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FREEHOLDER DIRECTOR VICARI TO LEAD 2020 CENSUS

Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari will lead Ocean County’s 2020 Census Count efforts.

“Every 10 years, as mandated by the U.S. Constitution, our nation conducts a census – an effort to count every person living in the United States,” said Vicari. “The key to this endeavor is having every household complete a census form.

“Participation is critical as the results determine how Congress is apportioned and how federal and state funding is distributed,” Vicari said. Continue reading FREEHOLDER DIRECTOR VICARI TO LEAD 2020 CENSUS

The Importance of Federally-Qualified Health Centers

Theresa Berger, President and CEO of Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc. (OHI)

Federally-Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) are facing a severe loss in funding. On September 30, 2017, the Community Health Centers Fund, which accounts for 70% of Federal Funding for our programs and services, will expire. This potential loss could greatly impact their ability to deliver critical services to the patient populations of not only New Jersey, but the nation.

As Board Chairwoman of the New Jersey Primary Care Association, which represents all 23 Health Centers throughout the state of New Jersey, and President and CEO of Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc. (OHI), an FQHC with nine locations in New Jersey, I am gravely concerned for the future of our health care institutions. We are looking for support to help educate Congress about this dire situation, assuring that Health Centers can overcome this potentially catastrophic funding loss and remain safety net providers for underinsured and uninsured Americans. We are all part of a mighty voice that can be generated with the aid of patients and supporters, pushing forward our message urging Congress and our leaders to fix this funding cliff before it is too late. Continue reading The Importance of Federally-Qualified Health Centers

9/11 Services

On Monday, Sep 11, we conducted a memorial service at Brookdale Assisted Living in Manahawkin to remember the victims of 9/11.  Dan and Janet Boesman, Sharon McGovern, Jack Milne, and Gene Zombory were in attendance from the Elks.  Poems and short stories that were written following that tragic day were read by Dan and Sharon, and Wendy Conroy, Program Director for Brookdale.  Judy, a resident of the facility, and Sharon read patriotic quotes that have inspired Americans throughout history.  These were written by Abraham Lincoln, Harry S. Truman, Colin Powell and other notable historical figures.  Following the readings, Gene Zombory of the Elks Veterans Committee gave a heartfelt presentation to the residents about September 11, the patriotism that followed and our military today.  After the service was completed we stayed for some hospitality, music and to visit with the residents.

District 7500 Service Event – Rise Against Hunger

OUR MISSION

Rise Against Hunger is driven by the vision of a world without hunger. Our mission is to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable and creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources.

OUR HISTORY

In 1998, envisioning a world without hunger, Ray Buchanan — a United Methodist minister — founded Stop Hunger Now. In 2017, Stop Hunger Now rebranded to become Rise Against Hunger. After enlisting as a U.S. Marine during the Vietnam War, Ray Buchanan quickly recognized that accomplishing a mission required “commitment to something larger than yourself.”

Driving Rise Against Hunger’s work is the recognition that ending hunger is more than just feeding people, which led Rise Against Hunger to focus its feeding programs in areas where we can have a real impact and expand its hunger-fighting programs beyond meal packaging and distribution.

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COOPERMAN FAMILY PAVILION USHERS IN NEW ERA OF FAMILY-CENTERED CARE AT SAINT BARNABAS MEDICAL CENTER

Saint Barnabas Medical Center, a flagship facility of RWJBarnabas Health, unveiled a soaring, five-story, 241,000 square-foot addition to the Livingston medical center this week. Saint Barnabas Medical Center, renowned for its high-quality clinical care and medical services, received a $25 million gift from Leon and Toby Cooperman, which provided the catalyst for the construction of the vast expansion to the medical center, to be named the Cooperman Family Pavilion.

“The extraordinary Cooperman Family Pavilion exemplifies the remarkable care that is provided at this award-winning medical center,” said Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer of RWJBarnabas Health. “This new addition will not only advance the health and well-being of the communities we serve, but also offer an environment that will improve the patient experience and mirror the level of clinical innovation and family-centered care that has become a mainstay at Saint Barnabas Medical Center.” Continue reading COOPERMAN FAMILY PAVILION USHERS IN NEW ERA OF FAMILY-CENTERED CARE AT SAINT BARNABAS MEDICAL CENTER

Stockton Veterans Program Receives $2,000 from Tee Off for Veterans

Tee Off for Veterans representative Maureen Hickman Caporaso, a Gold Star Daughter and Veterans Advocate, presents a check for $2,000 to Jason Babin, Stockton University Director of the Office of Military and Veteran Services, at the Tee Off for Veterans Golf Tournament at McCullough’s Emerald Golf Links in Egg Harbor Township on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.   The funds are designated for Stockton’s Got Your Six program,  which helps veterans integrate back into civilian life.

Lacey Township Police and Firefighters receive Award of Valor

Police Officers Anthony Sarno and Christopher Meyler from the Lacey Township Police Department and Firefighters Edward Barker, JR and Robert Anderson from the Forked River Fire Department  who received the National Liberty Museum’s Award of Valor on Tuesday, September 12.  The Awards of Valor honors extraordinary polic officers and firefighters for their remarkable acts of heroism and for being role models in their communities. The Awards of Valor recipients, whose stories are gripping and inspiring, are brave individuals who put themselves in dangerous situations to keep all of us in the community safe.  Police Officers Anthony Sarno and Christopher Meyler from the Lacey Township Police Department and Firefighters Edward Barker, JR and Robert Anderson from the Forked River Fire Department were recognized for their heroic acts in freeing an entrapped 81-year old woman from a garage that was fully engulfed in flames. Continue reading Lacey Township Police and Firefighters receive Award of Valor

FREEHOLDER VICARI ANNOUNCES SOUTHERN SERVICE CENTER UPGRADES

Since 2011, when the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders opened the doors of the Ocean County Southern Service Center, Route 9, here, residents have been able to conveniently access a host of county programs – from senior services to applying for passports.

And in 2013, the Freeholders opened the senior nutrition site at the location.

Now, based on its popularity and its convenient location, major renovations are coming to the Southern Service Center, according to Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari, Chairman of Senior Services.

“I am very happy to announce these upgrades at the Southern Service Center that will help with our senior nutrition program, other senior programs and provide necessary updates to the building which was once a gymnasium,” Vicari said. “These changes will provide for a more efficient and convenient senior nutrition program, and when necessary will result in the county having an additional emergency evacuation shelter available during storms or other weather events.” Continue reading FREEHOLDER VICARI ANNOUNCES SOUTHERN SERVICE CENTER UPGRADES

SAINT ELIZABETH ANN SETON CHURCH PUBLISHES COOKBOOK

Appetizers, a new cookbook by Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Absecon, is now available for purchase for $8 per copy plus $2 shipping. Parishioners, families, and friends share 350 taste-tempting easy-to-prepare appetizer recipes. Appetizers for every taste and every occasion are included. Recipes are divided among Sweet & Salty, Stuffed, Puffed & Skewered, Dips & Spreads, Heartier Fare, and Sheer Elegance. Whether you are preparing small plates to be served before a meal, tasty starters, or party finger foods, you will find what you need in Appetizers. Continue reading SAINT ELIZABETH ANN SETON CHURCH PUBLISHES COOKBOOK

Veteran’s Family is Keeping the Memory of the USS Randolph Alive in 2017

Gary Santos of Lindenhurst, NY visited Toms River, NJ earlier this year.  While he was here, he visited the site of the USS Randolph’s anchor near Huddy Park.  If you have been to the site, you will remember that the anchor is surrounded by personalized pavers – an initiative of the Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce decades earlier.  Mr. Santos and his family wanted one of those pavers for a very special reason.  When he reached out to Craig Ambrosio, Director of Toms River Parks, Buildings, and Grounds, for more information about securing one, Craig connected him with the Chamber.  Continue reading Veteran’s Family is Keeping the Memory of the USS Randolph Alive in 2017