collaboratively with physicians, hospitals, nursing homes, and facilities to ensure a smooth transition to one’s home. In-house services include skilled nursing care for infants, children, adults, and seniors; personal care services, including bathing, grooming, dressing, feeding, etc.; private duty nursing services; and at-home physical therapy, among others. All of the care can be provided in-house and is coordinated by registered nurses, with clinical supervision available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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

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Re-imagining HR with AI in the Future, Now!

Posted on February 19, 2019 By

Be prepared for HR’s changing role as AI, machine learning, and deep analytics become customary in the workplace. Learn about a new breakthrough research study that focuses on the future of HR in the era of AI at the monthly meeting of JSAHR (The Jersey Shore Association for Human Resources), open to the public, Thursday, March 14, 2019, from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m., at Jumping Brook Country Club, 210 Jumping Brook Road, Neptune, N.J.

Bill Jensen of The Jensen Group, co-sponsored by Ultimate Software (#3 Best Place to Work), will give attendees an understanding about how the AI era will impact HR’s role and responsibilities, and present actions that can be taken in a re-imagined future.

The registration fee, including a full buffet breakfast, is $30.00 for JSAHR members; $40.00 for nonmembers; $25.00 for guests and those in-transition, and $10.00 for full-time students.

Register online at jsahr.shrm.org/events or email admin@jsahr.org or call Christine Higgins, JSAHR chapter administrator, at 732-701-7155.

JSAHR, a SHRM affiliated chapter, is a Platinum Excel award winner of SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management.) This program is pending one (1) SHRM and one (1) HRCI (Human Resource Certification Institute) recertification credit. www.hrci.org.

About Bill Jensen: Bill Jensen is an internationally acclaimed thought leader, who has spent 30 years studying how work gets done. He is CEO of the Jensen Group, a Morristown-based consultancy that helps companies double their productivity and leap into future. He makes it easier for employees to pursue their passion and do great work.

Jenson is an IBM Futurist and has conducted high-impact Future of Work research for multiple technology giants. His first book, Simplicity was the number five Leadership/Management book on Amazon in 2000. His latest books Future Strong and The Day Tomorrow Said No map the tough choices each of us make to create our best futures.

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LHS Career Fair on March 15

Posted on February 19, 2019 By

Share your passion! Promote your business, find future employees, and help students prepare for employment by participating in the Lakewood High School (LHS) Career Fair, Friday, March 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the John Potts Richardson Gymnasium, Lakewood High School, 855 Somerset Avenue. The LHS Career Fair, sponsored by the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, is designed to make students aware of the opportunities, careers, and jobs that available to graduates.

Menashe Miller, executive director of the Lakewood Chamber, said, “A Career Fair is extremely beneficial for students as they think about the educational and skill requirements of possible career paths. Nothing could be more helpful than to speak to a person face-to-face.”

Lisa Gallicchio, director of community relations for Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services, Eatontown, and chairwoman of the Lakewood Chamber Educational Committee, said, “This is a great opportunity for the business community to make high school students aware of available career choices. The Lakewood Chamber is very proud to have this collaborative effort between LHS and the business community.”

Gay Huggins-Dickey, the PALS (Pupil Assisted Learning Services) coordinator, at Lakewood High School, who is coordinating the Career Fair with the Chamber and the business community, said, “Hosting a career or job fair gives students access to local company representatives. We need to give students the insight to consider achievable, rewarding, ‘right now’ careers, such as police officers, state troopers, administrative assistants, shipping and receiving clerks, any branch of the U.S. military, electricians and plumbers, or customer service representatives.

“These students are our future and we must do all we can to invest in them now so they may become the productive citizens we will need tomorrow.”

Free tables are available for the first 35 employers to respond. For more information call Menashe Miller, Lakewood Chamber, at 732-363-0012 or Gay Huggins-Dickey, LHS, at 732-905-3500 Ext. 7402.

About P.A.L.S. (Pupil Assisted Learning Services): P.A.L.S. is an elective class that includes four major components – civic participation, character development, career exploration, and service-learning. Students participate in projects and activities that make a difference by helping others, thus forming a link between school and community. Volunteering with community organizations enables students to use their free time productively. Learning experiences, such as job shadowing, mentoring, senior citizen outreach, computer tutoring, supervised childcare, and partnerships with local businesses and organizations, enriches everyone’s lives. P.A.L.S includes occasional after school, evening, or weekend events for which attendance may be required.

About SLE (Structured Leaning Experience): SLE, an internship program, is a learning experience for eligible high school seniors who have meet all graduation requirements and are seeking a limited hands-on experience for 25 hours or more. Students fulfilling SLE requirements can be considered for academic internships that allow interns to gain exposure to the duties required for entry-level in a particular career. This pre-professional opportunity is specific and project-based, with supervision by an experienced professional who provides guidance.

Photo #1: Tracey Haynes, Dir. Career Services, Branford Hall Career Institute, Jersey City, N.J.; Gay Huggins-Dickey, SLE Coordinator/PAL teacher at Lakewood; Josette Lewis-Barnett, Dir. Financial Aid Branford Hall Career Inst., Jersey City

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P.A.L.S. to Hold a Prom for Senior Citizens This May

Posted on February 19, 2019 By

Never had a Senior Prom? Wish you could have a “do over” for the Senior Prom you did have? It’s now possible. Students in the Lakewood High School (LHS) P.A.L.S. (Pupil Assisted Learning Services) and SLE (Structured Learning Experience) programs are planning “A Night of Stars,” the 14th annual Lakewood High School Prom for Senior Citizens, on Friday, May 10, 2019, in the Lakewood High School cafeteria and Commons.

Gay Huggins-Dickey, the P.A.L.S. coordinator, said students will crown a Prom King and Queen; the LHS Chef’s Club under the direction of James Conroy, the Culinary Arts teacher and the Club’s Executive Chef, will prepare a sit-down dinner; the LHS JROTC will present colors; DJ Jimmy Givens will provide music; and LHS photography and videography students will record and photograph the event for prom-goers.

Because seating is very limited, a lottery will be used to randomly select attendees. The deadline to enter the lottery is March 15, 2019. The drawing will take place March 18.

Ballots will appear in local newspapers, churches, and in adult communities. Also, individuals can email entries that include a name, address, and telephone number to gdickey@lakewoodpiners.org; or send letters or postcards to P.A.L.S. Office, c/o Mrs. Dickey, Lakewood High School, 855 Somerset Avenue, Lakewood, NJ, 08701. The winners will receive invitations by mail, valid for the recipient and one guest.

Dickey said, “We thank the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce for sponsoring this event. Our students look forward to hosting ‘seniors’ from our Ocean County communities for A Night of Stars, a wonderful night to remember. Former P.A.L.S. students often return to volunteer their time, and current P.A.L.S. students talk about the gala for many months.”

For more information, call Gay Huggins-Dickey at 732-905-3500 Ext 7402.

About P.A.L.S. (Pupil Assisted Learning Services): P.A.L.S. is an elective class that includes four major components – civic participation, character development, career exploration, and service-learning. Students participate in projects and activities that make a difference by helping others, thus forming a link between school and community. Volunteering with community organizations enables students to use their free time productively. Learning experiences, such as job shadowing, mentoring, senior citizen outreach, computer tutoring, supervised childcare, and partnerships with local businesses and organizations, enriches everyone’s lives. P.A.L.S includes occasional after school, evening, or weekend events for which attendance may be required.

About SLE (Structured Leaning Experience): SLE, an internship program, is a learning experience for eligible high school seniors who have meet all graduation requirements and are seeking a limited hands-on experience for 25 hours or more. Students fulfilling SLE requirements can be considered for academic internships that allow interns to gain exposure to the duties required for entry-level in a particular career. This pre-professional opportunity is specific and project-based, with supervision by an experienced professional who provides guidance.

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Lakewood Chamber Holds Installation of Executive Board and Directors

Posted on February 11, 2019 By

The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, 681 River Avenue, Suite 2F, Lakewood, N.J., recently held its annual retreat and induction ceremony for its 2019 Executive Board and Directors at Harrogate, 400 Locust Street, Lakewood, with a dinner prepared by Harrogate.

Guest speaker Senator Robert W. Singer, who represents New Jersey’s 30th Legislative District, praised the work of the Lakewood Chamber and brought board members up-to-date about the possible impact on businesses of such issues as increasing the minimum wage, pension plans, and legalizing marijuana. He also talked about the expansion of the Motor Vehicle Department.

Justin Flancbaum, executive director of the Lakewood Township MUA (Municipal Utilities Authority) and the new president of the Lakewood Chamber, presented outgoing Chamber president Jose Orozco with a plaque.

Menashe Miller, executive director of the Lakewood Chamber, said, “We are proud to represent the business community. The Lakewood Chamber is a premier business networking group, promoting the economic growth and development of area businesses. We are looking forward to an exciting and productive year.”

Among other advancements, Miller said Chamber members can look forward to a new cloud-based membership program that will continuously enhance the membership base and interface with the Chamber’s website, providing useful information.

New Executive Board members sworn in by Chamber Executive Director Menashe Miller are President Justin Flancbaum; 1st Vice President, Steven Mertz, Assistant Vice President of Fulton Bank; 2nd Vice President, Julie Vanore, Chief Administrative Officer, Preferred Behavioral Health; Treasurer, Jason Re, Senior Manager, Cowan & Gunteski; Secretary, Leonard Allen, Vice President, Lakeland Bank; and Immediate Past President, Jose F. Orozco, Vice President of Provident Bank. Members-at-Large are Ben Heinemann, Owner of BP Print Group, and Jennifer Weisert, Vice President of Manasquan Bank.

2019 Board members, sworn in by Executive Director Miller, are Attorney Jonathan Bender, Jonathan L. Bender, PC; Bruce Canell, Account Executive, Brickforce Staffing; Jill Flynn, Vice President, OceanFirst Bank; Denice Gaffney, Vice President, Foundation, Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus; Lisa Gallicchio, director of community relations, Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services; Jeff Gerstenblatt, Jeffrey Gerstenblatt, Esq.; Dion Johnson, Financial Advisor, Axa Advisors; Fran Kirschner, president of Frantasy Enterprises, PR Firm; David Nicola, Business Development Executive, Maser Consulting; Eli Rennert, Senior VP, First Commerce Bank; and Lori Thomas, Assoc. Director Corporate and Foundation Relations, Georgian Court University.

For more information, contact Menashe Miller, executive director of the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, at 732-363-0012 or visit www. Mylakewoodchamber.com.

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.

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Count Your Blessings. The Blessing Bag Brigade Is on the Way!

Posted on February 11, 2019 By

For the past three years, Alpha School Career Education students, Jackson, N.J., have volunteered with Kevin Garrison, founder of The Blessing Bag Brigade, to fill Blessing Bags with trial-size necessities for the homeless, things that are often taken for granted.

Alpha students with the help of other students, staff, family and community members are collecting everyday items such as shampoo, body wash, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, lotion, wipes, deodorant, disposable razors, unisex socks, hats, and gloves along with snack foods like breakfast bars, chips, pretzels, cheese & crackers through February 14 to distribute to the homeless in New Jersey and New York.

Eileen Trainer, high school teacher, said, “We want to teach our students to be aware of others in need and to develop a spirit of caring for others. It is truly a blessing for someone to receive a Blessing Bag, filled by our students, and distributed to the homeless.”

When asked about how they felt about filling the Blessing Bags, one student said, “I think it’s nice. It would be nice if more people did it because there are a lot of people that are homeless.” Another Alpha student, said, “I think it is a really nice thing to do.”

Anyone interested in contributing to the Blessing Bags, contact Eileen Trainer at 732-370-1150.

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.

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) 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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Monmouth Day Care Center Turns 50 with a Party and a Challenge!

Posted on February 7, 2019 By

Turning 50 for a business is a BIG milestone. Government officials, alumni, students and their families recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of Monmouth Day Care Center (MDCC), Red Bank, with festivities and a challenge.

The celebrations began with a check presentation by Two River Community Bank; an official proclamation presented by Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna at Borough Hall, 90 Monmouth Street, declaring January 25 as Monmouth Day Care Center Day; and a birthday party.

Senator Vin Gopal, Freeholder Gerry Scharfenberger, Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso, Mayor Pasquale Menna, Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling, Councilmen Ed Zipprich and Hasim Yassin attended the birthday party later that day along with students, families and alumni to mark the milestone birthday. John the Milkman (who delivers milk to the Center every day) provided music and Umberto’s in Fair Haven donated pizza. Each classroom was themed for a different decade.

Two River Community Bank, a long-time supporter of MDCC, donated $25,000 in honor of MDCC’s 50th Anniversary and has challenged the community to match their $25,000 donation now through December 31, 2019. Make checks payable to Monmouth Day Care Center or MDCC and mail them to MDCC, 9 Drs. James Parker Blvd., Red Bank, NJ 07701. Write “Challenge” on check. Donations can also be made via credit card. Call 732.741.4313 or visit www.monmouthdaycarecenter1969.org and click on the Donate Button.

Heidi Zaentz, executive director of MDCC, said, “Monmouth Day Care Center is truly a special place. Our 50 years of unending commitment to early childhood education and the welfare of our families have been and will always be our priority. We are overwhelmed by the support of the community and its leaders. The year 2019 will be an amazing 50th year for us, and we look forward to many more amazing years.”

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, a nonprofit, began with just one class of children in 1969. Today Monmouth Day Care Center, 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 2 months to 5 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 was the first Monmouth County School to be accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). 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. We love keeping everyone informed with press releases, such as this one; but, if you would like us to take you or your company off our regular email list, please let us know via phone or email. Our contact information is at the top of this release. ### Publicize or Perish! ™

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#292: Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna declares Jan. 25 Monmouth Day Care Center Day, with Heidi Zaentz, Marlboro, MDCC Executive Director, and Lanae Herman, Rumson, MDCC Board President

#303: Proclamation Presentation-Red Bank Mayor Menna, Heidi Zaentz, MDDC Executive Director; Lanae Herman, MDCC Board President

#417: Group Photo at Proclamation Presentation-Children in front row: Briana Bennett, Lincroft, MDCC student; Charlotte Thomas, Fair Haven; Raymond Thomas, Fair Haven; Austin Schmetterer, MDCC student and MDCC alumnus Isaac Schmetterer, both of Red Bank.

Next row: Debra Lee Iapicco Lincroft, MDCC Brd Secty. And former MDCC Brd. Pres; Teresa Jahns, Brd. Member; Lauren Bennett, Lincroft, Brd Member and parent of two children; Dolores Feinswog, Sharewsbury, original Brd Member and former Pres; Jon Friedman, Fair Haven, former Brd Member; Linda Friedman, Red Bank, Brd. Member; Mayor Pasquale Menna; Heidi Zaentz; Lanae Herman; Dave Schmetterer Red Bank, Brd Member; Laraine Gaunt, Red Bank, Brd Member; Eliot, Red Bank, Alumnus and RBR student; Kate Okeson, Red Bank, Parent Alumni*; Joanne Giordano, Red Bank, Brd Member; Elizabeth Goss, Oceanport, Brd Member and Past Pres.; Nancy Trimble, Jackson, Dir. of Operations, Parent Alumni*, dedicated to working at MDCC for 34 years

#353: Two River Bank Check Presentation – Robin Fitzmaurice, Rumson, VP Commercial Loan Officer; Dolores Feinswog, Shrewsbury, Founding Mother, Brd Member for 50 years, and former Brd Pres; John Milnes, Oceanport, Two River Community Bank; Bill Moss, Little Silver, former Brd Member, CEO & chairman of Two River Community Bank; Lanae Herman, Rumson, MDCC Brd President; Heidi Zaentz, Marlboro, MDCC Executive Dir.; Brendan McLoughlin, Red Bank, Parent Alumni*, MDCC 2nd VP and Pres. Elect; June Seligman, Red Bank, Founding Mother, Brd Member for 50 yrs., and former Pres.

#351: Dignitaries at Monmouth Day Care’s 50th Anniversary Celebration – Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling; Dolores Feinswog, Shrewsbury, Founding Mother and Board Member for 50 years; Lanae Herman, Rumson, Board President; Heidi Zaentz Marlboro, MDCC Executive Director; Amy Thomas, Fair Haven, MDCC Development Coordinator; Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso; Freeholder Gerry Scharfenberger, former Middletown Mayor

#384: Banner and Party Cakes to Celebrate 50 Years

#349: Let the Party Begin! – Dina Harris, Ocean, MDCC Chef, Cutting the Cake #389: Anita Taylor, Eatontown, a 21-year Lead Teacher, with one of her students at MDDC #382: Red Bank Mayor Menna and Anita Taylor, Red Bank, with MDDC Children *All her children attended MDDC

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Heart of Play Specialist to Present Workshops at Schools for Children with Special Needs

Posted on February 4, 2019 By

The Alpha School, 2210 West County Line Road, Jackson, and The Gateway School, 60 High Street, Carteret, state-approved RKS Associates special education schools, are hosting a workshop “Social Emotional Learning through Play” for staff, parents, and district personnel on March 20 and May 15.

The presenter Howard Moody, the author of The Heart of Play, specializes in workshops that explain how to use play as a tool in teaching many core elements of Social Emotional Learning, focusing on joy, cooperation, and connection.

Erika Casablanca, STEM instructor, explained that students in all three RKS schools have specific socialization goals during recess.

All three RKS schools, including The Harbor School, 240 Broad Street, Eatontown, 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.

Moody said, “In educational environments we focus on skills that help educators create inclusive, energizing, and meaningful play experiences that tie into social-emotional learning, character-building, or mindfulness-based curricula.”

The Alpha School workshop is Wednesday, March 20 at 1:15 p.m. The workshop at the Gateway School, a Lunch and Learn with a light lunch at 12:30 p.m., is Wednesday, May 15 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Registration is required for both workshops. CEUs are available.

For more information about the workshops, call the Gateway School at 732-541-4400 or the Alpha School at 732-370-1150. Also visit https://howardmoody.com. For information about school enrollment, contact Erika Casablanca at ErikaC@thegatewayschool.com. or 732-541-4400; or Dana Giblin at 732-544-9394.

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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President of Shore Creative Group to Present Small Business Content Marketing Guide

Posted on January 31, 2019 By

Traditional marketing for business owners seems to be less and less effective by the minute. Is there a better way? Enter content marketing. Mike Ciavolino, the president of the marketing agency Shore Creative Group, Long Branch, will present “Content Marketing for Small Business,” a start-to-finish content marketing guide for continued business growth, at the Eastern Monmouth Chamber of Commerce (EMACC) Business Networking Breakfast, Wednesday, February 13 from 7:45 to 10:00 a.m., Monmouth Park Racetrack, 4th Floor Parterre Room.

During Ciavolino’s content marketing presentation, attendees will learn about this effective, strategic marketing approach, including the basics of content marketing, how to created a content and social media marketing strategy, examples of effective content marketing that businesses can use, and tips to get content marketing program started correctly. All attendees will receive “50 Content Marketing tips to Fuel your Content Marketing Program!”

The registration fee is $20.00 EMACC members; $30.00 non-members. Walk-ins welcome but registration is preferred. For more information or questions, call 732-741-0055 or email info@emacc.org.

About Mike Ciavolino and Shore Creative Group: Besides being president of the Shore Creative Group (shorecreativegroup.com) marketing agency, 176 Broadway, Long Branch, N.J., Mike Ciavolino is the author of healthcarerecruitmentrx.com, a weekly blog that provides recruitment solutions for hospitals and health systems. He is on the board of Jersey Shore Association for Human Resources (JSAHR) and the New Jersey Association of Healthcare Recruiters (NJAHR) Ciavolino is also a member of the National Association of Healthcare Recruiters (NACHR), Monmouth Ocean Development Council (MODC) and the Eastern Monmouth Chamber of Commerce (EMACC)

Shore Creative Group is an advertising and marketing firm whose services include advertising, branding, search engine marketing, social media, email marketing, Web design, and video marketing. Visit shorecreativegroup.com or call 732-229-7100 for more information, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Red Oak Tree at the Ella G. Clarke School Designated Historical Landmark

Posted on January 30, 2019 By

With a recommendation from the Lakewood Shade Tree Commission, the Lakewood Township Committee designated a red oak tree at the Ella G. Clarke School, Manetta Avenue, Lakewood, a historical landmark. Using a tree friendly formula, students at the Clarke School estimated the tree to be 201 years old, older than the township which was established in 1892. Having historical designation means this tree will be protected by the Township for all times.

The Shade Tree Commission members include Zev Stern, chairman of the Lakewood Shade Tree Commission; Craig J. Theibault, vice chairman; Tzvi Gordon, Raphael Miller, Moshe Raitzik, and Mary Kay Malec, secretary. Members hold Arbor Day celebrations the last Friday in April each year and have planted hundreds of trees throughout the town. Lakewood has been awarded “Tree City USA” for the past 35 years for its outstanding urban forestry.

About The Ella G. Clarke School and Ella G. Clarke (Born December 7, 1885; Died June 21, 1969)
The Ella G. Clarke School (CAGS), built in 1946, is named for Mrs. Ella Gray (Frake) Clarke even though she was never principal there; she was the principal of School No. 5, which was built in 1901 and burned to the ground in 1945.

Ella G. Clarke was very strict and rigorous about her weekly fire drills. She is credited with safely evacuating all students and teachers from the building after a fire reportedly broke out in the auditorium stage area and quickly spread, consuming the school. According to records found, the school burned to the ground in less than 15 minutes! All students, however, returned home safe and sound.

Although construction on the Ella G. Clarke School began in 1946, students did not officially enter the building until 1949. Students in grades 1-5 attended half-day sessions at CAGS and students in grades 6-7 went full-day sessions at the YMCA.

Research compiled by Tara Napolitano

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