French Named Regional Manager of Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services

Posted on September 22, 2020 By

Nicole E. French, Manalapan, New Jersey, has been promoted to regional manager of southern New Jersey for Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services (PHHC), with offices in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. As regional manager, French will oversee the counties of Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester for Preferred’s Mount Laurel branch; and the counties of Hunterdon, Mercer, and Warren for the Robbinsville branch.

French’s responsibilities include streamlining Preferred’s best practices among 250 field nurses and home health aides in the post-COVID environment, and maintaining and growing relationships with clients, facilities, and insurance case managers.

French, who joined Preferred in 2014, started out with Acelleron, Preferred’s durable medical equipment division, before joining the Mount Laurel office in 2016. Before joining PHHC, French worked for 15 years at Goldman Sachs & Co. and Citigroup Inc., where she was vice president of finance.

On Wall Street, she was a member of Goldman Sachs’ Finance Women’s Networking Steering Committee that sponsored, promoted, and retained women in their career advancement, particularly for events geared towards working mothers. She now applies those same principles at Preferred, championing work-life balance and career progression for the female staff.

French, who graduated from Fontbonne Hall Academy, Brooklyn, N.Y., holds a B.S. in accounting from St. Francis College, New York, and an MBA in finance from St. John’s University, New York.

Jonathan Herman, COO of Preferred, said, “We are so happy to promote Nicole to her new role. Her enthusiasm, dedication, and careful cultivation of our reputation perfectly embody the fabric of Preferred’s culture.”

French said, “This opportunity is by far the most important one in my career. I am excited to be supporting our front-line workers. I have this amazing opportunity and responsibility to ensure that the most vulnerable home-bound population, and medically fragile children and adults, are safe and provided for during this unprecedented global pandemic.”

For more information about Preferred, contact Lisa Gallicchio, director of community relations, at or call 732-547-9886. Visit for more information.

About Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services: Since 1987, Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services (PHHC), 45 Main Street, Eatontown, N.J., has provided a wide range of medical and non-medical home health care services from pediatric to geriatric care in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. PHHC is accredited by CHAP (Community Health Accreditation Partner), an accrediting organization for the home health care industry. Preferred works collaboratively with physicians, hospitals, nursing homes, and facilities to ensure a smooth transition to one’s home.

PHHC, named a 2020 Great Place to Work®, offers industry-leading pay rates, weekly pay, flexible hours, benefits, and paid time off. PHHC has 15 locations. New Jersey locations include corporate headquarters in Eatontown; and branches in Elmwood Park; Galloway; Jersey City; Mt. Laurel; Neptune; North Brunswick; Robbinsville; South Orange; and Toms River. Pennsylvania locations include Allentown, Bala Cynwyd, Bensalem, and Pittsburgh. Delaware location: Claymont. Visit Preferred at for more information.


Lakewood Mayor Announces Free Business Expo, Job Fair, and Conference

Posted on September 17, 2020 By

Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles announced that Lakewood Township and the Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a free JBIZ 2020 Business Expo, Job Fair, and Conference at the BlueClaws Stadium, First Energy Park, 2 Stadium Way, Lakewood, November 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (The rain date is November 17).
Mayor Coles said that the goal of the Expo is to stimulate economic growth and increase business development. “Many businesses, employees, and employers have been severely affected economically by COVID. It is our hope that this Expo will foster business and create employment for everyone in Lakewood and the surrounding communities.”
Anyone who would like to exhibit; offer workshops, presentations, or seminars should contact Esther at or call 732-987-7704 Ext. 104. Visit The Expo will follow all COVID-19 guidelines.
Duvi Honig, who sits on the Governor’s Board of the New Jersey Restart and Recovery Council, and is the founder of the Orthodox Jewish Chamber, stresses that the mission of this Expo is to help all businesses, and to foster business development, services, and jobs for everyone in Lakewood, Toms River, and the surrounding areas.
The JBIZ 2020 Expo committee is made up of Senator Robert W. Singer, Deputy Minority Leader; County Commissioner Director Joseph H. Vicari, Chairman of Senior Services and County Operations; Duvi Honig, founder and CEO of the Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce; and Mayors Carmen F. Amato, Berkeley Township; Raymond G. Coles, Lakewood Township; and Maurice (Mo) B. Hill, Toms River.
To date, the JBIZ 2020 Expo sponsors are the BlueClaws, Lakewood Township, The Lakewood Industrial Commission (LIC), The Lakewood Scoop, Kol Brama Lakewood, and J-Blast Radio 107.9.


October 7 Zoom Meeting of the N.J. Health Care Networking Group

Posted on September 17, 2020 By

Join N.J. Health Care Networking Group for an October 7 Zoom meeting from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. N.J. Health Care Networking Group is a free organization for anyone in the health care industry, including those who provide ancillary products and services. Respond Law of Davison, Eastman, Muñoz, Paone, P.A., a full-service law firm, is hosting the October virtual meeting.

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.

To register, email and you will receive the Zoom code to join the October 7 meeting. For more information about N.J. Health Care Networking Group, contact Lisa Gallicchio, director of community relations for Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services, Eatontown, the premier sponsor of N.J. Health Care Networking Group, at, call 732-547-9886, or visit for the monthly location and member events. Meetings take place once a month.


Lakewood Companies and Others Can Receive $2000 per Apprenticeship

Posted on September 15, 2020 By

Lakewood companies and those in surrounding areas can receive $2,000 for apprenticeships. Ocean County College is participating in programs to offer companies an opportunity to train and maintain their best employees with two federally approved public apprenticeship programs.

Each have specific curriculum and National Institute for Metal Working Skills (NIMS) certifications that include 144 hours online training and 2000 hours On-the-Job Training at no cost to employers. Employers receive $2000 from the apprenticeship for On-the-Job Training. The apprenticeships earn 11 and 13 college credits at Camden County College that may be applied to an Associate Degree in Advanced Computerized Manufacturing.

The Industrial Maintenance Mechanic (One year funding of a three-year apprenticeship program) apprenticeship includes Workplace Essentials, Hydraulics and Pneumatics, and Mechanical Systems Maintenance Operations. The CNC, Manual Mill & Lathe (full funding of a one-year apprenticeship program) apprenticeship includes: Safety Training; Shop Math; Blueprint Reading; Inspection, GD&T; Metallurgy; Tools; Setup and Operation of Manual Mill and Lathe; Setup and Operation of Manual and CNC Mill and Lathe; and G&M Code.

These apprenticeship programs are led by the New Jersey Community College Consortium for Workforce & Economic Development and made possible through grant funds.

For more information, contact Michael Forcella, Manager of Business Engagement at Ocean County College, at or call 201-320-7595 or Joe Pranzatelli, M.A., NJCCC Program Manager, at 908-340-8459 or


Overcoming Barriers with Practical Solutions for Retention of Diverse Employees — Webinar Sept 10

Posted on September 4, 2020 By

This program and panel discussion, facilitated by employment attorney Jennifer Meyer-Mahoney will address barriers to the retention of African-American employees at two critical points in the employee life cycle—onboarding and transitioning to a professional or supervisory role.

Jersey Shore Association for Human Resources (JSAHR) is hosting Overcoming Barriers with Practical Solutions for Retention of Diverse Employees, a free virtual webinar on Thursday, September 10, 2020, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

This panel discussion with a question and answer session, will touch on the initial six months of employment, performance expectations from peers and supervisors, and perceived lack of a career path within organizations. Panelists will also discuss how to implement practical solutions. The focus is for diverse hires to feel welcome and see a realistic career path within an organization.

Register by emailing Christine Higgins at or Log in details will be sent to registrants. For those who wish to make monetary contributions to Fullfill – Monmouth & Ocean, Hunger Won’t Win Here, JSAHR will match total contributions up to $1,000. Call 732-701-7155.

This program is pending 1.0 HRCI (Human Resource Certification Institute) and SHRM PDC recertification credits. JSAHR is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits. Publicize or Perish! ™ ###

About the Panelists:
Darryl Clements, Jr. is the Principal and Owner of the (HR) consulting firm DCC Group. Through DCC, Clements provides tailored solutions to help clients in HR operations design diversity strategy development or improve HR talent practices. This includes developing and implementing targeted selection practices for external and internal hiring, and creating a people leadership and management skills program. Prior to DCC, Clements held corporate and business unit HR leadership in roles at Prudential Insurance and Merck-Medco Health Solutions, Inc. where he served as an HR member of Merck’s Global D&I program.

Liesl Griffith, Manager of Corp. HR at Zebra Pen Corporation, has over 30 years of executive management experience in the HR profession. Griffith heads all strategic operational planning, development, and management of Zebra Pen Corp’s human capital. Griffith combines her expert knowledge of all aspects of corporate HR management that includes policy development and implementation to foster workforce excellence, corporate training, recruitment, and EE relations with a dedicated focus on diversity and inclusion.

Danielle M. Jones is the Student Communications & Leadership Development Specialist for the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) at Brookdale Community College. In fall 2019, Jones served as a Graduate Fellow for the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education for the State of New Jersey. In March 2020, Jones was named chairwoman of the Governmental Relations Committee for EOFPANJ. Jones earned her B.A. in Psychology, with a minor in Sociology, from Cabrini University. She has also earned her A.A. in Social Sciences from Brookdale Community College. Jones currently attends Seton Hall University, pursuing a Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in Non-Profit Management.


Jersey Shore Chamber to Host 2020 Biz Expo September 17

Posted on September 3, 2020 By

The Jersey Shore Chamber of Commerce (JSCC) is hosting its 2020 Biz Expo, open to the public at no charge, on Thursday, September 17 from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Pat’s 30 Acres, an outdoor venue, 4103 W. Hurley Pond Road, Wall Township, N.J. 07719.

The Expo, held outdoors under tents, will feature appropriate space between tables and social distancing protocols. The member rate for a six-foot table is $150; for nonmembers the cost is $375 and includes a one-year JSCC membership.

Door prizes include an Apple Watch, courtesy of the Pig & Parrot Sandbar Bar and Grille, Brielle; and a $2500 grand prize advertising package for exhibitors, courtesy of 95.9 the WRAT and 100.1 WJRZ.

To date, BIZ Expo sponsors include Corinne, McCann Trainor, Esq. of Fox Rothschild LLP; Kessler Rehabilitation Center; Kintech, Inc., Printing, Copies, and Direct Mail; Greenbaum Rowe Smith Davis, LLP, Stephanie Reckord, Esq.; Alcoeur Gardens, Alzheimer’s Specialists; Tom Rostron Heating and Air Conditioning; State Farm, Jen Ortiz; BarterPays!; Aspen Tree Expert Co., Inc.; The Rugby School at Woodfield; Manasquan Bank; Shore Business Solutions; Garrow Wellness Center; New Jersey Natural Gas; Club Pilates, Wall Twp.; Brown’s Heating, Cooling and Plumbing; The Pig & Parrot Sandbar; Waypoint 622 Restaurant, Marina, and Patio Bar; and Creative Financial Strategies.

For more information, sponsorships, and table reservations, call Danielle Kidney, assistant director of JSCC, at 732-280-8800 or email


New Jersey Fire Museum to Hold 5th Annual Open House on September 27

Posted on September 2, 2020 By

Upper Freehold-The New Jersey Fire Museum and Fallen Firefighters Memorial, 4 Polhemustown Road, Allentown, New Jersey, 08501 is holding its 5th annual Open House to showcase the history of firefighting on Sunday, September 27, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This event is free of charge.

The museum has a collection of fire apparatus dating back to 1814 and as new as the 1970s. The collection is made up of hand-drawn, horse-drawn, and motorized units. A significant part of the 5th Annual Open House will be a Memorial Service dedicated to N.J. firefighters who have suffered Line of Duty Deaths. The service will also recognize all firefighters who have faithfully served their communities.

The Open House will include a free gift for all young people who attend and activities for children. Parents can take pictures of their children in and around the trucks. Visitors will be able to watch a dramatic demonstration by the N.J. division of the National Fire Sprinkler Association that will show the benefit of home fire sprinkler systems.

The winner of the state-sanctioned 50/50 raffle, sold throughout the day, will be chosen at 3:00 p.m. Hope Fire Company, as a food vendor, will offer a variety of lunch items.

Assemblyman Ronald Dancer said, “Each year the Open House event draws more people, more families. It is an opportunity this year, post COVID-19, for families to spend a day outdoors, seeing and learning about the fire service in New Jersey over the last 200 years.”

Monmouth County Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone said, “I am proud to have this incredible museum right here in Monmouth County that honors the heritage and sacrifice of the brave men and women who serve as firefighters. I encourage everyone to attend the New Jersey Fire Museum and Fallen Firefighters Memorial Open House to learn about the history of firefighters and pay tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving as a firefighter.”

For more information, email President Dave W. Horsnall at

The Firefighters Memorial is sacred ground established and dedicated to honor those who have given their time and in some circumstances their lives (LODD). The site displays engraved pavers, a steel beam from the 911 World Trade Center Attack, and an annual Memorial Service for all New Jersey residents.

History of the Firefighters’ Museum (taken from the website)
1960s: The Department of Environmental Protection began accepting donations of fire equipment and related material from Mr. Ernest N. Day, Dunellen, a fire equipment dealer and a personal collector of fire equipment and memorabilia. The material was to be exhibited and preserved in a future fire museum. The division continued to accept donations until 1986, by which time Mr. Day had transferred essentially his entire collection, valued at approximately $1 million in 1986.
1970s: Governor William Cahill signed legislation authorizing the establishment of a State Fire Engine and Equipment Museum and provided for an Advisory Commission to select an appropriate site for the museum. A nine-member commission, appointed by Governor Brendan Byrne in March 1975, chose a site in Allaire State Park, in southeastern Monmouth County.
1980s: In 1983, the State appropriated $1 million for the design and construction of the museum. A condition of the use of these funds was that a not-for-profit corporation be created to operate and maintain the completed facility. The New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry (NJDPF) commissioned a design of the proposed facility, and a private not-for-profit corporation, the New Jersey Fire Engine and Equipment Museum at Allaire. Inc. was established to operate and maintain the proposed museum.
In 1984, the division hired an architectural firm to design the proposed facility. During the design effort, it was determined that a suitable facility could not be built with the available funds. The project would be delayed until additional funds could be obtained. The non-profit corporation lobbied for the necessary funds and in 1988 Governor Kean signed into law an additional appropriation of $2 million.
In 1989, the architectural firm of Kerht, Shatken Sharon of Princeton was hired to prepare plans and specifications for a larger facility with the additional appropriated funds.
1990s: The design of the new larger facility, a minimum of 18,000 square feet, proved to be too large for the original site in Allaire State Park. The state DEP identified a 14-acre site across County Route 524 from Allaire State Park as a new location. The planning for the new facility was completed in 1991 at an estimated construction cost of $2.5 million.
At the request of the Fire Safety Bureau of the Department of Community Affairs, a monument dedicated to New Jersey firefighters who had fallen in the line of duty was added to the museum plan and endorsed by the NJ State Firemen’s Relief Association.
The project lay dormant for a time. In 1999, the non-profit corporation was conveyed to a new Board of Directors. Executive and Volunteer committees were established. The project’s scope was expanded to include an interactive fire safety learning experience which could be incorporated to grade school curricula and serve to attract corporate sponsorships. A Development Study was prepared and the fund-raising plan was expanded to include an appeal for both public and private support.
2000s: Efforts to provide public funds were made in several legislature sessions since 2000. In 2002, legislation for $7 million in capital construction came close to passage. Efforts to provide private funds have also been underway since 2000. The membership campaign generates “grass roots” support from firefighters. Hundreds of individuals and fire departments currently hold memberships ranging from $25 to $1,000. The memorial paver campaign generates funds for construction of the memorial with over 200 pavers sold to date at prices ranging from $100 to $500. A third campaign targets New Jersey fire equipment vendors. Together these efforts covered operating costs of the non-profit, primarily the quarterly newsletter, and provided a modest growing reserve for construction but they fall far short of the project’s capital construction goals.
In 2003, an Honorary Board of Directors was established with Former Governor Thomas Kean as Chairman to cultivate interest and support for the project among the leaders of N.J. organizations and corporations sharing an interest in family fire safety education and an appreciation for the sacrifices of fire-fighters. For several reasons this Honorary Board was not reappointed and over time became inactive. An updated valuation of the historic Ernest Day collection placed its value at $2M. The state coordinated the long-term loan of a historic hand operated engine to the Trenton Fire Dept Museum from the Ernie Day collection as that particular engine had once served Trenton.
The Fire Museum established a website and Facebook page to maintain and expand visibility of the project to the public. In 2015 the Fire Museum with a three-way agreement among the Fire Museum, Monmouth County, and DEP State Park Service, was granted use of former Princeton Nursery property in Upper Freehold Township near Allentown, N.J. The site included a 20,000 sq. ft. warehouse formerly used to house agricultural equipment and a smaller building formerly used as the sales office. The growing Fire Museum collection of apparatus and memorabilia donated from individuals and fire agencies was relocated to that location. Concurrently, the state released custody of the Ernest Day collection to the Fire Museum and it too was moved to the new storage facility.
In 2016 the NJ Fire Museum hosted its first public open house at the Polhemustown Road location. Personalized memorial pavers that will be part of the NJ Fallen Firefighter Memorial were also placed on temporary display. The event drew a large crowd of interested citizens. Another open house is scheduled for September 2020.
In early 2020 the Upper Freehold Township committee passed a resolution urging the Monmouth County Freeholders to adopt a resolution asking the DEP State Parks Service to expand the size of the area and recognize the Polhemustown Road property as the permanent location for the NJ Fire Museum & Fallen Firefighters Memorial.
Many additional apparatus and items of memorabilia have been donated to the museum. As a result of both public and local government support, the current outlook for a permanent fire museum and memorial is better than it has been in some time. The effort to gain formal acknowledgment of a permanent location at Allentown is a significant step forward. The need for capital funding remains another critical step on the road to establishing a first-class Fire Museum, Interactive Learning Center, and Fallen Firefighter Memorial.


New Event Space Opens in Long Branch

Posted on August 31, 2020 By

Why travel to NYC, pay big city prices, and fees for parking? Artists, production crews, photographers, and filmmakers no longer need to leave home now that 10PRL Pro Film Studios and Event Space, 515 Bath Avenue, Second Floor, Long Branch, a modern state-of-the-art 6,500 square foot event space, has opened.10 PRL offers full-service space for music videos, promotional videos, course content, commercials, photography, and even weddings.

Shoot high-end music videos, commercials, and online courses in this facility that includes a 5,000 sq. ft. pillar-free space and a film studio with corner cyclorama wall and RGB-controlled multi-color and FX full light grid. This bright, modern-industrial facility features eco-friendly natural wood flooring, tall vintage windows, brickwork, and high ceilings and beams throughout. The facility also features a dance studio, dressing room, lounge, catering area, kitchenette, and coffee bar.

April Centrone and Kira Sanchez, both of Pt. Pleasant Beach, owners of 10PRL, a woman and LGBTQ-owned and operated business, offer extra equipment, such as lighting, grip, sound, backline, furniture, props, and sets. They can take care of special events or productions from A to Z, with access to caterers, planners, and table/chair and photo/video equipment rentals. Complete with four newly remodeled bathrooms and private shower, 10PRL can handle almost any special event or production.

Centrone said, “It is the Williamsburg loft, but without the trek to the city or the NYC price tag. Our high ceilings, bright large windows, natural hardwood floors and professional photo wall give you everything you need to impress any guest, company, or VIP. Parking is free.”

By mandate of NJ State, film studios may have productions at full occupancy. Everyone must wear masks and practice social distancing. 10PRL is offering a 2020 summer promotion of a 20 percent discount for all rentals and productions.

For more information visit or call 732-483-6664.

About April Centrone: April Centrone is a multi-instrumentalist, teacher, composer and music therapist based on the Jersey Shore. She is a Carnegie Hall World Explorer 2020 musician and educator; business owner of 10PRL, arts/film/event space on the Jersey Shore; has performed in venues, such as Lincoln Center and the United Nations and festivals worldwide, and is co-founder of the New York Arabic Orchestra, a nonprofit organization specializing in the performance and education of Arabic music. She currently teaches world music at William Paterson University and has held lectures in music therapy and percussion at Taipei University of the Arts, Lebanese American University, and others. She has worked extensively with inner-city schools throughout NYC’s boroughs with projects, such as Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Connect. She has an M.A. degree in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College, NYC.


New Business Development Coordinator Joins Monmouth Day Care Center

Posted on August 31, 2020 By

Christina Caccamo, Red Bank, has been named the Development Coordinator for Monmouth Day Care Center (MDCC), 9 Drs. Jams Parker Boulevard, Red Bank. Caccamo will be responsible for fundraising campaigns, special events, and publicity that includes social media and website maintenance.

Before joining MDCC, Caccamo was the marketing and development associate for Family and Children’s Service, Inc. of Long Branch where she assisted in managing the agency’s fundraising, marketing, and public relations.

A graduate of Middletown H.S. South, Caccamo earned a B.S. in Criminology at The College of New Jersey, Ewing.

Caccamo said, “Fundraising and supporting nonprofit organizations in my community is something that is very important to me. I enjoy doing it professionally as well as supporting other organizations that are important to me in my personal time.”

Monmouth Day Care Center serves families with diverse socio-economic backgrounds from more than 25 local communities. MDCC 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. ###

Monmouth Day Care Center: Monmouth Day Care Center, a nonprofit licensed by the State of New Jersey, is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 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 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.


Sept. 9– Virtual Meeting of the N.J. Health Care Networking Group

Posted on August 26, 2020 By

Join N.J. Health Care Networking Group for a September 9 Zoom meeting from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. N.J. Health Care Networking Group is a free organization for anyone in the health care industry, including those who provide ancillary products and services. Shore Creative Group, Long Branch, a full-spectrum marketing company, is hosting the September virtual meeting.

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.

To register, email and you will receive the Zoom code to join the September 9 meeting. For more information about N.J. Health Care Networking Group, contact Lisa Gallicchio, director of community relations for Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services, Eatontown, the premier sponsor of N.J. Health Care Networking Group, at, call 732-547-9886, or visit for the monthly location and member events. Meetings take place once a month.