Senator Robert Singer Visits the LRRC – Additional Call-in Hours Announced

New Jersey State Senator Robert W. Singer recently visited the Lakewood Resource & Referral Center (LRRC) office, 212 Second Street, Lakewood, to get a firsthand glimpse of the work that the LRRC does for the residents of Lakewood and Ocean County.

The LRRC helps people evaluate their eligibility for various social service programs, such as NJ FamilyCare, SNAP, and HUD Rental Assistance; assists them with applications; and, when necessary, advocates for them to resolve difficulties.

The LRRC also provides comprehensive social services; information about health care insurance plans, nutritional supplementation programs, and home utilities payment assistance programs.

Senator Singer observed case managers as they answered questions from callers, responded to clients taking advantage of the LRRC’S walk-in service, and conducted scheduled counseling sessions.

After observing Devorah Nussbaum, an LRRC bilingual case manager who specializes in assisting Spanish speaking clients, Senator Singer said, “The LRRC is doing a great job of reaching all segments of the community with its services. The staff is a knowledgeable, professional and hard-working team and we’re lucky to have them here in Ocean County.”

Mayer Hoberman, executive director of social services at the LRRC, said, “It was very gratifying for us to see that the Senator made time in his busy schedule to visit our office and see for himself what we do every day for the public. It means a lot to us to know that our elected officials are aware of our efforts.”

Starting Monday, June 6, the LRRC is extending its hours to include additional call-in hours on Monday evenings from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m.

For more information about LRRC services and hours of operation, visit http://www.lrrcenter.org or call 732-942-9292.

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Questions about ACA?Visit OHI’s Outreach and Enrollment Associates at the Ocean County Mall

Outreach and Enrollment associates of OHI (Ocean Health Initiatives), a federally qualified health center with locations in Ocean County, will answer questions and address concerns about ACA (the Affordable Care Act), and provide information about OHI’s medical services for insured, uninsured and underinsured Ocean County residents every Wednesday this June from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at The County Connection, located near JC Penney’s, Ocean County Mall, 1201 Hooper Ave, Toms River, NJ 08753.

OHI’s Outreach and Enrollment staff will be on site at the County Connection not only to explain any changes in ACA, and discuss options under Medicaid and NJ FamilyCare, but to provide information about OHI’s participation in the Veterans Choice Program.

The County Connection is a service of the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders. It is open during mall hours, including evenings, weekends, and holidays. It is handicapped accessible and served by public transportation, including New Jersey Transit and Ocean Ride buses.

For more information about OHI, contact Kimberly Tozzi, community relations coordinator, at 732-719-9016.

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 http://www.ohinj.org for further information.

What?!!! Fire Destroys Headquarters of Hometown Heroes — Again

They are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, volunteer organization whose mission is to help others – to pay it forward. Now Hometown Heroes needs your help. On May 31, 2016, the headquarters of Hometown Heroes, 236 Washington Street, Toms River, N.J., burned – again! Fire crews are now demolishing what is left of the structure before it collapses.

This is the second time the Hometown Heroes offices have burned down in the last two years. In May 2014 the Hometown Heroes headquarters suffered a similar fire and lost all its contents. Recovery was well on its way at their new offices in Toms River when disaster struck again.

Hometown Heroes, established in 2008, has served more than 10,000 people and 2,500 families with issues, such as homelessness, food, domestic violence, drug abuse, disability, illness, assistance for new mothers who have nowhere to turn, Hurricane Sandy; and, ironically fire and loss.

Michael Schwartz, founder and president of Hometown Heroes, said, “We are very proud of the work we have accomplished for more than seven years, and we plan to continue servicing the community once we are back on our feet. We are saddened and in shock about the loss of our building. We still have not recovered fully from the loss we suffered two years ago.

“The communities we serve were an instrumental help in getting us back on our feet in 2014. I can only hope we will see the same generosity come forward as we can use all the help we can get at this time.”

To make a donation, visit USAHomeTownHeroes.org or send a check to Hometown Heroes, 236 Washington Street, Toms River, N.J., 08753. Donations are tax deductible. For more information, contact Mike Schwartz at 732-567-4236.

Business Association Raises $25,000+ at Charity Golf Outing Chaired by Attorney Robert C. Novy

The Ocean County Business Association (OCBA) raised $25,894 at its Marty Aronow CAREing for Children Golf Classic, held recently at the Pine Barrens Golf Club, Jackson.

This was six thousand dollars more than was raised last year for CAREing for Children, a 501(c)(3) charity that provides needy families with food and holiday gifts for their children. OCBA has supported this charity since 2001.

Robert C. Novy, Brick, the managing partner of the law firm Novy & Associates, Manchester, who chaired the event, said, “The December holidays are really not that far away. Most families will be celebrating the holidays then; but, what about the families who can’t afford to? The money we raised will help needy children and families to celebrate the holidays with food and toys.”

Last year, OCBA members personally donated more than $6,000 to purchase food boxes and hundreds of toys at trade shows and other venues. The toys were given to organizations, including the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department; State of New Jersey, Department of Children, DYFS of Toms River and Lakewood; The Hope Center, Toms River; Providence House; Seaside Heights Police Department, Ocean Inc. of Barnegat and Toms River; St. Joseph’s Church, Toms River; Morning Star Presbyterian Church, Bayville, and the Lakehurst Police Department.

The golf outing is named the Marty Aronow CAREing for Children Golf Classic in honor of past OCBA president Marty Aronow, who passed away. It was Marty Aronow who was the driving force in establishing this golf outing as a fundraiser for CAREing for Children.

Major sponsors included RAM Law Firm, New Brunswick; Atlantic Design & Printing, Toms River; FWH Associates, Toms River; and Dr. Chet Chianese, DDS, Toms River. Novy & Associates attorney Jason L. Wyatt and Jake Mason, director of marketing for the firm, served on the golf committee.

Discover Your Memory Power in the “Memory Switch” Workshop – June 2016 Meeting of HR Professionals

So someone remembers YOUR name, but you can’t remember his or hers! Sound familiar? Time to turn on that “Memory Switch” at monthly meeting of JSAHR (The Jersey Shore Association for Human Resources), open to the public, Thursday, June 9, 2016, from 7:45 to 10:00 a.m., at the Jumping Brook Country Club, 210 Jumping Brook Road, Neptune, N.J.

Attendees will learn how to train their memory – remember names, faces, and key information; make presentations without notes; remember important information from meetings, to-do lists, written information; and much more in the “Memory Switch” workshop presented by Matthew Goerke.

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 jsahr.shrm@gmail.com or call Christine Higgins, JSAHR chapter administrator, at 732-701-7155.

Meridian Occupational Health is sponsoring the June JSAHR meeting. JSAHR, a SHRM affiliated chapter, is a Gold 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. http://www.hrci.org

About the Speaker: Matthew Goerke is regarded as one of America’s leading experts in the field of Memory Development. He has shared with thousands of business professionals from all walks of life the techniques for developing an instant recall memory with results that can only be described as amazing. He has trained executives from corporations, including AT&T, Prudential, Exxon, Wells Fargo, Merck, Caldwell Banker, and the United States Defense Department. Goerke is the developer of the “Memory Switch” program, the most utilized program of its kind ever developed. For that reason, he is a sought-after guest and has appeared on hundreds of radio and television talk shows.

Successful Free Homebuyer Program Sponsored by LRRC and STEPS

Being a first-time homebuyer can be a confusing, complex experience. What are the best mortgage programs and options? Would you even qualify for a loan?

More than 90 Ocean County first-home buyers recently attended a free evening program sponsored by The LLRC (Lakewood Resource and Referral Center) and STEPS (Solution to End Poverty Soon) at the Public Works Complex, Lakewood, N.J., to gain a better understanding of what mortgage options are available and how to qualify for them.

Lenders and representatives from such local institutions as TD Bank, Investors Savings Bank, Santander, Fulton, and FM Home Loans discussed many topics related to the home-buying process, with a special emphasis on lower interest rates and down payment requirements with no MI (Mortgage Insurance).

Attendees had the opportunity to discuss and review mortgage products with each lender. Housing counselors from LRRC and STEPS were also available to answer questions.

Mayer Hoberman, executive director of social services at the LLRC said, “The LRRC and STEPS sponsored this program because we recognize that first-time and all homebuyers need the understanding and skills to make appropriate and educated decisions during the home buying process.”

LRRC offers homeownership seminars twice a month and counseling on a regular basis that is required by many lenders to enable clients to take advantage of first-time homebuyer mortgage products.

For more information contact Bassi Aderet, housing coordinator at the LRRC, 212 Second Street, Suite 204, Lakewood, at 732-942-9292, Ext. 9115.

Canceled – Lakewood Township Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony

Because of the threat of heavy rains and thunderstorms on Monday, May 30, 2016, the Lakewood Township Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony have been canceled.

Mayor Menashe Miller announced that the annual parade and ceremony honoring the heroic actions of men and women who have served and are now serving in the military will be rescheduled.

For questions or concerns, contact Sarah Kay in the Mayor’s office at 732-364-2500 Ext. 2771 or email skay@lakewoodnj.gov.

Lakewood Township Shade Tree Commission Recognizes Arbor Day Poster Contest Winners

Lakewood Mayor Menashe Miller and members of Lakewood’s Shade Tree Commission recently recognized the winners of the 2016 Arbor Day Poster Contest, open to public school students, grades one to five.

All recipients — one first place winner, one second place winner, two third place winners, one honorable mention with excellence, and 24 honorable mentions — received Proclamations from Lakewood Township and the New Jersey State Legislature through Senator Singer, and two tickets to a Lakewood BlueClaws game, donated by the Lakewood BlueClaws. First, Second and Third Place award winners also received a cash prize donated by First Commerce Bank, Lakewood.

The judges evaluated the quality of the artwork submitted as well as how well the students conveyed the role trees play in the environment. Shade Tree Commission members who presented awards to the winners were Stan Crnobori, chairman, Craig Theibault, vice chairman; and Mary Kay Malec, executive assistant. All posters were judged by the Shade Tree Commission members.

The Winners:
First Place: Jay-Lyn Sanchez, 4th Grade, Oak Street School
Second Place: Janiris Leal Rosales, 5th Grade, Oak Street School
Third Place: Malachi Trujillo, 1st Grade, Oak Street School; and Kevin Sanchez, 1st Grade, Spruce Street School. (Sarah Brown, Art Teacher at Spruce Street School)
Honorable Mention with Excellence: Kevin Bello, 4th Grade, Oak Street School

Honorable Mentions:
Oak Street School: John Minka, Art Teacher
Ashley Ramirez – 1st Grade
Kevin Barajas – 1st Grade
Evelyn Perez-Flores – 2nd Grade
Shayla Rojas Gomez – 2nd Grade
Deysy Martinez – 2nd Grade
Daylin Osrio-Jimenez – 2nd Grade
Susana Gonzalez – 3rd Grade
Jaretzy Mendez – 3rd Grade
Angely Flores – 3rd Grade
Kevin Cacalotl – 3rd Grade
DaShaun Witter – 4th Grade
Keyla Arellano – 4th Grade
Jesus Manzarran – 4th Grade
Allison Angel – 5th Grade
Marvin Garcia – 5th Grade
Karen Ortega Marin – 5th Grade
Paul Ramirez Clara – 5th Grade
Yamilet Santos – 5th Grade
Dayana Arteaga – 5th Grade
Marvin Garcia – 5th Grade
Allison Angel – 5th Grade

Clifton Avenue School: Kristen DeVuyst and Ariel Williams, Art Teachers
Estephany Cuautle – 5th Grade

Ella G. Clarke School, Reginald Russell, Art Teacher
Yasmin Xahuentitla – 4th Grade
Auja Toney – 4th Grade

Craig Theibault, vice chairman, said, “We hold a poster contest each year to raise awareness of the importance of trees among children. We hope the children will learn about trees, and take an interest in them, by planting trees and preserving Lakewood’s valuable tree resource. The Shade Tree Commission greatly appreciates the support shown by the Lakewood School District administration and teachers for the yearly Arbor Day Poster Contest.”

Lakewood Township has been designated a Tree City USA for the 35th consecutive year for having a commitment to caring for and managing public trees, and for its annual Arbor Day programs.

Program Director of Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services to Be Named Member of the Year

Ellen Stone, Long Branch, program director for Preferred Home Health Care and Nursing Services, Inc., with headquarters in Eatontown, N.J., has been named the recipient of the Carol J. Kientz Member of the Year Award by the Home Care & Hospice Association of NJ for extraordinary service and for “going above and beyond” in promoting excellence in home care and hospice in New Jersey.

The Member of the Year award will be presented to Stone at the annual conference and luncheon of the Home Care & Hospice Association of NJ, Thursday, June 16, 2016, Tropicana Resort & Casino, Atlantic City, N.J.

Stone, who has had 22 years of operational and clinical experience in home care, instituted a training program for Preferred home health aides which has grown to classes in four branches and several offsite locations. Stone has also developed a recruitment and training strategy that has been helpful in enlarging the clinical staff at the branch level for Preferred.

An active member of the Home Care & Hospice Association of New Jersey, Stone serves as chairwoman of the Home Health Aide Committee and sits on the Education Committee. With Karen McCoy, Stone has formulated and presented seminars “How to Run a Home Health Aide Class” and “Nurse Delegation.”

She has participated in the discussion with the Board of Nursing Association about issues pertaining to home health aide certification. She is also on the Training Committee for the Employer Coalition for Healthcare Workforce Expansion through the NJ Healthcare Talent Network. In addition, Ellen has represented Preferred at the Greater Ocean Township and Long Branch chambers of commerce. Ellen has also assisted in the formation of the NJ Health Care Network, a statewide networking group of healthcare professionals and those associated with the health care industry.

Stone received a BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) from Alfred University, New York, is a licensed RN, and has attended New Jersey City University for postgraduate certification classes.

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 PreferredCares.com for more information.

Lakewood Township to Honor All Soldiers Monday, May 30

On Monday, May 30, 2016, members of the Lakewood Township community are honoring the heroic actions of men and women who have served and are now serving in the military with a parade and services at the All War Memorial Amphitheater at Lake Carasaljo, North Lake Drive, Lakewood.

The Memorial Day ceremony will begin at the Review Stand in Town Square, Third Street and Clifton Avenue, at 9:30 a.m. with performances by the Clarke School and Oak Street School elementary choruses.

The Memorial Day Parade, which begins at 10:00 a.m., will then pass the Review Stand, proceed down Clifton Avenue, making a right onto Main Street (Route 88), crossing Route 9 South, and proceeding the All War Memorial Amphitheater for the Memorial Day program that will begin with the Lakewood High School (LHS) ROTC presenting the colors, the raising of the flag, an Invocation, and the Star Spangled Banner.

A wreath will be placed on Lake Carasaljo honoring our veterans, and there will be a 21-Gun Salute and Taps.
Participants in the Memorial Day ceremony include Senator Robert Singer, Assemblymen Sean Kean and David Rible, Lakewood Mayor Menashe Miller, Lakewood Deputy Mayor Isaac Akerman, and Committeemen Ray Coles, Mike D’Elia, and Meir Lichtenstein.

The Memorial Day parade will include the various veterans’ organizations, Ocean County Sheriff’s Department, Lakewood Police Department, Lakewood First Aid, the Lakewood Fire Department, Hatzolah EMS, LCSW (Lakewood Civilian Safety Watch), LHS Army JROTC, LHS cheerleaders, members of the Lakewood Recreation programs, Scouts, Lakewood Elks Lodge #1432, SCHI (School for Children with Hidden Intelligence), Aerial Sign North, American Legion Post #166, New Life Christian Center, Lakewood BlueClaws, Lakewood High School Baseball team, Lakewood High School Cheerleaders, Bikur Cholim, Oorah, and the Civil Air Patrol, among others.

Participants are requested to be at their assigned location no later than 9:30 a.m. Bus transportation will be available to transport marchers from the lake back to the starting point of the parade.

To register your organization or for questions or concerns, contact Sarah Kay in the Mayor’s office at 732-364-2500 Ext. 2771 or email skay@lakewoodnj.gov.