OceanFirst Bank’s “Have You Swiped Your Check Card Today?” Sweepstakes has made one lucky winner $1,000 richer! The contest kicked off on April 30th and continued through June 30th at OceanFirst branch locations throughout Ocean, Monmouth & Middlesex counties. It provided old & new OceanFirst checking customers the opportunity to enter to win their choice of $1,000 or 200,000 UChoose Rewards® bonus points. Sweepstakes entrants also had the opportunity to earn additional entries for each online or signature-based purchase they made during the contest period using their OceanFirst Visa® Check Card. On Wednesday, July 22, 2015, Jill Flynn, Vice President & Branch Manager at OceanFirst Bank presented grand prize winner, Donald V. Pitcher, Jr. with his grand prize selection, a check for $1,000. “I couldn’t believe the great news when I received the Bank’s call. It truly made my day.” said, Donald V. Pitcher.
OceanFirst Bank, founded in 1902 and headquartered in Toms River is a federally chartered stock savings bank with $2.3 billion in assets and is the largest community based financial institution headquartered in Ocean County. OceanFirst Bank has twentyfour branch locations conveniently located throughout Ocean, Monmouth and Middlesex counties. For more information call 1-888- OCEAN33 or visit www.oceanfirst.com
For the first time ever, nationally known master magician Michael Grasso comes to the Wildwoods Convention Center on Thursday, August 13 to awe and amaze audiences with grand illusion, magic and sleight of hand performances.
Witnessed by millions on NBC’s #1 hit show America’s Got Talent, Grasso’s unique style of magic and illusion landed him in the national spotlight, proving that he is indeed a true master of his art. Inspired by a golden age of magic, art, music and fashion, his performances transcend all ages and languages. Following his performances on national television, The Society of Magicians awarded him with the prestigious Illusionist of the Year award.
This new event – for one night only – will be held at 8 p.m. in the beautiful Starlight Ballroom. Tickets start at $18 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com or charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000, or at the Wildwoods Convention Center Box Office.
For additional information about master magician and illusionist Michael Grasso or to watch videos of past performances, visit www.GrassoMagic.com.
For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com or call 800-992-9732.
Family Fun in the Ceramics Studio will again take place on August 9 from 10 am to 12 noon at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences, 120 Long Beach Boulevard, Loveladies, NJ. Hand building techniques will be taught by our talented instructor, Kerith Creo, in a creative and inspired atmosphere. Work alongside another family member to create a bowl, mug or party plater. The fee for one adult and one child is $45; each additional person is $30 with discounts depending upon membership level.
On Friday night, August 14, it’s Time to Get Dirty in the Ceramics Studio at 7 pm. Bring your friends, a date or make some new friends when you arrive with your own creativity and your own booze to sip while you create under the guidance of instructor Kerith Creo. Materials are included in the $45 fee which may be subject to discount depending on your membership level.
The LBIF is supported almost solely by the local community, including individuals and businesses. It is a place to enjoy the excitement of the arts—visual, performing, language and culinary; a place to discover and explore the wonderful world of nature and science; a place to challenge yourself with healthy physical activity. Call the LBIF at 609-494-1241 for more information or visit www.lbifoundation.org.
The President shared a moving story of how, in the years before Congress passed the ADA, his father-in-law — who had multiple sclerosis — would sometimes hold himself back because he didn’t want his disability to inconvenience others. With that story, President Obama reminded Americans that “We’ve got to tear down barriers externally, but we also have to tear down barriers internally.”
As someone who has struggled against attitudinal barriers, I loved hearing our President encourage the world to view access for people with disabilities as a civil and human right.
As a deafblind student, I witnessed advocates using the ADA to change social attitudes. The National Federation of the Blind regularly referenced the ADA when explaining to technology developers why designing access for people with disabilities is a necessity and not some optional cherry atop the Silicon Valley sundaes. I heard how the National Association of the Deaf used the ADA to increase closed-captioning online, and how Disability Rights Advocates used the ADA to compel Target’s tech team to make their website accessible to blind Americans.
Impressed by the success of the advocates, I felt inspired to join them. Back then, and even now, I encountered so many barriers in the digital world. Not because of my disability, but because of attitudes among tech developers that trivialize access for people with disabilities.
When I entered Harvard Law School, I encountered a serious question: How would a deafblind student succeed? I remember the first time I presented my communication system to a real-live lawyer. I felt many of the insecurities probably experienced by President Obama’s father-in-law. Would the lawyer think I was somehow inconveniencing her or slowing her down?
Knowing the power of confidence, I hid my insecurities and put on a smile: “Would you mind typing on this keyboard since I can’t hear you? I’ll be able to read what you type on this braille display.” To my surprise, she started typing.
I started to think that maybe, just maybe, I would survive law school.
Not only does the ADA make it possible for people with disabilities to obtain a world-class education, but it also empowers us to overcome our own insecurities in pursuit of our dreams. Two years after law school, through my work at Disability Rights Advocates, I helped achieve a legal victory in National Federation of the Blind v. Scribd, the second decision to hold that the ADA applies to e-commerce.
Twenty-five years after the ADA, advocates still encounter attitudinal barriers among tech companies that continue to insist that they don’t have to provide access for people with disabilities. Given the necessity of accessing online services in today’s world, all of us with disabilities will continue to turn to the ADA to tear down barriers.
President Obama leads our nation in the quest to remove external and internal barriers. I received the honor of meeting our President at the White House celebration of the 25th anniversary of the ADA. Even though he had never communicated with a deafblind person through a digital braille display and QWERTY keyboard, he gracefully switched from speaking to typing.
Through our conversation, I experienced the genuine warmth of our President, his attentiveness to people, his understanding of the value of technology in connecting people, and his sincere belief that people with disabilities, like his father-in-law, should never let attitudinal barriers stop us from pursuing our dreams.
Do you have stories of the ADA helping you tear down internal barriers, digital barriers, or physical barriers? Share your stories using the hashtag #OurADAStories.
Skadden Fellowship Attorney
Disability Rights Advocates
Stockton University, the Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton University and the Bay-Atlantic Symphony, Stockton’s orchestra-in-residence, have been awarded a total of $426,781 in grants from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the Dodge Foundation.
Stockton’s School of Arts and Humanities received $200,000 from the state Council on the Arts for the Emmy Award-winning “State of the Arts” program produced in collaboration with PCK Media. The program also received a $10,000 grant from the Dodge Foundation.
“State of the Arts” is a New Jersey public television tradition and has been nationally recognized as a premier showcase for arts and culture. The program has won numerous Mid-Atlantic and New York Emmys, including a New York Emmy earlier this year for “The Birth of Cinema,” focusing on the original studio system in Fort Lee, NJ.
Stockton’s Performing Arts Center on the Galloway campus also received $101,020 in general program support from the state. The PAC provides audiences with a wide variety of cultural programming in theatre, concerts, dance, comedy and lectures.
“The University has a longstanding commitment to the arts and humanities, which are an important part of a distinctive Stockton education and a major source of cultural enrichment for the region,” said Acting President Harvey Kesselman. “Stockton is very pleased to receive these grants, along with our partners at the Noyes Museum and the Bay-Atlantic Symphony. We look forward to continuing to provide cultural programming for our students, faculty, staff, the community and viewers throughout the state.”
The Noyes Museum, with locations in Galloway, Hammonton and the Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton in Atlantic City, received $53,803 for its general operating budget as well as $14,000 to help support its New Jersey Arts Annual: Fine Arts. The juried exhibit showcases contemporary works by artists throughout New Jersey, including paintings, drawings, 3-dimensional and mixed media work. The exhibition will run Feb. 5 – May 22, 2016 at the Noyes Museum in the Oceanville section of Galloway, NJ.
The Bay-Atlantic Symphony received a $36,708 state arts grant for general operating support. The Symphony, which is Stockton’s orchestra-in-residence and has offices in Bridgeton, NJ, also received an $11,250 grant to expand its music/mentorship program at Atlantic City’s Sovereign Ave. School and Atlantic City High School.
Symphony musicians, along with music students from Stockton, teach strings and woodwind classes in small groups or one-on-one. The educational portion of the program is under the direction of Dr. Christopher Di Santo, associate professor of Music at Stockton and principal clarinetist with Bay-Atlantic, with Conductor Jed Gaylin providing overview.
The state arts council announced awards of more than $15.7 million in grant funding to over 700 arts organizations, projects and artists throughout New Jersey. In a statement, the council said state arts funding employs an estimated 17,000 workers, supports 37,000 cultural events, and attracts five million visitors who spend $125 million in New Jersey.
“The arts industry is critical to New Jersey’s economic growth and creative vitality,” Lieut. Governor Kim Guadagno, who also serves as Secretary of State, said in the council’s release. “The grants awarded through the State Arts Council support cultural assets in every region that help shape New Jersey communities as great places to live, visit, do business and raise a family.”
“State of the Arts” can be seen on NJTV every Sunday at 8 p.m., and every Thursday at 11:30 p.m., on WHYY every Sunday at 11 a.m. or on its YouTube channel.
AUGUST GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING: We are very excited to have Nancy Bonta Voitko from the Ocean County Library at our next meeting to tell us about FREE library resources for Small Businesses.
SEPTEMBER NETWORKING EVENT: Join us and enjoy an evening of networking on the beach at The Cove Waterfront Bar and Grill located on the Barnegat Bay in Bayville. $20 for LCOC members, $25 for non-members. Please RSVP: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/lcoc-summer-sunset-networking-event-tickets-17778567173. See the flyer on our website for more details.
LACEY DAY: The Chamber will once again have a table at Lacey Day on Saturday, August 15 @12:00 P.M. I will need some volunteers to help with the Chamber table. If you have not volunteered for a table event this year, please help at this one.
NEW MASTERMIND GROUP: Starting in September, a new mastermind group will meet once a month. This is your opportunity to “pick the brains” of your fellow chamber members to see what has worked and not worked in their business. Each month we will have a new topic. Stay tuned for further details.
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) has been named winner of the 2015 Equity of Care Award from the American Hospital Association (AHA). The award is presented annually to hospitals or care systems that are noteworthy leaders and examples to the field in the area of equitable care, demonstrating a high level of success in reducing health care disparities and promoting diversity in leadership and staff within their organization.
RWJUH was recognized as one of two top-performing hospitals in healthcare diversity and inclusion out of the nation’s more than 5,000 hospitals. The award was presented on Friday at the Health Forum/AHA Leadership Summit in San Francisco.
“These hospitals are a testament to the tremendous efforts underway to eliminate health care disparities and promote diversity at the local and national level,” said AHA President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock. The honorees represent what can be achieved to ensure care is provided equitably to all and signifies where we, as a health care field, should strive, he added.
With our efforts expanding throughout the Robert Wood Johnson Health System, we are even more committed to living diversity as a value – modeling it internally, among our employees and patients – and externally,” said Stephen K. Jones, FACHE, President and C.E.O. of RWJUH and the Robert Wood Johnson Health System. “As RWJUH and the RWJ Health System become part of the national discussion for diversity and inclusion in healthcare, it gives us more opportunity to gain momentum and make an even bigger impact. We could not have achieved this without our employees’ invaluable contributions, so we can all be proud of this recognition from the AHA.”
RWJUH Chief Diversity Officer and Assistant Vice President (Diversity & Inclusion) Ryan Parker described this as a tremendous achievement. “It showcases that every individual in our organization understands that everyone deserves a fair chance to lead a healthy life and is committed to helping our patients and neighbors in the diverse communities that we serve achieve that,” he said. “Receiving this award is a true testimony of our employees’ and leaders’ commitment to embrace and operationalize diversity and inclusion, as we work to improve the health and wellness of all populations under the Triple Aim model.”
RWJUH was recognized for its commitment to addressing health inequities through its REAL Data Integrity LEAN Six Sigma Project. Identifying opportunities for improved care has resulted in an increased use of interpreter services and an associated decrease in hospital readmissions, specifically heart failure, by 30 percent. In addition, RWJUH looked at transitional care for low-income patients to close the gap between patient discharge and follow-up visit to a primary care physician. The hospital’s efforts resulted in a reduction of its overall 30-day readmission rate from 13 percent in 2013 to five percent in 2014.
RWJUH’s focus on diversity and inclusion has extended beyond clinical care to employee resource groups and leadership. Our initial four BRGs supported our Latino, Asian, and Black employees and young professionals. Today, we have increased our BRGs to include groups for women, veterans and LGBTA. And since 2012, the hospital increased its leadership diversity from four percent to 38 percent minority representation and the hospital board’s diversity is at 22 percent.
In addition to the Equity of Care Award, RWJUH this year was ranked no. 19 in Diversity MBA Magazine’s 2015 rankings for “50 Out Front Companies for Diversity Leadership: Best Places for Women & Diverse Managers to Work” and also is recognized by the magazine in its “Top 10 Best in Class: Succession Planning and Accountability.
About Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) is a 965-bed academic medical center with campuses in New Brunswick and Somerville, N.J. Its Centers of Excellence include cardiovascular care from minimally invasive heart surgery to transplantation, cancer care, stroke care, neuroscience, joint replacement, and women’s and children’s care, including The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at RWJUH. As the flagship Cancer Hospital of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the principal teaching hospital of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, RWJUH is an innovative leader in advancing state-of-the-art care.
A Level I Trauma Center and the only Pediatric Trauma Center in the state, RWJUH’s New Brunswick campus serves as a national resource in its ground-breaking approaches to emergency preparedness.
RWJUH has been ranked among the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report seven times and has been selected by the publication as a high performing hospital in numerous specialties. The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital has been ranked among the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report for three consecutive years.
Both the New Brunswick and Somerset campuses have earned significant national recognition for clinical quality and patient safety, including the prestigious Magnet® Award for Nursing Excellence and “Most Wired” designation by Hospitals and Health Networks magazine. The Joint Commission and the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services have designated the New Brunswick Campus as a Comprehensive Stroke Center and the Somerset Campus as a Primary Stroke Center.
The American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer has rated RWJUH New Brunswick among the nation’s best comprehensive cancer centers and designated the Steeplechase Cancer Center at RWJUH Somerset as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center. The Joint Surgery Center at RWJUH Somerset has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for total knee and total hip replacement surgery.
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital is ranked no. 19 in Diversity MBA Magazine‘s 2015 rankings for “50 Out Front Companies for Diversity Leadership: Best Places for Women & Diverse Managers to Work” and also is recognized by the magazine in its “Top 10 Best in Class: Succession Planning and Accountability.”
“Two Plus Two = Five” (published by AuthorHouse UK) is a sometimes funny insight into the machinations of the mind during a typical day in 1994, from five in the morning till 11 at night. It describes just how the author William Morton gets through a day when actively seeking employment.
The book was in fact an attempt to prove that the author was not mad but just a typical victim (one of millions) who ended up described as mentally ill by an uncaring government — governments that would sooner pay people to wallow on benefits than partake in something useful. Governments that simply did not understand what it is like to be out of work and to look for work or what to be out of work did on the physical and mental health of a person. Also, it is a look at how education is dismissed as worthless, even though governments constantly harp on about the need to get education. The author also wishes to show readers his belief that one in four people will be diagnosed as mentally ill.
The author’s hope is that the book will show that they are all individuals, unique beings that do not all live for the profit motive of big business. That some people are quite happy doing relatively non-pressurized jobs in manual work or as clerks.
“Two Plus Two = Five”
By William Morton
Softcover | 6×9 in | 160 pages | ISBN 9781456785222
E-Book | 160 pages | ISBN 9781456785239
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble
About the Author
William Morton was born in 1958 in a town called Clitheroe, near Manchester, England and after grammar school went to Warwick University where he successfully studied for a degree in Environmental Sciences (1980). Because he took so many exams at university he decided to “take it easy “after leaving university, travelling through Europe by Interail and eventually working on a Kibbutz in Israel. Returning to England, he did work as a fruit picker, and returns clerk ending up in London. Here he learned about the great British benefits system which dominates so much of life in Britain both in the eighties, nineties and today. He returned to the North of England where he was eventually diagnosed with the mental malady schizophrenia. To prove the doctors wrong, he wrote a book about the thoughts he had during one day in his life in 1994. It was rejected by many publishers and once again (1997) he was sectioned. He has been on benefits ever since.
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Ocean Health Initiatives (OHI), a federally qualified health center (FQHC), is hosting its annual Community Family Health Fair, rain or shine, Monday, August 10, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., at OHI’s Lakewood Health Center, 101 Second St., Lakewood, N.J., to celebrate the 50th anniversary of National Health Center Programs during National Health Center Week 2015 (NHCW).
OHI will be joining with thousands of communities around the nation to recognize and celebrate 50 years of success in health care delivery through the work and programs of Community Health Centers. The theme of National Health Center Week 2015, August 9 -15, is America’s Health Centers: Celebrating Our Legacy, Shaping Our Future. The National Health Center Week campaign is designed to raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s Health Centers, the largest and most successful system of primary health care.
NJPCA (New Jersey Primary Care Association) is the sponsor of the Fair at which many organizations and vendors will provide free health screenings, health education and information, fun and games for the entire family, and giveaways. For vendor space contact OHI at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OHI is offering free screenings, such as dental, blood pressure, and glucose readings. As part of its Live Healthy Ocean County program, Ocean County Health Department will do screenings for lead, osteoporosis, stroke risk, blood pressure, and BMI (Body Mass Index).
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and Horizon NJ Health is supplying a DJ and music, cholesterol screenings for the first 25 people, blood pressure screenings, and giveaways. United Healthcare will have a mobile unit and will provide health screenings, and giveaways. Amerigroup will also provide health education and giveaways.
Dr. Theresa Berger, the CEO of OHI, said, “Every day in our waiting rooms I witness the value of having a patient-centered health care home. When people have a place to go for regular care, they use it and stay healthier. We provide a range of services onsite – primary care services, pediatrics, pharmacy, dentistry, even mental health services. Our patients not only get the care they need under one roof, but they are treated as individuals, with dignity and respect. This is what health care should be, and what we celebrate during National Health Center Week.”
National Health Center Week, recognized by health centers throughout the United States, was spearheaded in New Jersey by the New Jersey Primary Care Association (NJPCA), a nonprofit corporation that represents the organizational providers and affiliates of community-based ambulatory health care statewide.
For more information visit http://www.healthcenterweek.org or National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) at www.nachc.org. For questions about the Family Health Fair, contact Kimberly Tozzi, community relations liaison, 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, Lakewood; and a Mobile Medical Unit.
OHI provides comprehensive primary and preventative health 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 www.ohinj.org for further information.
About National Health Care Centers (Taken from NHCW Press Release)
Health centers started 50 years ago as a pilot project during President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. Today, they have compiled a significant record of success that includes:
Health centers serve more than 23 million people nationwide – that’s one in 15 Americans, including 7 million children and 260,000 veterans. Health centers are also increasingly becoming the trusted provider of choice for many families, whether they are insured or not. Evidence shows patients choose health centers because they are convenient, affordable, and offer a range of services from a team of caring professionals. Studies also show the quality of care at a health center is as good as or even better than private practices.
The Borough of Wildwood Crest will host its annual 5K Beach Race Saturday, August 8 at 8:30 a.m. The 5K out-and-back beach run, along with a one-mile fun run-walk, will take place near the water’s edge at low tide beginning and ending at the Wildwood Crest Beach Pier at Heather Road and Ocean Avenue. The 5K Beach Race is a rain or shine event.
The registration fee is $25 for the 5K run and $20 for the one-mile run/walk until July 31; fees are $30 and $25 thereafter. Long-sleeve T-shirts will be given to all participants who register before July 31 and while supplies last to those who registerafter this date.
Prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers, as well as the top male and female finishers in a variety of age groups. Refreshments will be served following the race and all registered participants will be eligible to win a variety of random door prizes.
The event will also include a team competition among the beach patrols from Wildwood Crest, Wildwood and North Wildwood.
Race-day registration will be held at the Crest Pier Recreation Center from 7 – 8:15 a.m. Pre-registered runners can pick up their race packet at the Crest Pier Recreation Center on Friday, August 7 from 6 – 8 p.m. For additional information or to register, visit www.VisitWildwoodCrest.com or call 609-523-0202.
For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com or call 800-992-9732.