Bergen County – Forked River Gazette http://www.forkedrivergazette.com Forked River Gazette Thu, 14 Dec 2017 08:51:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/cropped-Forked-River-Gazette-Logo-32x32.png Bergen County – Forked River Gazette http://www.forkedrivergazette.com 32 32 New Jersey will Walk to Cure Arthritis in May http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/new-jersey-will-walk-cure-arthritis-may/ Wed, 04 May 2016 16:55:41 +0000 http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/?p=24735 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 … Continue reading New Jersey will Walk to Cure Arthritis in May

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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.

The Walk to Cure Arthritis will serve as the opening event for the NBC4 and Telemundo47 Health and Fitness Expo, presented by Quest Diagnostics, at MetLife Stadium. Walk and Expo attendees will walk the 50 yard line at MetLife Stadium, watch a healthy cooking demonstration, tour the Giants’ locker room, practice yoga and meet players from the New York Giants.

Former NY Giants punter Steve Weatherford will lead the Walk and the opening program. Weatherford was signed as a free agent by the Giants in 2011 and set a Super Bowl record in the Giants victory over the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI. His passion for football and fitness is equally matched by his passion for charity work.

Giants wide receiver, Victor Cruz, is scheduled to appear to thank top Walk to Cure Arthritis fundraisers in the VIP area at the event. Cruz was signed by the Giants in 2010 and selected to his first Pro Bowl in 2012. Cruz’s career total 264 receptions place him 12th on the Giants’ career list.

In the United States alone, more than 50 million adults and 300,000 children live with arthritis. Costing the U.S. economy $156 billion dollars a year, arthritis affects one in five Americans and causes more activity limitation than heart disease, cancer or diabetes. The New Jersey Walk to Cure Arthritis will help those living with arthritis by supporting programs, research and advocacy initiatives as well as fund crucial research aimed at finding a cure for the disease.

“Arthritis is more than just a few minor aches and pains. It’s a debilitating disease that robs people of their dreams,” says Medical Honoree, Dr. Yukiko Kimura. “When you support Walk to Cure Arthritis, you become a Champion of Yes, helping us build a lifetime of better while accelerating the search for a cure. Whether you are close to the disease or simply looking for an inspiring charity event that truly makes a difference, Walk to Cure Arthritis is a great way to experience the power of standing together and giving back to the community. Together, New Jersey can Walk to Cure Arthritis and help us reach our goal of raising $325,000 to help find a cure for this disease.”

The Walk to Cure Arthritis is nationally presented by Amgen and sponsored by Massage Envy and Aleve. To register for the New Jersey Walk to Cure Arthritis or to learn more about the event, visit walktocurearthritis.org/newjersey or contact Amy Boright, CFRE at 856-673-1361. To learn more about the Arthritis Foundation’s quest to cure arthritis, visit walktocurearthritis.org.

About the Arthritis Foundation

The Arthritis Foundation is the Champion of Yes. Leading the fight for the arthritis community, the Foundation helps conquer everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access to optimal care, advancements in science and community connections. The Arthritis Foundation’s goal is to chart a winning course, guiding families in developing personalized plans for living a full life – and making each day another stride towards a cure. The Foundation also publishes Arthritis Today, the award-winning magazine that reaches 4 million readers per issue.

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New Census Bureau Population Estimates Pinpoint Fastest-Growing Counties in New Jersey http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/new-census-bureau-population-estimates-pinpoint-fastest-growing-counties-new-jersey-3/ Thu, 24 Mar 2016 20:23:43 +0000 http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/?p=23822 The U.S. Census Bureau reported today on where the heaviest population growth in New Jersey was concentrated last year. The fastest-growing county in New Jersey between July 1, 2014, and July 1, 2015, was Hudson County, whose population rose 0.8 percent over the period. Hudson County was followed by Bergen County  (0.6 percent), and Union … Continue reading New Census Bureau Population Estimates Pinpoint Fastest-Growing Counties in New Jersey

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The U.S. Census Bureau reported today on where the heaviest population growth in New Jersey was concentrated last year.

The fastest-growing county in New Jersey between July 1, 2014, and July 1, 2015, was Hudson County, whose population rose 0.8 percent over the period. Hudson County was followed by Bergen County  (0.6 percent), and Union County (0.5 percent).

With respect to numerical growth, Bergen County added 5,670  people over the period, more than any other county in the state. It was followed by Hudson County, which grew by 5,334 people, and Middlesex County, which grew by 3,561 people.

Bergen County is the most populous county in New Jersey, with 938,506 residents, followed by Middlesex County and Essex County.

This information is based on annual population estimates for each of the nation’s counties, county equivalents, metropolitan statistical areas, and micropolitan statistical areas since the 2010 Census and up to July 1, 2015. Internet tables are available showing rankings and components of population change (births, deaths, migration).

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President Declares Disaster for the State of New Jersey http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/president-declares-disaster-state-new-jersey/ Tue, 15 Mar 2016 22:42:20 +0000 http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/?p=23584 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. The President’s action makes federal funding available to state, … Continue reading President Declares Disaster for the State of New Jersey

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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.

The President’s action makes federal funding available to state, tribal, local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe winter storm and snowstorm in Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Somerset, Union, and Warren counties.

Federal funding is available to the state, tribal, and eligible local governments on a cost-sharing basis for snow assistance for a continuous 48 hour period during or proximate to the incident period in Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Somerset, Union, and Warren counties.

Federal funding is available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures for the State of New Jersey.

Seamus K. Leary has been named the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area.  Leary said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the State and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.

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SBA to Close Some Recovery Centers in New Jersey; Last Chance for One-On-One Assistance http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/sba-to-close-some-recovery-centers-in-new-jersey-last-chance-for-one-on-one-assistance/ Tue, 09 Feb 2016 18:24:31 +0000 http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/?p=22728 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 … Continue reading SBA to Close Some Recovery Centers in New Jersey; Last Chance for One-On-One Assistance

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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. 

SBA’s Customer Service Representatives are available at the Centers to answer questions from businesses and residents affected by Superstorm Sandy about the disaster loan program and help survivors complete their applications.

The Center locations and hours of operation are as indicated below:

 
Atlantic County Bergen County
City of Atlantic City Bergen Co. Office of Emergency Management
1301 Bacharach Blvd, Room 129 285 Campgaw Road
Atlantic City, NJ  08401 Mahwah, NJ  07430
Hours:  8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday Hours:  8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday
Closed on Friday, Feb. 12 & Monday, Feb. 15 Closing Thursday, Feb. 11
   
Essex County Hudson County
Essex County Hall of Records Hudson County Plaza Building
Business Resource Center, Room 447 257 Cornelison Avenue, Room 2106
465 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd Jersey City, NJ  07302
Newark, NJ  07102 Hours:  8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday
Hours:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday Closing Thursday, Feb. 11
Closing Thursday, Feb. 11  
   
Monmouth County Ocean County
Monmouth Co. Emergency Operations Center

300 Halls Mill Road

Miller Air Park, Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Management
Freehold, NJ  07728 101 Airport Road
Hours:  8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday Bayville, NJ  08721
Closed on Monday, Feb. 15 (Presidents Day) Hours:  9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday – Friday
  Closed on Friday, Feb. 12 & Monday, Feb. 15
Union County  
Union County Administration Building  
2nd Floor, Department of Human Services Suite  
10 Elizabethtown Plaza  
Elizabeth, NJ  07207  
Hours:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday  
Closing Thursday, Feb. 11  

Anyone unable to visit a Center may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Businesses and individuals may also obtain disaster loan information and application forms by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.  Loan applications can be downloaded from www.sba.gov/disaster.  Completed applications can be returned to a center or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road,
Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Dec. 1, 2016.  The deadline to return economic injury applications is Dec. 1, 2016.

 

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Paramus Man Named Aesthetic Industry’s 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/z-is-for-zwivel-meet-psps-2015-entrepreneur-of-the-year-published-on-december-1-2015-57-0-0-1-psp12_2015_cover_web-256x350-by-denise-mann-on-any-given-evening-paramus-nj-p/ Sat, 05 Dec 2015 20:21:58 +0000 http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/?p=21622 Z is for Zwivel: Meet PSP’s 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year Published on December 1, 2015 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 … Continue reading Paramus Man Named Aesthetic Industry’s 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year

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Z is for Zwivel: Meet PSP’s 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year

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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.

So exactly what is Zwivel?

Think of Zwivel as a Match.com for plastic surgeons and patients. “It enables the patient to get to know you before they come into the office,” Breslow explains. “You both want to know if it is worth it to take the next steps.”

There have been many notable success stories on Match.com or other online dating platforms, but there have also been some fails. In the dating world, the fails may link back to a lack of chemistry or truthfulness. Expecting a 6-foot-1-inch suitor with a full head of curly hair, for example, and instead meeting a balding 5-foot-4-inch gentleman can be a deal breaker.

Honesty and candor are key on dating sites and Zwivel. “You need to answer questions as though the patient is sitting right in front of you, quote accurate numbers, and also let them know if you think they are a good candidate for the surgery they are interested in,” he says.

It’s a two-way street. Patients, also, need to be forthcoming about what they want and can afford, he says. As in dating, there are many “do not pass go”-type fibs or red flags that can be vetted by Zwivel and Zwiveling.

Zwivel doesn’t discourage plastic surgery patients; it arms appropriate ones with knowledge, says Scott Kera, Zwivel’s chief operating officer. “The goal is to give the patient all the information they want before they come into the office—so when they do come in, nothing is a shock. Nobody wants to go through an hour consultation to find that they are not a good fit,” he says.

“It’s not a lead generator, but a lead qualifier, that can then become a generator,” Breslow adds.

Instead of reserving a full day or more for consultations, most of which historically do not convert to surgeries, Zwivel is open and accessible 24-7. “It only takes a few minutes. I Zwivel between cases, I Zwivel before bed, I Zwivel while waiting for a valet to bring me my car or when I am in the car if my wife is driving,” Breslow says.

“I would rather see fewer patients who are more likely to book than dozens who are not serious or good candidates,” he continues. “With Zwivel, consultation time is cut in half and my conversion rates have doubled.”

Barry DiBernardo, MD, a plastic surgeon in Montclair, NJ, agrees. “I pride myself on being an early adopter. When I see a new technology that I think has merit and can make my practice work better or make my patients’ experience easier—I want to try it out. I am also extremely analytical, so I want to look at the metrics and see if the promise lives up to the hype,” he says. “I have been impressed with Zwivel.”

Problem Solved

Innovation in today’s high-tech world can come in broad strokes—a seismic change in how we do things, such as the creation of the “information superhighway”—or it can also come in smaller, more measurable, ways as a direct response to a very specific problem.

Zwivel was born of the latter. Breslow and colleagues have all spent hours consulting with prospective patients who were not appropriate candidates for cosmetic surgery. Stumbling blocks may be financial, and other times they can be physical or emotional or even just bad chemistry. “More than 60% of people who come in to see a doctor don’t have a procedure with that doctor,” Breslow says.

“This was a problem that was frustrating to both patients and doctors,” he adds. Zwivel is the solution.

Despite the early success of his start-up, Breslow identifies as a plastic surgeon, not a businessman or tech guru. “I view myself as a problem solver,” he says. Like most surgeons, he wants to spend more time in the OR—and Zwivel is helping him to achieve this objective.

What’s In a Name?

Zwivel may sound trite at first mention, but as Breslow points out, “What did Twitter mean before Twitter?” Another iconic term—Google—also means nothing. “A googol is the large number 10100, but Google had no meaning before it became a household name associated with the search giant,” he says.

“I wanted something that has the connotation of going back and forth from patient to doctor and doctor to patient,” Breslow explains from Zwivel HQ. “My staff came up with words like boomerang and sling shot, but we know from Zappos and Zoc Doc that things that start with the letter Z are catchy,” he says. “Swivel—to turn or rotate on an axis—with a Z is Zwivel.”

Like Google, Zwivel can be a noun or a verb: “Are you on Zwivel?” “Is this a Zwivel request?” or “I Zwiveled last night.”

Zwivel 2.0

And with a host of new bells and whistles, Zwivel Premium is likely to secure Zwivel’s place in the plastic surgery vernacular. “It’s a significantly enhanced version that allows plastic surgeons and staff to create and save replies so they can be repurposed, reused, and recycled,” Breslow says.

“Every prospective patient wants to know about time back to exercise and time back to work, among other concerns, so I can make a video with this information that will be saved and can be added on to a request in the future,” he adds.

Zwivel requests can be answered with customized templates that allow users to attach all sorts of important information about a procedure, its risks, its costs, and the surgeon who will be performing it. “You save your best pitch in the cloud and can use it every time,” he says. “It makes it easy to say, ‘This is what we can do for you, and this is about what it would cost.’ ”

To sweeten their pot, Zwivel doctors can assign injectors and practice managers to create video content that answers some of the more common questions and/or addresses other issues such as financing or downtime.

Zwivelers can play the field, but it isn’t a bidding war, Kera says. “We know patients often meet more than one plastic surgeon before making a decision.”

The group is also launching Zwivel Connect, a HIPAA-compliant forum for doctors to text, email, or videochat with existing patients. Another new Zwivel feature applies mainly to potential advertisers. With trigger-targeted advertising, vendors bid on search terms on Zwivel.com so that their product will pop up on the screen when a Zwiveler Zwivels a specific condition or procedure.

“The vendors can target the doctor and/or the patient with this program,” Kera says. There is, however, an ad-free version for patients who go through a Zwivel widget on a particular doctor’s site, not Zwivel.com.

“Zwivel is not telemedicine. It’s not a doctor directory, and now that people are beginning to understand that, we are growing rapidly,” Kera says.

Now it’s time to step up awareness efforts, and that is where Breslow’s wife, Loren, an attorney, comes in. She serves as the VP of operations and is responsible for direct-to-consumer advertising initiatives as well as professional outreach, and she is on it. She is working behind the scenes to help raise Zwivel’s online profile, and has just given the official green light to three national commercials, which will start airing on E! and Bravo from 6 pm to 12 pm, 5 days a week.

“Our objective is to sign up doctors, but consumers drive demand in this market,” she says. The plan is also to increase local outreach efforts in plastic surgery-centric locales like Orange County, Calif; Miami, Palm Beach, and Boca Raton, Fla; Westchester and Nassau County, NY; and Bergen County, NJ. There are also several events planned to introduce beauty bloggers and media to the Zwivel concept, and without giving too much away, an A-list reality star may be involved.

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Teaneck Southern Little League Laces Up 4 Pediatric Cancer and Raises $2,000.00 for Local Kids with Cancer http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/teaneck-southern-little-league-laces-up-4-pediatric-cancer-and-raises-2000-00-for-local-kids-with-cancer/ Fri, 30 Oct 2015 15:26:45 +0000 http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/?p=20833 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 … Continue reading Teaneck Southern Little League Laces Up 4 Pediatric Cancer and Raises $2,000.00 for Local Kids with Cancer

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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.” 

Teaneck Southern Little League is a non-profit, all volunteer organization with a long and proud history of success, having served the Teaneck community since 1952.  The league has players aged 4 to 14 playing on 29 baseball and softball teams.  The funds raised by the TSLL will go back to support Go4theGoal’s programs at Hackensack University Medical Center in partnership with Tomorrow Children’s Fund, including financial assistance for families, wish granting, program funding, and renovations of spaces that improve the quality of life for kids battling cancer.

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

 

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Opening of Teen Lounge at Hackensack University Medical Center http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/opening-of-teen-lounge-at-hackensack-university-medical-center/ Fri, 11 Sep 2015 03:01:45 +0000 http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/?p=19658 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 … Continue reading Opening of Teen Lounge at Hackensack University Medical Center

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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.

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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

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Red Cross: Add Blood Donation To-Do List http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/red-cross-add-blood-donation-to-do-list/ http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/red-cross-add-blood-donation-to-do-list/#comments Tue, 01 Jul 2014 15:36:01 +0000 http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/?p=9228 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 … Continue reading Red Cross: Add Blood Donation To-Do List

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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.

 

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Check Megan’s Law Website For Information On Sex Offenders http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/check-megans-law-website-for-information-on-sex-offenders/ Mon, 30 Jun 2014 23:56:13 +0000 http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/?p=9218 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 … Continue reading Check Megan’s Law Website For Information On Sex Offenders

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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.

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MADD Testifies in Favor of Lifesaving Ignition Interlock Legislation http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/madd-testifies-in-favor-of-lifesaving-ignition-interlock-legislation/ Sat, 21 Jun 2014 15:33:49 +0000 http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/?p=8941 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 … Continue reading MADD Testifies in Favor of Lifesaving Ignition Interlock Legislation

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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.

 

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