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Frances Kirschner, owner of Frantasy Enterprises, LLC, a public relations firm in Lakewood, N.J.

Frances Kirschner entered the field of public relations in 1976 when she began writing press releases for teachers and programs in the Lakewood schools. Later she wrote and coordinated all the publicity for the district. Ms. Kirschner also wrote for the Superintendent of Schools and published a bimonthly newsletter for the Board of Education until 1999.

In addition, she created and marketed Frantasy Workshop, a company that created and sold social expressions, the children’s book Nosey Notes, and audio cooking cassettes. Her materials were sold across the United States from 1979 – 1999.

From 1993 to 2001, Ms. Kirschner was the editor of Pro Bono, a classical newsletter for Latin and Greek high school teachers and college professors.

Besides her expertise in writing press releases for clients in many industries, Ms. Kirschner is experienced in proofreading, copyediting, and writing newsletters. She copyedited and proofread Visions, a magazine for the product development industry. Ms. Kirschner wrote the quarterly newsletter of the Lakewood UEZ for seven years and was also a proofreader for the magazine HR Innovator.

Frances Kirschner holds a B.A. in Classical Latin and English; and two masters’ degrees, one in Human Development and another in Administration and Supervision. Ms. Kirschner is also a certified trainer in the 4-MAT System, Teaching Model.

Schedule for Repaving of Roads in the Lakewood Industrial Park

The Lakewood Industrial Commission (LIC) with the cooperation of the Township Committee is repaving several roads in the Lakewood Industrial Park through an arrangement with the Ocean County Road Department.

All paving is scheduled to begin about 10:00 a.m. Weather permitting, Bennett Boulevard (450 feet) and Swarthmore Avenue (1500 feet) will be repaved October 10 – 13. Although portions of the 3,700 feet of Oberlin Avenue have been completed, the rest of the paving is scheduled for October 5 and 6. The repaving of Towbin (3,000 feet) has been completed

Steve Reinman, the executive director of the LIC, said, “I am very pleased that in cooperation with the Lakewood Township Committee and the County the LIC is able to bring such great value to the many important businesses in the Industrial Park. These repaved roads will make visiting the Park a more pleasant and safe experience for employees and customers alike.”

Committeeman Mike D’Elia said, “The Township Committee thanks the LIC very much for unanimously approving the funds to repave some roads in the Lakewood Industrial Park.”


Demand Growing — OHI Opens Its Fifth State-of-the-Art Health Center in Five Years

The public is invited to celebrate the opening of OHI’s (Ocean Health Initiatives) newest state-of-the-art health center in Ocean County, Thursday, August 11, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Sea Oaks Medical Campus, 798 Route 539, Building 3, Little Egg Harbor, N.J. 08087.

The OHI health center will focus on family medicine. The Little Egg Harbor facility has 12 exam rooms, four dental chairs, a pharmacy, and LabCorp. Services include pediatrics, maternal and child health, prenatal, universal immunizations, behavioral health, dental, family medicine, internal medicine, OB/GYN, podiatry and social services.

Congressman Frank LoBiondo and Senator Chris Connors have been invited to speak. David Schlick, deputy mayor of Little Egg Harbor Township; Susan Marshall, mayor of Tuckerton; and Melissa McCooley, superintendent of schools, Little Egg Harbor Township will be among the dignitaries.

Dr. Theresa Berger, CEO and president of OHI, said, “OHI is in an exciting time of continuous development, as we are opening our fifth site in the last five years. We are proud to now offer the residents of Southern Ocean County a brand new state-of-the-art health center at a prime location.”

The opening of OHI’s news health center coincides with National Health Center Week, which recognizes the success of delivering health care through the work and programs of Community Health Centers, and raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s Health Centers, the largest and most successful system of primary health care.

OHI is a 501 (c)(3) federally qualified health center (FQHC) with locations in Lakewood, Toms River, Manahawkin and Lakehurst. Its mission is to positively impact the health and wellness of those who are uninsured and underinsured, homeless, and people with limited English proficiency. A sliding-fee scale is available, based on an individual’s or family’s ability to pay.

Attendees are invited to an open house, tours of the new facility, and light refreshments. Information about OHI and its services will be available. Anyone who wishes to attend should contact Kimberly Tozzi, Community Relations Coordinator by email, , or by phone (732) 719-9016 to confirm attendance and coordinate logistics.

About Ocean Health Initiatives
OHI is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) federally qualified health center (FQHC) with locations at 101 Second Street, Lakewood; 301 Lakehurst Road, Toms River; 333 Haywood Road, Manahawkin; Lakehurst Circle Center II, 686 Route 70 Lakehurst; a health center within the Clifton Avenue Elementary School, 625 Clifton Avenue, and Lakewood High School, 855 Somerset Avenue, Suite A, Lakewood; and a Mobile Medical Unit. The Lakewood and Manchester sites have pharmacies.

OHI provides comprehensive preventative and primary health and dental care to Ocean County’s insured, uninsured and underinsured populations. A sliding-fee scale is available, based on an individual’s or family’s ability to pay. Services include pediatrics, maternal and child health, prenatal, WIC, universal immunizations, behavioral health, dental, family medicine, internal medicine, OB/GYN, podiatry and social services.

OHI has a bilingual staff available to assist patients and callers. To become a patient of OHI, call 732-363-6655. Visit for further information.


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LRRC and Lakewood Recreation Sponsor an HPV Immunization Education and Awareness Event

Jeffrey Shapiro, supervisor of Lakewood Recreation, recently organized a special event for the LRRC (Lakewood Resource and Referral Center) as part of its HPV* Immunization Education and Awareness campaign. The event focused on the Lakewood Recreation soccer teams at the John F. Patrick Sports Complex, Oak and Vine streets, Lakewood.

About 150 children and adults received information about HPV vaccines, were entertained by two illusionists, and took home free backpacks, funded by the CDC.

Sue Grill-Levy, R.N., explained the dangers of the HPV virus, how it is contracted, and how the vaccination can prevent this disease. Oscar Orellana, one of the coaches for the Lakewood Recreation Soccer team and a guidance counselor at the Ella G. Clarke elementary school translated the presentation into Spanish.

Orellana, who has witnessed the effort that school nurse Nadine Rickards has put into promoting the HPV vaccinations to the students, feels it is very important to reach out to and educate the Hispanic community about the HPV vaccination.
Illusionists James Gavilanes and Miles Thorn entertained the audience, using magic to emphasize the importance of HPV Immunization. Gavilanes, of Hispanic descent, also made his presentation bi-lingual, ensuring the participation and understanding of everyone in the audience.

The LRRC distributed about 100 backpacks, designed with LRRC and CHEMED (Center for Health Education, Medicine and Dentistry) logos and sporting the message “Support the Fight against Cancer.” The backpacks contained HPV Immunization information sheets in Spanish and English.

After the event, 42 parents said they are planning to get an HPV vaccination for their child. Twenty-five more requested that the LRRC contact them to set up an immunization appointment.

Mayer Hoberman, executive director of social services, said, “Our goal in holding events such as this one, is to gain support for immunization within the community and to promote the LRRC and CHEMED as the resources for good health.”

For more information about immunizations or to schedule an immunization appointment, call Tzipporah Zar at CHEMED, 732-364-2144, Ext. 282. For information about the LRRC, contact Mechie Nebenzahl, at 732-942-9292, Ext.112 or

*HPV is a virus transmitted through intimate skin-to-skin contact and can infect both males and females, and lead to cancer in both sexes. A vaccine for HPV, licensed by the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration), has been deemed safe and is highly recommended by the FDA and the CDC. Since vaccinations began in 2006, “the amount of HPV infections in teen girls decreased by 56 percent.” (Taken from

About the Lakewood Resource and Referral Center (LRRC): The LRRC, a federally designated 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization, 212 Second Street, Suite 204, Lakewood, provides free comprehensive social services, information, referrals, and assistance for government and private sector programs and auxiliary services in such areas as housing, rental counseling, health care, insurance plans, nutrition, SNAP (food stamps) application, utilities, and paid leave for Lakewood Township, and Ocean, Mercer, and Monmouth County residents.

LRRC Case Managers help clients identify the assistance programs for which they may qualify, and help clients complete the paperwork as needed. To schedule an appointment with a case manager, call 732-942-9292. The office is open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Call for specific times about walk-in and telephone hours.

Home Health Aides to Become Certified Dementia Practitioners

Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services, with headquarters in Eatontown, N.J., held a private two-day Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care seminar at its offices for their employees. The eight-hour seminar outlined diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, communication, depression, repetitive and aggressive behavior, paranoia, personal care, pain, nutrition, activities, and end of life.

The seminar was offered in addition to the mandatory 12 hours of training required to maintain the CHHA (Certified Home Health Aide) certification. Fourteen employees who completed the seminar are expected to receive a two-year Certified Dementia Practitioner certification through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners.

Jonathan Herman, COO of Preferred, said, “We have taken an initiative to train our employees in an effort to exceed requirements on dementia education for them. As the number of people living with dementia increases, we at Preferred feel that it is imperative to make sure that the clinical team, especially the front-line caregivers, the CHHAs are prepared to face the challenges of caring for people with dementia.”

Ellisa Lee BS, RN, CDP*, CADDCT**, the founder and training director of Prestige Medical Solutions, North Plainfield, N.J., conducted the training. Prestige Medical Solutions is a state-approved private vocational school that offers various training courses, including such corporate training as the Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care seminar.

For more information, contact Ellisa Lee at 908-941-5946.

*CDP: Certified Dementia Practitioner; CADDCT: Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer

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 throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania. PHHC is accredited by CHAP (Community Health Accreditation Program), 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.

New Jersey locations include corporate headquarters, Main Street, Eatontown; South Orange; Robbinsville; Brick; Galloway; Hackensack; North Brunswick; Wyckoff Road, Eatontown; and Mt. Laurel. Pennsylvania locations include Bala Cynwyd, Allentown, and Bensalem. Visit Preferred at for more information.

Lakewood’s Annual Night Out Against Crime August 2 in Pine Park

The Lakewood Police Department is hosting its annual Night Out Against Crime, Tuesday, August 2, 2016, from 4:00 to 8:30 p.m. in Pine Park, Lakewood. Night Out Against Crime, established in 1994, is an annual community-building campaign that promotes positive police and community relationships among many agencies.

Lakewood School Resource Officer Alex Guzman organized this event at which 4,000 or more people attend so that police departments and other emergency personnel can meet the public and provide information, helping to make neighborhoods safer and better places to live.

Attendees will receive a free raffle ticket with a chance to win a free bicycle. Enjoy free food and Kosher refreshments; demonstrations by the Ocean County Sheriff Department’s K9 division and the SWAT team; shows, such as free motorcycle show and a Lakewood First Aid extrication demo; giveaways, including water bottles and reflector belts, among others; Traveling Tykes rides and horse rides; a, LCSW bike registration, and free fingerprinting by the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department.

The N.J. State Police are flying in a helicopter that will land on the baseball field. On display will be vehicles from the DPW, Chaverim, Hatzolah, Lakewood EMS, New Jersey Police Department and the Lakewood Fire Department, and many more.
The evening will end with a surprise special closing ceremony organized by Jeff Shapiro, supervisor of the Lakewood Recreation Department.

People, agencies, and businesses that donated goods or services include 1 Stop Wraps, 123 Auto Deals, 4 Corners Bagel, 7 Eleven – Route 9, Aisle 9, Akardy’s Auto Mechanic, Bagel Nosh, Barina Automotive, Best Liquors, BMI Toys, BP Print Group, Center of Town, Champion Contracting, Christmas Tree Shop, Clayton Block, Clearpoint Services LLC, Costco, D-Lux, Eat-a-Pita, Elite Emergency Lights, Entemann’s (Bimbo Bakeries), Epstein’s Meat, Exxon-Route 70, Exxon-Countyline & Route 9, Exxon on the Go-Route 88, Farm Fresh, Farmers Market Howell, Fishing Line, FoodEx, Four Seasons Car Wash, Gelbsteins Bakery, Gingerbread Cookies, Glatt Bite, Glatt Gourmet, Golden Fluff, Gourmet Glatt, Greenwald Caterers, Heimishe Bake Shoppe, Herrs, Home Depot, Investors Bank, Ippolitos Pizzeria, J II Pizza, Jerusalem Glatt, Just 4 Wheels, Kollel Foods, Kosher Village, Kosher West, Lakewood PBA Local #71, Lakewood Shopper, Lakewood SOA, Mister Cookie Face, NPGS, Pine Belt, Pinecone Liquors Pizza on Wheels, Pizza Place, Pizza Plus, Pizzale, Redmount Equities, Seasons Kosher Supermarket, Shop Rite, Singin Lakewood, Snapple, Spirits Unlimited North, Staples, Stop n Shop, Super Stop, TD Bank, The Lakewood Scoop, The Vineyard, The Wine Academy, Tilton Body Works, Town & Country Bakery, Toys 4 U, Twin City Jewelers, Two Rivers Title Company LLC, Village Pizza, Walmart of Howell Twp., Watchung Water, Yitz Auto Body, Yussi’s Deli and Grill, and Wawa Squankum.

Attendees and many exhibitors include Chaveirim, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Division of Youth & Family Services, Georgian Court University, Hatzolah Emergency Medical Services, Investors Bank, Lakewood Civilian Safety Watch (LCSW), Lakewood Fire Department, Lakewood First Aid & Emergency Squad, Lakewood Police Dept. Special Operations Division, Lakewood Police Dept. Special Response Team, Lakewood Police Dept. Traffic & Safety Division, Lakewood Resource & Referral Center (LRRC), Lakewood Township Committee, Lakewood Township Dept. of EMS, Lakewood Township Inspection Dept., Lakewood Township Municipal Utilities Authority, Lakewood Township Office of Emergency Management, Lakewood Township Public Works, Misaskim, NJ Army National Guard, NJ State Police, NJ Transit Police, Ocean County College, Ocean County Health Department, Ocean County Prosecutors Office, Ocean County Sheriff’s Department, Senator Robert Singer’s Office, St. Barnabas Medical Center, TD Bank, Toys 4 U, US Department of Homeland Security National.

For more information, contact Alex Guzman, school resource officer, at 732-363-0200.

Central Jersey Think Tank to Meet This September – Think You Have Problems!!!

Solve problems, discuss business challenges, get objective advice from other business owners at the Central Jersey Think Tank, an organization designed specifically for Monmouth and Ocean county business owners, Tuesday, September 27 from 8:00 to 10:00 The Renaissance Caterers, 1110 Route 35, Ocean Township, N.J.

The meeting, usually the last Tuesday of the month, is free of charge, and includes guest speakers and breakfast compliments of Lawson, Rescinio, Schibell & Associates.

Salvatore Schibell, at CPA at Lawson, Rescinio, Schibell & Associates, Oakhurst, who created the Central Jersey Think Tank says this organization is different from a chamber because it is a brainstorming group. Schibell said, “Individuals from various industries may have different insights and better ideas in finding solutions to the common and not-so-common challenges facing business owners.”

Returning member Nick Marinello of FocalPoint Business Coaching who found the event to be a valuable resource to his business, said, “The Think Tank has evolved into an excellent group of local businesses that are truly committed to helping one another grow. The wealth of knowledge and experience grows each month and is an outstanding resource for all local professionals.”

Attendees must register through Sal Schilbell at or call Sal Schibell at 732-531-8000 Ext. 225.

About Lawson, Rescinio, Schibell & Associates, P.C.: Lawson, Rescinio, Schibell & Associates, founded in 1993, is a Certified Public Accounting firm that provides a full range of auditing, accounting, tax and management advisory services for municipalities, not-for-profit organizations, medium and smaller-sized businesses, and individuals throughout New Jersey, New York and Eastern Pennsylvania. Accounting and consulting services include personal tax returns, tax planning and preparation, corporate accounting, required audits or long term-financial planning. Lawson, Rescinio, Schibell & Associates, P.C. is located at 1806 Route 35 Oakhurst, NJ 07755.

Millburn High School Pays to Settle Bullying Case

In an unprecedented action, the Millburn School District, Millburn, N.J., agreed to pay Omari George, a 2014 graduate of Millburn High School, $435,000 to settle his lawsuit in which he claimed he was a long term victim of bullying.

The George lawsuit alleged that, though the multiple acts of bullying were reported to school officials, those claims were ignored and that the school officials failed to take action to address the physical and emotional bullying.

The settlement was reached on the first day of the trial, heard in the New Jersey federal court as the George Complaint claimed his civil rights were violated and that Millburn failed to comply with the New Jersey law on bullying.

The law requires that when school officials are made aware that a student is being bullied, they must conduct an investigation and take effective action to address the harmful behavior.

“During my freshman and sophomore years at Millburn I was tormented by other students both physically and emotionally. I was the victim of frequent racial slurs and physical abuse and though I reported these, the school administrators ignored me,” said Omari.

Since Omari’s Millburn High School experience, the New Jersey law was changed to put more teeth into what school administrators must do to address bullying. The new law places responsibility directly on the school to take affirmative action to address allegations of bullying, including cyberbullying.

Millburn High School is frequently recognized as one of the finest schools in New Jersey.

George’s lawyer, Harry Levin of the law firm of LevinCyphers, Toms River, said, “Millburn’s handling of the complaints of bullying was abysmal. They failed to recognize that bullying was a huge problem in their student population. Omari and other minority students routinely faced racist statements and physical intimidation.”

Prior to the George lawsuit, Millburn contracted for a Diversity Study to be performed. The Study disclosed pervasive evidence of a lack of sensitivity to minorities, including that there was not a single African American or Latino teacher at the school.

Levin said, “Our children need to be safe while they are in school and free from harassing behavior, especially when it’s based on race, gender or sexual preference. Teaching children the importance of tolerance and acceptance is as important as the three R’s.”

Omari George, the son of Reverend Daryl and Brenda Barnes-George, a reading teacher, is now a sophomore at Morehouse College in Atlanta. He plans on a career in education and has created his own school for marshal arts. “I want to teach my students the skills necessary to protect themselves if they become a victim,” Omari noted.

Levin commented, “Hopefully the real benefits of this case will be that parents make sure their children are not terrorized by other students, and that effective programs to address bullying must be implemented for New Jersey schools.”

For further information or inquiries please contact Harry Jay Levin, Esq., at LevinCyphers, 700 Hooper Avenue, New Jersey. (732) 240-0909.

Lakewood Museum to Open September 7 with Ceremonies and Toastamonial

The Lakewood Historical Society and the Lakewood Heritage Commission are celebrating the opening of the Sheldon Wolpin Lakewood Historical Museum in Pine Park with preliminary ceremonies at the museum at 5:30 p.m. and a Toastamonial honoring Robert Kirschner at the Lakewood Country Club, Country Club Lane, at 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday September 7, 2016.

Senator Robert Singer, Assemblyman Sean Kean, Lakewood Mayor Menashe Miller, and officials of the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce are among dignitaries participating in the opening ceremony at Kuser Hall, the newly refurbished 15,000-square-foot building that houses Lakewood antiquities.

Kuser Hall, the last remaining building of five that made up the Newman School, an exclusive preparatory boarding school for boys, closed in 1942. The building, which the township acquired in 1964 through Green Acres Funding, was the math and science center of the school.

Through the volunteer efforts of members in the Historical Society and the Heritage Commission, Kuser Hall has been transformed into a showcase, featuring Lakewood memorabilia and artifacts. The Township gave both groups a long-term lease in 2012 and it has taken four years to create six galleries on the first floor and a main hallway, depicting scenes of “old” Lakewood.

Some of the renovations include power washing and painting the building; installing handicap ramps, interior and exterior lighting, a security system, and restroom facilities; and replacing 550 plus panes of glass. A fountain from 1881 originally commissioned by a group of Lakewood residents was moved from Clifton Avenue to the front of the museum. The museum also boasts a mono-wing airplane in the southeastern outside corner of the building as part of some hands-on exhibits.

The Ocean County Society of Model Railroaders has relocated from downtown Lakewood to the lower level of the museum where members are building two exhibits, one for O Gauge and the other of HO Gauge model trains.

The Township Committee, Lakewood publics works, and the Inspection Department have been especially supportive. Many present and former Lakewood residents have given financial support as well as goods and services.

The cost of cocktails and dinner, with Kosher meals upon request, is $100 payable to the Lakewood Historical Society R.S.V.P. to Robin Taylor-Wellet at 732-330-5384 or Visit http://www.lakewoodnjhistorical for additional information.
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CHEMED to Offer Free Health Screenings and Activities in Recognition of Nat’l. Health Center Week

CHEMED (The Center for Health Education, Medicine and Dentistry), a federally qualified health care center, 1771 Madison Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., is inviting the public to participate in free screenings, health-related events and giveaways for adults and children, Tuesday, August 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in recognition of National Health Center Week, now in its 51st year.

Senator Robert Singer, 30th Legislative District, vice chairman of the Ocean County Board of Health, will present a proclamation from the Senate in honor of National Health Center Week, August 7-13, 2016.

Screenings and activities at CHEMED will include Dermascan Screening, a self-skin analysis by Horizon NJ Health; face painting and cholesterol screening by United Healthcare Community Plan; educational materials and giveaways from CHEMED Dental Department; nutritional and educational information from NJ SNAP-Ed – N.J. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program; and free disease education, support, and other valuable resources for those diagnosed with Crohns, Ulcerative Colitis, Psoriasis, Psoriatic Arthritis and Hidradenitis Suppurativa provided by ABBIVE (Immunology) Patient Outreach Services.

Sponsors of the CHEMED event are UnitedHealthcare and Amerigroup. The Ocean County Health Department will be attending.

National Health Center Week, August 7 – 13, 2016, recognizes the outstanding role of community health centers as a safety net for underserved populations by delivering comprehensive, high-quality preventive and primary health care to patients regardless of their ability to pay.

For more information, contact Esther Garcia, patient liaison for the Hispanic community, at 732-364-2144 Ext. 218 or

About CHEMED: CHEMED provides comprehensive health and medical services, such as internal medicine, pediatrics, behavioral health, and dentistry, women’s health, radiology, among other services, all in one building. Uninsured and underinsured patients will be seen on a sliding-fee scale. To make an appointment, call 732-364-6666.