Category Archives: Union County

Red Cross May Blood Donation Opportunities

The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood this May in honor of World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day on May 8 – the birthday of International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement founder, Henry Dunant.

 

World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day recognizes the local and global impact of the Red Cross mission. For more than 130 years, the American Red Cross has been helping people, including those in need of blood transfusions, in communities across the U.S. It is the only blood services organization that also provides disaster relief, services for active and veteran military personnel and their families, and health and safety training.

 

Last year, about 3.1 million volunteer blood donors rolled up a sleeve to help the Red Cross meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals nationwide. Donors of all blood types – especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative – are needed to help ensure blood is available for patients this spring.

 

To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Those who are unable to give blood can support blood donations and invite others to make a lifesaving donation by creating a SleevesUp virtual blood drive at redcrossblood.org/SleevesUp.

 

Upcoming May blood donation opportunities

 

NJ

 

American Red Cross Blood Donation Center:

 

Central New Jersey Donor Center

707 Alexander Rd., Suite 701, Princeton Township
Mondays: 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. (platelet pheresis)

Tuesdays: 12:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (whole blood & platelet pheresis)

Fridays: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. (whole blood & platelet pheresis)

Saturdays: 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. (whole blood)

 

Hunterdon

 

Lambertville

5/2/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Centenary United Methodist Church, 108 North Union Street

 

 

 

 

Mercer

 

Hightstown

5/9/2015: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Hightstown EMS, 168 Bank Street

 

Lawrenceville

5/17/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Gurudwara Sahib, 282 Bakers Basin Road

 

Princeton

5/4/2015: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty, 4 Nassau Street

5/7/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Princeton University, 75 Washington Road, Frist Center

5/8/2015: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Princeton University, 75 Washington Road, Frist Center

5/27/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., RCN Telecom Services, LLC, 650 College Road East

 

Robbinsville

5/12/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., NorthStar Vets, 315 Robbinsville-Allentown Road

 

Titusville

5/7/2015: 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Johnson & Johnson Titusville Campus, 1125 Trenton-Harbourton Road

5/14/2015: 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Johnson & Johnson Titusville Campus, 1125 Trenton-Harbourton Road

 

Middlesex

 

Edison

5/17/2015: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Temple Emanu-El, 100 James Street

 

Monmouth Junction

5/10/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Islamic Society of Central Jersey, 4145 US Route 1

 

Monmouth

 

Sea Girt

5/30/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Sea Girt Square, 2100 Route 35

 

Ocean

 

Little Egg Harbor

5/13/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., St. Theresa’s Church, 450 Radio Road

5/13/2015: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m., St. Theresa’s Church, 450 Radio Road

 

Toms River

5/6/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., TR Hotel, 290 Route 37 East

5/20/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., TR Hotel, 290 Route 37 East

 

 

Somerset

 

Basking Ridge

5/3/2015: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., St. James Roman Catholic Church, 184 S. Finley Avenue

 

Hillsborough

5/3/2015: 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Temple Beth-El, 67 Route 206

 

Raritan

5/7/2015: 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.-Raritan Campus-Janssen, 1000 Route 202 South, OMP Building

5/14/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.-Raritan Campus-Janssen, 1000 Route 202 South, OMP Building

 

Skillman

5/7/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Johnson & Johnson North, 199 Grandview Avenue

5/19/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Johnson & Johnson Orchard, 23 Orchard Road, Town Hall

 

Somerset

5/11/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., HearingLife, 2501 Cottontail Lane

 

Union

 

Summit

5/18/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., American Red Cross, 695 Springfield Avenue

 

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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.

Spring into Action and Donate Blood with the Red Cross

The American Red Cross encourages eligible blood donors to make a difference in the lives of patients this spring by giving blood.

 

Donated blood is perishable and must be constantly replenished to keep up with the demand. Red blood cells, with a shelf life of only 42 days, are the most frequently transfused blood component, and are always needed by hospitals.

 

Eligible donors can give red cells through either a regular whole blood donation or a double red cell donation, where available. Double red cell donations yield twice the usual amount of red cells in a single appointment and are accepted at select donation locations. Double red cell donors must meet additional eligibility criteria, which will be determined at the donation appointment.

 

Donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative. Whole blood can be donated every 56 days, and double red cells may be donated every 112 days, up to three times per year.

 

To find a donation opportunity or make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities

 

American Red Cross Blood Donation Center:

Central New Jersey Donor Center

707 Alexander Rd., Suite 701, Princeton Township
Mondays: 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. (platelet pheresis)

Tuesdays: 12:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (whole blood & platelet pheresis)

Fridays: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. (whole blood & platelet pheresis)

Saturdays: 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. (whole blood)

NJ

 

Mercer

 

East Windsor

4/26/2015: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Beth El Synagogue, 50 Maple Stream Road

 

Hightstown

4/24/2015: 4 p.m. – 9 p.m., The Peddie School, 201 S. Main Street

 

 

 

Princeton

4/16/2015: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Princeton University, 75 Washington Road, Frist Center

4/16/2015: 3:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Princeton University, 75 Washington Road, Frist Center

4/17/2015: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Princeton University, 75 Washington Road, Frist Center

4/17/2015: 3:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Princeton University, 75 Washington Road, Frist Center

4/18/2015: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 901 Canal Pointe Boulevard

 

Monmouth

 

Howell

4/16/2015: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m., Gwennie’s Gifts, 615 Aldrich Road

 

Manasquan

4/30/2015: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., The Atlantic Club, 1904 Atlantic Avenue

 

Somerset

 

Bridgewater

4/26/2015: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Holy Trinity Church, 60 Maple Street

 

Skillman

4/30/2015: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Johnson & Johnson South, 199 Grandview Road

 

Union

 

Summit

4/20/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., American Red Cross, 695 Springfield Avenue

 

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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.

Help Neighbors Through The Red Cross And Become An Everyday Hero

The American Red Cross encourages eligible blood donors to become everyday heroes by giving blood in celebration of Red Cross Month this March.

 

Since 1943, every president has designated March as Red Cross Month – a time to recognize those who support the Red Cross. Local communities depend on the Red Cross, which relies on donations of time, money and blood to fulfill its humanitarian mission.

 

It doesn’t take a cape or superpowers to be a hero. By donating blood, eligible donors can help save the lives of patients in need. Those who are unable to give blood can support blood donations by organizing a blood drive, volunteering to assist with Red Cross activities, or creating a SleevesUp virtual blood drive online at redcrossblood.org/SleevesUp and asking others to make a lifesaving donation.

 

To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities

 

NJ

 

Hunterdon

 

Flemington

3/19/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Hunterdon Central Regional High School, 84 Route 31

Mercer

 

Princeton Township

3/17/2015: 12:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Central New Jersey Blood Donation Center WB, 707 Alexander Road, Central New Jersey Chapter

3/20/2015: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Central New Jersey Blood Donation Center WB, 707 Alexander Road, Central New Jersey Chapter

3/21/2015: 7 a.m. – 2 p.m., Central New Jersey Blood Donation Center WB, 707 Alexander Road, Central New Jersey Chapter

3/24/2015: 12:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Central New Jersey Blood Donation Center WB, 707 Alexander Road, Central New Jersey Chapter

3/27/2015: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Central New Jersey Blood Donation Center WB, 707 Alexander Road, Central New Jersey Chapter

3/28/2015: 7 a.m. – 2 p.m., Central New Jersey Blood Donation Center WB, 707 Alexander Road, Central New Jersey Chapter

3/31/2015: 12:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Central New Jersey Blood Donation Center WB, 707 Alexander Road, Central New Jersey Chapter

 

Trenton

3/22/2015: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., St. Mary’s Cathedral, 16 Bank Street

 

West Windsor

3/29/2015: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Congregation Beth Chaim, 329 Village Road East

Middlesex

 

Edison

3/21/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Edison VFW Post 3117, 57 National Road

3/21/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., New Dover United Methodist Church, 687 New Dover Road

Monmouth

 

Manasquan

3/30/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., JP Morgan Chase Branch Office, 2500 Route 35 and Lakewood Road

 

Tinton Falls

3/26/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., American Red Cross, 1540 W. Park Avenue

3/26/2015: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m., American Red Cross, 1540 W. Park Avenue

 

Ocean

 

Beach Haven

3/19/2015: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Beach Haven Volunteer Fire Department, South Bay Avenue

 

Manahawkin

3/27/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Moose Lodge, 120 Route 72

 

Stafford

3/23/2015: 12:30 p.m. – 5 p.m., The Ocean Club, 700 Main Street

3/23/2015: 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., The Ocean Club, 700 Main Street

 

Toms River

3/18/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., TR Hotel, 290 Route 37 East

3/26/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Silverton Fire Company, 15 Kettle Creek Road

3/30/2015: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m., American Legion Post 129, 2025 Church Road

 

Union

 

Elizabeth

3/30/2015: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Alexander Hamilton Academy, 310 Cherry Street

 

 

How to Donate:
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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.How to donate blood

 

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.

Urgent need for Donations after 200+ Blood Drive Cancellations

— Following round after round of snow, freezing rain and arctic cold in many parts of the country, the American Red Cross has an urgent need for eligible blood and platelet donors to give now to help restock its shelves.

 

March storms forced the cancellation of more than 200 blood drives, resulting in nearly 7,000 uncollected blood and platelet donations. This shortfall follows more than 26,400 uncollected blood and platelet donations in February due to severe weather across 27 states. Despite the weather, hospital patients still rely on transfusion.

 

“Blood products are being delivered to hospitals almost as quickly as they come in,” said Guy Triano, donor recruitment director of the Red Cross Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region. “Donors who give now aren’t just restocking our shelves, they are making sure hope continues to be available for patients in need.”

 

Residents in unaffected areas can help the Red Cross restock its shelves immediately. As a national network, the Red Cross can help ensure blood products are available for patients at local hospitals as well as hospitals throughout the country.

 

The Red Cross urges donors of all blood types to make and keep appointments in the coming days. Platelet donors, as well as blood donors with the most in-demand blood types – O negative, A negative and B negative – are particularly encouraged to give now to help replenish the blood supply.

 

Platelets help prevent massive blood loss and are a vital part of cancer and organ transplant treatments. With a shelf life of just five days, platelet donations are especially needed. Eligible donors with types O negative, A negative and B negative blood are encouraged to donate double red cells where available. During a double red cell donation, two units of red cells are collected while most of the plasma and platelets are returned to the donor.

 

To find a convenient donation opportunity and schedule an appointment, donors can download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

County      City                    State   Location                                  

Hunterdon Flemington NJ 3/19/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Hunterdon Central Regional High School, 84 Route 31
Mercer Princeton Township NJ 3/13/2015: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Central NJ Blood Donation Center WB, 707 Alexander Rd.
Mercer Princeton Township NJ 3/14/2015: 7 a.m. – 2 p.m., Central NJ Blood Donation Center WB, 707 Alexander Rd.
Mercer Princeton Township NJ 3/17/2015: 12:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Central NJ Blood Donation Center WB, 707 Alexander Rd.
Mercer Princeton Township NJ 3/20/2015: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Central NJ Blood Donation Center WB, 707 Alexander Rd.
Mercer Princeton Township NJ 3/21/2015: 7 a.m. – 2 p.m., Central NJ Blood Donation Center WB, 707 Alexander Rd.,
Mercer Trenton NJ 3/12/2015: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Mercer County Tech Schools Assunpink Center, 1085 Old Trenton Rd
Mercer Trenton NJ 3/22/2015: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., St. Mary’s Cathedral, 16 Bank Street
Middlesex Edison NJ 3/21/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Edison VFW Post 3117, 57 National Road
Middlesex Edison NJ 3/21/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., New Dover United Methodist Church, 687 New Dover Road
Middlesex Iselin NJ 3/16/2015: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Woodbridge Township Ambulance & Rescue Squad, 77 Queen St.
Ocean Beach Haven NJ 3/19/2015: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Beach Haven Volunteer Fire Department, South Bay Avenue
Ocean Lakehurst NJ 3/11/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Lakehurst Community Center, 207 Center Street
Ocean Lakehurst NJ 3/11/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Lakehurst Community Center, 207 Center Street
Ocean Toms River NJ 3/18/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., TR Hotel, 290 Route 37 East
Somerset Basking Ridge NJ 3/15/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Bridgewater Gurdwara, 977 Washington Valley Road
Union Summit NJ 3/16/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., American Red Cross, 695 Springfield Avenue

 

 

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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.

Is Your CEO a Psychopath?

Mental health issues are not always what they seem – or are as depicted in movies and on TV – and may be far more commonplace in society than anyone realizes.

That is the conclusion of a research study by Kean Ocean Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr. Richard Conti, to be presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference on March 5-7 in Philadelphia, PA. The study explores the presence of psychopathic traits in normal (non-clinical) populations. According to Conti, these traits, typically presented in forensic populations, may be very much present in normal populations – and found in persons in high-ranking, powerful and/or public professions.

“When most people think of psychopaths, offenses such as serial and mass murder come to mind. Contrary to what is portrayed in movies, most psychopaths are non-violent and enter occupations where they can best use their psychopathic traits: superficial charm, glibness, pathological lying, lack of remorse or guilt, manipulation, etc. It is believed that many of these traits are present in specific occupations such as politicians, CEOs and other positions that require leadership and authority,” Conti explained.

This study is but one of several groundbreaking graduate-level studies now ongoing at Kean Ocean University in Toms River, NJ, under the guidance of Conti.

Other studies include:

  • ‘Defendant Disability and Sentencing in Criminal Cases’: Virtually no research has been conducted on the impact of a defendant with a physical disability and how the disability could affect sentencing recommendations. This study seeks to fill this void. (This project will also be presented at the Eastern Psychological Conference in March by the Kean Ocean graduate student working with Conti).
  • ‘Fish Consumption, Handedness and Aggression’: This study hypothesizes and seeks to prove that higher levels of fish consumption and stronger right-handedness are associated with lower levels of aggression.
  • ‘Defendant Facial Hair and Sentencing Recommendations in Criminal Cases’: Explores the effects of defendants with varying amounts of facial hair and participant gender on sentencing recommendations in a criminal case.
  • ‘Defendant Attire and Sentencing Recommendations in Criminal Cases’: No research has been conducted on the impact of attire – especially the color of the attire – a defendant wears in court and its effect on sentencing recommendations. This study seeks to fill this void.

Conti’s interest in forensic psychology and neuropsychology stems from his clinical experience working in the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, and the Morris County Juvenile Detention Center.  He encourages psychology and sociology students in his Forensic Psychology, Statistics and Tests and Measures courses to participate in these research studies in preparation for working with patients upon graduation.

“One of the most satisfying experiences for me as an instructor has been guiding students on an individual basis in conducting research at the undergraduate and graduate level on a wide variety of projects,” added Conti. “I have been fortunate enough to have experienced the field from both a clinical and research perspective, and I want my students to have the same opportunity.”

“Conti’s passion and experiences have inspired students to dedicate themselves to answering a variety of questions about human behavior and mental health issues through research – and have made some groundbreaking discoveries and observances in the process,” said Steve Kubow, Acting Associate Vice President at Kean Ocean.

Conti began teaching at Kean University in Union, NJ as an adjunct in 1999 and moved to Kean Ocean in 2012. He also serves on the Kean University Institutional Review Board and as the Faculty Advisor for the Kean Ocean Forensic Psychology Club and the soon-to-be formed Kean Ocean Veteran’s Club. A Marine Corps veteran, he volunteers his time in several veterans’ organizations working with returning service members.

Conti received his degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, in New York City. He is a Fellow and member of the Board of Directors of the Eastern Psychological Association, and serves as a reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals. In addition to his work in forensic psychology, he has recently conducted research on marriage and family therapy and family estrangement. He has also written and presented work in these areas.

Kean Ocean is an educational partnership formed by Kean University in Union, NJ and Ocean County College (OCC) in Toms River, NJ, that allows students to earn a Kean University bachelor’s or master’s degree on the OCC campus. Kean University offers graduate and post-graduate degrees. The only four-year public university with a campus in Ocean County, the partnership offers the most affordable four-year undergraduate degree in a single location in New Jersey.

Red Cross: Add Blood Donation To-Do List

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.

 

Check Megan’s Law Website For Information On Sex Offenders

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.

Ocean Co. Literacy Group Merges With “Literacy New Jersey”

Adults in New Jersey who cannot read a medicine bottle, menu or even a street sign are served by the statewide educational non-profit organization, “Literacy New Jersey”, which has announced a merger with six local literacy groups. To make the statewide organization Literacy New Jersey a stronger force in serving functionally illiterate adults throughout the state, the groups Literacy Volunteers of New Jersey, Literacy Volunteers of Mercer County, Literacy Volunteers of Burlington County, Literacy Programs of New Jersey, Literacy Volunteers of Union County, Literacy Volunteers of Ocean County, and Literacy Volunteers of Gloucester County have joined Literacy New Jersey as one network.

 

Volunteer tutors from Literacy New Jersey make it possible for adults – especially from underserved populations — to learn to read, write and speak English. Nearly 8,000 students received free services from Literacy New Jersey and their 21 affiliated programs in 2012-2013.

 

It is estimated that 17% of adults in New Jersey are low literate. Illiteracy is a devastating problem, which is at the root of many social problems, including poverty, crime, unemployment, poor parenting, welfare dependency and homelessness. Adults whose lack of reading, writing and speaking skills causes them to struggle to perform the daily tasks that native English speakers take for granted: reading to their children, ordering from a menu, completing job applications and filling out medical forms.

 

“Learning to read can make a dramatic difference in someone’s quality of life,” says Elizabeth Gloeggler, CEO, Literacy New Jersey. “We match our well-trained volunteer tutors with men and women who have no where else to turn.”

 

“We share Literacy New Jersey’s mission to provide meaningful assistance to people with a limited ability to read, speak, write or understand English,“ says Harold J. Wirths, Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. “Improved literacy means improved skills that help people to market themselves to employers, to become employed and to carry out their roles, not only as workers, but also as spouses, parents and active members of our community.”

Literacy New Jersey offers free GED Preparation Classes, Citizenship Classes (for new immigrants), and ESL conversation groups (to practice English speaking skills), along with the core Basic Skills and English-as-a-Second Language Programs. The Basic Skills Program helps adult students with learning disabilities or other significant challenges, and serves a population with limited educational options.

More than 2,500 men and women volunteer on a regular basis with Literacy New Jersey. They receive training on principles of adult education, teaching reading, lesson planning, teaching small groups, and motivation skills for tutors. Literacy New Jersey staff match tutors with adult students seeking help, ensuring quality service for the student and support for the volunteer tutor.

The new organization is headed up by Chief Executive Officer Elizabeth Gloeggler of Montvale, NJ; Chief Operating Officer Jessica Tomkins of Milltown NJ; Ocean County Executive Director Charlotte Fahey of Whiting, NJ; Gloucester County Executive Director Trudy Lawrence of Clementon, NJ; Burlington County Executive Director Sheri Churchill of Medford, NJ; Mercer County Executive Director Cheryl Kirton of Newtown, PA; and Middlesex County Program Coordinator Melissa Cohen of Highland Park, NJ.

Literacy New Jersey’s merger was supported by: The Community Foundation for NJ, Pro Bono Partnership, Lowenstein Sandler LLP, The SeaChange-Lodestar Fund for Nonprofit Collaboration, The Karma Foundation and The Support Center for Nonprofits.

About Literacy New Jersey

Founded in 1979 and funded by government grants and donations, Literacy New Jersey is a statewide non-profit network helping adults change their lives through literacy. The organization advocates for and educates about adult literacy, providing resources to adult learners throughout New Jersey. For more information or to volunteer, call 800-848-0048 or visit http://www.literacynj.org/

 

Office locations:

 

Headquarters

Literacy New Jersey

224 Main Street

Metuchen, NJ 08840

Tel: 800-848-0048

http://www.literacynj.org/

 

Burlington County

P.O. Box 2746

Willingboro, NJ 08046

609-877-5566

schurchill@literacynj.org

www.burlcoliteracy.org

 

Gloucester County

Woodbury Child Development Center
36 Carpenter St.
Woodbury, NJ 08096

856-218-4743

tlawrence@literacynj.org

www.literacyvgc.org/

 

Mercer County

3535 Quakerbridge Road

Suite 104

Hamilton, NJ 08619

609-587-6027

ckirton@literacynj.org

www.mercerliteracy.org

 

Middlesex County

380 Washington Road

Suite F

Sayreville, NJ 08872

732-432-8000

mcohen@literacynj.org

www.lpnj.org

 

Ocean County

c/o Ocean County Community College

P.O. Box 2001

Toms River, NJ 08754

732-864-9646

cfahey@literacynj.org

www.literacy-oc.org

 

Union County

121-125 Chestnut Street

Suite 203

Roselle, NJ 07203

908-486-1777

egloeggler@literacynj.org

www.lvaunion.org

 

 

Literacy New Jersey Affiliates:

 

Atlantic County

LVA-Cape-Atlantic, Inc.

 

 

Bergen County

LV-Bergenfield

LV-Englewood Library

LV-Pascack

Project Literacy of Greater Bergen County

 

 

Camden County

LVA-Camden County 

 

 

Cumberland and Salem Counties

 LV-Cumberland/Salem Counties

 

 

Essex County

LV-Bethany

LVA-Essex & Passaic Counties

LVA-Essex & Passaic Counties

 

 

Hudson County

Jersey City Library Literacy Program

LV-West Hudson

 

 

Hunterdon County

Hunterdon Helpline Literacy Services

 

 

Monmouth County

LV-Monmouth County

 

 

Morris County

LV-Morris County

 

 

Somerset County

LV-Somerset County

 

 

Sussex and Warren Counties

LV-Sussex County

 

 

Union County

LV-Plainfield Public Library