Over 2,000 runners and walkers will be on hand at the 2016 Walk to Cure Arthritis on Saturday, May 14 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford to help support the Arthritis Foundation and its mission to cure arthritis and make it easier for people living with the disease to achieve everyday victories. As the Arthritis Foundation’s signature, national fundraising event, the Walk to Cure Arthritis brings together communities to fight arthritis, the nation’s leading cause of disability, and is a great way to experience the power of giving back to your community. Continue reading New Jersey will Walk to Cure Arthritis in May
The U.S. Census Bureau reported today on where the heaviest population growth in New Jersey was concentrated last year. Continue reading New Census Bureau Population Estimates Pinpoint Fastest-Growing Counties in New Jersey
The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of New Jersey to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the area affected by a severe winter storm and snowstorm during the period of January 22-24, 2016. Continue reading President Declares Disaster for the State of New Jersey
The U. S. Small Business Administration announced today that due to a steady decrease of activity, the Recovery Centers located in Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Union counties will cease operations on Feb. 11. The Centers located in Atlantic, Monmouth and Ocean counties will remain open until further notice. However, in observance of Presidents’ Day, the Centers located in Atlantic and Ocean counties will be closed on Friday, Feb. 12 and Monday, Feb. 15; the Monmouth County Center will be closed on Feb. 15 for the holiday. Continue reading SBA to Close Some Recovery Centers in New Jersey; Last Chance for One-On-One Assistance
Z is for Zwivel: Meet PSP’s 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year
By Denise Mann
On any given evening, Paramus, NJ, plastic surgeon Gary Breslow, MD, can be found scrolling through “before” photos from potential patients on his tablet or smartphone, evaluating their anatomy, goals, expectations, and answering any questions they may have about a procedure.
It’s called Zwiveling, and it is made possible with Zwivel, a new online platform that aims to make in-office consultations that much more productive and cost-effective for all-comers.
Yes, it’s an abstract term, but it’s proving to be a sticky one. So far, 750 plastic surgeons (and counting) are on board, and the Zwivel team has grown to include 25 staffers. In recent months, the privately funded company teamed up with CareCredit and Prosper Healthcare Lending to streamline the financing part of the conversion process. They are also rolling out Zwivel Premium—an upgraded version of the platform—to a select group of beta testers, and three national commercials are slated to begin airing on Bravo and E! during prime time.
All in all, 2015 has been a pretty good year for this newbie company.
Breslow and his team officially launched the platform in January 2015, and to date the greatest challenge has been explaining exactly what Zwivel is and what it isn’t to plastic surgeons and their practice managers. “It can take a while for doctors to have that ‘a-ha’ moment, but it’s so cool when it happens,” says Breslow, the medical director of The Breslow Center for Plastic Surgery, and Zwivel co-founder and chief executive officer.
The Teaneck Southern Little League (TSLL) raised $2,000.00 by participating in Go4theGoal’s Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer® initiative. The league held a garage sale on May 16th at Phil Apreda Field in Teaneck, and the proceeds from the sale were used to purchase Gold Laces from Go4theGoal Foundation. All 355 players in 29 baseball and softball league Laced Up their cleats with laces from mid-May through the end of their season on June 15th.
“Our league had spent considerable effort over the past couple of years raising funds to renovate our local fields, we wanted a way to give back to the community as thanks for their support,” said Kelvin Sanchez, President of Teaneck Southern Little League. “This just fit perfectly with the idea of giving back to the community in a meaningful way. It was also an outstanding opportunity for the kids themselves to learn the importance of helping others, and to be able to do something for local kids in need who don’t have the same opportunities they have.” Continue reading Teaneck Southern Little League Laces Up 4 Pediatric Cancer and Raises $2,000.00 for Local Kids with Cancer
In honor of Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month, Go4theGoal is thrilled to announce that renovations of the teen lounge at the Reuten Clinic for Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at Hackensack University Medical Center has been completed and will officially be opened the week of September 14th.
“Kids spend a lot of time at the hospital when they are being treated for cancer and it is important for us to provide them with a positive and relaxed environment to make that time as least stressful as possible,” said Gina Buffa, Go4theGoal Board Member. “Teens being treated for cancer are often surrounded by toys better suited for younger children and watching television that is appropriate for toddlersWe are excited to build a teen room for this population that is suited specifically for their needs.”
Go4theGoal wants to especially thank Jeff DeGraw and Joe Thompson of DeGraw & DeHann Architects, LLP and Jeff Beaudette of JRB Construction Management Co. for donating their time and talents to the planning and construction of this project, as well as the Paramus Capital Grille for hosting the annual Golf Outing that supports the bulk of these renovations.
Capital Grille of Paramus, NJ will hold it’s 4th Golf Outing on Monday, September 14th to fund renovations of a child play room in the Reuten Clinic for Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at Hackensack University Medical Center. This event is made possible by Capital Grille of Paramus, NJ and our sponsors, Hekemian & Co. and Benzel Busch Motor Car Corp., as well as all those that will participate. To register for the golf outing, contact Paramus@tcgdine.com.
About Go4theGoal Foundation
Go4theGoal Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2006 by Dr. Richard and Beth Stefanacci, soon after their oldest child was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. In 2011 Go4theGoal launched 2 national campaigns, National Pediatric Cancer Awareness Day and Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer. These campaigns give schools, businesses, and sports teams an opportunity to raise awareness and much needed support for kids battling cancer. Go4theGoal provides children undergoing cancer treatment and their families with financial assistance, funds hospital-based programs, grants special wishes, and since 2007, has funded over $1,000,000.00 in research. For the past 3 consecutive years Go4theGoal has earned the honor of “Top Rated Non-Profit” by Great Nonprofits. Go4theGoal.org
The American Red Cross asks blood and platelet donors to help prevent a summer shortage by making an appointment to roll up a sleeve around the Independence Day holiday.
With blood and platelet donation appointments currently lower than what is needed to maintain a sufficient blood supply, donors of all blood types are urged to schedule an appointment now, especially those with types O negative, B negative and A negative.
The Red Cross must collect 15,000 blood donations every day to meet the needs of patients across the country. This can be challenging during the summer months of June, July and August, when an average of two fewer donors schedule an appointment to give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need. This seasonal challenge can be overcome if just two more donors – above what is expected – make an appointment and give blood at each Red Cross blood drive the rest of the summer.
“Vacations and other summer activities often conflict with donation appointments for regular blood donors, which makes summer a very difficult time to collect blood donations,” said Anthony C. Tornetta, External Communications Manager, Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region. “Donations decline further near summer holidays like Independence Day. A blood or platelet donation now can help sustain an adequate blood supply this summer.”
To encourage more people to make time to donate blood before and after Independence Day, all presenting blood and platelet donors from June 30 through July 7 will receive a commemorative Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.
Visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to find a nearby blood donation opportunity or schedule an appointment.
How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at@RedCross.
THE END of the school year is an ideal time to check the Megan’s Law website for up-to-date information on known sex offenders, said Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari.
“Children are home and will be spending more time outdoors enjoying the summer weather,” Vicari said. “For peace of mind, this is an ideal time to review the state’s sex offender list for any individuals that may be living in your community.”
The database lists up-to-date information on all convicted sex offenders who are residents of the Garden State.
Towns, counties, zip codes and even individual streets can be easily reviewed.
More advanced checks allow users to input the names of convicted sex offenders or check only newer records.
“This only takes a few minutes and can make a big difference in keeping a child safe,” Vicari said.
Vicari also suggested periodically checking the Megan’s Law database throughout the year.
“It’s important to know what dangers a child may encounter when they travel to and from school,” he said. “It’s also essential that they learn to avoid strangers and how to react if they are approached by an adult they do not know.”
If a child is approached by a stranger in a car, they should be taught to run the opposite way – towards the rear of the car. This way, the driver will have to first turn around before they can pursue the child, Vicari said.
The database can be accessed through a link on the Ocean County Government Homepage at www.co.ocean.nj.us. The page can also be accessed directly at www.njsp.org/info/reg_sexoffend.html.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will testify before the Assembly Appropriations Committee urging their support of A 1368 on Monday, June 23rd at 9 AM. A 1368, introduced by Assemblywoman Stender, will require ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers, including all first-time offenders. Similar legislation has been passed in 23 states and these states have recognized a significant reduction in drunk driving deaths.
“MADD believes ignition interlocks for all offenders is the best solution to eliminate drunk driving across the Nation. New Jersey lawmakers have the opportunity to advance this lifesaving legislation that will protect the public from drunk drivers,” said MADD New Jersey Volunteer and National Board Member Steven Benvenisti, Esq., Partner at Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, PC, who was almost killed by a drunk driver when he attended The College of New Jersey.
Drunk driving is a violent crime. And, drunk deaths are 100 percent preventable. Yet in 2012, 164
people in New Jersey were killed in crashes caused by a drunk driver—representing 28 percent of all traffic fatalities. In addition to the extraordinary emotional burden for victims, drunk driving deaths are an unnecessary economic hardship for New Jersey, costing the state and taxpayers $1.1 billion in 2012.
Research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found that (1) requiring interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers saves lives and is effective in reducing drunk driving recidivism by 67 percent; (2) license suspension alone is no longer a practical way to deal with drunk drivers, as 50 to 75 percent of convicted drunk drivers will continue to drive even with a suspended driver’s license; and (3) first-time convicted DUI offender is not a first time drunk driver
but rather has driven drunk at least 80 times prior to being arrested.
Currently in New Jersey, interlocks are required for all repeat and first-time convicted drunk drivers with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .15 or greater. Passage of A 1368 would require a first-time convicted drunk driver with a BAC of .08 to .14 to use an ignition interlock for a period of three to twelve months unless a Judge determines that aggravating factors dictate that a license suspension would be more appropriate. The last third of the time on the interlock must be violation free or the offender will have the time on the interlock extended. A 1368 will help change behavior separate alcohol from driving. Interlocked offenders are able to their jobs and provide for their families.
“MADD’s number one legislative priority is to pass lifesaving laws to ensure the public’s safety and eliminate drunk driving. A 1368 makes sense, ignition interlocks for all offenders will save lives,” continued Benvenisti.
States that are enforcing all-offender ignition interlock laws, such as Arizona and Oregon, have seen a reduction in DUI deaths by 43 to 42 percent, largely due to these comprehensive laws requiring all drunk drivers to receive an interlock.
For more information on interlocks, please visit madd.org/interlock.
About Mothers Against Drunk Driving
Founded in 1980 by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) is the nation’s largest nonprofit working to protect families from drunk driving and underage drinking. With the help of those who want a safer future, MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® will end this danger on America’s roads. And as one of the largest victim services organizations in the U.S., MADD also supports drunk and drugged driving victims and survivors at no charge, serving one person every 8.6 minutes through local MADD victim advocates and at 1-877-MADD-HELP. Learn more at www.madd.org or by calling 1-877-ASK-MADD.